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Jack & Na Stapleton 
Round Dance Cuer
 
ID: 999

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As recalled by son John "Jack" Stapleton: Jack was born 4-22-1905 and died when he was 88 of Alzheimers. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in microbiology. He worked his entire life at the home office of Parke Davis pharmaceutical. Na was born in Ann Arbor Michigan and also went to U of Michigan. She worked as a record librarian for Bon Secours hospital in Grosse Pointe, MI. Mom was also pictured on the front page of the Detroit Free Press for sewing a square dance skirt made of nylon that had a hem of one hundred and one yards. That of course had to be gathered multiple times! Dad's signature round dance that he originally choreographed was Mexically Rose which I understand is a classic even today. Jack was also the very first round dance caller to be named to the hall of fame. Dad was also the originator of the round dance "Alley Cat" which I think was also a classic. There probably were more but I cannot recall others. Dad also had a stuttering problem, not as pronounced as Mel Tillis, but on the same order. This condition was diminished a lot after he started calling or cueing round dances. My parents were good friends with Chuck Jones, the originator of Bugs Bunny and was the producer of all Looney Tunes cartoons. He visited our home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan several times. Our family has several original drawings personally done and signed by him that were passed on by my parents. They were also good friends with Herb Greggerson who was a renowned square dance caller from Texas I believe. Jack also had a great ear for music. He was a member of the University of Michigan marching band playing a clarinet. He could not read a note of music but could play many different instruments and play anything if he listened to it just one time. My sister was almost a concert pianist and when she practiced dad would tell her whenever she hit a wrong note. She would argue with him that she was correct but when she went back to the musical score she would find out that he was correct much to her disbelief. Mom died of natural causes at the age of 94. They taught round dancing throughout the world and with square dance caller Dave Taylor they ran (owned) the conventions at Boyne Mountain, MI. and then later Boyne Highlands, MI. The conventions were run there for 13 weeks every summer. He was also a regular caller at Kirkwood Lodge in Missouri and also somewhere, I can't remember where, in California.

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Recordings by Jack & Na Stapleton:
Hi Hat    Grenn   
 
Chica Boo Mixer / Moonbeam Waltz  Round (two-sided) -- with Bill & Mary Lynn, Grenn 14004
 
Lady Be Good / Tu Tu (Tutuchelli)  Round (two-sided), Grenn 14015
 
Why Ask For The Moon / Baby Face  Round (two-sided), Hi Hat 929