Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thank You for a Great Centennial

Centennial and Best Fest! What a once in a lifetime celebration met so many history minded folks! Hopefully, I can soon report on some of the treasures that were located (with pictures of course.) Valentines Day or Statehood Day in Arizona was an awe inspiring presentation about Masque of the Moon. Just like that long running Phoenix event this event was steeped in community. From the oldest indepenent record label that recorded in 1952 and provided the music, to friends as models, Perry Monge Salon for additional models and hair and makeup! It was a moment when those three dresses from Phoenix Union Alumni Association appeared on stage for the first time since the 30’s. Right down to the jacket that was created by Glen Guyett, a great sign designer. I still get goose bumps thinking about the excitement of offering this obscured bit of history, back to the community that created it.
Here is a short list of thanks:

The team that organized the Centennial Celebrations

Costumes: On loan from Phoenix Union Alumni Association, Donated by Billie Jane (Becker) Baguley; Gay 90‘s (1937), Russian Military(1935), & Art Deco Aztec (1936) worn by Jenny Kuller

Hair, Make up, and additional models: Perry Monge Salon

Centennial Sport Coat: by Glen Guyett.

Arizona State College (Tempe) Symphonic Orchestra Conducted/ Composed by Ferde Grofe.
Recorded by Arizona Recoding Productions, Phoenix. Known as Cayon Records
(Canyon ARP 249)

And you that make this all possible!

Jack Durant Author at Marshall Shore: Retro Spectacular March 8th

Marshall Shore: Retro Spectacular
 From Durant's to a Castle

Mabel Leo, author of the Jack Durant Series (yes--The notable Phoenix restaurant) will be speaking. Hear how Leo uncovered the secrets behind the mysterious Jack Durant of the Durant’s Restaurant! 

Marshall Shore: Retro Spectacular will cover an adventures that includes Toverea Castle and other more.

Don’t miss this informative talk and book signing....
Time: Thursday, March 8th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Phoenix Metro Retro
708 W. Hazelwood St.
Price: $7.00

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Winnie Ruth Judd Tour

Tickets available at Eventbrite. http://www.
Tickets available at Eventbrite

Bus Tour Follows the Footsteps of Infamous Winnie Ruth Judd
and the Phoenix Trunk Murders

Marshall Shore steeps himself in the history of Phoenix that others might overlook: the cultural anomalies, the fads, the dreamers, the artists and the eccentrics that provide a unique window into our city’s past. One such character was the infamous Phoenix trunk murderer, Winnie Ruth Judd.

Back in 1931, the nation was rocked by the grisly details of this gruesome crime. On October 16, 1931, Winnie purportedly killed her two roommates, one of the bodies was cut up, both were stuffed into trunks, and taken by train to Los Angeles. It was a big job for a small woman, and the twisted tale of adultery, jealousy and murder was complicated by rumors, speculation and uncertainty. Bits and pieces of the story continue to come to light, even to this day.

“As I talk with people in my research, the most interesting things come to light, ” said Marshall, “Just recently, my phone rang and someone began telling me about the Winnie Ruth Judd victim that was cut up in their house’s basement.”

Sunday, April 1st, in true Marshall Shore style, he’s hosting a bus tour to commemorate the historical crime. The tour runs from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and begins and ends at the historic MacAlpine’s Coffee Shoppe and Soda Fountain Coffee Shop on 7th Street. The bus will travel along the old Brill trolley line, which will give tour-goers an idea of the shape and size of Phoenix back in Winnie’s day. Other stops will include the houses where she lived and where she met Jack Holleran, a well-known Phoenix businessman with whom she had an adulterous affair; the Grunow Clinic (still a medical clinic!) where she worked; the house where the murders took place; the train station where she attempted to board with the oozing trunks; and the old Maricopa County Courthouse where the trial took place.

Marshall promises a few surprise stops along the way and tour participants will be among the first to hear about details in the story that have recently come to light. The tour will cover more information than found in any book, and Marshall will reveal a little known connection to the story that explains why MacApline’s was chosen as the meeting place.

Tickets available at Eventbrite

Friday, February 3, 2012

Phoenix in the Centennial

@ Phoenix Metro Retro

708 W. Hazelwood

Melrose District

Thursday, February 9

7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

$7.00 at the door

Join Marshall Shore: RetroSpectacular (New Times Best Unofficial Phoenix Historian – 2011) for a look at the “C’s” of Arizona. Along with Marshall, join Jim McPherson, Suad Mahmuljin, and J. Seth Anderson – authors of Downtown Phoenix by Arcadia Publishing for an evening of celebrating the history of Phoenix in this Arizona Centennial year.