Interesting the press reports didn't mention the 'Our Gang' connection. Presumably, it was right after the accident and that's not exactly the first thing his family would have brought up.
It was rather sweet of them to put it on his tombstone, though. It's quite remarkable how the shorts he appeared in are generally considered (though no fault of his own) the series' nadir but the 'Froggy' character's remembered fondly, especially by kids. He was one of the few characters reprised in the 1990's film.
This is very interesting. Thanks so much for posting!! Such a sad end for a wonderful man.
If I may ask, how did you contact The Los Angeles County Library? I would like to contact them.
I emailed Reference Services, County of Los Angeles Public Library from their website. Just click on the "Contact Us" link at the upper right, and then "Email". I gave them the basic facts about the accident and they sent me the local news articles in a PDF file about three weeks later free of charge. It's good to know the real facts about what happened. Here is the link:
The "Our Gang" connection was mentioned briefly in one of the articles in the L.A. Times from 9/3/1948. It's the third article down in my first post in this thread. Froggy's story is definitely a touching one with a sad ending. He's one of my favorites. Someday I'd like to visit his grave in person and pay my respects. I'm not sure if it will ever happen, but who knows. If it ever does, it would be his influence that would inspire me to take a cross country trip to see California in person, along with Alfalfa's influence. They both live on in spirit...
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Post by scotty1958 on Sept 5, 2013 19:41:04 GMT -5
This picture was taken very recently by an Our Gang fan from California who visits Froggy's grave from time to time. This was taken on August 31, 2013, the 65th anniversary of his death. As you can see fans still remember him and leave momentoes on his marker...
Actually Froggy was 'murdered by a hit and run driver.' Or at least that's what happened according to one YouTube video...
I do wish the user that put together this video (and its second part) checked her facts. For instance, when showing a picture of adult Donald Haines in (in part two), she used an image of the wrong Donald Haines.
It's exactly this type of nonsense in that video being spewed about Froggy's death that caused me to research it and find the real facts. Describing it as a "murder" takes it to a new level of nonsense. Sadly, accidents happen every day and inexperienced teenagers mixing in with adult traffic with tragic consequences is nothing new. If anyone wants copies of the 1948 newspaper articles about Billy Laughlin's death just email me at "firstname.lastname@example.org" and I'll be glad to send you the PDF file that shows how wrong the person who put that video up is.
Post by ggould1975 on Nov 14, 2013 16:44:19 GMT -5
This is such good news to find out more information on Froggy's death. However it is really sad, as a huge huge huge Froggy fan! He is definetly missed! He was such a true professional as a child actor! He was such a gental soul! I visited his grave back in 2005. Living in Montana im not too far it seems. Froggy was terrific plain and simple! I will live the rest of my life being a fan of his! and admire him! as with Jackie Condon! Best silent Our Ganger ever!!