After the Ball is Over....
(All images from The Calin Coburn Collections ©2004)
Bob Nolan was in New York City with Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers for the 17th annual Madison Square Garden Rodeo. The Sons of the Pioneers signed for 26 performances from October 7 24, 1942. After 19 days a new attendance record was set. While they were at the Garden, the Pioneers made three weekly broadcasts over station WJZ and were interviewed by Adrienne Ames. Roy presented Mayor La Guardia of New York City with a pair of his silver spurs while the Pioneers and all the female rodeo stuntwomen and competitors in their beautifully tailored garb were in attendance. Sons of the Pioneers and rodeo champions were all feted at Second Annual Convention for Rodeo Fans of America and banquet at the Hotel Belvedere on October 17, 1942, and Bob found himself later at a party with the rodeo greats plus Sally Rand who was married to Turk Greenough at the time. Foghorn Clancy presented Bob with a certificate of some kind. New York's famous Stage Door Canteen hosted a performance by the Sons of the Pioneers.
To find out more
about Bob Nolan's companions in this snapshot from Bob's personal collection, I
wrote to Polly Mills (now
Polly Burson) who answered on Dec. 2 2002 with
the following information:
In Bob's photo collection, Calin found several other pictures taken during that first appearance at Madison Square Garden:
The "airport limo" in New York City.
They are watched by stuntwomen Polly Burson, Tad Lucas, Berenice Dossey, Mary Parks, Mildred Horner, Bill Clements, Everett Colburn, etc. Thomas Dewey is centre back at the top of the steps.
New York City mayor, Fiorello
LaGuardia, with Roy Rogers, the Sons of the Pioneers and the rodeo winners.
Second Annual Convention for Rodeo Fans of America at the Hotel Belvedere on October 17, 1942
Entertaining at New York City's Stage Door Canteen.
Bob Nolan's "Don't Expect Me Home in the Morning" sung here by Dave Bourne.