- Apr 29, 2002Hi everyone...this is Keith.
Lot's of great talk & ideas going around. I've been peeping in
occasionally between feedings and diaper changes, but have not
contributed in awhile. Not for any lack of interest...just having fun
with my daughter. The Blanding research has been on the back burner,
but I'm gaining some interest again. Bev and I have been looking into
a few areas.
Of course I approve of the idea of a non-profit group. Please tap
into my graphic design skills if any stationery or printing design is
needed. A get-together in Carmel next year would also be a good idea,
and I might even be able to make it this time. I've been wanting to
visit all my Santa Cruz friends for awhile.
tj...of course I wouldn't turn down offers of grants to go towards
the research and writing of my Blanding project, but would feel
akward about it if that meant the group felt entitled to some kind
of 'control' over the contents and subject matter of said project.
Also, if somehow I were to actually get a book published (a longshot)
what would my obligations to the group be? Proceeds, copyrights,
etc...? I'd be interested in hearing your take on the matter.
Cadia...I've been reading your transcribed articles with much
interest...way to go! My local library is very bad about ordering
microfilm for me (it takes ages)...so I might start getting them from
work again. Awhile back, I went through some 1922 Star Bulletin
microfilm, so don't order that until we've compared notes. If I can
find time I'll transcribe some of that material, as there were a few
The small details of Blanding's life continue to fall into place.
These often insignificant details are not in themselves the basis of
a book. They merely allow us to form a bigger picture of a person
dead now for 45 years. There are now only a handful of living people
who knew the man...they are our most valuable resources. One of the
main justifications for finding and sifting through the trivial day-
to-day details of Don's life is in the hope that what we uncover
might lead to another unknown living contact...or a cache of personal
letters...or an unpublished manuscript...or a lost interview - all
things that have already surfaced from our diggings. When we finally
have enough of these insights into who Don really was, and not until
then, do we have a winner of a book. As tj has said before, a dry
telling of Don's life from birth to death is not going to impress
anyone, nor sell books. At the same time though...we have to portray
Blanding honestly, warts and all...otherwise we wouldn't be honest.
It's been said that Blanding wouldn't have liked all this digging up
about him...and certainly would have objected to a book being written
about him. Well that's too bad. If we're going to start an
organization devoted to him and his works...people are going to want
to know who he was...what made him tick.
Oops...I've rambled on a bit tonight. Please let me know what
assistance I can give for the development of the non-profit group.
I've worked for a few non-profit companies through the years, and
know a little bit about how they work.
Aloha, Keith :0)
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