The Early To Bed Tent - Oasis #239

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Last Meeting - August 13, 2016

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 donated. The 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.

 Next Meeting - October 8, 2016

The next meeting of the Early To Bed Tent - Oasis 239 will be taking place at our new start time at 6:00PM on Saturday evening, October 8, 2016 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 9642 East Live Oak Avenue in Temple City, California.


Our film program will pay tribute to the birthdays of Buster Keaton (October 4th) and Charley Chase (October 20th). We'll also have the opportunity to see how an element from a Laurel & Hardy film resurfaced on a popular 1955 television program. Of course, many of the laughs will be provided by Laurel & Hardy


You will also have a chance to win some prizes in our traditional raffle. Plus, the ETB Tent refreshment bar serving up hot dogs, ice cream, beverages and more. The doors open up at 5:15PM and the meeting begins at 6:00PM. We hope that you will be able join us for another evening of fun and laughter with the Early To Bed Tent.

Film Program

Candid Camera  (1961)

The Pip From Pittsburg  (1931)

Any Old Port  (1932)

Corpus Delecti  (1955)

 A Chump At Oxford  (1940)


An Our Gang Comedy Short