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Vitaphone co-founder Ron Hutchinson passed away unexpectedly on February 2, 2019. As Ron was the driving force behind many of the disc finds and film restorations, his loss is a blow to The Vitaphone Project and it's future direction.
Cinecon is held every year in Los Angeles at the Egyptian Theater during the Labor Day weekend. This year, on Saturday, August 31, 2019, they did a tribute to Ron Hutchinson and The Vitaphone Project. Website/Facebook Page/database contributor Patrick Picking flew from Detroit to participate. For the first time he met with Project co-founder Sherwin Dunner, who started The Vitaphone Project with Ron Hutchinson, David Goldberg, & John Newton back in the Fall of 1991 (See our first issue - http://www.picking.com/vitaphone11.html)
Here is the video of the tribute, which was streamed live at Cinecon - https://www.facebook.com/318809389544/videos/1546669368808410/
Vitaphone Project fan Peter Flynn created the great video tribute to Ron Hutchinson, which was shown in the link above.
From Ron Hutchinson's family - "Please invite those interested. We will be selling off the prodigious collection of Mr. Vitaphone himself - Ron Hutchinson. Endless 78s, posters and various other oddball stuff. A real mountain of materials all at prices everyone can afford. Note that no Vitaphone discs will be sold (all have been entrusted to the archives).
To go on Saturday, October 5th, and Sunday, October 6th, 2019 (both from 9:30 am - 4pm). Please check event on FaceBook prior to coming for updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/3015585151848733/
Refreshments and background tunes are FREE to all who come!"
While no new discs have been found, Ron Hutchinson's discs have been sent to a safe place:
I thought I'd give a little information on the people who started and joined The Vitaphone Project over the years.
The Vitaphone Projectís Facebook page now boasts 3,076 members and has multiple new posts every day. In addition to film clips, stills, posters and discoveries, the site also announces new DVD releases and inquiries from its members. With the ending (or postponement) of The Vitaphone News website, the FaceBook page is the best source of current and up-to-date informaiton on anything Vitaphone Project related.
Join us at this link if you are already a Facebook member: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vitaphoneproject/
Friend us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vitaphoneproject/
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|VITAPHONE NEWS||ISSN 1066-5951|
|Corresponding Secretary & Editor||Ron Hutchinson||5 Meade Court|
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|Jeff Cohen's "Vitaphone Varieties" Site||http://vitaphone.blogspot.com|
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|OVERSEAS PROJECT EMMISSARIES
UK: Malcolm Billingsley
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND: Paul Brennan
SCANDANAVIA: Jonas Nordin