RE: [aloha-donblanding] Re: Welcome to aloha-donblanding
- WELCOME KEN TO OUR GROUP,
You sure have opened up another door in DBs life.
Edith Hope Genee was the editor the American Bard, which in the early 1960s
was supposed to have been the country's largest poetry magazine. She and
my father were old friends, having been co-editors of an adult school
newspaper at Hollywood High in the late 1930s. So she brought the printing
contract to his printshop. This then led to several poetry book jobs.
Edith had also been a close friend of Don Blanding's and I gather she
inherited the rights to many of his illustrations, as they were a constant
source for inclusion in the American Bard and many of the poetry books
published by Swordsman.
Did Edith or your parents ever talk about her relationship with Don? We
know they traveled to Hawaii together and on book signing tours. Also that he
lived at her home. A lady I visited in Tucson, Az. said that Edith wanted to
marry Don but he was not the marrying type, Do you know anything about
When she passed away, many of the Don Blanding
prints she had were given to another poet-friend, Mary Cox, who was active
in the Chaparrel Poets. In turn, when Mary died, the prints passed to my
father. I am just now in the middle of cleaning up my parents' house and I
uncovered a pile of Blanding prints, as well as several pieces of Vernon
ceramics and some sheet music for which Blanding wrote the lyrics.
Ken can you scan these DB prints and show them to us. As a member, you are
able to put them in our files.
East Asian Library
University Information Services
University of Southern California
(213) 740-7437 (fax)
Wish I had know about you last month\h. I went to the library to research
Dons secretary of the 30s. He graduated from SC in 1926 and I searched the
old grad books for him.
Welcome aboard. know you will find it interesting here. Do check out Keith
Emmons site a www.don-blanding.com <http://www.don-blanding.com/> . You will
learn a lot there.
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- Hello, Ken and other new members....
Oh, boy, do we know a resource when we see one! Ken, the personal
association with Don Blanding (well, sort of) as well as your
position at USC make you doubly useful to this group. All bits of
information help immmensely to piece together the DB puzzle.
I know there's a copy of the Honolulu Advertiser/Star-Bulletin Index
at USC. Any chance you can pull photocopies of index pages for me?
I already have "Blanding" but would like to see what's listed
under "Lei Day" (1929 and later) and under "Creager" [Scott] between
about 1937 and 1940. Other keywords and names also come to mind...
Research aside, I'd also like to welcome new members who've joined us
in June and July. Come on, now, don't be shy...just jump on in here
and tell us all why you are a DB fan or what connection you may have
to DB or his many friends.
Just this week I've had e-mail from several potential group members,
including one in Western Australia! Often I get requests for online
sources of DB poems (there are some, but not many). If any group
members would like to transcribe some of your favorites and place
them in the appropriate Files folder, that would be great.
Our membership roster now shows 101 -- a few of those (including me)
are multiple e-mail addresses. But the ranks are growing!
By the way, this site also has a Chat function -- anybody used it yet?