GALA AT WOODLANDS UPDATE

Brethren and friends,

The gala will go on as scheduled next Thursday. The Woodlands has power and transportation should be at normal levels by Monday. the club has given us till Monday for final counts so please R.S.V.P. by Monday if you haven’t already done so.

Let’s go out and have a great time!

We really need it after a really tough week.

Fraternally,
Robert E. Silver

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JAMES R. BECKER, JOSHUA LODGE BROTHER FOR 55 YEARS, DIES AT 90

For over 55 years, Jim Becker devoted his energy and life’s blood to developing and licensing products in the Toy Industry.  He helped create global licensing as we know it today.  He was a legend to the Toy Industry he loved. By creating Gumby and Pokey merchandise from a TV Show, he helped spawn an $80 billion Licensing Industry. He was one of the true genius’ in the Toy Industry and a pioneer in the Licensing Industry. He recognized and created many trends, like Gumby, Pokey, Barrel of Monkeys, Disappearing Magic Baby Bottle, Othello, Nerf Ping Pong, Battle Dome and The Betsy McCall Fashion Designer Set. Before Jim, no one adapted items made for the US to appeal and sell in foreign markets, including the most difficult of all to penetrate, Japan.  He also innovated the concept of developing Japanese and European toys and games for the American market.  In those days, the 1940s-1970s, global marketing didn’t exist; global companies didn’t exist and neither Hasbro nor Mattel had worldwide distribution or subsidiaries in most foreign markets.  

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