Here are three photos from this time. I approximate the portrait photo as the 1950s. It has a Photography Studio address on the back that pre-dates the beginning of 5 digit zip code and Bernard looks a little heavier. Next is the cropped and close up of a polaroid of Bernard in his aunt’s basement during the time of the One-Man-Band where he looks a little thinner probably early 1960s. The third photo was marked on the back as Washington DC. The instrument case says “Cheyanne Schatz One (Man) Band. I know he traveled and performed during this time. I remember seeing a clipping of a performance in Chicago. Given what he told me about his trip to Moscow, I wonder if he went to DC to apply for the artist exchange program that sent him to Moscow.
So at this point in the autobiographical manuscript we are approximating the year to be five years later than the divorce of Wife Number 1 which may be in or about 1956 or 1957. Add the five years to be mentioned in his paragraph below and it brings us to 1961 or 1962:
AN INTERVENING INTERLUDE
I became seriously distrustful of women following the events of my first marriage marriage and so I avoided intimate contact with them for an extended period. And then, five years later, I gave a party in the honor of my parasitic Cousin Tom. One of the female guests appeared to be interested in me. She lingered awhile after the others had left. She noted that I did not show an interest in her or the other females at the party and wondered why this was so. I told her about the experience of my married life and how it had led me to become distrustful of women. She stated that it was silly of me to base my feelings toward women on one experience that had gone wrong. She said that she found me to be physically attractive and proceeeded to demonstrate by word and deed how strongly she felt this to be so. One thing led to another, and before I knew it we had consummated a carnal relationship.
Immediately upon doing so she became exceedingly hysterical and cried out that we had sinned against God! Her hysteria lasted for several hours and it was three in the morning before she was sufficiently calmed down that I could drive her home. When I walked her to her door she slipped me a piece paper with her phone number on it and asked me to pleas call her.
WIFE NUMBER 2
This brings us to approximately the year of 1965. I had returned from my trip to the Soviet Union (please see the section entitled my Trip to the Soviet Union, or; How I Confronted and Chased With Some Vigor Two KGB Agents Because They Had Acted In An Affontatory Mannner, Or; Why I Was Indebted To Errol Flynn And His “Wicked Wicked Ways”) and had become an entertainer. I was known under the banner of several names, such as Cheyanne Schatz, One Man Band; Ken Barger, Magician Extroirdinaire; Obediah Klowder, Singer of Inspirational Songs; Romeo Lejois, Singer of Romantic Songs (this was before I became L-15). I performed in and around Los Angeles in bars, nightclubs, and at private parties. I appear on various T.V. shows including several on Steve Allen’s and Regis Philbin’s when he co-hosted with a particular conservative (initials R.D.) who later was elected to congress from Orange County, and who later still became an extremely poor loser for that same congressional seat. Educational Television, the forerunner of Public T.V, did a documentary on me, mine appears between those of Upton Sinclair and Dizzy Gillespie (the name of the series was”Celebrity Series—One of a Kind.” This will all be discussed in the section Show business Days!)
Here we shall stop with today’s manuscript content and offer some background and explanations. These are the words (misspellings and grammatical idiosyncrasies and all) of Bernard G. Schatz. I would also say that his writing becomes very much a stream of consciousness. He has begun is chapter on Wife #2 and given us more content that matches the interlude. However, I am grateful for this because we may never see any more of those interlude details he refers to as a later section of the autobiography. They don’t appear in the 42 manuscript pages I have found.
I had heard him mention the Soviet Union trip and the KGB agents in person. The trip and its purpose was referred to on one of the recordings of the Steve Allen Shows, but no mention of Errol Flynn.
So here I must chuckle to my self about his overly verbose titles as both a blessing and a curse for us, the readers, of his rambling style. That is all we shall get in written content but his art and some old video recordings will add some color to this sparse history.
The Obediah Klowder persona has an ornately carved relief on his fiddle case.
We can guess that “The Hand of KGB Agent” was creepily crafted at about this time or soon after.
Here we have a web page containing video copies of the three appearances on the Steve Allen Show and the One of a Kind documentary by the educational channel KCET:.
L-15 had a very comprehensive Gallery exhibition in Richmond Virginia in 2004 that spread through 3 gallery halls. Gallery Number 4 specifically has these surviving photographs related to this period of the life of Bernard G. Schatz on the web page. If you want to see the complete exhibition you need the previous web page’s link.
Next posting we will actually begin with the first paragraph in the manuscript that is actually about WIFE NUMBER 2.