Re: Canadian avenues
My reference was to lecture tours in the 1950s. However, in the
Files is a transcription of a 1931 article from the Honolulu Star-
Bulletin that mentions DB was vacationing on one of the Thousand
Islands in August 1931.
Also in the Files is a Star-Bulletin profile of DB in conjunction
with his beginning the "Vagabond's House" column in September 1953.
One paragraph says:
For 25 years with the World Celebrities Lecture Course on the
"girdle-gobble-and-gabble" circuit, he has lectured in every State
in the United States and much of Canada and England, always with the
theme, "I Love Hawaii."
DB's 1956-57 lecture tour included a stop in Calgary; I have a
postcard that DB wrote on May 8, 1957. Other Canadian cities may
have been part of his itinerary.
So newspaper articles from almost any year between 1928 and 1957 are
likely sources of information. If you have access to microfilm or
bound copies of Canadian newspapers -- an index would help! -- then
you may be able to locate material.
You're very perceptive. Blanding was a bit of a showman, and I've
always felt he embellished his stories and experiences with little
The first time I can recollect him telling the 'Bird of Paradise'
story is in the early thirties...which means his facts could have
been fuzzy by then. For one thing, Lenore Ulrich made the role of
Luana famous...but she was never performing that role during the time
DB would have been in KC.
As you can see, we're still not exactly sure when Blanding DID arrive
in the islands. My best guess is Dec. 1916 because of his college
transcripts...but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. He could
have enrolled for the March 1916 classes, but left in the winter of
1915 and never attended them.
We may never know for sure. But I love a mystery...so the search goes
- --- In aloha-donblanding@y..., keith2draw@h... wrote:
> Ron,Keith... Bingo! You are absolutely right! He enrolled for the
> You're very perceptive. Blanding was a bit of a showman, and I've
> always felt he embellished his stories and experiences with little
> white lies.
> My best guess is Dec. 1916 because of his college
> transcripts...but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. He could
> have enrolled for the March 1916 classes, but left in the winter of
> 1915 and never attended them.
March 1916 classes in Chicago, but never attended.
In a day or two I will fill you in on what he was really doing.
I have to get into my research binders tonight and cross index a
Cheers Ron Jack
PS Keith and Cadio both. My Yahoo account is registered in Asia
(although I am in greater Vancouver, B.C.)
which is why the header shows Monday August 6, early a.m.
If you care that your posts have the correst date and time,
you cannot bounce my message back with annotations. You have
to generate a new message. Sorry.
- Cadia, I forgot that you're in Seattle! Thanks to our new Canadian friend,
Ron, the connection in the little grey cells clicked. I'll be coming from
Idaho (Shakespeare Fest and backpacking in the Sawtooths) and would like to
come through your town on the way back to California. If you give me the
address of your shop, I'll be sure to visit. I should be through on
September 6th or so. Looking forward to meeting you, I've been visiting
your website for about 2 years. Thx, michael brookman
- Michael and Ron....
As most of the group knows, I do not have a shop at the Market. That
is just my mailing address. However, Michael, I would enjoy meeting
you in September. Since the 6th is a weekday, I'll be working but
I'm sure we can schedule lunch or something. And Ron, if you get
down this way, please let me know as well.
As for time/date on e-mails, that is controlled by the sender. If a
message is sent from the group website (as I generally do), the time
is recorded as Pacific (Seattle) time regardless of the location of
sender or recipient. In any case, the messages appear in the order
received. Many group members do not receive individual e-mails so
the time/date on the header is not important anyway.
For my personal e-mail address, I frequently get responses to e-mails
that appear to have been sent before I even send a message -- mainly
because the sender has not set his/her e-mail system to local time.
Sometimes even the year is wrong!