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28.11.16.

 

Jerry Tucker Schatz RIP

There is very sad news about the passing of Jerry Tucker Schatz. I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry at several Sons of the Desert conventions. He was such a joy to be around. In recent years, I've kept in touch with Jerry by email. He was always such a gracious person. He will be sorely missed by all Sons who ever met him.

Below is an email from Carrin Hare of the Founding Tent of New York.

Gino Dercola



ONE OF THE LAST FEW LITTLE RASCALS, KNOWN AS JERRY TUCKER, BEST KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE AS THE RICH KID.

BORN IN CHICAGO IN 1925, HE APPEARED IN 18 ROACH SHORTS FROM 1931 - 1938. HE ALSO WAS IN SEVERAL MOVIES, INCLUDING BABES IN TOYLAND, AND RADIO SHOWS BETWEEN 1938-1942, WHEN HE RETIRED FROM ACTING.

HE SERVED IN THE NAVY DURING WORLD WAR II AND HAD A CAREER WITH RCA. 

HE WAS WIDOWED IN 2012, WHEN HIS WIFE MYRA PASSED AFTER MANY YEARS OF MARRIAGE.

THAT SAME YEAR HE WAS HONORED WHEN HIS HOMETOWN OF COPAIGUE, NY RENAMED THE STREET HE LIVED ON. . . JERRY SCHATZ PLACE. 

SCHATZ IS SURVIVED BY HIS DAUGHTER, KAREN DUFFY, FIVE GRANDCHILDREN & SIX GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.



Latest on Stan's plaque

The plan to place a commemorative plaque on the house at 17 Craigmillar Road in Glasgow has been dropped. It is known that Stan Laurel's family, the Jeffersons, stayed there but there is considerable doubt that Stan himself lived there, so the plaque proposal was challenged.

It is entirely possible that a plaque will be placed elsewhere, though, as places in and around Glasgow where Stan Laurel certainly did live are well known. Watch this space. . .

 

 Intra-Tent Journal

The Fall 162 issue of the Intra-Tent Journal has arrived, full of articles associated with Laurel and Hardy and news of Sons events.

We read about Seymour M Levine, who met Laurel and Hardy in 1947 during their filmed interview on the Queen Elizabeth liner in 1947. There is a lengthy piece on Robert Youngson and his work. Interesting too is a discussion on the making of Liberty. Piano accompanying of silent movies comes under the spotlight. And there is an abundance of tent news.

The quarterly magazine is now printed in the UK as well as in the USA, which speeds distribution. Contact Bill Oates in the USA or Del Kempster in the UK.

Sons of the Desert - Brighton last Saturday

I am not sure this is to my taste of music, but at least "Sons of the Desert" were involved!

Roger Robinson

Looking ahead with Cuckoos

Following another successful season at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow, the Call of the Cuckoos Tent confirms that it will be back with more Laurel and Hardy film fun in 2017.

The Panopticon continues to stage shows other than Laurel and Hardy throughout the Christmas period, including Aladdin, its first pantomime since 1938. Some Sons have already booked!

Membership of the Call of the Cuckoos Tent will be free again throughout 2017 for all existing members of the tent. This will be the third consecutive year that the tent has made this possible.

More Scots Sons fun

The Bonnie Scotland Tent has monthly meetings at the Tartan Rose in Paisley. Contact Janice Hawton. The tent plans a trip to the West of Scotland Rugby Club in Milgavie on 14th January, to see the tent's name displayed in players' jerseys!

 

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