If you ever managed to catch the “Life with Louie” cartoon based on the childhood of Louie Anderson, you may remember that the bully of the show was named Glen Glenn. If that name didn’t perk up your ears and make you laugh, you obviously are not an inveterate watch of movie and TV credits.
Glen Glenn Sound is a name that seems to be found in the closing credits of nearly every TV show made during the 1960s and 1970s. Or seems like, anyway. According to that famous web site with the initials that lists the credits of entertainers, Glen Glenn Sound has been working on movies since 1946. The TV credits of this most recognizable name in the industry of TV and movie sound recording (arguably, anyway) extends back to “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” which was one of the first enormously successful family sitcoms back in the 1950s. Scrolling through the resume of Glen Glenn Sound is like flipping through the table of contents of a book about the most popular TV shows of all time: “Perry Mason,” “I Love Lucy,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Happy Days,” “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” “The A-Team” and Abe Simpson’s all time fave, “Matlock.” Anybody who grew up watching first run programming in the 1960s and afternoon reruns in the 1970s who took the time to pay attention to the closing credits will recognize the name Glen Glenn.
What is really strange about this subliminal Trojan horse that lives within the brain of those who grew up on these shows is the extraordinarily little information about them. In these days when the third grade school lunch of a flash in the pan like Justin Bieber is known the world over, precious little information exists about the Glen Glenn Company that can be found doing a simple internet search. According to a contributor to this blog, one of the greatest things about the Glen Glenn Sound company is completely up for grabs. I mean, what kind of parent names their kid Glen when his last name is Glenn?
Apparently, not many, since the blog entry indicates that the titular head of the sound recording company was born as either Percy Glenn or Raymond Percy Glenn. It would only be when he achieved maturity that he would take on the name Glen Glenn. Good choice because one of the reasons that those of us who instantly perk up at the name Glen Glenn do so only partly because the company was such an omnipresent part of our childhood. The real reason for the lasting legacy in our memory is that Glen Glenn is just such a memorable name. My elementary school principal was named John John. He remains the only person I’ve ever personally come into contact with who has identical first and last names. And Glen Glenn is one of the few people I have ever heard of with such a name.
Let’s face it: Percy Glenn Sound or Raymond Percy Glenn sound is highly unlikely to have stuck with us even if their resume was twice as long as Glen Glenn Sound.