THE CRAZY RADIO GANG

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The Crazy Radio Gang broadcast music on the Texas Quality Network Monday through Friday at 12:45 P.M. Pictured are: HAL H. COLLINS "One Man's Opinion", FRANK DINKINS "Dink", FRANCIS QUINN "February", FRANK McCORDIE "Great Lover" JOHNNY JORDAN "Uncle Oscar", CONRAD BRADY, Master of Ceremonies and "Sugar Cane"; GUY WOODWARD "Curly"; MAURICE PENDERY "Brother Pink Nose"; DALE WOODWARD "Pee Wee"; JACK AMLUNG, Musical Director. SUGAR CANE and FEBRUARY are pictured in black face. Hal Collins was the manager of the Crazy Hotel in the early 1930's when a salesman convinced him that he could sell a boxcar-load of "Crazy Water Crystals" ... continued below

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The Crazy Radio Gang broadcast music on the Texas Quality Network Monday through Friday at 12:45 P.M.
Pictured are: HAL H. COLLINS "One Man's Opinion", FRANK DINKINS "Dink", FRANCIS QUINN "February", FRANK McCORDIE "Great Lover" JOHNNY JORDAN "Uncle Oscar", CONRAD BRADY, Master of Ceremonies and "Sugar Cane"; GUY WOODWARD "Curly"; MAURICE PENDERY "Brother Pink Nose"; DALE WOODWARD "Pee Wee"; JACK AMLUNG, Musical Director. SUGAR CANE and FEBRUARY are pictured in black face.
Hal Collins was the manager of the Crazy Hotel in the early 1930's when a salesman convinced him that he could sell a boxcar-load of "Crazy Water Crystals" a week if he would advertise them on the newly popular radio (Another story has it that it was the company vice-president, Bill Woodall, who was responsible). Broadcasts that originated in the lobby of the Crazy Hotel became popular beyond all expectations. Orders for the mineral water crystals filled many carloads per week, and they were shipped to all areas of the country. Demand was so great that it exceeded the capacity of the crystallizing plant. A second source of mineral water was found, but it did not match the original patented composition.

The company that sold Crazy Crystals never fully recovered from the heavy fine levied on it by the Food and Drug Administration in the early 1930's.
People interested in a more detailed story are referred to Guy Fowler's book "Crazy Water."

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A. F. Weaver Collection

This colorful panorama covers Mineral Wells' founding and its mercurial growth as a resort center and army town to the present. Photos are from local historian and photographer A.F. Weaver, local families and research sources.

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THE CRAZY RADIO GANG, photograph, Date Unknown; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29975/: accessed September 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Boyce Ditto Public Library.