captured the voice and the soul of the
World's Greatest Entertainer
The accommodations were absolutely outstanding at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The entire establishment seemed to be honoring the great Al Jolson as well as the Society members. A gigantic banner welcoming the Al Jolson Society was hung in the center of the hotel. Many of Mr. Jolson's movies were played during the day for the pleasure of all guests. Rooms were set up for dinners and entertainment as well as memorabilia purchases that would benefit the Society coffers.
Mr. Tin Pan Alley
Look and Listen to Richard Halpern
The final day was spent honoring the many fine persons who had devoted their time and energy to the preservation of the memory of Al Jolson, The World's Greatest Entertainer. President John Wehrman presented Longevity awards to Norman Duck, Wiilliam Purdy, and Tony Farnfield of Great Britain; Eleanor Setches of Australia; and Dick Mueller, and Harry Rhinehart of the USA. Presidential Awards were presented to Robert Krueger, Skip Mack, Tom Connolly, Dolores Kontowicz, Stan Ball, and Ira Green. Honorary Memberships were bestowed upon Jim Brockson and Dick Mueller. Finally, the Irvin Warwick Award was given to Harry Rhinehart for lifetime achievement in the promotion of Al Jolson.
The Convention ended with a sincere demonstration of love for all members. This outward expression of love was, in the opinion of this editor, the single common theme of the weekend. The Society not only loves and appreciates Al Jolson, they also love one another.