File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 185


To: <puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 23:31:37 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] puppeteers outlawed



When they outlaw puppetry, only the outlaws will have puppets.

B. Shur




> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2009 21:51:05 -0400
> From: puppetpro-AT-aol.com
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] puppeteers outlawed
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> I never heard of the Czech puppeteer Betlach before. Sounds like a good story.
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> Henry More Smith, alias William Newman, (among other names) also escaped several times. 
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> Ro.
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> From: czechmarionettes-AT-aol.com
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
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> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] puppeteers outlawed
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> "The Mysterious Stranger..,or the memoirs of Henry 
> Moore Smith alias...." by Sheriff Walter Bates
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>  Hey, Ro,
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> Where can one find this book?  I know about a Czech puppeteer and ventriloquist, 
> Franti=B9ek
> Betlach  who was also a bigamist and counterfeiter.  "Doing time in South 
> Minnesota, Franti=B9ek and
> two other inmates escaped through air vents to the roof, using the classic
> means of torn bedsheets for ropes.  He
> eventually served his sentence in state prison, was released in 1903,
> straightened his life and moved West, to Marienthall, Kansas..."
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> Vit
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> P.S.: In
> 1894, Franti=B9ek Betlach apparently self-published an autobiography Cesk=FD
> Marionet=E1r a brichomluvec; jeho zivotopisné a cestopisné vzpom=EDnky.  (Czech  
> Puppeteer
> and Ventriloquist; Reminiscences of his Life and Travels.) I've been trying to 
> track this book for years with no luck.  SO if anybody out there knows about it, 
> let me know.
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> THE CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE
> info-AT-czechmarionettes.org http://www.czechmarionettes.org 212-777-3891
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> "Vit Horejs has written and directed a first-rate, thoroughly original 
> production and made 
> it look effortless.  The cast gives charged, cohesive 
> performances, and the staging is expert".
>              Anita Gates, the New York Times.
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> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
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> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] puppeteers outlawed
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> You would need to go to20some primary sources. In Connecticut, puppeteers were 
> outlawed (along with other itinerant performers and salesmen) for a time after 
> the Revolution. I wonder if arrests were made -- or did they just receive a 
> ticket and fine? Anyway -- you could look up those records and find out. There's 
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> a wonderful book from the 1800's written by a sheriff who pursued an escaped 
> prisoner who was a puppeteer. "The Mysterious Stranger..,or the memoirs of Henry 
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> Moore Smith alias...." by Sheriff Walter Bates.
> Rolande      
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> From: Hobey Ford <hobeyone-AT-gmail.com>
> To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
> Sent: Wed, Sep 9, 2009 5:13 pm
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] colonial times
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> Yes John, I'm afraid you are the one to do it.  We will supply moral
> support and a little bag of pretzels.
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> On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 4:39 PM, Bell, John<john.bell-AT-uconn.edu> wrote:
> > D'oh!
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> > Dr. John T. Bell
> > Director
> > Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
> > University of Connecticut
> > 6 Bourn Place Unit 5212
> > Storrs, Connecticut  06269-5212
> > office: 860 486 0806
> > cell: 617 599 3250
> > www.bimp.uconn.edu
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> ribution to the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, please 
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> > https://secure.ga4.org/01/uconn_foundation_giving, and select "Ballard 
> Puppetry Museum" from the "Purpose" list.  Thanks for your support!
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> > From: puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org [mailto:puptcrit-bounces-AT-puptcrit.org] On 
> Behalf Of Robert Rogers
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> >>Clearly there is a need for a new comprehensive history of American puppet
> >>theater!  What could we do about this situation?
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> > John, that's a subject for your next book.
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> > Robert Rogers
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