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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

In Search of Banjo Eyes

Cathy Stone is on the trail of Rudy Vallee's 31-foot Chris-Craft Cruiser that once was a common sight on Kezar Lake in Lovell. There are two conflicting stories about the ultimate fate of "Banjo Eyes": either Vallee donated it to the U. S. Coast Guard for use during World War II, or it was scuttled by his neighbor, Don Dickerman, after a falling out—a story borne out by a document at the Lovell Historical Society.
Working with the handwritten description of the sinking and a small dive team, Stone hopes to, in the months ahead, locate the long-lost relic at the bottom of Kezar Lake.

But is it a wild goose chase? Could the boat instead have truly been donated to the Coast Guard? Could Rudy have sold it or shipped it to California?

Perhaps the best living expert on Rudy Vallee shines some light on this topic - his wife, Eleanor Vallee.

Eleanor lives in Los Angeles California, and gave an exclusive interview with the Advertiser.

"Rudy left that boat behind," when he left Kezar Lake, Eleanor says.

This summer's search by the Lovell Historical Society may prove that it is still there - waiting to be discovered in the watery depths. [Link]


At 8:39 PM, October 22, 2007, Blogger Robert Herbison said...

Banjo Eyes was left on the property he owned in Maine. It was discovered by the current owners and determined worthless. They burned it, I have spoken to people who witnessed this first hand.

Robert Herbison

At 9:46 PM, October 22, 2007, Blogger Chris said...

I believe you're right. Divers in Kezar Lake found "the charred remains of what was most likely a boat" last summer. Here's a follow-up to this story.


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