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The Brushwood Gulch Gazette is the newsletter of the Way Out West Tent. It is published six times a year, shortly before regular tent meetings. Members receive the complete printed edition in the mail. The online edition features most of the articles found in the printed version, minus photos.

Our March 24th Meeting at The Mayflower Club Has Been Postponed

After a lot of thought about our next meeting, I've decided to postpone our Tuesday March 24th meeting. With the current illness that seems to be all over our country right now, I think that's the best thing to do. I never want to take a chance that someone might get sick from coming to one of our meetings. If that ever happened, I would feel terrible. Hopefully, with warmer weather and the passage of some time, things might be a lot better by May. We'll see. Our postponed March meeting will be made up later this year.

Orson Bean

Most of you know that Orson Bean passed away on February 7th, after being struck by a car while walking. What you might not know is Orson was the last surviving founder of our "Sons of the Desert" group. Along with leader John McCabe, Al Kilgore, Chuck McCann, and John Municino, Orson formed "Sons of the Desert" in 1964, in New York. What's "cool" is that at that time, Stan Laurel was still alive and fully endorsed the idea of wearing a Fez at meetings and the motto of "Two Minds Without a Single Thought" among other things. He was also an honorary member of the Way Out West Tent.

On a personal note, I was the oldest kid of five kids in my family, so I naturally ended up sleeping in the basement. It wasn't so bad when I got my own TV and learned not be afraid of the dark. In my early days I watched Jack Paar and in later years I watched Johnny Carson. Both shows often featured Orson Bean as a guest. Probably in the Paar years a lot of things went over my head, but in the Carson years I understood everything. Orson Bean was always one of my favorites. A few years ago, Kris and I got to see Orson's one man show at his own theater. He still was great!

Notes From Our January Meeting

After our toasts and song, we screened Towed in a Hole, Chickens Come Home, a clip from Politiquerias, and The Flying Deuces. Everything went smoothly. Thanks to all who helped me with the toasts and song.