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Lenny Davis & Joe Kraft owned the Forvm Club

"Yes we did name the Forum with a V(Forvm). It was located at 3493 W. Siebenthaler Ave. at Klepinger. It was in front of Bowlero Bowling alley, next door to Village Inn Pizza, and across the street from Icelandia and the Country Club. The Forvm was open from 1965 to 1977 when it was sold, and my partner(Joe Kraft) and I took our show on the road for several years. Not many of the people in the Forvm family are with us any more. Big Red passed away 13 years ago, Joe passed away last year in Alexandria, Va. We also lost Bobbie Gordon and Dottie Jean 4 years ago. They were loved and will be missed by those of us who are left.

The Forum Club was the first Club to open for entertainment on Sundays in November 1965. Back then, doing business on Sundays was not thought of in Dayton. We served 3.2 till midnight and high power after midnight. The club was packed. Many clubs followed with Sunday openings.

The Red Room and Suttmillers brought in famous name entertainment. Annarinos and Tropics brought in semi names and traveling groups. The Cascades and Forvm presented and developed only local talents. Many of them went on to make names for themselves. Bobbie Gordon worked at the Cascades and the Forvm. Was hired by Duke Elington and went on a world tour with the famous band and one of Duke's girls, adding her name to a list of very famous lady singers. Came back home and once again worked with us at the Forvm with the Davis Division and the Roy Meriwether Trio.

 

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