Friday, November 27, 2009

"Hokey Pokey" Co-Author and Scranton Native Robert Degan Dies at 104

Scranton native and co-author of The Hokey Pokey Robert Degan died Monday in Lexington, Kentucky at the age of 104.

An article about Mr. Degan's life and the controversy and mystery surrounding the authorship of The Hokey Pokey appears in today's (Friday, November 27th's) Times-Tribune on pages A1 and A5. To read the article online, click here.

A previous Entertainment Blog entry on The Hokey Pokey can be viewed by clicking here.

The Local History Vertical File (LHVF) for “Music – Hokey Pokey Dance Song” includes Times writer Joseph X. Flannery’s editorials, as well as a photocopy of a letter to Degan from the US Copyright Office confirming its true authors. The LHVF can be viewed in the Reference Department of Albright Memorial Library.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to Mr. Degan's family.

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