I did make it up to UCLA and found information on the Wampas Frolic but
nothing about Don Blanding in the 1926 LA Times.
If my computer stays healthy you will get this.
The WAMPAS Baby Stars, a yearly selection of 13 promising starlets, was made
by The Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers. The chosen lucky
thirteen were formally introduced at a coming-out party, known as the Frolic,
an event covered by the media much like today's Academy Award ceremonies
The 1926 was on Thurs., Feb. 4th at the Shrine Auditorium. The Frolic
itself and the program under the direction of Sid Grauman promises to be on of
the really smart events of the cinema social season. There were planned
pre-parties all over LA. All 6400 seats at the Shrine Auditorium were sold
out and hundreds lined the streets outside to get a look at the arriving
The program ran in three sections, each with a master of ceremonies Drama,
Hearts & Mirth. The Metropolitan Theater orchestra did the overture. The
Ballet Petite Enfants had 65 children under 8 years performing and this was
followed by a number by Hal Roachs Our Gang youngsters. THAT DB MENTIONED
IN THE STAR-BULLETIN.
They mentioned many famous movie stars of the time performing and a few
movies being shown. This was followed by a dinner and then a dance with 5
different bands performing. Quite a big deal.
I am trying to find out if the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science
has a copy of the program that might tell us if Dons poem Virgin of Waikiki
However, something interesting was also on the Fri, review of the Frolic and
may have something to do with Dons poem.
NEW EDITOR OF WAMPUS APPOINTED. This is the monthly comic magazine
published by USC students. It stated that the former editor and his
associates were called before the welfare committee of the facility and
requested not to register for the coming semester. The reason given charges
of improper articles, pictures and jokes had appeared in the monthly
publication. I am looking into this and will let you know if this is the
Wampus that Dons poem was in. This is also the magazine that Scotty Creager
contributed and he graduated from USC in 1927.
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