File puptcrit/puptcrit.0801, message 61

Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2008 12:45:27 EST
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] School Tours

Sorry, Folks:
I misent an empty email...

Rolande, Jim and Steve, et al:

Jim Menke is correct in that Rufus and Margo did their Variety numbers 
following their story shows. They actually did do school shows among others across 
the country, and one of their first booking agents (following their success at 
the 1933 Worlds Fair in Chicago,) was The School Assembly Service. A big break 
for the Roses. In fact, I first saw the Roses perform at my elementary school 
around 1947. (A big break for me!!!) LOL

But the show Steve Milward saw was not the Roses. They never had an Elvis 
figure or a Minnie Pearl marionette as part of their Variety.   Jim may be 
correct with Johnny Faust (Faustman). He worked for Baird for a while (I hope I am 
right about that) and some of his marionette designs were obviously influenced 
by Baird's work. I have no idea how long Johnny worked, but there is a photo 
or two of him   in Paul McP's PUPPETRY Yearbooks from the late '30s or early 

Hope this helps.

Fred T.

> To my knowledge, Rufus Rose never did school assemblies. His variety 
> numbers
> were usually done in conjunction with the big story shows.
> It might have been a puppeteer from Chicago, Johnny Faust.
> On 1/7/08, Rolande Duprey <> wrote:
> >
> > Dear Steve,
> > I could be wrong, but it sounds like you saw Rufus Rose. Ask the
> > experts -- Fred Thompson may know.
> >
> > Rolande

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