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RE: [DoubleStarsA2] Chuck Jones was a square dancer & roll call

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  • john seki
    john & margaret will be there. To: cuestasquares@yahoogroups.com; doublestarsa2@yahoogroups.com From: tc_dang@yahoo.com Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:54:07 -0700
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 16, 2013
      john & margaret  will be there.


      To: cuestasquares@yahoogroups.com; doublestarsa2@yahoogroups.com
      From: tc_dang@...
      Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 13:54:07 -0700
      Subject: [DoubleStarsA2] Chuck Jones was a square dancer & roll call

       

      Who knew that the Bugs Bunny animator was a square dancer.

      Also please let me whether or not you'll be able to attend the upcoming dances (Adv on 4/21 and/or Plus on 4/23).

      Thanks,
      --Thom



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      Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:00 PM
      Subject: lgcwsd Digest, Vol 98, Issue 17

      Message: 2
      Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 03:11:07 -0400
      Subject: [lgcwsd] Chuck Jones (the cartoonist) as a square dancer

      Hey, all -- as an interesting diversion --

      My chatterbox acquaintances from the "trad-dance-caller" Yahoo group mostly talk (and argue) about contra dances and the revival of "traditional" squares, but a handful of them who are old enough remember Bob Osgood and his original "Sets In Order" magazine from the 1950s, a time long before Callerlab, when square dancing was still a novelty and young married couples were still flocking to the activity. Turns out that Chuck Jones, the Warner Brothers animator who directed countless cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny et al, was himself an avid square dancer in Hollywood and Beverly Hills at the time. He was a good friend of Bob Osgood and, as it turns out, a regular contributor to the magazine.

      The University of Denver has recently digitally archived their collection of "Sets In Order" mags; many of the covers were done by Chuck Jones. He also did many inside illustrations and even contributed a few columns. Here's a link to an article on the Cartoon Brew website highlighting Jones and the magazine: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/classic/gallery-the-square-dance-art-of-warner-bros-director-chuck-jones-81294.html

      The actual U of Denver magazine archives can be found here -- http://digitaldu.coalliance.org/fedora/repository/codu:59239 
      -- and also here: http://newsquaremusic.com/sioindex.html

      What I love about all this is that with just a little research you can be treated to a really human-level view of what the square dance scene was really like sixty years ago when it was still new, vital, and populated mostly by young couples in their 30s and 40s. Yes, the magazine reflects the attitudes of the times, those Truman-and-Eisenhower 1950s, when all-American couplehood was really heavily emphasized and people still felt compelled to "dress up" to go out (whether formally or in square dance attire). Obviously we on this mailing list belong to a different time, a different culture, and different attitudes... and yet it's fascinating and amusing to see how much we also have in common with those folks from back then! 

      Chuck Jones clearly brought an observant eye to the dances he attended and represented the variety of characters he found in his drawings. Funny thing is that versions of those same characters can be found on our dance floors today. :-) Check it out -- it should make you laugh!

      Enjoy...

      Chip Prince
      NYC (Times Squares)

    • walt_cb
      Thom, we can t make it as I ll be out of town that week end.   WALT ________________________________ From: Thom Cuong M. Dang To: Cuesta
      Message 2 of 3 , Apr 17, 2013
        Thom, we can't make it as I'll be out of town that week end.

         
        WALT


        From: Thom Cuong M. Dang <tc_dang@...>
        To: Cuesta Squares <cuestasquares@yahoogroups.com>; Double Stars A2 <doublestarsa2@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:54 PM
        Subject: [DoubleStarsA2] Chuck Jones was a square dancer & roll call

         
        Who knew that the Bugs Bunny animator was a square dancer.

        Also please let me whether or not you'll be able to attend the upcoming dances (Adv on 4/21 and/or Plus on 4/23).

        Thanks,
        --Thom



        ----- Forwarded Message -----
        Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:00 PM
        Subject: lgcwsd Digest, Vol 98, Issue 17

        Message: 2
        Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 03:11:07 -0400
        Subject: [lgcwsd] Chuck Jones (the cartoonist) as a square dancer

        Hey, all -- as an interesting diversion --

        My chatterbox acquaintances from the "trad-dance-caller" Yahoo group mostly talk (and argue) about contra dances and the revival of "traditional" squares, but a handful of them who are old enough remember Bob Osgood and his original "Sets In Order" magazine from the 1950s, a time long before Callerlab, when square dancing was still a novelty and young married couples were still flocking to the activity. Turns out that Chuck Jones, the Warner Brothers animator who directed countless cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny et al, was himself an avid square dancer in Hollywood and Beverly Hills at the time. He was a good friend of Bob Osgood and, as it turns out, a regular contributor to the magazine.

        The University of Denver has recently digitally archived their collection of "Sets In Order" mags; many of the covers were done by Chuck Jones. He also did many inside illustrations and even contributed a few columns. Here's a link to an article on the Cartoon Brew website highlighting Jones and the magazine: http://www.cartoonbrew.com/classic/gallery-the-square-dance-art-of-warner-bros-director-chuck-jones-81294.html

        The actual U of Denver magazine archives can be found here -- http://digitaldu.coalliance.org/fedora/repository/codu:59239 
        -- and also here: http://newsquaremusic.com/sioindex.html

        What I love about all this is that with just a little research you can be treated to a really human-level view of what the square dance scene was really like sixty years ago when it was still new, vital, and populated mostly by young couples in their 30s and 40s. Yes, the magazine reflects the attitudes of the times, those Truman-and-Eisenhower 1950s, when all-American couplehood was really heavily emphasized and people still felt compelled to "dress up" to go out (whether formally or in square dance attire). Obviously we on this mailing list belong to a different time, a different culture, and different attitudes... and yet it's fascinating and amusing to see how much we also have in common with those folks from back then! 

        Chuck Jones clearly brought an observant eye to the dances he attended and represented the variety of characters he found in his drawings. Funny thing is that versions of those same characters can be found on our dance floors today. :-) Check it out -- it should make you laugh!

        Enjoy...

        Chip Prince
        NYC (Times Squares)


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