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born in a log cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of, ah --
oh, just playing!
a real joy to be a part of this website. Those of us who worked in
the NNNN Show in the 1980's and 90's never would have thought that
some day these audiotapes would be readily available to Sons, and
also to "normal" people, around the world.
always loved Laurel and Hardy. As a child I would initially laugh
cautiously at their antics as a part of me was concerned that they
were really injured (and, of course, sometimes they were). Growing
up it was difficult to find books and photos related to the Boys,
and the Our Gang kids, but my mother managed to always locate
whatever material was available. She often spoke of how during the
Depression and World War 2 that Stan and Ollie came along at the
right times to help people forget their troubles and the war that
starting a career as a public school educator I got into Super 8
filmmaking. This naturally lead to collecting many of the Boys'
movies on 8mm and 16mm films. I still have my collection today and
enjoy watching the flicks on a large screen. (I also collect
fossils -- it's nice to have something around the house that's older
a time, I found there was a Sons tent nearby and then I met Guido
Cipriani. He and his family were very dedicated to hosting meetings
and activities for the From Soup to Nuts Tent. In 1982 Guido got a
brainstorm about using audiotapes as a method for tents worldwide to
exchange greetings and messages. And the NNNN Show was born the
Guido Cipriani and Mike David admiring Mike's car
our greatest experiences was attending the 1986 Sons International
Convention at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. We had the time of our
lives. I was thrilled to meet so many people who knew and worked
with Laurel and Hardy. Rosina Lawrence was soft-spoken and
amiable. One member of her family was interested in being a teacher
near where I live so we talked for a good while about that.
later during the Celebrity Panel we all got to hear the stars talk
about their experiences. Afterwards, I had a nice chat with
Virginia Karns who was pleased to hear that I showed L&H films to my
students as a treat. She emphasized that I should make certain that
I show the uncut version of "Babes In Toyland" since her
opening scene was often deleted.
guests of the Convention
should also add that we spent time talking with Sons from all around
and made new friends (especially at the bar).
Another person who was happy to learn that I showed the Boys' films
to my kids was Lois Laurel Hawes. She was in the dealers' room
discussing the newly colorized videotapes and the upcoming start of the
new "Laurel and Hardy TV Show".
on an impulse, I asked voice artist and actress Mae Questel if I
could interview her for the show. She was very happy to oblige and
discussed her career while voicing samples of various cartoon
characters. A portion of our interview was included in the 2004 dvd
"Popeye Original Classics", but the entire interview is available
right here on our website.
Questel and Mike David
became very good friends with Thomas Benton Roberts and his wife
Lois. We had breakfast together later Mr. Roberts gave an extended,
in-depth interview concerning his work on both the Our Gang and L&H
films as well as his memorable appearance in the classic "Two Tars".
David with TB Roberts
Everyone of the celebrities we met were very unassuming and down to
earth. They gave freely of their time and continually signed
autographs and answered countless questions from inquiring Sons.
Tent continued its activities while other meetings and conventions
found their way onto the NNNN Show until Guido Cipriani passed away.
then the Laurel and Hardy Forum came along and with
the administrators' assistance the audio for the 1986 Convention
bacame available online. And now we have our own website thanks to
the dedicated efforts of Dean McKeown and the valuable contributions
of our Drew Smith.
continue to share things I find by posting them on the Laurel
and Hardy Forum and also spend time remastering audio from
the NNNN Show to post here. All in keeping with the original spirit
and intent when the show was founded.
please know that we welcome your audio or news contributions here.
What a great way for all of us to share and keep in touch.
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