72[aloha-donblanding] Re: DB
- Jan 24, 2000In a message dated 00-01-24 02:53:11 EST, you write:
I started doing research on Don about a year ago, in hopes that he would
be a point on which the waring Putnam family could agree, (that being to
start a foundation for the arts in his name). Boy was I wrong ! Don was
married to my great aunt Dorothy Putnam, and the marriage read like a Marx
Brothers movie, Don and his friends being the marx brothers and Dorothy
being Mrs. Snoopington. Don was truly a crack-up to be around and had no use
for the country club set that Dorothy hung around with. Ultimately Don ends
up the Mayor of Ft. Pierce (everyone in town loved the guy except the X and
her family who happened to own the bank, newspaper and everything of value
in town.) Don found himself out of sorts with the power brokers , not a good
position to be in. NOBODY CROSSED DOROTHY AND GOT AWAY WITH IT !!!! The
family (G.P.Putnams side) started a smear campaign , that being to expose
that Don was the Walt Whitman of the south Seas (if you get my drift). Don
never returned to FT. Pierce after the war and any attempts to patch things
up fell on deaf ears ! By the way if Don had picked up Walt Whitman
tendencies it was due to Dorothy and her kinky rich friends.
At any rate I felt it was safer to abandon my research, I got a little
to close to family skeletons in the closet and find myself off course with
my original intention, that being to break down the misunderstanding between
my cousins and my own family members.
If you need a publisher let me know, I have been working with Florida
Classics (the company that publishes Floridays ) and will put you in touch
with them. This story is far more intriguing than I ever could have
imagined, I just don't want G.P.s side blaming me for letting the truth be
Haven (bob) Putnam Jr.
What a fantastically gossip-y post! I love it! It does make Don's life
seem more real to know that he had these personal difficulties...Are you
serious that Don was the MAYOR of a town called Ft. Pierce? This is certainly
new to me... I didn't take Don for the political type. How interesting...
You mention not wanting to continue your research because of family
reasons, well, would you consider sharing your notes with some of our
writer-friends here on this mailing list? There is talk of trying to get some
sort of biography together. I'm sure your family information will come in
handy. Just a thought...
And please feel free to continue to share stories here! I thank you for
this post, it is certainly intriguing and reveals a little more about the
personal side of this most interesting man...
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