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Emessay Notes August 2003

2003 Cave Degree

The 2003 Cave Degree will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2003 in Kingston, Tennessee. A Florida MM Degree will be conferred in the Cave by a team comprised of brethren from the 17th and 18th Florida Masonic Districts. On Friday night August 15, a South Carolina EA Degree will be conferred by a degree team from the Hejaz Shrine Temple Past Masters Degree Team. The degree will begin at 7:00 P.M. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served beginning at 6:00 P.M. Sandwiches will be served at Union Lodge from 10 A.M. to Noon on Saturday, August 16. The Cave Degree will start at 1:00 P.M. A meal will be served at 6:00 P.M. at the Roane County High School Cafeteria. Entertainment will be provided by the Kerbela Shrine Temple Bluegrass Band. Breakfast will be served at Union Lodge on Sunday morning August 17 beginning at 6:30 A.M. Cave Degree pins are available for $3.00 each. For more information or to see a graphic of the pin, please visit For motel reservations, please contact the Kingston Comfort Inn at 865-376-4965

(Source: Information sent to MSA by Bro. Tom Boduch)

Shriners Hospitals Patient in the Movies

Kenchelle Smith is enjoying the glitz and glamour of being a movie star, thanks to the recent release of Tears of the Sun, in which she made her acting debut. The movie stars Bruce Willis as Lt. A. K. Waters. Kenchelle's adventure began last year when Joan Liberatore, a therapist at the Houston Shriners Hospitals for Children, submitted her name to a movie representative looking for young amputees to act as individuals trapped in a refugee camp. The film company requested photographs of the 13-year-old and chose her out of more than 500 applicants. Weeks later, Kenchelle and her aunt found themselves flying to Hawaii for the movie shoot. As an 8th grader at Dulles Middle School in Missouri City, Texas, she enjoys basketball, volleyball, drawing and reading. Her mother, Rochelle Wright, credits Shriners Hospitals for her daughter's active lifestyle. "Kenchelle enjoys sports and sometimes forgets that she's wearing her prosthetic leg," said her mom. "She can do more activities since her amputation; we could not have made it this far without the treatment and emotional support we've received from the people at Shriners Hospitals."

(Source: Shrine News Release)

Buddy Ebsen

Buddy Ebsen, best-known as Jed Clampett on the television series The Beverly Hillbillies, died on July 6, 2003 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California. He had been hospitalized near his home in Palos Verdes Estates for several weeks. His wife, Dotti, children Alexandra, Susannah, Cathy, Bonnie, Kiki, and Dustin, and six grandchildren were by his side at the time of his death.

Ebsen was initiated into John M. Cheney Chapter DeMolay in Orlando, Florida, in 1926. Ebsen was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 21, 1996.

Surprisingly, Ebsen hadn't planned on becoming an actor. Ebsen was studying to become a doctor and had completed two years of pre-med studies at the University of Florida and Rollins College. Then the Florida land boom collapsed. His family lost a lot of money, and medical school was no longer a possibility for Ebsen.

Since Ebsen's father was a dance teacher, all his children learned to dance. With that experience, Ebsen went to New York to try show business. On Broadway, Ebsen's credits include "Whoopee," 1928, "Flying Colors," 1933, "Ziegfield Follies," 1934, "Yokel Boy," 1939, "Showboat," 1945 and "Male Animal," 1953.

Ebsen's next venture was the movies. His principal film credits include "Broadway Melody of 1935," with his dancing partner and sister Vilma, "Broadway Melody of 1938," with Judy Garland," Born to Dance," the Shirley Temple picture "Captain January," "Banjo on my Knee," "Lucky Star," "Mail Order Bride," and "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

In 1962, while in his mid-fifties, Ebsen became a star when he was chosen to portray Jed Clampett in the television series The Beverly Hillbillies. After the series ended, Ebsen had several movie roles and television guest roles before landing the title role in the series Barnaby Jones. After retiring from acting, Ebsen became a folk artist. He painted landscapes, seascapes, and self-portraits. In 2001, Ebsen began writing, publishing a romance called "Kelly's Quest," that became a best-seller and "The Other Side of Oz."

Ebsen continued to play a part in DeMolay, even after his time as an active DeMolay. He was even present at a Southern California DeMolay function in 1995. At the time of his induction into DeMolay, Ebsen said:

"As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.' Often the values of the influences imposed on us by our mothers and fathers, our teachers and certain friends, are not realized until years later, when we, as a sailor does, look back at our wakes to determine the course we have steered that got us to where we are. Today when I look back, then look around me to see with whom I am standing, I fully realize the influence on my life that must be credited to DeMolay."

(Source: DeMolay International - News Release)

Did You Know? What is meant by "Dew of Hermon"?

In lands with little rainfall, dew is precious. The dew of Hermon is proverbially heavy; therefore, a blessing.

What is the Forty-Seventh Problem of Euclid?

To demonstrate that the sum of the squares of base and altitude of a right-angled triangle equal the square of the hypotenuse.

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