Friday, August 25, 2006

Variety Show, 1979

I've been sorting through some old photos. This one was taken in the school gymnasium during a variety show in 1979. My father, Lawton Howard, is on the left, playing banjo; Jule Garrish is in the middle, on guitar; and Edgar Howard is on the right, with his five string banjo.

Edgar played vaudeville in New York and other cities in the '20s & '30s with celebrities such as Al Jolson, Gene Autry, and Milton Berle. Edgar is buried across the street from the Village Craftsmen. His is the grave with the picture of the banjo on the tombstone, and the epitaph, "You ain't heard nothing yet!"

You can read our latest newsletter here. It's a history of Ocracoke's historic Howard Street.

1 comment:

  1. Edgar died July 6, 1990. I will write a monthly newsletter about him sometime this winter. Right now I'm working on a newsletter about the Community Store, which should be ready for September. After that I'll put some info together about Edgar and his brother Walter, both interesting characters.