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J.G. "Paw-Paw" Pinkerton, creator of Tellabration!, has passed on

Please share any memories or reflections. Here is what I received through the National Storytelling Network email list--

Sad News for the Storytelling Community

We have just learned that J.G. “Paw-Paw” Pinkerton passed away last night on his way home to Connecticut from a family wedding in Texas.

Storytelling was J.G.’s second career, to which he devoted himself passionately after his retirement from Texasgulf in 1988. He served on the Board of Directors of NAPPS (the National Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling, parent of NSN) for six years, and he also served on the Board of the International Storytelling Center. He has been a generous friend and mentor to hundreds of storytellers.

In this season we remember J.G. particularly as the creator of the tradition of TELLABRATION! – the night of storytelling on the weekend before Thanksgiving. As many of us produce and perform in our hundreds of Tellabrations across the country and the world this year, let us thank J.G. Pinkerton, with whose vision it all began.

Jo Radner, Chair, NSN Board of Directors

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Here is a second email from the National Storytelling Network on ways to honor J.G. "Paw-Paw" Pinkerton--

We have received more information about honoring J.G. Pinkerton:

Visiting hours are on Friday, Nov. 7 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Gallagher Funeral Home, 2900 Summer Street, Stamford, CT.

The funeral is on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Stamford Church of Christ, 1264 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT. The church is right off of the Merritt Parkway, Exit 35 (High Ridge Road). Turn left off the exit. The church is on the left.

In lieu of flowers, J.G.'s family has set up The J.G. "PawPaw" Pinkerton Connecticut Storytelling Festival Scholarship Fund to give scholarships to anyone needing financial assistance to attend the Connecticut Storytelling Festival. Donations can be made to the CT Storytelling Center. Please write PawPaw Scholarship Fund on the memo line of your check and send to:

CT Storytelling Center
CT College Box 5295
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320

If you would like to send a card to J.G.'s wife, send to:

Joan Pinkerton
11 Short Trail
Stamford, CT 06903



Jo Radner, Chair, NSN Board of Directors

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