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|| On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Chester H. Lauck, Jr. passed away. His role
in both the National Lum and Abner Society (organized with his permission in
1984) and the Lum and Abner comic strip (which he authorized in 2011) can
never be overstated. Mr. Lauck was the owner of the Lum and Abner
trademark and franchise, a status which continues with his family.
Of course, his famous father, Chester H. Lauck, Sr., created such
memorable characters as Lum, Cedric, Grandpappy Spears, Snake Hogan,
and others, being half of the team who entertained millions on the Lum and
Abner radio programs from 1931 to 1954.
Mr. Lauck, his wife Karen, and children Nancy, Amanda, Scott, and Chet III
attended numerous NLAS Conventions, offering their memories and meeting
the enthusiastic Lum and Abner fandom still active to this day.
The NLAS and the Lum and Abner comic strip "ossifers," members, and
fans offer sincere condolences to the Lauck family.
For more information, click here for the official obituary, and click here to
visit a memorial album on Facebook.
|The daughter of Chester and Harriet Lauck,|
Shirley Lauck Babcock,
passed away in April 2015.
The National Lum and Abner Society
offers condolences and prayers
for the entire family.
Mr. and Mrs. Babcock were
our special guests at the
1994 NLAS Convention.
We cherish our memories of them.
We will present more information soon.
CLICK HERE for photos.
CLICK HERE for Shirley's article.
|UPDATED JUNE 9, 2015
Lum and Abner Festival!
Mena, Arkansas! 2015!
We had a blast! Thanks to all who attended, and we missed
those who were unable to come.
John Rose has posted an article on his King Features
Syndicate web page! Read it by CLICKING HERE!
There were all sorts of fun activities on both days! Check the
Lum and Abner Festival on Facebook by clicking HERE. To
learn all about what Mena has to offer, our friend Candace
Riner invites you to check her Visit Mena website by clicking
The NLAS conducted a program starring our two special
guests, John Rose (cartoonist of Snuffy Smith) and Mike
Curtis (award-winning writer of Dick Tracy)!
Here is how it went:
Friday, June 5 - 4:00 - Janssen Park:
Donnie Pitchford performed a Lum and Abner cartoon
sketching program! See lots of photos on Facebook in the
Lum and Abner Comic Strip Group! CLICK HERE!
Saturday, June 6 - 12:30 - Ouachita Little Theater: The NLAS
presented John Rose and Mike Curtis!
12:30: Meet and greet! (We met and greeted!)
1:00: Program began! It included:
John Rose's chalk talk!
A new Lum and Abner play! Lum and Abner met Snuffy Smith
and Dick Tracy!
Books for sale (Snuffy Smith, Lum and Abner)!
It had been four years since we were last in Mena, as part of
the Ouachita Little Theater's programs (Click HERE for that
story), and a full DECADE since we conducted an official
NLAS Convention, so were happy to be back in Mena!
If you're a member of the Lum and Abner Comic Strip Group
or the Lum and Abner Radio Show Fan Club on Facebook
(those are links to take you there), I will do my best to keep
you posted of future events.
Feel free to contact me at this e-mail address if you want more
Thanks to Candace Riner, Rudi Timmerman, The Mena Star,
and everyone who made this so memorable!
-"Uncle Donnie" Pitchford
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED NEWS:
Sadly, another friend of the NLAS and Lum and Abner has
passed away. We regret we only learned about it on December
26, 2014, when Vice-President Brown was in the process of
making his annual Christmas calls to our Honorary Members.
Forrest was a Guest-of-Honor at the 1996 National Lum and
Abner Society Convention. He was truly a kind and generous
gentleman, with many fond memories of Lum and Abner.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
UPDATED AUGUST 26, 2014
The NLAS is 30!
Yes, friends, it's true! I'm sure you've been bombarded with
the news from every corner of the media, but -
You say it's news to you?
Well, believe it or not, it sort of slipped up on us as well!
In was in July-August of 1984 that the first issue of The Jot
'Em Down Journal was published! To celebrate that fact,
we've prepared an annotated PDF of that first issue, with
bonus pages showing how it evolved. To access your copy,
please click here and allow some time for the download. It's
about 10mb in size.
If possible, we'll offer similar "reprints" of the next issues of
1984 as they reach their 30th birthdays.
As for current Lum and Abner news, many of you are aware of
the Lum and Abner comic strip which runs every Sunday with
both a graphic version and an audio production. We are also
considering a new NLAS Convention for June 2015, if all goes
At right are some photos relating to the beginnings of the
National Lum and Abner Society. First we see "Uncle Donnie"
Pitchford (standing at left) shaking hands with "Singin' Sam"
Brown. Their first meeting was in 1982 at the old Dick
Huddleston Store in the real Pine Ridge, Arkansas. The
building is now home to Lum and Abner's Jot 'Em Down
Store, connected to the Lum and Abner Museum. Curators are
Kathy and Lon Stucker, who have been serving in that
capacity for longer than the NLAS has existed!
During the 1984 Lum and Abner Day in Pine Ridge, Sam
Brown and Tim Hollis (who is standing at far right in the photo
at right) met Rex Riffle of West Virginia. Not long after the
NLAS became official, Rex was appointed to the office of
publicity director. He served until 1991.
Lum and Abner Day was held for several years in Pine Ridge,
to benefit the Pine Ridge Fire Department. Our first two NLAS
Conventions were held in the Pine Ridge Fire Hall.
To read the announcements we posted in 2012-13, please
Membership in the NLAS is FREE! Just
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