- Jan 23, 2002Someone out of the blue sent me some scans of some typed Blanding
postcards which reveal some interesting new clues.
In one card, he mentions that he has a friend in Ann Arbor, Michigan
named Donald Curtis May. He also gives the address. I had been
looking for Don May in vain for awhile (too common of a name.) With
these few clues I was able to finally locate him in the Social
Security Death Index: Donald May, b. June 24, 1889, d. July 1971 in
Blanding of course wrote a poem entitled TO DON MAY in Vagabond's
House which described their mountain climbing adventures in 1913
Bend, Oregon. I will now try to locate Don May's family.
In another card (1946) he mentions a friend named Sam Maddux, who's
mother was one of his childhood teachers in Lawton, Oklahoma. He also
states in this card that he recorded a year's worth of fifteen-minute
spots for his Castle Card radio program...quite interesting. He says
that he has come to loathe his lecture tours, and is hoping to give
He mentions living at the Roosevelt Hotel, and eating most of his
dinners at the Cinegrill, the hotel's restaurant (which still exists)
- He liked to eat marinated herring.
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