The Hermit Poet

September 15, 2005

After the Storm, This Bit of News

Filed under: General — Neil Aitken @ 11:06 am

Updated: Evidently news of Mr. LaPrise’s passing has been circulating since his actual death in 1996.

My friend Jayson sent me the following news bit:

With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week. Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote “The Hokey Pokey,” died peacefully at age 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in.

And then the trouble started.

Shut up. You know it’s funny.

One Response to “After the Storm, This Bit of News”

  1. kaitken Says:

    Neil, this has become an urban legend. Ronald Lawrence LaPrise died in April 1996! The problem with putting his left leg in began shortly thereafter. Notwithstanding the difficulty, he’s been buried or otherwised disposed of.

    And that’s what its all about!


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