Enrico Banducci's Legendary hungry i Lives Again!
hungry alumni gather for reunion

To kick off their grand five-month exhibition of hungry i memorabilia, the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum staged a gala reception on March 27, 2007 when many `alumni' who performed  on the club stage assembled to share memories of great shows at the landmark  nightspot.

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While co-curators Brad Rosenstein and  Gerald Nachman (author of “Sseriously Funny” were the official hosts of the evening, undoubtably the honorary title went to ENRICO BANDUCCI who donated some precious items to make the exhibition such a resounding success

Enrico Banducci

Indispensable to any hungry i salute, MORT SAHL arrived Wrapped in his traditional garb
Mort SahlTom Lehrer

TOM LEHRER, lookingterrific, made the crowd feel they been transported 40 years back in time

SHELLEY BERMAN, accompanied by his bride of 60 years, had everyone in stitches with his characteristic humor

Shelley Berman

Orson Bean

For those taking notes, ORSON BEAN gave his famous demonstration on how to make A paper eucalyptus tree

RONNIE SCHELL'S hilarious memories of the hungry i days showed his comedy edge to be at its sharpest ever
Ronnie SchellGlenn Yarbrough

Glenn Yarbrough drove all the way from his home in Mexico to attend the event

A super side reunion took place when TRAVIS EDMONSON  of THE GATEWAY SINGERS (accompanied by wife Rose Marie)connected with the daughter and son of ELMERLEE THOMAS, Marcie and Maurice, whom he hadn't seen since they were children.  Blues singer Maurice is better known under his stage name, Elmerlee Thomas (which he uses as a tribute to his mother)

Rose Marie Heidrick, Marcie Thomas, Maurice Thomas (Elmerlee Thomas) with Travis Edmonson

Bob Shane and John Stewart
Representing the four individuals who sang with THE KINGSTON TRIO at the hungry i were BOB SHANE and JOHN STEWART.  (NICK REYNOLDS, who had planned to attend the celebration, had to bow out due to a case of pneumonia, from which he was recuperating.  

ERNIE SHELDON, who capped his time with THE  GATEWAY SINGERS (and later THE LIMELITERS)  with a Hollywood career as lyricist for many major motion pictures, talked about times when the group did five shows a night at the hungry i

Ernie Sheldon