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Tall Club of the Sierra having growth spurt

Jim Grant/Tahoe TribuneMembers of Tall Clubs International who visited Lake Tahoe following their convention in Sacramento are, from left, Dr. Garth Vaz, Gonzales, Texas; Skye Martin, Placerville, Calif.; Kurt Glassell, San Diego, Calif.; Kay Kobus, Blaine, Minn.; Terry Smith, St. Paul, Minn.; Judy Mayes, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Jim Lacy, Denver, Colo.; Verna Matises, Pompton Plains, N. J.; and Drew Van Hoven, Topaz Lake, Nev.

Several members of Tall Clubs International visited Lake Tahoe following their convention in Sacramento. The post convention trip was hosted by the Tall Club of the Sierra, who provided a cabin and planned activities for the out-of-state attendees.

Among the activities the “tallies” enjoyed during their stay at Tahoe were a visit to the Ponderosa Ranch, a cruise on the Woodwind and a buffet at Harrah’s Forest Room Buffet.

Participating in the event were Judy Mayes of Oklahoma City Tall Club, Okla., Verna Matises of New Jersey Moonrakers Tall Club, Terry Smith and Kay Kobus of Twin Cities Tall Club, Minn., Dr. Garth Vaz of Towering Texans of Houston, Texas, James Lacy of Timberline Club of Denver, Colo., Kurt Glassell of San Diego Tall, Calif., Jim Reynolds of Tall Texans of Dallas Club, Texas, and Sky Martin, Drew VanHoven and Tom Wendell of Tall Club of the Sierra.

The first “tall club” was founded in Los Angeles, Calif., in May 1938. An article in the Los Angeles Times by Kae Sumner Einfeldt titled “Six Foot Three (What Will It Be?)” attracted nine like-minded people to the first party. The group established the world’s highest society — the California Tip Toppers Club, with a goal of providing a social outlet for tall people. Letters arrived from all over the United States and Europe following a June 24, 1940, Life magazine article. A Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” panel noted that Einfeldt was painting Snow White’s short friends when she wrote the Times article. A campaign to get businesses to regularly make large-sized clothing, shoes and bedding was successful. Mattress, Inc., of Los Angeles put an ad in the paper. “Here It Is Tip Toppers — You Asked For It! The King Sized Mattress!”

World War II intervened, but in 1947 the first Tall Club Convention was held in Los Angeles. Fourteen U.S. clubs and one Canadian club organized as the American Affiliation of Tall Clubs in 1948. When the affiliation incorporated in 1967, the name was changed to Tall Clubs International and the queen’s title was changed to Miss Tall Universe. Her title was changed again to Miss Tall International in 1974. The title of Miss Tall International in a registered trademark.

Tall Club of the Sierra, formally known as TransSierra Tall Club, is a social club for women 5-foot 10-inches or taller and men 6-foot 2-inches or taller and 21 years of age or older. They are currently in a growth phase and welcome all new prospects. They are spread out all over the California foothills, Sierra Nevada, Sacramento Valley and into Nevada at Reno and environs south.

Tall Club of the Sierra will conduct a business and lunch meeting at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 5 at the American River CafZ in the lower level at Harrah’s Tahoe. Some “play in the snow” activities may follow the meeting. For more information call (775) 266-4881 or visit the Web site at http://www.tal.org/clubs/cal/sierra/. Also, on Jan. 15 a mid-month dine-out for Nevada prospects has been planned. The event will take place at Hamdogs Restaurant, 1457 Industrial Way, Gardnerville, Nev. For more information call (775) 266-4881 or visit the Web site.

For more information about the Tall Club of the Sierra call club founder Skye Martin at (530) 622-2628, e-mail her at skye@directcon.net or visit the Web site at http://www.tall.org/clubs/cal/sierra.

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