Welcome to the home page of
The National Lum and Abner® Society!
On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Chester H. Lauck, Jr. passed away. His role
in both the National Lum and Abner Society (organized with his permission in
1984) and the
Lum and Abner comic strip (which he authorized in 2011) can
never be overstated. Mr. Lauck was the owner of the
Lum and Abner
trademark and franchise, a status which continues with his family.
Of course, his famous father, Chester H. Lauck, Sr., created such memorable
characters as Lum, Cedric, Grandpappy Spears, Snake Hogan, and others,
being half of the team who entertained millions on the
Lum and Abner radio
programs from 1931 to 1954.
Mr. Lauck, his wife Karen, and children Nancy, Amanda, Scott, and Chet III
attended numerous NLAS Conventions, offering their memories and meeting
the enthusiastic
Lum and Abner fandom still active to this day.
The NLAS and the
Lum and Abner comic strip "ossifers," members, and fans
offer sincere condolences to the Lauck family.
For more information,
click here for the official obituary, and click here to visit
a memorial album on Facebook.
The daughter of Chester and Harriet Lauck,
Shirley Lauck Babcock,
passed away in April 2015.
The National Lum and Abner Society
offers condolences and prayers
for the entire family.
Mr. and Mrs. Babcock were
our special guests at the
1994 NLAS Convention.
We cherish our memories of them.
We will present more information soon.

CLICK HERE for photos.
CLICK HERE for Shirley's article.
Dwight and Shirley Babcock in 1994.
Lum and Abner Festival!
Mena, Arkansas! 2015!
We had a blast! Thanks to all who attended, and we missed
those who were unable to come.

John Rose has posted an article on his King Features
Syndicate web page! Read it by

There were all sorts of fun activities on both days! Check the
Lum and Abner Festival on Facebook by clicking
learn all about what Mena has to offer, our friend Candace
Riner invites you to check her Visit Mena website by clicking

The NLAS conducted a program starring our two special
guests, John Rose (cartoonist of
Snuffy Smith) and Mike
Curtis (award-winning writer of
Dick Tracy)!

Here is how it went:
Friday, June 5 - 4:00 - Janssen Park:
Donnie Pitchford performed a
Lum and Abner cartoon
sketching program! See lots of photos on Facebook in the
Lum and Abner Comic Strip Group!

Saturday, June 6 - 12:30 - Ouachita Little Theater: The NLAS
presented John Rose and Mike Curtis!

12:30: Meet and greet! (We met and greeted!)
1:00: Program began! It included:
John Rose's chalk talk!
A new Lum and Abner play! Lum and Abner met Snuffy Smith
and Dick Tracy!
Books for sale (Snuffy Smith, Lum and Abner)!
And more!       

It had been four years since we were last in Mena, as part of
the Ouachita Little Theater's programs (Click
HERE for that
story), and a full DECADE since we conducted an official
NLAS Convention, so were happy to be back in Mena!

If you're a member of the
Lum and Abner Comic Strip Group
or the
Lum and Abner Radio Show Fan Club on Facebook
(those are links to take you there), I will do my best to keep
you posted of future events.

Feel free to
contact me at this e-mail address if you want more

Thanks to Candace Riner, Rudi Timmerman,
The Mena Star,
and everyone who made this so memorable!

             -"Uncle Donnie" Pitchford



Forrest Owen
Sadly, another friend of the NLAS and Lum and Abner has
passed away. We regret we only learned about it on December
26, 2014, when Vice-President Brown was in the process of
making his annual Christmas calls to our Honorary Members.

Forrest was a Guest-of-Honor at the 1996 National Lum and
Abner Society Convention. He was truly a kind and generous
gentleman, with many fond memories of Lum and Abner.

The NLAS is 30!
Yes, friends, it's true! I'm sure you've been bombarded with
the news from every corner of the media, but -

You say it's news to you?

Well, believe it or not, it sort of slipped up on us as well!

In was in July-August of 1984 that the first issue of
The Jot
'Em Down Journal
was published! To celebrate that fact,
we've prepared an annotated PDF of that first issue, with
bonus pages showing how it evolved. To access your copy,
please click here and allow some time for the download. It's
about 10mb in size.

If possible, we'll offer similar "reprints" of the next issues of
1984 as they reach their 30th birthdays.

As for current Lum and Abner news, many of you are aware of
Lum and Abner comic strip which runs every Sunday with
both a graphic version and an audio production. We are also
considering a new NLAS Convention for June 2015, if all goes

At right are some photos relating to the beginnings of the
National Lum and Abner Society. First we see "Uncle Donnie"
Pitchford (standing at left) shaking hands with "Singin' Sam"
Brown. Their first meeting was in 1982 at the old Dick
Huddleston Store in the real Pine Ridge, Arkansas. The
building is now home to Lum and Abner's Jot 'Em Down
Store, connected to the Lum and Abner Museum. Curators are
Kathy and Lon Stucker, who have been serving in that
capacity for longer than the NLAS has existed!

During the 1984 Lum and Abner Day in Pine Ridge, Sam
Brown and Tim Hollis (who is standing at far right in the photo
at right) met Rex Riffle of West Virginia. Not long after the
NLAS became official, Rex was appointed to the office of
publicity director. He served until 1991.

Lum and Abner Day was held for several years in Pine Ridge,
to benefit the Pine Ridge Fire Department. Our first two NLAS
Conventions were held in the Pine Ridge Fire Hall.

To read the announcements we posted in 2012-13, please
click here.

Membership in the NLAS is FREE! Just
contact us!
The NLAS presents John Rose and Mike Curtis.
The Lum and Abner Festival logo 2015
Forrest Owen at the NLAS Convention in 1996.
Lum and Abner 30th Anniversary logo.
Donnie Pitchford and Sam Brown in Pine Ridge, 1982.
Rex Riffle, Sam Brown, Tim Hollis meet, 1984.
Lum and Abner®
is a registered trademark of
Chester H. Lauck, Jr. and
Lum and Abner Associates
and is used by permission.
All rights reserved.
The National Lum and Abner® Society logo was
designed by Bobb Lynes.

Webmaster: Donnie Pitchford.
Cofounding "Ossifers":
Sam Brown and Tim Hollis.
Howdy folks! So sorry this hasn't been updated lately.
Feel free to e-mail me via the "CONTACT" link with questions and comments.
I've been extremely busy with the
Lum and Abner comic strip as well as freelance work in sculpting and
comic books. Thank you for your patience.
                                                                             -Donnie Pitchford
We had a great time at the 2017
Lum & Abner Festival! To see
photos of how our comic strip
program went, visit my album
on Facebook! There are also
some videos in which
characters from the strip are

Give this link a try: