The Early To Bed Tent - Oasis #239

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Last Meeting - August 16, 2014

The August 16, 2014 meeting for the Early To Bed Tent – Oasis 239 began with Bob Duncan leading us in the singing of the Sons Of The Desert song along with the toasts to Stan, Ollie and the celebrated supporting cast from the Hal Roach Studios. After some announcements regarding several upcoming events, Bob introduced our first two films of the evening: “Porky’s Road Race” starring Porky Pig along with many celebrities of the great Hollywood era (including Laurel & Hardy) plus Charley Chase and Rosina Lawrence in "On The Wrong Trek" with a brief appearance from Laurel & Hardy. Following a short intermission, Stan and Ollie tried unsuccessfully to help out Kennedy the cop in “Night Owls”. During the next recess, our traditional raffle found nine winners heading home with many nice prizes. A funny moment during our raffle occurred when ETB Tent member Rita Crandall had won so many prizes at one point that Stan Taffel moved her chair to the front of the room to save time in delivering her winnings. Our “Silent Auction” victors were Norman and Roberta Goldberg who won a Laurel & Hardy Blanket and a framed photo of Stan and Ollie. Norm Klemz won a large Laurel & Hardy statue and a complete set of Buster Keaton films. All of the evening’s proceeds were donated to the UCLA – Laurel and Hardy Preservation Fund in our 4th annual effort for this great project. The film program and evening concluded with a screening of one of Robert Youngson's best tributes to "The Boys" in "Laurel & Hardy's Laughing 20's".
A very sincere thank you is directed to Bobb Lynes for his donation of the Laurel & Hardy statue for the silent auction. Also, many thanks to Mark & Karen Lochte as well as Bill and Bob Burgess for their donations to our raffle. To Stan Taffel, our gratitude is expressed to him for bringing his 16mm projectors and flawlessly running the films for us. Our appreciation is shared for Roberta Goldberg as she brought copies of the Sons Of The Desert song for everyone. Bob Duncan and his always interesting show and tell photos were an added plus for the night. It was very nice to see Codie and Beau Barry with us too. As kids, they attended many of our tent meetings with their grandfather, Amedee O. Richards, Jr. Now, they’ve grown up and we do appreciate them joining us once again. To all of you who so generously donated to our aspiration to help the UCLA – Laurel and Hardy Preservation Fund, we are very grateful for your goodwill to this endeavor. Last but certainly not least, to our ever faithful, dedicated “Night Owls” who stayed after the meeting to help us close up shop, a huge thank you goes out to you.   

 Next Meeting - October 11, 2014
With the fall season upon us, the Early To Bed Tent - Oasis 239 will be getting together for their next meeting on Saturday evening, October 11, 2014 for an evening of films, fun and more.  Another comedy film program, which includes a tribute to Buster Keaton's birthday,  along with a chance to socialize with fellow ETB Tent members and guests plus our traditional raffle will be a part of the evening's activities. The ETB Tent refreshment bar will be up and running (or at least walkingWink) for you with hot dogs, beverages and more. As always, our gathering will take place at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Temple City, California.  The doors open up at 6:00PM and the meeting will begin at 6:45PM. We hope that you will be able to join us and we will look forward to seeing you there.

Film Program

The Autograph Hunter  (1934)

The Silent Partner  (1955)

Berth Marks (1929)

Hog Wild  (1930)

A Chump At Oxford  (1940)

Stan and Ollie with ? in "A Chump At Oxford" (1940)