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Bob Osgood - square dance television programs

Bob Osgood, publisher of Sets in Order, was an enthusiastic promoter of square dance and a follower of Lloyd Shaw. Here are two early broadcasts that illustrate Osgood's attempts to reach a home viewing audience; you can hear him use Lloyd Shaw's language almost word for word. In the first program, you'll hear him encourage viewers to clear away…

UCLA Leadership Conference - 1964

Photograph of participants in 1964 square dance leadership conference organized by Bob Osgood at UCLA, along with a roster of participants. Jim Mayo describes this event in his 2003 book, Step By Step Through Modern Square Dance History:---"Bob Osgood recognized that caller interaction and leadership would be of crucial importance as the modern…

Chase that Rabbit - Roy Rogers

Born in 1911 in Cincinnati, Leonard Sly started calling square dances when he was 12 years old. He moved with his family to California in 1930, traveled extensively as a musician, worked for a year as a cowboy, and in 1937 signed a contract with Republic Studios when that film production company seeking a singing cowboy. In 1938, he and the studio…