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1 August 2010
By Chris Smith
The Bohemian Grove’s 99th benefit Variety Show in Monte Rio couldn’t have been much better, unless the Pink Elephant were open again for the after-party.
An affectionate tribute to the late Art Linkletter, a 50-year stalwart of the show, came from actor Jamie Widdoes, who played the clean-cut Delta fraternity president in “Animal House.”
The huge crowd in the tree-ringed amphitheater cheered world-class music by the likes of slide guitarist Roy Rogers and headliner Zac Brown, who earlier this year won the Grammy for best new artist.
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Two ovations honored violinist Michael Creighton Murray, 88, the show’s longest running act. As he has done for 50 summers, he brought a sacred hush by bowing “Ave Maria” on his Stradivarius.
“When I first came here, I knew your grandmothers,” he said. “They were about 8 years of age and were running all around!”
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