- Jan 17, 2000Thank you Cadia for providing, once again, a meeting ground for us
Blanding fans, both old and new.
Some interesting comments already. I agree with Tom, putting together
a definative biography on a man as elusive as Blanding will take a
collaborative effort by many people, and it's not really important who
actually puts it out... as long as it's complete, factually accurate,
and insightful enough to reveal the true nature of the man. I keep
hearing about how Charles Lovell is just about to publish... I hope so,
as he has apparently amassed quite a bit of research over the years.
Time to share your toys Charlie!
I will devulge all tid-bits that I can unearth. At the moment, I'm
mainly working on creating a complete bibliography on the written works
of Blanding, as I think that is equally important. It's painstaking
work, as I have to go back through old issues of magazines and
newspapers that I know he contributed to. My goal is to catalogue every
poem he wrote, where it first appeared in print, and each of it's
subsequent reprints. He "retreaded" many of his earlier poems, making
small changes or sometimes just simply renaming them.
To answer Larry's questions regarding Blanding, yes Don was involved
with the Church of Religious Sciences, having joined them in 1949. He
gave lectures in the Los Angeles Church, and also wrote monthly
articles for Science of Mind magazine. He died of a heart attack in his
Los Angeles home, while in the company of his secretary, Mrs. Edythe
Genee, and several friends.
Cadia, in one of your previous messages you were pondering over when
Blanding had his Vagabond's House in Bend, Oregon. He lived there from
around May or June of 1951, until September of 1952. He didn't write
anything during this time, spending the time "chilling". He started his
year-long Micronesian cruise on the MV Metromkin with friend Ted
Narramore shortly after that, in which time he worked on Joy is an
The only other item of interest I can think of is a thin booklet I'm
borrowing via inter-library loan called O COUNTY FACES and PLACES... A
collection of Cherokee Strip Photographs and Stories, compiled by Velma
Troxel Jayne and Stella Campbell Rockwell in 1968. In it, there is a
story entitled 1901 FIRE IN ENID
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