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"Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga" - Announcement heard on episodes of the sitcom THE JACK BENNY SHOW/CBS/1950-65.

Union Station Train Depot, Los Angeles, California

First on radio and then on TV, Mel Blanc played a Union Station train caller who announced via megaphone or loudspeaker system the trains arriving and departing from the station. For example, "Train leaving on Track 5 for Anaheim, Azusa and Cuuuu-ca-mon-gaaa!"

After repeated announcements, the train caller continued "Look we're not asking much. Two of ya, or even one of ya...just somebody to keep the engineer company."

And still later "Please, please! I'll get fired if I don't get somebody on the train for Anaheim, Azusa and Cuuuu-ca-mon-gaaa!"

For comic tension, the show's writers often experimented with the pause placing it between "Cuuu" and "Ca-mon-gaaa." Once, an entire comedy skit was inserted in between the pause. When Jack Benny arrived home, his phone rang and Mel's voice said "AMONGAAA! You thought I forgot, didn't you?"

TRIVIA NOTE: In February 1993, the California town of Rancho Cucamonga, made famous by Jack Benny's long-running gag, erected a statue honoring the late comedian.


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