Fun with a Tractor
HOP TO IT CLUB
_Fun with a Tractor_
(4-H Club Program #5)
WHCU, WHCU-FM, Rural Radio Network
SOUND: CAST: CLUB MEETING NOISES
ANNCR: Come on all you 4-H'ers! Gather 'round for another meeting of the HOP
TO IT CLUB.
SOUND: RAP OF GAVEL
NICK: Order! Order! Let's come to order! The HOP TO IT CLUB is now in session.
(RAP OF GAVEL)
MUSIC: THEME .... FADE FOR
ANNCR: From the Radio Workshop comes another meeting of the HOP TO IT CLUB
.... a special bi-weekly program which tells the story of 4-H Clubs all over
the state. Today's dramatized story is called "Fun with a Tractor." And
following our play you'll hear the latest news and information for all 4-H
MUSIC: UP TO 12:31:05
(DURING ABOVE MUSIC FARM AND HOME HOUR JOIN BY FADING IN)
MUSIC: (AT 12:31:05) FADE FOR
ANNCR: The HOP TO IT CLUB is assembled here in the studios of the Radio
Workshop ready to bring you today's story "Fun with a Tractor." . . . The boys
of the HOP TO IT CLUB have decided to take the new project offered in Tractor
Maintenance. We find them at one of the first meetings held for the project
.... the meeting is nearly finished, as we hear Mr. Avery, their project
MR. A: ... so at the next meeting boys, we'll have a report from each of you
on your tractor maintenance. Don't forget to take along your set of work
sheets. Do a good job on those tractors, and I'll see you all at the next
meeting. That's all for today. Meeting adjourned!
SOUND: BRIEF CROWD NOISE UP AND UNDER AT
MR. A: By the way, fellows, don't forget to bring your fathers to the next
meeting. We have quite a bit to talk over with them.
SOUND: CROWD UP
CAST: All right, Mr. Avery. O.K. Sure (and the like)
NICK: Hey Jim! Jim. Wait a minute.
JIM: Oh, hi Nick.
NICK: You going home?
JIM: Uhuh. Come on over.
NICK: Ride home with me.
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SOUND: FADE IN CAR BG.
JIM: Wasn't that a swell meeting? I sure learned a lot about our tractor. This
is going to be fun.
NICK: Have fun with a tractor? Don't kid yourself. It's hard work and dirty
JIM: Did you get a set of the work sheets on tractor maintenance?
NICK: Naw. I didn't bother with it.
JIM: Well, how are you going to take care of your tractor if you don't know
how it works?
NICK: Oh, I took a couple of notes during the meeting, and besides--anybody
who owns a tractor should know how it runs.
JIM: I didn't know all those things about ours.
NICK: Well, I did. I've puttered around motors for years. It was just the
basic facts he told us. Everybody should know those.
JIM: Say, why don't you come over to the house tomorrow after school, and
we'll work on my father's tractor together.
NICK: O.K. If it doesn't take too long. I've got to fix my Dad's too.
JIM: It'll only take a couple of minutes. After all, what's so hard about
looking at a tractor motor? The hardest thing I have to do is persuade Dad to
let me fix it.
MUSIC #2: TRANSITION
JIM: Evening, Dad.
MR. J.: Oh, hello, Jim. Well, how was your meeting tonight?
JIM: Oh, swell. We learned about tractors--how they run and how to keep them
MR. J.: Mmmm. Sounds like it was a good meeting. But tinkering with tractors
is serious business. Hope you learned something.
JIM: I sure did (PAUSE). Say Dad ....
MR. J.: Yes.
JIM: Our tractor hasn't been running too well lately, has it? I mean it stalls
and uses a lot of gas.
MR. J.: Now, Jim. Don't get any ideas.
JIM : I just thought, seeing as how I know quite a bit about tractors now, I
might look at it.
MR. J.: No, Jim!
JIM: Just peek?
MR. J.: No, I'm going to have our dealer's service man up to look at it in a
few days. He'll fix it up for us.
JIM: But Dad, I have to look at it. We have to make a report at the next
meeting on servicing the air cleaner on our tractor. And if I don't have any
report they'll . . . well, they'll think I'm awful.
MR. J.: But Jim, I ....
JIM : And you're supposed to come to the meeting too.
MR. J.: I am?
JIM: Yes, and you wouldn't want me to stand up in front of all those people
and say you wouldn't let me touch our tractor.
MR. J.: No, I ....
JIM: They'd laugh at me.
MR. J.: They would?
JIM: Yes, and you too.
MR. J.: They wouldn't.
JIM: Please, Dad.
MR. J.: All right. You win. But remember, don't touch anything.
JIM: Thanks, Dad. And don't you worry, I'll just look.
MUSIC #3: TRANSITION
NICK: You sure you know what you're doing, Jim?
JIM: Now, Nick. You just stand there and watch.
NICK: But I thought your father said you weren't to touch anything?
JIM: Now how'm I going to learn about tractors if I don't work on them? You
have to have a little practical experience too. You just can't read about it
all the time.
NICK: What are you going to do first?
JIM: Clean the air cleaner ... so cleaner air can get into the engine. Let's
see now. Air cleaner ... air cleaner, oh yes, here it is. I'll just take this
NICK: Jim, that's the carburetor.
JIM: What daya mean carburetor? I know an air cleaner when I see one.
NICK: But look at this diagram in the work sheets. It looks just like that
thing, and it's labeled carburetor.
JIM: Gosh, you're right. Even though I like motors, I can still learn a lot
(PAUSE). Here it is ... isn't it?
NICK: Let's see. Hmmmm. Yep, that's it.
JIM: If I can get it off ... there. Boy, look at it. It's all dirty.
NICK: Ya. Full of dust.
JIM: Well, I'll clean it up so it's like new. . . . Say Nick, look at that
JIM: Right there where I took the air pre-cleaner off. A pipe--and it's dirty
NICK: Oh yeah. Looks like dirt and ground up leaves.
JIM: I better take that off too and clean it.
NICK: Now Jim. Don't go fooling around with that pipe.
JIM: But it's full of dirt. Look, I can't even get this screw-driver in the
center .... it's so clogged!
NICK: Maybe it's supposed to be plugged up. You don't even know what it is.
JIM: Sure I do. It's a pipe .... an air intake pipe. It takes the air into the
cleaner from out in the open.
NICK: Well, maybe.
JIM: You just watch me, Nick, and in no time I'll have this tractor running
like it was brand new.
MUSIC #4: TRANSITION
JIM: (REPORTING AT THE MEETING) . . . and after I got the air cleaner and the
air intake pipe cleaned, I put them all back together again.
MR. A.: Well, Jim, you certainly have made a good report on your tractor
maintenance. I'm glad you learned something from the last meeting. Is there
anything else you'd like to say before we go on with the rest of the reports?
JIM: Yes, there is, Mr. Avery. You see, my father told me not to touch
anything in the tractor, just to look. So if he finds out that I did all this,
he might get mad at me. So do you think you could sort of keep it secret?
MR. A.: Ha, ha. ... Why, Jim, if your father were here now, I bet he'd be glad
MR. J.: (FADE ONE) But I am here. Been here for some time.
JIM: Dad! What are you doing here? I thought you said you wouldn't be able to
be here tonight.
MR. J.: Well, I sort of changed my mind after I started the tractor. I thought
I ought to see you right away.
JIM: Oh! Is ... is there something wrong, Dad?
MR. J.: Wrong! Jim, I told you not to touch our tractor. But you did . . . and
for once I'm glad you disobeyed me. You fixed that old tractor so it runs like
a new one, and you saved me an expensive repair bill.
JIM: Why, thanks, Dad. Oh, Dad, I'd like you to meet Mr. Avery. He's our
instructor in tractor maintenance.
MR. J.: How do you do, Mr. Avery. You certainly are doing a fine job teaching
these boys. I only wish that more of the parents could come to these meetings
and see how they're run.
MR. A.: Thank you, Mr. Johnson. And any time a parent wants to come to one of
our meetings, he's welcome. We like to see them here so we can show them what
a fine job 4-H is doing for their youngsters.
MR. J.: Well, Mr. Avery, you can count on me to attend more 4-H Club meetings
in the future. And just to show you and the boys here how grateful I am, I'm
going to take the money that Jim saved me by fixing my tractor and have the
biggest party for you that you've ever seen!
SOUND: CROWD REACTION ("swell," "wonderful," etc.).
JIM: See, Nick--didn't I tell you that working with a tractor is really fun!
MUSIC #5: CURTAIN
ANNCR: And now here in our studio is Carlton Edwards--Agricultural Engineering
Specialist. Do you agree with Jim Johnson that working with a tractor can be
fun, Mr. Edwards?
EDWARDS: (1:00 REMARKS)
ANNCR: Thank you--Mr. Carlton Edwards.
"Fun with a Tractor" featured students of the Radio Workshop under the
director of Richard Wanamaker. Heard in the cast were ....
The original script was written by: William Mallin.
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program for all 4-H Clubbers. Listen again at this time a week from today when
the HOP TO IT CLUB will bring you another dramatized story. Meanwhile, be a
good 4-H Club member. Attend all meetings of your club, and always let the 4-H
pledge mean something to you.
CAST: "I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my
hands to larger service, and my health to better living for my club, my
community, and my country."
MUSIC: UP TO FINISH AT 12:39:55
ANNCR: The HOP TO IT CLUB is a production of the Radio Workshop.
Original broadcast: circa 1951