File puptcrit/puptcrit.0603, message 253


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Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2006 20:51:41 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] msg from Lettie Schubert's son


Even a quick email exchange with Lettie would brighten my day.

In 1961 Lettie brought the PofA national festival to a sort of enchanted 
place on the California coast called Asilomar. At that festival Jim Henson 
first met Frank Oz and Jerry Juhl. Frank and Jerry were both working for 
Lettie. What if that extraordinary encounter had never happened?

How I envy the San Francisco puppeteers who had the chance to frequently 
enjoy Lettie's warmth and wisdom.

Lettie gave me permission to quote this story in the foreword  I contributed 
to "American Puppetry." In her own words you get a sense of her keen eye, 
and her great love for the art of puppetry, and puppeteers.


"One year I went to a puppet festival in Buxton, England. The exhibit was 
full of small and mostly crudely made old puppets (which I am sure delighted 
and interested many audiences), but then I came across a beautifully 
designed display with the magnificently designed puppets of John Blundall 
from Cannon Hill Theatre at Birmingham. I knew I had to go meet the artist, 
so just as soon as the festival was over, I took a train to Birmingham, a 
taxi to Cannon Hill and asked to buy a ticket to that afternoon's 
performance. I mentioned I was a puppeteer from the United States. John 
appeared and took me to tea and showed me his studio, his fabulous book 
collection and his puppet collection.  I was inspired, awed and impressed." 
Lettie Connell Schubert


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Frankie Cordero" <frankie_cordero-AT-yahoo.com>
To: <puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Sent: Sunday, March 26, 2006 9:32 AM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] msg from Lettie Schubert's son


>I was only 11 years old when I met Lettie Schubert at
> the National festival in 1993, in San Francisco. I
> remember looking forward to meeting her at the
> festival because of how helpful and friendly she was
> on the phone. She will be missed...
>
> Frankie Cordero
>
> --- Mary Decker <marydeck-AT-earthlink.net> wrote:
>
>> Lettie Schubert was the Mother of the San Francisco
>> Puppeteers Guild
>> and losing her is incomprehensible.  Lettie died on
>> Tuesday, March
>> 21. The following email was written by David
>> Schubert, Lettie's son,
>> a short time before she died... Oh Lettie... We will
>> miss you so
>> much!  -Mary Decker
>>
>>
>>
>> >This message is from David Schubert, Lettie's son.
>> She asked me to
>> >go into her Email and send along a message to
>> friends that are in
>> >her Email address book.
>> >
>> >***************
>> >
>> >Lettie Schubert is currently resting comfortably at
>> her home in Mill
>> >Valley.  Her husband Gage, daughter Becky and son
>> David are with her.
>> >
>> >Lettie began experiencing abdominal discomfort in
>> the fall of 2005,
>> >and went through a comprehensive series of tests
>> throughout the fall
>> >and winter.  In late February 2006 she underwent
>> surgery to remove
>> >ovarian cysts and came home to begin her recovery.
>> Although she
>> >made significant progress during her first week
>> home, something
>> >wasn't right and she was re-admitted to UCSF on
>> March 14th.  During
>> >tests over the next day or two it was determined
>> that she had very
>> >serious problems with her liver and it was
>> beginning to fail.
>> >
>> >On Friday March 17th she returned to her home in
>> Mill Valley to be
>> >with her family and is in hospice care for her
>> failing liver.  She
>> >is happy to be home and is receiving wonderful,
>> gentle comfort care
>> >from the aides, hospice team, her physician and
>> family.
>> >
>> >As of Monday evening, the 20th she is comfortable
>> and peaceful,
>> >though quite weak, and has asked not to receive any
>> visitors outside
>> >the immediate family.
>> >
>> >She wanted us to thank all of her friends and
>> family who have been
>> >so supportive over the years and during her recent
>> illness. She
>> >knows that all of your thoughts, prayers and good
>> wishes are with
>> >her at this time and she has expressed great
>> happiness and
>> >appreciation for the time she spent with each of
>> you.
>> >
>> >Gage, Becky and I would also like to thank all of
>> you for your
>> >support during this difficult time. We know it is
>> very difficult for
>> >you too.
>> >
>> >David Schubert, on behalf of Lettie, Becky and Gage
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