|Born||Donald William Watson|
March 23 1894
|Died||March 23 1981 (age 87) |
|Resting place||Lakeside Cemetery, Colon, Michigan|
Monk Watson (1894-1981) started is career at 8 years old and traveled as a mascot on tour with the Buffalo Bill Circus where he met William "Buffalo Bill" Cody.
BiographyWatson learned how to do clown work and, joined the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus at 16.
Monk got his nickname after enlisting in the Army to server in World War I from a girl who saw his humorous act and said "That fellow looks like a monkey ".
In vaudeville, he toured as a bandleader and dancer. Then as a stage manager, Watson was responsible for booking such acts as Jack Benny and a young Bob Hope. While a resident of Colon, Michigan, he became close friend with Harry Blackstone, Sr. and was even the godfather of Harry Blackstone, Jr..
He wrote a long running column in Tops called "The Professional Touch".
Monk died March 23, 1981 in Metuchen, NJ at home of a daughter on his 87th birthday. 
- The Professional Touch (1945)
- To Vaudeville: With All My Love (2006)
- ↑ Genii Vol.45, No.5, May 1981, Obituaries, page 305
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- Cover, Tops Magazine, Vol.7, No. 3, March 1942, “Monk Watson” – His Story, page 4
- The Conjurors' Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 7, September 1948, SPEAKING OF PICTURES… Monk Watson, page 7 - In Bruce Reynolds Spotlight, Monk Watson, page 13
- Cover, The New Tops, Vol. 1, No. 12, December 1961, COVER PORTRAIT… 'Monk' Watson, by John Braun, page 4
- The New Tops, Vol. 6, No. 6, June 1966, ‘Monk’ Watson, Our Vaudeville Smash, 35 Years Later, by Daniel Waldron, page 14
- Cover, The New Tops, Vol. 10, No. 8, September 1970, Cover Portrait… Monk Watson, Headed for College at 76, by Virginia Gust, page 55
- Cover, The New Tops, Vol. 14, No. 3, March 1974, COVER PORTRAIT... Donald 'Monk' Watson, HIS EIGHTIETH YEAR ...by who else? – 'Monk' Watson, page 8
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 61, No. 5, May 1981, Broken Wand, Donald "Monk" Watson, page 107
- The Linking Ring, Vol. 82, No. 7, July 2002, PICTURE FROM THE PAST, page 36 - ANSWER TO PICTURE FROM THE PAST, page 118