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  • Mike Gothard
    Sep 14, 2007
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      Hi Keith,

      Exactly! Thanks for the perspective. You're so right in that many of us
      have not been in on the discussions from years ago, even though we avail
      ourselves of the past posts. I dabble in restoring/collecting/using vintage
      fountain pens and feel the same frustration that I'm sure many of you
      experience when us "newbies" question or try to put two-and-two together for
      the first time. We forget the "cloud of witnesses" that have gone before us
      :)

      Actually, one of the reasons I lurk here (yes, I'm afraid I am a lurker as I
      fit squarely into your description of already having too many irons in too
      many fires) is because of the minutia and the passion with which you guys
      continue to search...it's facinating! I do the same in the world of
      fountain pens as well.

      Anyway, thanks, Keith, for your gracious response and thanks to all for
      allowing us dabblers to dabble here. This is a great group and I consider
      it a privilege to be part of the ongoing dialogue.

      Have a great weekend,
      Mike


      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "keith2draw" <keith2draw@...>
      To: <aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, September 14, 2007 10:17 AM
      Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Curious


      > Aloha Mike & Michael,
      >
      > You've made good points, and they are all well taken.
      >
      > There are about 4-5 Blanding researchers who frequent this board, and we
      > are all busy
      > piecing together his life from obscure newspaper accounts, magazine
      > articles, long lost
      > interviews and ebay ephemera. Blanding was after all born 114 years ago
      > and has been
      > gone for half a century. We do not have the luxury of having previously
      > written and
      > researched volumes of details on his life, such as you would already have
      > for say someone
      > like Thomas Edison, Edgar Allen Poe or Gertrude Stein (because, frankly,
      > he wasn't as
      > important as these folks). The people who knew Don well are now dead
      > themselves. There
      > are some old-timers that knew him in his later years...but obviously
      > no-one alive who
      > shared his early, developmental years.
      >
      > To us, the thrill of the hunt is as enjoyable as the actual body of work
      > that Don left behind.
      > So when one of us discovers a new clue (however small), and posts it on
      > this board, it's the
      > detective in us gloating about finding a long-lost detail of his life. We
      > in no way mean to
      > infer any importance to the clues (in the grand scheme of things) ...it's
      > just fun to see little
      > slices of his life from a distance through the binoculars of time [sorry,
      > horrible cliche].
      >
      > Those of us who have been on this board from the beginning (Jan. 2000)
      > have discussed
      > many complex aspects of Don's life in-depth (such as his sexuality) ...but
      > folks who have
      > joined us in the last year or two will only see the lighter dialogue and
      > assume everything is
      > trivial on the board. I urge all newcomers to go back and read some of our
      > older posts for
      > more detailed talks that have already transpired.
      >
      > The bottom line is that to try and get to the "meat" of Don's life, his
      > feelings, dreams,
      > inclinations and quirks, we have to sort out all the finer details like
      > where he lived, who he
      > knew, and who he wrote to. That's all we have to go on for the moment. And
      > if discovering
      > that he had a bran muffin with Edgar Cayce on Thursday, April 3, 1924
      > leads to finding an
      > entry in Edgar Cayce's diary that states Don made a sexual pass at
      > him...well then there we
      > have our proof!
      >
      > I think most of us are mature, open-minded adults and I for one feel that
      > if Don was
      > gay..."so what!" It wouldn't tarnish his image at all...it would just add
      > to the interest. Most
      > of us have expressed that opinion here. It's not disinterest that keeps us
      > from discussing it
      > (and as I said, we have talked about it in the past ad naseum) it's just
      > that until we know
      > for sure, one way or the other, it would just be conjecture. If he was
      > gay, it would have had
      > a huge impact on how he lived his life, who he trusted, how he separated
      > his public
      > personna of a big, strapping ladies-man poet who was respected by men as
      > well, from his
      > private, gentle, secluded life when not on the lecture circuit. But until
      > we get the "smoking
      > gun" letter or diary entry which reveals his sexual preference....we plug
      > away on the
      > research and try to build a profile of Don that is honest, sincere and
      > revealing. It just takes
      > time. Most of us have either 9-to-5 jobs, kids, grandkids, etc... which
      > takes up the bulk of
      > our time, and research has to wait for rare free time.
      >
      > I will say, this is the best dialogue we've had in a long time.
      >
      > Keith
      >
      >
      >
      >
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