Portland, IN (his hometown)

October, 2008

Photos submitted by Charles Letterman




Picture of Jack jumping over his marimba & the marimba he donated to the museum


"Jack used this very marimba for his first appearance on the Lawrence Welk Show in 1957.  This was the last marimba he purchased himself.  The rest were given to him."








Jeanette Saurer, Terry O'Donnell, Barb Smith, Joan Brown & her friend, Jean Michos


Jack & Norma









Jack with one of the display pictures (Lawrence & Jack)


Jack talking to the crowd which included many old friends & classmates








Jack with schoolmates


Jack & Norma with schoolmates










Norma & Jack with his prom date, Donna (Shoemaker) Bookout.  Norma was one class (1951) behind Jack so she couldn't go to the prom








Jack with Jay Miller, a longtime friend


Norma & Jack with Jay








Jack receiving proclamation from the Governor of Indiana proclaiming October 4th as "Jack Imel Day".  It was presented by State Rep. Bill Davis


Jeanette Saurer, Terry O'Donnell & Barb Smith with the marimba in the museum









Barb, Jeanette, Dot Gotta & Terry have dinner at "Henry's"


Norma & Jack Imel with their family








Jack plays a stool.  He did this one season on the show


Jack receiving 'Lifetime Achievement Award' from Mayor Bruce Hosier of Portland








Jack & Norma with the awards


Four of these signs will be placed on the roads entering Portland










Charles Letterman, Terry O'Donnell, Jeanette Saurer, Barb Smith & Joan Brown