Ken Robichaux developed an interest in the history of motion pictures while he was studying Theater/Theater Arts at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Over the years, while representing a wholesale book company, he was able to visit many bookstores throughout the Southeast and browse through their selection of sale books. Many of the books he bought on these trips focused on some aspect of motion picture history, and his collection of books in that field eventually grew to over 500.
Once he retired he decided to share his knowledge of motion picture history with others, and in 2004 he created The Picture Show Man website. He chose the name for his website after watching the 1977 Australian film “The Picture Show Man” starring Rod Taylor and John Meillon.
Interestingly, after he created his site he discovered that his father used to explain to strangers that his last name rhymed with “Picture Show”, a term that many people of his generation used when referring to the movies. Perhaps it’s not surprising that Robichaux rhymes with Picture Show. Perhaps the merging of the two names was always meant to be.
Ken’s book on the life of Tommy Dix can be purchased on Amazon. It is titled: The Voice that Amazed America.
He also posted a great video of the final scene of the 1943 M-G-M musical “Best Foot Forward” featuring Tommy Dix singing “Buckle Down, Winsocki”. You can see it on YouTube or below: