Celebration: Swag

One hundred twenty persons have registered for the Celebration of the Lives of Waite and Genevieve Phillips, January 31 and February 1, and that means there are only 20 slots left to fill.

post_WaitePaintingThere is still time to get cheap advanced fair airline tickets, and we are offering some great swag to Celebration attendees:

  1. CD containing songs from the Villa piano rolls – the PSA and Philmont have had the songs on the Villa piano rolls professionally recorded, played in the Villa piano itself. We are putting as many songs on a CD as it will hold. Each attendee will receive the CD.
  2. DVD of the Celebration – a videographer will record the event for posterity, and the footage will be professionally edited and placed on a DVD and mailed to each attendee. This is a chance for you to get your mug into PSA history – fifty years from now PSA members will be watching this and wishing they had been there.
  3. Souvenir booklet – a color program booklet containing never before shared Phillips family snapshots, reproductions of the stunning Sidney Dickenson portraits of Waite and Genevieve Phillips (see photos), and more, will be provided to each attendee.

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The cost is $55 per person. Registration closes January 5, 2014.

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Celebration: We Have a Place for You

post_Mausoleum_Init_WPWith 112 persons registered, we’ve completely filled one dining room for the luncheon on Saturday, February 1, in Los Angeles. Don’t despair. We have a place for you. We are starting to fill a second dining room.

Leading up to the luncheon is a cash bar mixer Friday night, January 31, at the W-Hotel Los Angeles Wet Deck, and then on Saturday, February 1, we will celebrate the lives of the Phillips’s at Westwood Cemetery, in the chapel where their funerals were held, and where their mausoleum is located. Following the Celebration Observance we will make a short walk to the opened mausoleum and we will stand before the people who changed our lives and the lives of nearly one million campers.

post_Mausoleum_Init_GEAll Celebration events are within easy walking distance of each other and within easy walking distance of the hotels at which we have obtained preferred rates. If you fly to Los Angeles you can take a short taxi ride from LAX and not need a car, or if you drive, you can park your car upon arrival and forget it.

This is a once in a lifetime event. Don’t spend the rest of your life regretting that you did not attend.

Registration cut-off is January 5, 2014.

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Celebrating the Phillips: Celebrate the Awesome

Earlier this year Randy Saunders and I traveled to Los Angeles to begin planning the Celebration of the Lives of Waite and Genevieve Phillips January 31 and February 1, 2014.

post_MausoleumGateWhile there, we visited the Phillips mausoleum. With permission of the family, we were permitted to unlock the heavy wrought iron and glass doors, and with some muscle, coaxed the doors open, and there we stood in the presence of the two persons who changed our lives, your lives, the lives of nearly one million campers, and the lives of the millions of people with which each of the aforesaid have come into contact.

The experience was awesome—in the most majestic and powerful way this word can be used.

When you attend the Celebration, those mausoleum doors will be opened, you will stand before the Phillips and you too will experience and celebrate the awesome.

Registration cut-off is January 5, 2014.

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Celebrating the Phillips: Get a Glimpse of Phillips’ Later Years

Before and AfterThe Los Angeles years of Waite and Genevieve Phillips are a period about which most of us know very little. Courtesy of the Phillips family, you can get a never-before-seen glimpse of their Los Angeles lives right here, right now, in this family snapshot. This snapshot shows Waite and Genevieve on his 81st birthday January 19, 1964, just days before his death. This may be the last photo ever taken of them together.

When you attend the Celebration of their lives in Los Angeles January 31 and February 1, 2014, you will get more glimpses of the world in which they lived: all events will be in the neighborhood where they lived longer than anywhere else.

Our opening mixer will be in a building which existed when Genevieve was alive and which she likely drove past, our luncheon will be in a Westwood Village restaurant which they certainly drove past on a regular basis and maybe ate there as well, the Celebration Observance will be conducted in the chapel where their funerals were conducted, and capping it all off will be the visit to the Phillips mausoleum, open for the first time to public viewing. (An unofficial event will be a trip to 10659 Bellagio Road where, if you are quick about it, you can get a photo of yourself in front of the gate at the address where they lived.)

You all know the Phillips story at Philmont, many of you know the Phillips story in Tulsa, now you have the opportunity to learn the Phillips story in Los Angeles.

Registration cut-off is January 5, 2014.

Full details and to register.