Moe Howard - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It can be no surprise to anyone who has ever visited the American Treasure Tour that we have a special place in our collective heart for the Three Stooges.  We know that their brand of slapstick comedy is not for everyone, but watching their shorts and their films is a wonderful time capsule, too.  Seeing the world around the Stooges - the cars they drive, the cities they live in - are the often-unacknowledged co-stars of their films.  Of course, the men in the troupe deserve a call-out of their own, and today we are going to talk about Moe Howard, the unofficial leader of the group.

On display in our Toy Box, hidden in plain site next to our giant shoe, is a copy of Moe Howard's book Moe Howard & The Three Stooges, published in 1977 (two years after his death at the age of 77).  By all accounts, the pictorial autobiography is an intimate way to learn the story of a comedy troupe created by intelligent, peace-loving men who performed the roles of ignorant and violent buffoons.  Moe was arguably the foundation of the group - outliving his brothers (Shemp and Curly), as well as Larry Fein.  If you have a love of the Stooges, or an interest in Hollywood, this book is worth checking out.  You can also drive by it here at the Treasure Tour.
QUESTION:  After Larry Fine passed away in 1975, Moe Howard asked which actor to take his place in the Three Stooges?
A)  Johnny Weismuller
B)  Gabby Hayes
C)  Emil Sitka
D)  Charlton Heston

TAKING THE SUBWAY.  If you think of electricity as a power that was not effectively harnessed until the 20th century, think again.  On this day in 1897, the first electric subway system in North America had its grand opening in Boston, Massachusetts.  It was called the Tremont Street Subway, and connected four stations downtown in an effort to unclog busy city streets.  A lot more was to come, in Boston as well as the rest of the United States and the continent.

THE GREY FOX.  Richard Farnsworth was born today in 1920, and enjoyed a career as a Hollywood stuntman before actually being seen on the big screen.  In fact, it was around two decades after he started in Hollywood that his face was seen on camera.  He starred in such films as 1982's The Grey Fox and David Lynch's The Straight Story in 1999, during which he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.  

QUOTE:  I don't know if you saw the parting of the Red Sea [in The Ten Commandments] with the chariots on the horses, I did stuff like that. - Richard Farnsworth

ANSWER:  C)  Emil Sitka.  This long-time collaborator never had an opportunity to take his place with the troupe, unfortunately, because of Moe's passing.