Originally Posted by Ryan
I wish I could have met both of them. They seem as if they were very nice men.
Has Lois ever shared memories of Oliver with you? What did she think about him?
From all accounts, they were fine men and always professional gentlemen. I talked with an elderly Sons member in Minnesota in the 1980s who looks a great deal like Stan. When he was young, he saw the boys onstage in person. He was very shy, and his friends bet him $10 that he wouldn't go backstage to show Stan how much they looked alike. But he took the bet and went backstage. He encountered Hardy first, and asked timidly if he could see Laurel, and explained the bet. Hardy was tickled. "You come with me. Stay out here until I call you." Then Hardy went into their dressing room and said to Laurel, "Were you ever in this town before, when you played vaudeville?" Laurel was blank: "No, I don't think so. Why?" Then Hardy called to the boy to come in, he did a Stan take, and they all laughed. I think he said the three of them went out for lunch or ice cream afterward.
Stan's daughter Lois knew Babe (the nickname Hardy's friends used) from the time she was very small, and was very fond of him. Except as a toddler, when she started to understand the movies she was seeing. She began to shy away from "Uncle Babe" because she saw him pushing her father around on the screen. There are home movies where she wouldn't even look at him, but clung to Stan. Babe was very upset. Then Stan got a brainstorm. They made a short where Stan gets fed up with Ollie and gets the better of him ("One Good Turn"). After that, Lois was no longer afraid of Babe. She used to sit on his knee and he would sing to her; she remembers "Shine On Harvest Moon" specifically. In one filmed interview ("Revenge of the Sons of the Desert"), she says "It was like having TWO daddies!"