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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

My Mom's a Dancer: The Photos

        Back on December 16 I did a post called MY MOM'S A DANCER and received a number of requests for photographs.  During my Christmas visit to Tennessee to visit my mother, I was able to get some photos and other mementos which I present in today's post.  Here are some highlights of the show business career of Lois Kaye Trevillian Jackson.



             Lois Trevillian started taking dance classes at the Virginia Chittum school of dance in Morgantown, WV when she was about 5 years old.  She was still taking classes when this dance revue was presented on June 4, 1947.  Here is a listing for one of the numbers in which she appeared at the recital.

  Lois Kay(e) Trevillian met West Virginia University basketball star Robert Lee (Bob) Jackson in 1950.  He would sometimes perform his juggling act on the same shows where Lois was performing her dance act. They were soon married and performing together on a regular basis.


            Eventually Lois added magic tricks to her tap and acrobatic dance routine.  Any added novelty helped make an act more unique and sellable.   As time went on Lois learned to juggle and soon she had not only added juggling to her dance act, but she joined Bob to form a fast-paced team juggling act they called The Juggling Jacksons.  The act developed a strong reputation among theatrical agencies in the Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA area and they worked high caliber shows on a regular basis.  Their son Lee was born in 1951 and daughter Joy in 1952.  Lois continued her dance, but now incorporated it into the juggling act.



This story will be continued next Wednesday......

27 comments:

  1. Wow,I love this. I think my fav photo is the last one with the shadows. Can't wait until next week.

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  2. Wow! Some lady your mother, I thought this post just awesome and there's more to come.

    I visited The States 18 months ago, went to California, Vegas , LA to name but a few places.
    Hoping to go to Nashville in June.

    Take care.
    Yvonne.

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  3. What fun photos! I can easily see how they might be compiled into a fabulous memoir.

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  4. Teresa-
    The shadow pictures were always favorites of mine too. They had that early 50's dramatic film noir quality.
    Lee

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  5. Yvonne-
    I've lived in L.A. for almost 20 years now -- I really don't do much, but I really enjoy the weather. Vegas is amazing. If you go to Nashville, you should make sure that you go to East Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains--that part of the state is the best in my opinion.
    Lee

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  6. Those photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Lee, Love the story about your mom and dad. Juggling is something I do with schedules, not handheld items. I'd be a disaster looking for a place to destroy if I did actual juggling. Good luck and thanks for the story.

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  8. Wow! I just read both posts about your mother. I am in awe of the fabulous life she must have had, doing what she loves to do. My dream, is to become a Radio City Rockette. It is something that I think all young female dancers aspire to be. Your mother must be quite a woman with many stories to tell. I wish you the best of luck in convincing her to let you help her write a book. I would buy it, that is for sure. I am very interested in everything dance... my dance teacher who passed away in November at the age of 94 was a vaudeville tap dancer who also fell in love on stage with her husband and fellow tap dancer. Your mother's story reminded me of her. Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

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  9. Looks like your parents were a Jack and Jill of all trades. How nice you ahve these items to share with other. Perhaps you could write a book about your parents.

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  10. Amazing photos! I agree that you should put together a memoir. What treasures you have to share.

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  11. I look forward to learning more, as well.

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  12. Hey, congrats on #100.
    ~ "Lonesome Dogg"

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  13. Very, very cool photos! What an awesome legacy :)

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  14. Memories...can't wait until next Wednesday!!!!!

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  15. Ahhh...

    When it was actually considered attractive to HAVE a figure...instead of the gaunt and bony models of today...

    Your Mom looks great in those photos!

    Cheers for a wonderful post!

    Cordially,
    MsBurb

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  16. great photos. Enjoyed your blog. thanks for linking. . .

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  17. Thanks to all who visited this post and for the kind encourgement in your comments.

    And Stephen thanks for the congratulations on my reaching my 100th follower. Now I feel so empty. What to do next? How about 200 by April 1.
    Lee

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  18. Lee,
    What an awesome bit on your mom and dad! I'm certainly glad that I know them both personally. I enjoyed the vist with you and the family. The videos from Deb are great. Sorry I couldn't catch you one more time before you left.

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  19. This is great! I love the photos, and your mom sounds like she lived a fun and very full life. Did she teach you to dance and juggle to?

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  20. Thanks for the link to your blog...this was definately an amazing post to read - I think you should def keep up with the idea of a memoir for these stories would be a good read!

    All the best x

    http://divaonstage.blogspot.com/

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  21. I always loved the stories from all of our families travels. I wish we all would've kept doing it. Unfortunately, those talents didn't run in my blood, but I could've been the manager :)

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  22. Some of the best memories of my teenage years was at your house there was always something fun going on.I really enjoyed our visit with you and your mom.Can,t wait till the next story. JIMALLICKL

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  23. Tyrean--
    Thanks for the visit. My dad taught me and my sibs to juggle and we all worked together with my mom in the juggling act. I never got into the dancing, though my sister did.
    Lee

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  24. How absolutely cool that must have been, a family of jugglers! What an incredible story. And your mom's acrobatic feats look quite impressive. Good for her, that she kept up her dancing for all those years.

    I agree with you on eastern Tennessee. We have some property in Townsend and there is no better part of that state.

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  25. Joann-- Thanks for your visit and comment. Our show biz experience was indeed fun and exciting and led to some wonderful opportunities.
    Townsend is a great place--gateway to the Smoky Mountain National Park. Townsend is maybe 15 miles or so from my mother's house. I've spent a lot of time around Townsend.

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