File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 296


To: <puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 21:44:06 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Fran Dowie


Mary, Thanks for that story about the festival

Fran's name was associated with large puppets. but mostly I remember him as 
a funny funny man.

I saw Fran's ventriloquist routine 3 or 4 times and each time it made me
laugh so much, it hurt
Simple summary-
The ventriloquist with huge bravado, carries on while bit by bit his figure
falls apart.

The routine was perfectly timed, and kept getting more and more absurdly 
funny.
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Happy solstice to all, the days are now getting longer (at least North of 
the Equator)
and Happy Mid-summer to everyone in Brazil and Australia

Steve

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mary Decker" <marydeck-AT-earthlink.net>
To: <puptcrit-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2006 3:22 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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