Wallace Pindell (“Wally”)
Born: 23 June 1920
Died: 24 August 1964, age 44
Attended Mar-Ken 1937-1938.
From a 1936 Lawlor Journal article, “In the High School”:
Wally Pindell is playing a featured role in a play at Ben Bard’s Little Theatre.
From the November 19, 1936 Lawlor Journal:
HATS OFF TO – – George Travell, Alan Ladd, Wally Pindell, Edward Qualen, Bill Moss and Eva McVeagh, for their fine performances in Martin Mooney’s “The Frey Zone”, at Ben Bard’s Little Theatre. Their roles were difficult ones to enact and were played well.
From the February 11, 1937 Lawlor Journal:
SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE NOTES: An article reviewing the play “Suzanne” written by Eloise Keeler at the Ben Bard Theater includes this observation: “Our own Wally Pindell is good too, as an Author.” This referred to the part he acted.
From the March 15, 1937 Lawlor Journal:
“Wally” TELLS ALL:
For a long time the Journalism class has been discussing the idea of getting interviews from the different pupils occupying the Study Hall. Until just recently they have done nothing about it; but now we are very happy to inform you that the first interview is about to begin. Our victim is the one and only Wallace James Pindell.
Mr. Pindell was very pleased to oblige the press; but some of the questions were rather personal. His pal Tucko Sperry had to stooge for him on those. The first question I asked was: “What is your hobby?” He looked rather stunned for a moment and then replied in a weak little voice, “Shooting.” (The questions and answers will follow).
Q: “Favorite Sport?”
A: “Ah, let’s see – – – oh, hoss back riding.”
Q: “Your ambition?”
A: “That’s easy. I want to be a Barber so I can cut ‘Doc’ Sperry’s hair.”
Q: “Do you like the girls?”
A: “No, no, no!” (We wonder)
Q: “Well, who is your favorite girl friend?”
A: “I haven’t any. I don’t even look at them.” (Is this another falsehood and is his secret Muriel Ross?)
Q: “Your favorite food?”
Q: “Do you like shows?”
A: “Yes, very much.” “Yes, Burlesque shows!” laughed Tucko.
Q: “Your favorite color?”
A: “Black and Blue.”
Q: “Do you like to read?”
A: “Yes. Mostly History.” (We’ll see that Miss Dow gets a copy of the paper).
Q: “How old are you?”
A: “You’ve got him there.” Said the stooge. Wally stammered, “Why, I’m – I’m sixteen.”
Q: “Do you like school?”
A: “More than anything else.”
Q: “How tall are you?”
A: “6 feet and 1/4 inches, and don’t forget the 1/4th. By the way, I weigh 165 pounds, and wear size 10 shoes.”
Thanks very much, Mr. Pindell. I hope we can help you out again. Who will the next victim of your Interviewer be? What will their answers be: Wait and see!
– – – Catherine Kennedy
From the September 27, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
ALUMNI: Wally Pindell is studying at City College.
From the October 11, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
ALUMNI: Wally Pindell is now producing a college revue which will start a week’s engagement at the Orpheum Theatre on October 16. In this revue only high school and college students are engaged. Marcella Cutting does a tap specialty. Gene Bell provides a musical composition “Hollywood Boulevard.”
From the October 25, 1940 Mar-Ken Journal:
ALUMNI: Wally Pindell is appearing with his show “Zis Boom Bah,” a collegiate revue at the Orpheum.