The Sons of
the Desert describes itself as a society with scholarly
overtones and heavily social undertones. We are dedicated to Stan
Laurel and Oliver Hardy and their films. There are groups
each group called a tent, and each tent derives its name from one
Stan and Ollie’s movies.
When Stan Laurel learned that the Sons of the Desert would have
celebration as its essential theme, he thoroughly approved. He
“The only thing I really insist is that everybody have a hell of a
of fun.” His wish has been keenly honoured!
We have regular screenings of Laurel and Hardy films. Our meetings
always filled with laughter and friendship. In addition, the Sons
the Desert have national and international conventions, special
magazines, newsletters and various collectables.
We do hope that you will join us.
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excellent Bowler Dessert Magazine and monthly Laurel and Hardy
subscription also includes membership to The Sons of the Desert.
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Sons of the Desert Constitution
The Sons of the Desert is an organization with scholarly overtones
and heavily social undertones devoted to the loving study of the
persons and films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
The founding members are Orson Bean, Al Kilgore, John McCabe,
Chuck McCann, and John Municino.
The Sons of the Desert shall have the following officers and board
members who will be elected at an annual meeting:
* Grand Sheik
* Vice-Sheik (Sheik in charge of vice)
* Sub-Vice-Vizier (Sheik-Treasurer, and in charge of sub-vice)
* Grand Vizier (Corresponding Secretary)
* Board Members-at-Large (This number should not exceed 812)
All officers and Board Members-at-Large shall sit at an exalted
place at the annual banquet table.
The officers and Board Members-at-Large shall have absolutely no
Despite his absolute lack of authority, the Grand Sheik or his
deputy shall act as chairman at all meetings, and will follow the
standard parliamentary procedure in conducting same. At the
meetings, it is hoped that the innate dignity, sensitivity, and
good taste of the members assembled will permit activities to be
conducted with a lively sense of deportment and good order.
Article VI is ridiculous.
The Annual Meeting shall be conducted in the following sequence:
2. Business meeting and cocktails.
3. Dinner (with cocktails).
4. After-dinner speeches and cocktails.
6. Coffee and Cocktails.
7. Showing of Laurel and Hardy film.
8. After-film critique and cocktails.
9. After-after-film critique and cocktails.
10. Stan has suggested this period. In his words: "All members are
requested to park their camels and hire a taxi; then return for
One for the desert!"
Section "4" above shall consist in part of the following toasts:
* "To Stan"
* "To Babe"
* "To Fin"
* "To Mae Busch and Charlie Hall - who are eternally
Section "8" above shall include the reading of scholarly papers on
Laurel and Hardy. Any member going over an 8 1/2 minute time limit
will have his cocktails limited to fourteen.
Hopefully, and seriously, the Sons of the Desert, in the strong
desire to perpetuate the spirit and genius of Laurel and Hardy,
will conduct activities ultimately and always devoted to the
preservation of their films and the encouragement of their showing
There shall be member societies in other cities called "Tents,"
each of which shall derive its name from one of the films.
Stan has suggested that members might wear a fez or blazer patch
with an appropriate motto. He says: "I hope that the motto can be
blue and grey, showing two derbies with these words superimposed:
'Two minds without a single thought'." These words have duly been
set into the delightful escutcheon created for The Sons of the
Desert by Al Kilgore. They have been rendered into Latin in the
spirit of Stan's dictum that our organization should have, to use
his words, "a half-assed dignity" about it. We shall strive to
maintain precisely that kind of dignity at all costs - at all