File puptcrit/puptcrit.0612, message 60

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Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 22:27:25 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Ken Feit Request.

My friendship with Ken was similar. He died in Aug 1981, I seem to remember 
it was Utah where the car ran off the road.
I first met Ken at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Marin county, north of 
San Francisco. The meeting was unforgettable
Bruce Schwartz was performing at the Faire too.
Back east in Philadelphia, my home became Ken's "crash pad" in Philly.

We traveled to quite a few other places together-Washington, Balitmore, NY, 
Canada. As you say he had fascinating friends everywhere.I spent some time 
with him and his mom in the house he grew up in, in Chicago
He would sometimes create a paper animal in a check out line in the grocery 
store and give one to the clerk.
I saw him perform many times- mostly at Catholic Colleges.
I still have some of the paper animals, and also little parchment cards with 
his sound poetry, some things he brought back from Asia too.

Zack the jazz player of the one-string bass is also one of my favorites.

I am grateful that Stephens request for stories brought Ken closer to me 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "mjm" <>
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Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2006 1:26 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Ken Feit Request.

>I saw Ken many times, but rarely with an audience. More often than not
> it was just he & I or he and a couple of us. many times we were having
> other convesations and he would ask if he could show something he was
> working on (when he had his old little cardboard suitcase that he
> basically live out of). We lived in the same space in Milwaukee for a
> while. When he was out of town, which was usually, it was my tiny room.
> When he came back into town it became his, and I would sleep in one of
> the many little loft like spaces in the owner designed house of our
> friend and mentor insui.
> I also met up with him on a trip to Berkeley, SanFran & Oakland . he
> introduced me to many of his friends in the three cities, who were all
> almost as interesting, brilliant, creative, individualistic and
> talented as he was.
> My 60 year old brain now mixes much of his story
> telling/puppetry/poetry/dance together into one patchwork quilt of Ken.
> The freeing of the water from ice cube form, the origami characters,
> the soda straw music, the no/Noh string bass player, so many, many
> inventions of narrative. And then was the usual: hey, this is something
> you guys should do. After his death we actually did a show inspired and
> dedicated to him that we entitled SMALL MIRACLES.
> You probably already found these images:
> On Dec 6, 2006, at 10:08 PM, Stephen Kaplin wrote:
>> Hello again,
>>   I am repeating a request to all elder pupt critters, asking if anyone
>> has seen a performance by the master storyteller, holy fool, Ken Feit.
>> He died in 1981. If you have- please send me a short description of
>> what you saw. This is for an article for the next Puppetry
>> International on micro-theater.
>> Also-- I am still looking for photos of Ken in action.
>> Thanks in advance.
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