newbie seeking info
- I have recently become aware of Don Blanding thanks to references by
Jimmy Buffett in his book "A Pirate Looks at Fifty". The name Don
Blanding is familiar to me because there is Don Blanding Avenue in my
hometown (kingfisher,Oklahoma). I have been trying to find
biographical info on Mr. Blanding and have seen from these postings
that he did graduate from Lawton, OK. High School. My question is
does anyone know what Mr. Blanding's connection to Kingfisher,OK.
might be and where would be a good starting place for me to find a
general biography of Mr. Blanding?
- Hello seadawgee (for lack of another name),
Don was born in Kingfisher, in 1894, hence the street which is named
after him. There is no biography, as of yet, written about him...or I
should say, one IS written, by a Dr. Charles Lovell, but not
published yet. There is a short and general bio in the back of DB's
1937 book "The Rest of the Road", page 132-141. Several of the
members in this group have aspirations of writing about the talented
and versatile Blanding...and so we all "meet" here and trade facts
and insight about this elusive spirit. Your welcome to join the dig
(as I like to look at it) and contribute to our findings. Do you
still live in Kingfisher? You could be a valuable resource for
scouring newspapers and records in your area.
Welcome to the group...Keith
You may wish to subscribe to our group. The Messages section is open
to the public, but we have photos and extensive material in our
Files, Databases and Links areas that is available only to members.
In addition, part of my website is devoted to Don Blanding:
I hope you've read enough of the messages here to know there is an
exhibit of Don Blanding memorabilia at the Museum of the Great
Plains, Lawton, Oklahoma (through Oct. 15). Two members of our group
are assembling a second exhibit to open in Carmel, California, with a
reception on September 20 and continue for 6 weeks.
duchess @ speakeasy.org