Keaton Celebration, September 27 and 28, 2002
 Bowlus Fine Arts Center
 205 E. Madison, Iola, Kansas
 620-365-4765

Speakers & Special Guests, 1993-1995

1995: Hero Behind the Clown

  • John Tibbetts
  • Frederick Krebs
  • Patricia Tobias
  • Frank Scheide
  • Eleanor Keaton
  • James Karen
  • David Shepard (first Buster Award winner)
  • Lance Schwulst (Kino)
  • Karolyn Wilkerson (panelist, former child star)

In 1993 attendees celebrated the centennial of the birth of Buster Keaton.

1994: Keaton & the Machine
of Dreams
  • John Tibbetts
  • Frederick Krebs
  • Wes Gehring
  • Patricia Tobias
  • Kenneth Mars
  • James Karen
  • Eleanor Keaton

Again, this was a one-day celebration.

1993: Keaton Celebration
  • John Tibbetts
  • Frederick Krebs (speech read by Clyde Toland due to Kreb's absence)

In the first year, a plaque was dedicated in Piqua, KS, near what is now the Buster Keaton Museum during morning hours. After lunch attendees met at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Iola, for a program by the two speakers listed above.



Below are links to a photo archive of the celebrations since 1996.

Keaton Celebration Archive:

2013: Keaton, Chaplin and "The Fabulous Fifties
2012: The Timeless Comedy of Buster Keaton
2011: Keaton & and the Kansas Filmmakers
2010: Keaton & the Sad Clowns
2009: Keaton & WWI
2008: Keaton & Will Rogers
2007:
Keaton & Douglas Fairbanks
2006:
Keaton & the Funny Ladies
2005:
Keaton & W.C. Fields
2004:
Keaton & Kovacs
2003:
Keaton Vaudeville
2002
: 10th Anniversary Celebration
2001: 2001, a Keaton Odyssey
2000: Keaton and Laurel & Hardy
1999: Keaton and Lloyd
1998: Keaton and Pickford
1997: Keaton and Chaplin
1996: Keaton and Arbuckle


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