Join Us For A Really Fun Evening!

NO LIMITS: An evening celebrating abilities, expression & overcoming society’s prejudices

Thursday November 10th, 7pm, The White Pines Place.

Join White Pines for a reading and interactive discussion on White Pines Board Member Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer’s “The Little Gate Crasher: The Life and Photos of Mace Bugen” and a screening of the documentary short on White Pines new holiday musical, Fred Waring’s Christmas Shindig.

The Little Gate Crasher” is a memoir of Kaplan-Mayer’s amazing Great-Uncle Mace Bugen–an unstoppable spirit, first generation Jewish American, self-made millionaire, celebrity gate-crasher–who was 43 inches tall. Mace’s unstoppable spirit defied the challenges of his own physical limitations and society’s prejudices towards people with dwarfism.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb of NPR’s “Voices in the Family” captured the essence of the book in his review: “Many begin their journeys by saying, ‘Why me?’ But healing begins when they say, ‘Okay, what now?’ Part history and part biography, The Little Gate-Crasher is inspirational— and damn fun to read.”

Bright Invention actors will bring scenes from the book to life and in an interactive slideshow, Kaplan-Mayer will share Mace’s greatest celeb selfies, including him with Muhammed Ali, Joe DiMaggio, Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Russell, Richard Nixon and more.

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It’s been so great to hear from people all over the world who are re-connecting around #MaceMemories! I’ll share them here and at The Little Gate Crasher Fb Page.

Hi Gabrielle,

I just read your book.  Thanks for compiling it.  I grew up in Easton and my parents were friends with your grandparents.  They were Milton and Bea Bricker.  I was one of the kids who spent time with Mace.  Along with Sheldon and Steve Lerner, we played basketball at the JCC and Mace always kept score.  I’ve got lots of stories about Mace, the Grove, basketball, etc.  My parents were also very close friends with Phil and Hanna.  David was one of my friends.
Attached are 2 pictures that fit into the collection.  This was one of the trips to Philly with the JCC team and Mace around 1965-6. Mace did his typical thing to get the picture.  For Wilt, Mace took us under the basket and called out to Wilt.  He had told us that he knew Wilt from Kansas.  Of course, we didn’t believe him.  So while under the basket during warmups, Mace gave the camera to a guy near us and told him to get the picture.  Mace called out to Wilt and he actually came over to us.  He actually seemed to know Mace.  All 7’2” of Wilt kneeled down and this is the resulting picture.  Then Mace shlepped us to the locker room to find Oscar Robertson, the “Big O” of the Cincinnati Royals.  Mace knocked on the door and some guy opened it and looked down to see Mace and the team.  Mace gave him his typical bs and the guy let us in.  Mace then call out for “O”.  The picture is the result.
I’m sure you are not surprised by any of this.  There is plenty more.
So here are the pictures and feel free to contact me if you want any more info.
Best,
Ron
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