The Early To Bed Tent - Oasis #239

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Last Meeting - January 17, 2015

The 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
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Author Craig Calman

     
 
 
Next Meeting - April 18, 2015
 
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Film Program

The Eyes Have It  (1928)

We Faw Down  (1928)

The Fixer Uppers  (1935)

Our Relations (1936)