File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 295


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Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 20:37:33 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Fran Dowie


Yup, and he had a book on construction of large puppets, too. The Puppetry 
Store should carry it.

This really is a hard week for the puppetry community. First, George and 
now, Fran. The first image that comes to mind with Fran is him tooling 
around on scooter at festivals (especially at Toledo OH; he was like a 
puppeteer version of "The Wild One"). One really funny and friendly guy. 
Another person I'll miss.

Wayne Krefting


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Horsley" <mphorsley-AT-earthlink.net>
To: <puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 2:42 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Fran Dowie


> Didn't Fran Dowie do big puppets? I seem to recall seeing him at 
> Georgetown
> in 80, the only fest that I have attended....
>
> Mary
>
> "The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
> -Walter Bagehot
>
> "One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the
> choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape
> ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And, the choices we make
> are ultimately our own responsibility."-----Eleanor Roosevelt
>
> "Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are
> dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do
> it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many
> tomorrows.
>
> -Michael Landon
>
> www.gentleteaching.com
>
> We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
>
> --Oprah Winfrey
>
>
>
>
>
> > [Original Message]
> > From: Mary Decker <marydeck-AT-earthlink.net>
> > To: <puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org>
> > Date: 12/23/2006 3:21:24 PM
> > Subject: [Puptcrit] Fran Dowie
> >
> > Hello Puptcritters,
> >
> > Well, more sad news...  I just got an email from Luman Coad, telling
> > me that Fran Dowie died on Thursday night -- December 21.   Fran was
> > in an assisted-living home for the last few years and I'm told that
> > he instructed the residents there on how to make puppets and do
> > puppet performances.
> >
> > I'll never forget how depressed Fran was when he arrived at the 1997
> > P of A Festival in Toledo.  His wife, Louis, had died and he didn't
> > want to go to the festival without her.  So he decided he wasn't
> > going to go.  Period.  But then his family packed his bags, paid his
> > registration, and said, "You're going!"  At the end of the festival,
> > Fran joyfully expressed how therapeutic the whole week had been for
> > him.  It was a great moment to hear him gush like that.
> >
> > Mary Decker
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