He Didn't Sign it "Ben"

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He Didn't Sign it "Ben"

Postby Fibber Fox » Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:31 am

Bugs Hardaway's WW1 service is well-known, if not somewhat legendary. He also filled out a draft card for WW2 but didn't serve.

I don't know the significance of the dates for this particular type of card, whether they were considered reserves or over-age or what.

Somewhat odd, I thought, was he signed it using his first name instead of his middle one.

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Ben a long time comin' ;)

Postby Sogturtle » Sun Oct 30, 2011 4:46 am

Fibber Fox wrote:Bugs Hardaway's WW1 service is well-known, if not somewhat legendary. He also filled out a draft card for WW2 but didn't serve.

I don't know the significance of the dates for this particular type of card, whether they were considered reserves or over-age or what.

Somewhat odd, I thought, was he signed it using his first name instead of his middle one.

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Fibber~
This wasn't quite the reserves, but more a situation of the U.S. government wanting to know about EVERY available man IN CASE things got so desperate that they'd have to draft the "old men":eek: as happened later in Nazi Germany in 1945...

I was going to post this separately about our ol' Ben but since you've provided a "Ben-there, done that" :p thread, then here goes...

In Jan. 1940 a note of congratulations was placed that was signed thusly...

" *Bugs Hardaway
Dave Monahan
Jack Miller

Now doing screenplays for
I. Freleng
Tex Avery

*Under personal contract to Leon Schlesinger"

The asterixing is in the original, denoting a change in Hardaway's status from the usual contracts at Leon's.

This was the effective death-gasp of Ben Hardaway at the Schlesinger studio, he quietly left within two weeks and went free-lancing. He sold the script for the primal Woody Woodpecker "Knock! Knock!" very soon after on free lance to Lantz;), but we will NEVER know if he had actually written it privately while still under Leon's employ... The timing makes it highly suspicious that that is what had happened and why Lantz created and maintained the preposterous lie about the woodpecker on his honeymoon suite.:rolleyes:

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Postby Fibber Fox » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:13 am

Sogturtle wrote:In Jan. 1940 a note of congratulations was placed that was signed thusly...


Placed *where*, Sog? The Hollywood Reporter? Daily Variety? What was the gist of the note?

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Postby Sogturtle » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:43 am

Fibber Fox wrote:Placed *where*, Sog? The Hollywood Reporter? Daily Variety? What was the gist of the note?

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Fibber~

It was just a very simple note of congratulations on the ongoing success of the Schlesinger studio's "The Exposure Sheet". [And this is from Leon's own collection]. :)


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