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Here's Jack

For most guests, Jack Banner personified Banner Lodge. Along with his wife Ceil and other close relatives, Jack had built the resort up from its humble beginnings as a dairy farm. His dad "Pop" Banner started the farm in 1922 on land that he purchased from relatives. Jack was an ubiquitous presence at the resort, charming guests, greeting entertainers and managing the outside staff and the grounds.

Heavily involved in local and state politics for many years, Jack was an energetic advocate of the Connecticut tourism business.  As a Connecticut State Representative, Banner was the prime force in getting the state to rescue the Goodspeed Opera House from its use as a state DOT garage in the 1960's.

Jack was the main man at Banner Lodge. His death sealed the resort's future. Changing vacation habits had already made for a tough atmosphere. In an attempt to deal with changing times, Jack had grand plans for a condo development but those plans stalled after his death and things deteriorated from there.

Here is a sampling of pictures of Jack, posing with Banner visitors, staff, family and entertainers.

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JB-Gov-Dempsey-3-Politicos.jpg (19834 bytes) Jack (second from right) and Connecticut Gov. John Dempsey (second from left) with three other state politicos, 1960s BL JB-Jaffe-Mathers-Others.jpg (14344 bytes) Jack (left), band leader Irv Jeffries (center) and entertainment director Jack Mathers (right) pose with a group of entertainers.
Jack_Claire_DR1967.jpg (15771 bytes) Jack and his sister Claire Goldblatt consult during a 1967 celebration in the Banner dining room. Jack_Ceil_comicCU.jpg (13732 bytes) Jack and wife Ceil pose for a gag shot.
Jack_Irv_Maglie.jpg (12065 bytes) Former major league star pitcher Sal Maglie visits Jack and brother-in-law Irv Levowitz in 1958 at poolside. Jack_Guests_DR.jpg (12784 bytes) Jack posed with thousands of guests over the years. Here he poses with visitors in front of the dining room
Jack_StanSimon_Pool.jpg (16867 bytes) Jack and Banner Lodge  photographer Stan Simon at the pool's diving board. Jack_Newman_Duffy.jpg (12146 bytes) A significant player in Democratic politics, Jack hosted an event featuring actor Paul Newman (left), which raised funds for Senate candidate Joe Duffy (right)
Jack_Bannerville_Indians.jpg (28190 bytes) Jack poses with Bannerville day camp kids dressed as Indians. BL-Jack_Ceil_BBQ.jpg (18593 bytes) Each week, Jack mingled with guests during the weekly lakeside barbeque dinner, usually with his wife Ceil.
Jack enjoyed meeting all the entertainers who came to the Lodge. Here, Joe E. Ross, who played Officer Toody on "Car 54, Where Are You," poses with Jack Ted Mack of the "Original Amateur Hour" backstage with Jack.
A late 1940s shot of Jack and his first cousin Zero Mostel on the Banner stage. Zero remained loyal to the Banners, performing regularly through the 1960s.

MORE CLASSIC PHOTOS FROM BACK IN THE DAY OF BANNER LODGE 

Here's Jack! The main man at Banner Lodge
The Banner Staff
Work, play and a great summer tan
Country Cabins A comfy knotty pine experience
Food, So Much Food
No hunger allowed
The Social Scene
Mixing it up in Moodus 
Good Sports for All From bocce to baseball and more
The Main Stage
The stars came out at night

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