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The Intra-Tent Journal

Issue 168 of the Intra-Tent Journal has arrived.

There is, as usual, plentiful coverage of Sons of the Desert events worldwide.

Editor Bill Oates looks back at the history of our Conventions, especially the genesis of the first International Convention, held in Chicago in 1978.

There is a fond focus on Roger Gordon, who originated the ITJ.

Tracy Tolzman writes about the joys of looking at peripheral things in Laurel and Hardy movies and one item especially reminded us of a favourite feature of Bowler Dessert in years gone by...

Contact the ITJ through editor Bill Oates at Bill will at the UK Convention in Norwich at the beginning on May.

Inaugural Scottish Film Festival 11th-13th May

Eric Woods spotted this in The Independent:

Happy Deuces

On 20th April the Flying Deuces Tent of Northern New Jersey, Oasis #8 celebrated its Fiftieth Anniversary at its annual banquet. It was a great success, reports Al (Voodoo) Deraney.

On the telly

Look out for the following on the Talking Pictures channel (spotted by Tony Hillman):

Mon 30th April, 3.50 pm:
The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case

Tues 1st May, 8.15 am:
Busy Bodies

Fri 4th May, 8.00 am
Tit For Tat

Sun 6th May, 9.35am
Them Thar Hills

Kickstart the caravan

Many of you have probably heard about the crowdfunding campaign "Hollywood Victory Caravan - A Star Spangled Show" by my good friend Irv Hyatt on Kickstarter. NO? Then it's about time: his DVD project includes never-before released colour footage of LAUREL and HARDY on stage during the Hollywood Victory Caravan tour in 1942. Irv writes about it:
"A former soldier, he told me that he was in attendance the evening the all-star troupe performed on May 2, 1942. Over 4 decades after the event he never forgot the experience of seeing so many stars live. The soldier told me he sat in the tenth row center of the arena. He also brought his 16mm home movie camera with him, along with two rolls of Kodachrome film."

At the moment, the campaign has been financed for about 50%. Only 16 days remain to reach the Kickstarter goal and preserve and make available a piece of film history for Laurel and Hardy fans. Please help spread the word and get informed - it's easy.

A new book about LAUREL & HARDY is already in preparation - are you curious yet? And there still are a few remaining copies of the limited edition of my SPOT ON! book. In autumn at the very latest, these will be sold out, so get yours while you can.

Michael Ehret