The Early To Bed Tent meeting of Saturday evening, August 13, 2016 began
with Bob Duncan leading us in the singing of the Sons Of The Desert song along with the traditional toasts
to Stan, Babe and those jovial jokers of joy from the Hal Roach Studios. A salute was also offered to the 2018 Sons Of The
Desert convention host, Grand Sheik Gene Sorkin and The Chimp Tent of Cincinnati, Ohio who were having their meeting on the
same day as us.
After making some announcements about
upcoming events, Bob introduced our first two films for the evening: Seeing
Stars, a Krazy Kat cartoon which featured many of those fabulous
Hollywood celebrities (including Laurel & Hardy) from the wonderful era in the 1930’s followed by Charley Chase
starring in one of his funniest silent comedies titled Limousine
Love. After a short time out, the film program continued with Stan
and Ollie trying to pull “a fast one” on Mrs. Laurel in Blotto. During our next intermission, eleven members and guests won some pretty nice
prizes from quite an assortment in our raffle. A tremendous acknowledgement of appreciation is shared with everyone who generously
contributed to our raffle for the Laurel & Hardy Preservation
Fund at the UCLA
Film & Preservation Archive to which ALL of the proceeds were
evening concluded with a screening of Robert Youngson’s most memorable documentary, The Golden Age Of Comedy, starring Laurel & Hardy along with Ben Turpin, Harry Langdon, many
moments from Mack Sennett comedies and more.
At our meeting, we were also very happy to welcome some special guests. Author Randy Skretvedt
with copies of his “Ultimate Edition” masterpiece “Laurel & Hardy - The Magic Behind The Movies”
joined us with Rob Ray. Also with us was Rick Greene, the former editor of
the Intra-Tent Journal, Grand Sheik emeritus of the Saps At Sea Tent in San Diego and the creator of our Early To Bed Tent
logo. Plus, John Field, the current Grand Sheik of San Diego’s Saps At Sea Tent was here with David
Webb and shared in the fun for the night.
Thank you to Alan Aperlo for donating the funds from the sale of his many DVDs and books
to the Laurel & Hardy Preservation Fund. As always, Bob Duncan had another great collection of photos from his personal
archive on display for everyone to enjoy. To Stan Taffel, our gratitude for once again flawlessly projecting
our film program. Since the volunteer students from Temple City High School are on summer vacation, our sincere appreciation
goes to Mark and Karen Lochte along with Stan Taffel for arriving early to help set everything up before
the meeting. To our ever faithful “Night Owls” (including the ones who were there before our gathering), we want
to offer a very big expression of thanks for staying afterward to help us clean house and wrap things up for the evening.
In closing, our gratefulness is shared with all of our members and guests who traveled near and far to spend their Saturday
night with us.