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October 16, 2019

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December 9, 2015
Healing thoughts to all of Paul's family & friends. A great family man, a great friend and a great Beta Kappa brother.
January 27, 2010
To you Mr. Baker, Alabanza! Praise!

To his family, my condolences and best wishes.

I studied with Paul Baker at the Dallas Theatre Center in the late 1960s. It was a transformative and challenging time of my life that forged all future work to come as a playwright and a novelist.

I thank you, Mr. Baker, for your tough stance and your unerring eye. You allowed me to look at myself anew and it was hard, very hard to reconcile the dream with the reality. I have continued to use the bundle of gifts that I gleaned from you at the Dallas Theatre Center. I thank all my teachers there as well for carrying his vision forward into the world. I was a difficult and rebellious student but somehow it all stuck. Thank you!

I will always remember Mr. Baker sitting center stage in a chair, eyes closed in deep contemplation. This would be followed by a brilliant and incisive commentary of the nuance and power of a moment, of a gesture completed, of the tone and timbre of language. The memory is sacred.

For the great gift of your lessons, I thank you Mr. Baker!

Denise Chávez
November 17, 2009
I enrolled in Dr. Baker's class called, "Tntegration of Abilities" in 1954. He challenged me to become a puppeteer and my television career began in Waco with a puppet called P.J. Possum.
In 1955, I moved to Fort Worth and met up with Hilda Cohen, a graduate of TCU. In 1957, we started a children's TV Show called Mickey and Amanda starring Mickey Mud Turtle and Amanda Possum. It became the number one children's program from 1958 to 1962. I moved to Los Angeles in 1966 to appear on channel 13 with two puppets, Mickey and Michelle Mud Turtle.
It ran until 1968. Thanks to Paul Baker for starting me on a rewarding career in the entertainment of children on early television. It was a fascinating 14 year run. Dr. Baker was remarkable.
November 8, 2009
Dr. Baker headed up the theater program at Baylor University when I was a student in 1958-59, where I took the required humanities class under his tutelage. I appreciate the efforts he took to make theater a major part of the curriculum at that time. My condolences to his family.
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