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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Dr. Jan Younger to speak about Buddy Walker 2010.06.09

Written by David Green.

ginnivan.jack__buddy2.jpgBy DAVID GREEN

When Dr. Jan Younger thinks about the days of Fayette’s Ginnivan tent show, he knows there are a lot stories to be told.

In 2001, he met with the child star of the show—the late Bud Walker—and he came away thinking there were probably four doctoral dissertations that could be written about Buddy Walker.

Dr. Younger, the recently retired chair of the Heidelberg College honors program, will attend the Fayette Arts Council’s annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Opera House. The title of his talk is “Reflections on Bud Walker, the Ginnivan Tent Show and a Life Remembered.”

Bud Walker’s parents performed with the Ginnivan Dramatic Company and little Buddy grew up with the show. Eventually he became a big part of the show, thanks to Jack Sexton.

Sexton traveled with Norma Ginnivan’s company starting in 1934 and he took a liking to four-year-old Buddy, who was already finding his place as a drummer.

Working with Sexton, Buddy took on the persona of Bozo the Clown, a cigar-chomping hobo who delivered the punch lines to Sexton’s role as the straight man.

An article published in Billboard magazine that year stated, “The youngster puts his punch in lines in a manner that is remarkable for one of his age and has the poise and assurance of a veteran trooper.”

The magazine later described Buddy as “America’s youngest professional drummer,” since he played with the pit band during performances.

Jack Sexton went on to become known as Jack Sterling, a popular name in radio, and he later served as the host of “The Big Top” television show.

Buddy turned the tramp act into a one-man show before leaving in 1942 and focusing on his education, about the time the tent show business began its collapse.

Fayette Arts Council president Tom Spiess invited Dr. Younger to talk a little about himself—as a Presidential Scholar, he’s interviewed figures including Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher—about his studies of Mark Twain, and about Fayette’s Buddy Walker.

Some members of Walker’s family are expected to attend the program and guests are invited to offer recollections.

• To help with planning, Arts Council members suggest that guests make a reservation by calling 419/237-3111 or 237-3091.

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