Celebrating Buster Keaton, 1993-2007
Welsh, Jim, Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA)
Two of the most distinctive creations of American culture would have to be American music (jazz, ragtime, and blues) and American silent comedy. Both are delightfully combined and celebrated in Eastern Kansas every autumn. The fans of Buster Keaton gathered once again in Iola, KS, at the end of September 2007 to "celebrate" the achievements of a local son made good. Well, at least the nearest thing to a "local" son. This most American of silent film comedians (more "American" than Chaplin, who was born in Britain), was actually born in Piqua, KS, 7.5 miles down the road from Iola, when a medicine show came to town by rail. But you will not find much of interest in Piqua these days, beyond …
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Publication information: Article title: Celebrating Buster Keaton, 1993-2007. Contributors: Welsh, Jim - Author. Journal title: Journal of American Culture (Malden, MA). Volume: 31. Issue: 2 Publication date: June 2008. Page number: 202+. © 2004 Blackwell Publishers Ltd. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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