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  Did I See Marilyn?
Allan Stuttard

6th Sept 2013

What 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 Korea . 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 ?

This 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 Korea 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 Japan for training. The war was almost over when he returned to Korea 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.


Although not likely to be as humorous our next talk should be fascinating. It is titled “History of  the Thackray Medical Museum ” and will be presented by Betty Smithson on September 20th at Otley Methodist Church at 10-00am.     

 

 

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