Originally created 03/13/98

Book tests knowledge of Hardy



The city of Harlem and Columbia County historian Charles Lord are mentioned in a new book, Laurel & Hardy in "Big Quizness."

The book includes more than 80 categories of quizzes to test readers' knowledge of the film careers of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, who was born in Harlem.

In the acknowledgements, authors Robert and Tracie McFerren credit Mr. Lord with being able to answer "the question that I've always wondered: Whatever happened to Ollie's mom, Miss Emmie?"

She's buried in a mausoleum in Atlanta, Mr. Lord said.

This not the first time Mr. Lord has shared his knowledge of Columbia County history with writers.

"It always gives you a pleasure when your name is mentioned and it is flattering, because I very much enjoy the history of Columbia County and the people of this area," said Mr. Lord, who writes a history column for Columbia County Neighbors.

In Chapter 12 of the book, Time Line: Events in the lives of Stan & Ollie, Jan. 18, 1892, is listed as the date Norvell Hardy was born in Harlem. He later changed his name to Oliver Norvell Hardy.

Buy the book

  • The book, which costs $25, is available by mail order only through Plumtree Publishing. To order, mail $25, plus $5 shipping per book, to Plumtree Publishing, 9420 Stratton Road, Salem, OH 44460-7618.