Meeting - January 17, 2015
Early To Bed Tent - Oasis 239 began 2015 on Saturday evening, January 17th with a celebration honoring the anniversaries of
the birthdays for Oliver Hardy and “The Boss”, Hal Roach. Bob Duncan started us off with the
traditional singing of the Sons Of The Desert song and the toasts to Stan, Babe and those memorable supporting players at
the Hal Roach Studios. After some announcements about upcoming news and events, Bob introduced our first two short comedies
for the evening. Leading off was a rarely seen Hal Roach All-Star silent two-reeler titled “Should Husbands Pay?”
with Tyler Brooke, James Finlayson and Anita Garvin. This was followed by Charley Chase starring in “Luncheon At Twelve”
with Billy Gilbert. After the first intermission, our special guest for this meeting, author Craig Calman,
shared some personal memories and research from his book “100 Years Of Brodies With Hal Roach” which highlighted
the years of his friendship with Mr. Roach. During our next break, all who were in attendance enjoyed a slice of birthday
cake in tribute to Oliver Hardy and Hal Roach. Seven winners went home with some great prizes from our traditional raffle.
All of the proceeds from this meeting’s raffle were donated to the Sam Bomar Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of
Sam’s father, David Hugh Bomar, who passed away recently in December. The Bomar Family were fellow “Sons”
from Tennessee (and friends of the Early To Bed Tent) who attended several conventions over the years. Our film program concluded
with Stan and Ollie in two of their funniest short comedies, “Their First Mistake” and “Towed In A Hole”.
A sincere thank you goes to Craig Calman for joining us for the evening along with bringing and autographing copies of his
book. It was also great to see Rick Greene with us, who brought a very impressive layout of Laurel &
Hardy one-sheets for everyone to see. Rick, who was the Grand Sheik of the Saps At Sea Tent in San Diego and former editor
of the Intra-Tent Journal, is the designer of our ETB Tent logo. Plus, Ken Runyan was kind enough to bring
one of his creative Laurel & Hardy designs to share with our members and guests. Bob Duncan also provided us with another
great selection of still photographs from his archives that were on display throughout the night. Our student volunteers from
Temple City High School were very helpful to us once again with the preparations in setting the room up before our gathering.
Last but certainly not least, our gratitude goes to our faithful “Night Owls” who picked up where they left off
last year, helping us close up shop until we meet again.
|ETB Tent Meeting - January 17, 2015
|Author Craig Calman
Next Meeting - April 18, 2015
The next meeting for the Early To Bed Tent - Oasis 239 will take place on Saturday evening, April
18, 2015. Along with another great film program, we will also have our traditional raffle plus the ETB refreshment
stand will be ready for you. For those of you who purchased our new Early To Bed Tent T-shirts, please wear
them to our next meeting as we are planning to take a group photo of everyone in their latest ETB Tent attire. As always,
our meeting will take place at the Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 9642 East Live Oak Avenue in Temple City. The
doors open up at 6:00PM and the fun begins at 6:45PM. Hope to see you there!
The Eyes Have It (1928)
We Faw Down (1928)
The Fixer Uppers (1935)
Our Relations (1936)