Volume 27, Number 3
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April 26, 1994 will mark the 104th anniversary of the birth of E. Livingston Kennedy. As the master of the slow burn, he was known as Edgar Kennedy. On this Tuesday evening meeting, we'll pay tribute to Edgar on his birthday. We'll meet at the Mayflower Club, as always. The doors open at 6:30 PM and the meeting will start at 7:30 PM.
The Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks have returned and are ready to navigate their way into your tummies, and the Marvelous Mayflower Bar will be on hand to pour liquid happiness down your palates. So, we'll be waiting for you on Tuesday evening, April 26, 1994, at the Mayflower Club, located at 11110 Victory Boulevard (west of Vineland Avenue), in North Hollywood.
This program will be a salute to Edgar Kennedy. We'll start off with the 1928 silent short, Leave 'Em Laughing. Next "Uncle Edgar" is the boys victim in Perfect Day (1929). Kennedy the cop "will fix it" in the 1930 short, Night Owls, as we finish up the first half of the program. Our feature for the evening will be Air Raid Wardens (1943), as Edgar Kennedy makes his final appearance in a Laurel and Hardy film. Also, as an extra added treat, we'll show a Charley Chase short entitled A Pip From Pittsburgh (1931).
The meeting of March 8, 1994, began with the singing of the "Sons of the Desert" song and the toasts to Stan, Babe, and company. Lori "Mama Hen" McCaffery made some announcements and helped us all welcome Al Fisher (of Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks fame) back to the club since recovering from a heart attack. It was great to have Al and Sharon back "servin' em up" again.
The film program began with the boys starring in the 1928 silent short, We Faw Down. Next, Our Wife (1931) with Stan, Ollie and Ben Turpin performing a middle of the night wedding, preceded Me and My Pal (1933), in one of the boys more "puzzling" shorts. After a break, we saw the 1939 feature The Flying Deuces , with Stan and Ollie "horsing" around at the film's conclusion.
Just a reminder, Way Out West members, old and new, can join up and / or renew their memberships at anytime. The rates are $28 for a single membership, $44 for a couple, and $48 per family living at the same address. The cost to receive the newsletter for one year is $5 (there is no additional charge for those with fully paid memberships). The door charge for a single meeting is $7.50.
The Sons of the Desert's 9th International Convention will be held in Tarrytown, New York, beginning July 13th and wrapping up on July 17th. Celebrities, tours, dealers' room and banquets are just some of the events that will take place during this fun filled festivity. You can pick up your convention registration form at the next W.O.W. meeting or call Lori "Mama Hen" McCaffery at (818) 845-4048 for a registration form.
Thanks to the hard work and talents of Gloria Brigante and Debbie Peckitt, our new banner will be displayed at all future meetings and banquets. To Gloria and Debbie, W.O.W. thanks you! If you have not had a chance to see it, stop by and take a look at it.
Beginning with the April 26th meeting, fezzes will be on sale. Now's the time to fez up and cover your crown. The price will be $6 per fez. Also, the Famous Fabulous Fisher Franks will now be $1.75 per frank. It's still a pretty good deal since the "Fisher Franks" are the "big ones" and not the "little ones" that the fast food companies sell.
The Way Out West wants to send along our best to Lois Roberts, who is recuperating from a broken hip. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her back with us a t a W.O.W. meeting soon. As you know, Lois' husband, Thomas Benton Roberts, designed the break-away cars and took a tomato in the face in the L & H short, Two Tars. At the time of this writing, Lois has informed us that she and her daughter, son-in-law, and possibly grandson, plan on attending the Sons convention this July in Tarrytown. We all hope to see them there!
The Midnight Patrol Tent of Monterey, California celebrated its' 10th Anniversary with their Policeman's Ball Banquet, on February 20, 1994. During the festivities, founding Grand Sheik, Bill Cassara, passed the fez on to the new Grand Sheik, Bob Zeroun, culminating Bill's ten years of dedication and love to the boys and to the Sons of the Desert. Bill still plans to be active with the Midnight Patrol and the Sons, as the honorary "Sheik of Police." Over the years, Bill has been a friend to the Way Out West Tent and has joined us for many banquets and meetings. He also hosted the "Midnight Patrol" banquet at the Sons of the Desert convention in Las Vegas in 1992. We, at "Way Out West" want to wish Bill the best of everything in the days ahead. The door will always be open, and we look forward to seeing more of Bill, Ann, and the family. Good luck, Bill!
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Sources for Looking Back are:
Laurel and Hardy-The Magic Behind the Movies, by Randy Skretvedt
The Little Racsals-The Life and Times of Our Gang, by Leonard Maltin and Richard W. Bann
The Laurel and Hardy Book-edited by Leonard Maltin
April 3 T. Marvin Hatley L & H Theme Composer 7 Anthony Caruso Jitterbugs 13 Jay Dare L & H Costumer 16 Billy Benedict Great Guns 20 Harold Lloyd 23 Lucille Hardy Price 26 Edgar Kennedy May 4 Edgar Dearing Two Tars (cop) 5 June Lang Bonnie Scotland 8 Sam Lufkin L & H supporting player 10 Johnny Arthur Our Gang 11 Peggy Lynch Our Gang 11 Doodles Weaver Swiss Miss 18 Frank Capra Our Gang writer 20 Patricia Ellis Block-Heads 20 Edith Fellows Fra Diavolo and Our Gang 20 Stanley Fields Way Out West 25 Jackie Condon Our Gang 26 Peter Cushing A Chump at Oxford 26 Dorothy Christie Sons of the Desert 26 John Wayne The Fighting Kentuckian 28 Minna Gombell Block-Heads 29 Iris Adrian Our Relations 30 Virginia Karns March of the Wooden Soldiers 30 Stepin Fetchit Zenobia