Sunday, January 14, 2018

From the Mail Bag

Dear Mr. Trumbull,

I have recently published my essay, Robert Benchley's "Cooper Folk Songs," "Typical New Yorkers," and "Real Americans," which just appeared in Western Folklore, Volume 77, Number 1 (Winter 2018). I thought that perhaps this essay might be of interest to you and that you might also wish to inform the members of the Benchley Society of its publication.

It is academic; but I hope not pedantic.

Thank you.

To see tear sheets contact me at

Michael J. Bell
Special Counsel to the President
Transylvania University, Retired

Inter-Office Memo


From: Kathleen LAST NAME
Sent: Sunday, January 07, 2018 6:20 PM
To: David Trumbull
Subject: RE: Posts from Robert Benchley Society for 01/06/2018

You make that way too complicated. I get the I'm not a Robot stuff, but how many vehicles do I have to find?! Give up...



We regret that you had a less than satisfactory experience posting comments on the RBS blog. We appreciate your interest in the work of the Society and value your comments. In the future you should be aware that the Google procedure to prove you are not a robot can be by-passed if you apply and are accepted into the Robert Benchley Society Humor Easy Pass ™.

Per regulation 26(b) of 1974 and Executive Order 42865-5, applications for the Robert Benchley Society Humor Easy Pass must be filed in triplicate with the DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Bureau of Internal/External Affairs, Office of Literary-historical persons (fictional/nonfictional), Room 314-b, Washington, D.C. 20205-6978 using form SF-105-b(1) available electronically from the OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. All request must include original card/certificate, proof of identity as required by (a) or (b) below:

(a) Primary proof of Identity

A valid U.S. passport issued no earlier than December 19, 2017 if accompanied by SF-256-b

(b) Secondary proof of Identity

A valid U.S. passport issued earlier than December 19, 2017 accompanied by long form statement of live birth, affidavit from a relative within two degrees of consanguinity who has known you your entire life, affidavit from local Chief of Police in the city/town of our primary residence stating that there are no outstanding warrants for your arrest.

Due to the high number of requests processed by this office the expected processing time is 7.5 years. Should you need the Robert Benchley Society Humor Easy Pass sooner you may apply for hardship expedited service by submitting form EF-9566-a(4) accompanied by the processing fee of $125. The current waiting time for expedited hardship service is 15.2 years.

David Trumbull

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

2018 Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop

Thursday, April 5 2 p.m. - Saturday, April 7 11 p.m. (Eastern Time)

CONTACT Teri Rizvi • Director, Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, University of Dayton, phone: 937-229-2961 (Stacy Baker, Events Specialist), e-mail:

Matthew Hahn Presents "The Animated Marx Brothers"

RBS member Matthew Hahn has released his latest book, "The Animated Marx Brothers" through BearManor Media! <>This intertwined history of The Marx Brothers and animation, includes not only theatrical, television, and made-for-video cartoons, but also fan films, commercials, credit sequences, flip books, avatars, emoji, a slot machine, and two long-lost pilots once so rare their very existence was in doubt! More info or to buy the book visit

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Paul O'Day, 1935 - 2017

With sadness we note the death, June 1, 2017, at age 82, of Paul O'Day. Paul was a Director of the Robert Benchley Society and active in the Washington, D.C., "Lost Locomotive" Chapter of the Society. Many members will recall meeting Paul and his wife Nancy at RBS Annual Gatherings in Washington, Los Angles, and Boston. In the photograph above, Paul is giving "Laugh-In" comedian Arte Johnson the RBS Medal at the 2012 RBS Annual Awards dinner at the Jonathan Beach Club, Santa Monica, California.

His obituary can be found here HERE.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thomas Saunders, 1952-2016

Saunders, Thomas 3/25/1952 - 11/15/2016 Whitmore Lake, Michigan.

Tom was a great fan of books, telling stories, playing and enjoying music and a great corned beef sandwich; as well as all of the people who shared those things with him. Tom's battle against metastatic cancer ended peacefully, Tuesday November 15, in the presence of family. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 20 at 1pm at Phillips Funeral Home, 122 W. Lake Street, South Lyon, MI 48178. Visitation for family and friends will take place from 11am-1pm, followed by a memorial service. A wake will be held after, to laugh, cry, tell stories and toast Tom, 3pm-7pm at the Dexter Knights of Columbus, 8265 Dexter-Chelsea Rd, #1, Dexter, MI 48130. In lieu of flowers, please direct any donations to Lost, a group that brings music therapy to at-risk and incarcerated youth, of which Tom was a proud supporter.

Tom was the President of the Ann Arbor, Michigan, "Moderate State of Preservation" Chapter of the RBS and the publisher of The Athletic Benchley.

Kevin Fitzpatrick Publishes Seventh Book

NEWS -- Kevin Fitzpatrick, President of the New York City "Fascinating Crimes" Chapter of the RBS has just completed his seventh book, World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War (Globe Pequot). It comes out 3/1/2017 and is a guidebook to what was happening in the city during the war and where memorials are located today. For more information about the book CLICK HERE.

Robert Benchley Society

For more information about the Robert Benchley Society, local chapters near you, our annual Award for Humor, and our Annual Gathering, visit The RBS Website