Meeting - April 9, 2016
Spring was sprung for the Early To Bed Tent - Oasis 239 as their meeting took
place on the rainy Saturday evening of April 9, 2016. As always, Bob Duncan led everyone in the traditional
singing of the Sons Of The Desert song and the toasts to Stan, Babe and those marvelous mirth-makers of merriment from the
Hal Roach Studios. After some announcements, Bob introduced our first two films of the evening: “Mother Goose Goes Hollywood"
with an animated Stan and Ollie making an appearance as Simple Simon and the Pie Man, plus Charley Chase starring in “The
Chases Of Pimple Street” with Betty Mack, Ruthelma Stevens and Arthur Housman in another one of his memorable performances.
After a short break, we resumed our film program with “Scram” as Stan and Ollie came face to face with an angry
Judge Beaumont. This was followed by Officers Laurel & Hardy doing their best to protect the public in “The Midnight
Patrol” from 1933. Before the film, Bob Duncan shared a very interesting biography of Frank Terry (aka Nat Clifford)
who played the safecracker in the film. The traditional ETB Tent raffle produced six winners taking home some great prizes.
Our final film of the night was “Chickens Come Home” with Stan doing his best to protect Ollie from his past.
Once again, a special thank you to Bob Duncan for sharing his amazing “Show and Tell” collection of photos with
all of us. We want to acknowledge the volunteer students from Temple City High School who
were kind enough to help us set the room up before our meeting. Our gratitude to Stan Taffel for projecting
the films. To Mark and Karen Lochte, your continued “Night Owls” assistance is always very much
appreciated. Thank you to Nick Santa Maria and Ken Runyan for your help during and after
the meeting. Last but not least, a very sincere salute goes to our members and guests who made the drive in the rain to join
us for the evening.
- June 11, 2016
The next meeting of the Early To Bed Tent - Oasis 239 will be taking place on Saturday evening, June 11,
2016 at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, located at 9642 East Live Oak Avenue in Temple City, California. At
this upcoming get together, we will be honoring the 126th anniversary of Stan Laurel's birth AND
there will also be another birthday salute to Hal Roach Studios supporting player, Martha Sleeper,
whose birthday anniversary is also in June. Our good friend, Bob Duncan will be sharing a special
collection of Martha Sleeper's memorabilia for everyone to enjoy before the meeting and during the intermissions as well.
Some of the items on display will be her contract with the Hal Roach
Studios dated May 1925, some examples of her costume jewelry, dresses from her boutique in San Juan and portraits from different
periods in her life. Be sure to arrive early so that you may have
the opportunity to see this rare, wonderful exhibit. Our film program will spotlight Martha in two short comedies from the "Lot Of Fun" plus
three more classic comedies with Stan and Ollie doing what they do best. On top of that, we'll be enjoying some delicious
birthday cake. You will also have an opportunity to win some prizes in our traditional raffle along with the ETB Tent refreshment
bar serving up hot dogs, ice cream, beverages and more. The doors open up at 6:00PM and the meeting begins at 6:45PM. We hope
that you will be able join us for another evening of fun and laughter with the Early To Bed Tent.