NPR's Bob Mondello recommends Kino's "Buster Keaton: The Ultimate Collection." Read and/or listen to Bob's comments online. 1/24/2013
Fred Krebs was an original member of the Keaton Celebration Committee. Fred shared years of Keaton Celebration memories onstage at 20th Annual Keaton Celebration in Iola in September, 2012. Fred passed away December 28, 2012, at the age of 66.
He will be fondly remembered. 1/28/2012
• Krebs obituary
• Krebs memorial service wrap-up
Video Interview with Buster, CBC, 24:22 minutes, on youTube via this link.
American Public Media (playable with Real Player)
weekendamerica.org — Looking for Buster
Broadcast Date: October 8, 2005
What do New York filmmaker Woody Allen and Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan have in common?
They've borrowed 80-year-old comedy gags from Buster Keaton, an actor, director and writer
who would have been 110 years old this week.
Producer and Keaton fan Yolanda Perdomo traveled to a Keaton convention in Iola, Kansas,
to experience all things Keaton with one of his youngest fans, her three-year-old son.
Also from the APM site: Downloadable Buster Keaton movie video:
Columbia University transcriptions and audio files of Keaton talking about his career:
Interview: Buster Keaton on Comedy and Making Movies
Session One — Buster Keaton's Vaudeville Childhood
Session Two — "Fatty" Arbuckle Puts Buster Keaton in the Movies
Session Three — Buster Keaton on Making Movies
Session Four — Buster Keaton on the End of Silent Films
Listen to the interviews, then take the Quiz.
Crum on Show Biz: Worth 1,000 Words, Buster Keaton & his boys
Hear Buster play ukulele at a Hollywood party—excerpts from a tape once owned by his widow, Eleanor Keaton: NPR Lost & Found Sound: The Sounds of Silents
Quotes by Buster and about Buster @ Wikiquote
Visit: Generally Buster web site
About the passing of Buster's son, James Talmadge
Buster Keaton was almost literally "born in a trunk."
His parents had stopped in Piqua, Kansas in early October, 1895 while
performing with a traveling medicine show. Myra Keaton missed playing the saxophone at
the October 4th performance when Buster arrived,
delivered in a boarding house just across the street from the site of the evening performance.
Young Keaton began appearing on stage with his parents at a tender age,
became a child vaudeville star on Broadway, and earned a reputation as a comic genius
in the world at large with a body of classic silent film comedy.
He died in California in 1966.
In 1992, the city of Iola, Kansas, seven miles east of Piqua,
decided that it was time to start celebrating
the life of their Kansas native son with an annual Buster Keaton Celebration.
All celebrations have been hosted by the Bowlus Fine Arts Center of Iola.
Past celebrations have included insights into Buster's work by such notibles as
Eleanor Keaton, David Shepard, Steve Allen, Kevin Brownlow and Leonard Maltin. These and other Keaton experts have mixed with fans in this pleasant,
small-town atmosphere. Celebrations occur on the last weekend of September
We celebrate the life of Buster Keaton with film, lecture, music and sharing.
All events are free and open to the public.
Funded, in part, by the Kansas Humanities Council
with help from the Iola Tourism Fund and private donations
of 2012 marks the 20th Annual Keaton Celebration in Iola, Kansas.
Whereas the first 3 celebrations were not recorded, below is a record of
the celebrations since 1996.