3645Blanding in the Los Angeles Times
- Jul 21, 2004Cadia, and any interested members of the group,
I just discovered a few days ago that through my library at work I
have access to Proquest's digitized Los Angeles Times (1881-1984). I
had no idea! It's completely searchable and there are over three
hundred references to Don that I see so far. The first sign of our
poet is in early 1926. I'll summarize a few of the mentions, or
related items, from that year:
Feb 4, 1926 - The Wampas Frolic is held at the new Shrine Civic
Auditorium. 6500 attend to view the "unveiling" of the thirteen
newly arrived Wampas Stars of 1926: Dolores Costello, Janet Gaynor,
Dolores Del Rio, Vera Reynolds, Mary Brian, Fay Wray, Sally O'Neill,
Joan Crawford, Mary Astor, Sally Long, Joyce Compton, Marcoline Day
and Edna Marian. (I'd say just a few of these stars went on to make
it big.) No mention of Blanding at all...I don't think he was part
of the entertainment.
March 7, 1926 - Don appeared at an arty gathering of eighty people
at the Monteith Studio. The program included a variety of music and
readings, including poetry by Blanding.
April 5, 1926 - Article about Don being commissioned by Cecil De
Mille to write a story to serve as a starring vehicle for Leatrice
April 26, 1926 - The Wampas has a get-to-gether at the Writer's Club
to view the premier of a new play. Don also does some "snappy
readings" as they called it (could this be the infamous debut of his
Virgin of Waikiki?)
May 23, 1926 - Marjorie Chapin performs the song Ala Moana at the
Artland Club, with baritone Keaumoku Louis and Adolf Tandler's
Symphony Orchestra. Lyrics by Don Blanding.
June 10, 1926 - Don is the featured entertainment for
the "governors" morning at the Breakfast Club.
I also found tons of mentions of others from Don's circle of friends.
Bev, I also printed out a number of articles by or about Armine Von
Tempski which I will mail to you this week.
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