Thérèse Cronin received an economics degree from University College Dublin, an achievement for Irish woman during the 1950’s. After graduation, she was a hostess with Irish airline Aer Lingus. Thérèse Campbell married poet and teacher Tony Cronin, also in the portrait collection, in 1955. From 1966 to 1968, the Cronins lived in Missoula and were an integral part of the writer’s and artist’s group at Eddie’s Club.
With Tony lecturing at the University of Montana, Thérèse was isolated in a strange town with their two small daughters. Visiting Eddie’s Club in the evenings with Tony became her escape. In the ‘60’s, women were an integral part of the Eddie’s scene from late afternoon until closing, yet it was still a “man’s bar” and the men held court. Women were minor characters. Cronin was smart and witty but the only time one heard her thoughts was if the “girls” were sitting at a table without the “guys.” Nye was an exception. He valued Cronin’s contributions to their conversations. After the Cronin’s left Missoula, Thérèse would occasionally ring up Lee to visit and recall her time in Missoula.
A small-world anecdote. Thérèse Cronin regaled her friend, a reporter for The Irish Times, with stories about Eddie’s Club. The reporter at some point befriended comedian Dana Carvey of Saturday Night Live and Wayne’s World fame, who was born in Missoula and had a home in Montana’s Paradise Valley. He hosted her on a visit and she insisted on seeing Eddies Club, by then Charlie B’s, and Lee Nye. Nye and his wife, Jean, met the reporter and Carvey at the bar and Lee invited them to their home the next day. Years later, a neighbor of the Nye’s caught Carvey’s live show in Las Vegas, where the comedian asked if anyone had heard of Missoula and a place called Eddie’s Club, or Charlie B’s before launching into a story about visiting the legendary bars and this crazy Montana artist—a photographer named Lee Nye.