|Born||Donald W. 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
- ↑ Genii Vol.45, No.5, May 1981, Obituaries, page 305