Did I See Marilyn?
6th Sept 2013
a great start to our new session of talks: Allan Stuttard,
a superb raconteur, gave us his talk entitled “ Did
I see Marilyn”. Surprisingly he did see Marilyn Munroe, from a great
distance, when she appeared on the stage of an American Army Camp in
. He also saw Bob Hope, surely a greater attraction than Munroe, and thought
he saw Al Jolson. After a life time of
collecting Jolson recordings, films and
memorabilia he was told, by his wife much to her amusement, that Jolson
died two years before he saw him. It was obviously a Jolson
impersonator he saw, but what about Marilyn ?
was just one of the humorous interludes which punctuated the serious parts
of his talk about his life as a National Service man in Hong Kong and
during the war with the North Koreans. He got extremely rapid promotion to
Lance Corporal because of his aptitude for volunteering. It gained him an
extra seven shillings per week and entry to the Bomb Demolition Squad.
Because he was under nineteen he was not allowed to go to the front and
fight but was sent to
for training. The war was almost over when he returned to
but again he volunteered to stay behind and help The Staffordshire Regiment
due to a sergeant’s
navigational inability he ended up in an American Camp at the same time as
the entertainment arrived. This is where he thought he saw Marilyn.
not likely to be as humorous our next talk should be fascinating. It is
titled “History of
” and will be presented by Betty Smithson on September 20th at