Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Squeaky Fromme is the Nigger of the World


On August 16, after 34 years of incarceration, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme will be free. Fromme acquired some notoriety in the late 1960’s by being a member of a Hippie movement called the Manson Family – this close-knit bunch were way into the Beatles and were good friends with the groovy actress Sharon Tate who was married to a foreign pedophile named Roman. After Tate and Roman broke up, Squeaky lost contact with the couple and went on to become a b-list celebrity until she was convicted of trying to kill American Automobile Tycoon and all-around jerk Gerald R. Ford in 1975.

But despite these humorous historic footnotes, Fromme will best be remembered as a touring performer in the beloved children’s dance troupe, The Westchester Lariats. Founded in 1950 by Dr. and Mrs. J. Tillman Hall, the Lariats started as an extension of the Friday afternoon square dance classes taught by Dr. Hall at the request of neighborhood parents in Westchester.
Aside from specializing in folk dances from the British Isles, Europe, Israel, Mexico, Polynesia, Hawaii and American folk, vintage, social and fad dances - the Westchester Lariats also strive to instill the qualities of excellence and discipline within the select few children who are chosen based upon scholastic grades, talent and bubbly American looks – in fact, there are only approximately 200 performing Lariats in the group at any time and each summer only 20 young men and 25 young women are chosen to tour with 10 adult chaperones for 4-7 weeks; so you can imagine what a special talent Squeaky Fromme must’ve been! From 1950-1974 the Lariats performed for televised specials at various Southern California venues such as the Forum, the Sports Arena, the LA Coliseum, the Hollywood Bowl, and the L.A. County Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and with each performance, their sense of love, togetherness and patriotism grew. And America danced along! The Westchester Lariats got to be so popular that they were even invited to perform at The White House and on the most outta-sight Lawrence Welk Show! Squeaky herself was involved in the 1959 tour and you can bet your dancing shoes that she wouldn’t have never become the woman she is today without the formative life-lessons that Dr. Hall and his Lariats provided her! You can also bet that The Westchester Lariats were never quite the same after young Lynette Fromme graced their dancing stage! So, given that, one would think that the modern day Lariats would be totally keen on getting their most famous performer out of a most unjustified imprisonment, right? Well, after hearing the great news today about Squeaky’s parole, I decided to hop onto The Westchester Lariat’s official website www.westchesterlariats.org so I could peruse their Squeaky Fromme tribute page – and guess what?! There isn’t one! Not one mention of Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme can be found anywhere on the entire site! It is deplorable that to this very day, The Westchester Lariats refuse to acknowledge the sacrifices and talent that Miss Fromme gave to them!

I am making a proclamation to all members of the Fab Reich, this miscarriage of justice will not and cannot stand! On August 16, I implore each and every one of you to contact The Westchester Lariat’s new Artistic Director, Karina Burrell at (310) 301-2585 or e-mail her at lariats@ca.rr.com and demand that they give Squeaky Fromme the respect that she deserves! Let them know that the honor of the Westchester Lariats will be forever tainted until they rectify this most egregious omission. Tell them to LET SQUEAKY DANCE AGAIN!

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