A Who's Who
& Dan Finch
has a “hall of fame” to recognize the contributions of past
participants who set the standard for all to follow. We don’t have
a Hall of Fame or a Who’s Who in round dancing, but the two
international organizations come close—ICBDA with its Golden Torch
Award and RAL with its Silver Halo.
The awards are
be important. Neither is awarded every year. In the 35 years since
the first Golden Torch was presented to Gordon & Betty Moss,
there have been only 22 other awards. The Silver Halo has been
presented nine times since it was first awarded in 1987.
Some of the list
know—Wayne & Barbara Blackford, Ron & Ree Rumble, Bill &
Carol Goss, Curt & Tammy Worlock, Kenji & Nobuko Shibata, and
of course Eddie & Audrey Palmquist. But, who were Bill &
Elsye Johnson, Bud & Lil Knowland, Ben Highburger? Nowhere is
there any information on these leaders who have been so important to
our activity. Perhaps we have become old enough that we now need to
take stock of our history.
There is ONE place that has chronicled the activities of our Who’s
Who in round dancing—Round Dancer Magazine. During the five
decades the magazine was published, it gave us cue sheets of new
dances, reports from around the country on what was being taught, and
a kind of gossip column to keep everyone in tune with friends. It
also featured a couple on each month’s cover with a short article
called “Our Kover Kidz.” If you want to know anything about the
500 or so round dance leaders who were important in their day, that’s
where you have to go.
The magazine is
now. The only mention of it on Google is an eBay offering of “one
rare, vintage” edition from June 1969, featuring Roy & Juanita
Close on the cover. It had a starting bid of $5.99. (The seller said
it was the only issue she had.)
Copies of the
still exist in individual dance collections, and we are ever so
fortunate to have become a kind of repository of all things round
dance. We thank the many of you—Lynn Brewer, the family of Louise
Pewsey, Betty Stottlemyer, Carmel Murbach, Audrey Palmquist—who
have donated books, magazines, and other dance memorabilia to our
collection. Because of that, we have Round Dancer magazines
spanning more than 40 years (and looking to eventually have the
The treasure of Round
Dancer Magazine became obvious this summer when ICBDA presented
its Golden Torch award. Reading the list of honorees from the past we
saw names even we didn’t recognize. The first name that jumped out
was Bud & Lil Knowland. We didn’t remember ever having a
festival teach from them. Who were they? We didn’t need to look
further than our Round Dancer Magazine.
From a club
newsletter prepared by Dan
and Sandi Finch , September
in the Dixie Round Dance Council (DRDC)
Newsletter, July/August 2014.
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