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2006 Sons of the Desert International Convention

All interviews are conducted by our roving reporter Mr. Steve Wichrowski Jr., Grand Sheik of the USA's Air Raid Wardens Tent, additional commentary by our own Mr. Mike David.

 

PART ONE: At a banquet in the Marriott Convention Center in Augusta, Georgia, Denise Carter of the Berth Marks Tent and the Laurel and Hardy Museum of Harlem, Georgia, introduces the Mayor of Harlem followed by Bob Satterfield of the Way Out West Tent who makes a special announcement. Interviews with: the Mayor of Harlem; Rev. Rudolph Dixon.  Conventioneers sing ‘We are the Sons of the Desert’.  Interview with Sjaak Bolder of Amsterdam's Perfect Day Tent.  Jean Darling sings "Mr. Snow" from the Broadway musical "Carousel". Interview with John DeSanto on research for his writing of "So What About Fin?" and how to order the book.

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PART TWO: Map Boon of Amsterdam's Perfect Day Tent talks with Steve Wichrowski about plans for the 2008 Sons International Convention.   A humorous interview with Florida Grand Sheik Ron Young who recalls his 1986 interview on the Nutty Nut News Network Show and enthuses about meeting other Sons at the convention.   Interview with Del Kempster, Grand Sheik of the UK's Live Ghost Tent and an editor for the Intra Tent Journal; Del comments on the upcoming 2008 convention in Amsterdam and sites to see there. A lively interview with Jean Darling who describes sites to see in Amsterdam and Germany.   Steve interviews two Sons from Harlem, Georgia, and a newlywed couple from Bolton, England.

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PART THREE:  Delightful interview with Payne Johnson on his 14 years in films, including "So Big!" (1932) with Barbara Stanwyck, a couple of his Our Gang movies and how he secured the role of one of the Three Little Pigs in 1934's "Babes In Toyland".   Interview with Kevin Butler, former member of the Founding Tent, on visiting sites in Georgia related to Ollie's life there.   Author Savannah Furman discusses her publications written about several of the Sons Conventions and how to order the books.   Interview with Jim Wylie of California concerning recently discovered Laurel and Hardy film locations.

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PART FOUR:  A fascinating interview with Jean Darling who recounts her interesting and amusing experiences during the filming of the 1928 Our Gang film "Barnum and Ringling, Inc." She also describes antics on the set of "Babes In Toyland" (1934) including an amicable disagreement between Stan and Babe concerning her dress.  Jean reveals the cast member on whom she had a crush and fondly remembers actress Marie Wilson. Interview with Roger Gordon, Grand Sheik of the USA's Two Tars Tent and an editor for the Intra Tent Journal. Here Roger discusses improvements in the Journal and his reaction to the convention.  Passing of the Pineapple Banquet: The Berth Marks Tent honours the venerable tradition by passing the Pineapple to Anton Hyups and Map Boon of the host tent for the 2008 International Sons of the Desert Convention.

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