Don Blanding Recalls ... Christmas 1916
- As a "Happy New Year" gift to you all, I have added an article to:
Files > Publications > Honolulu Star-Bulletin > 1954 Articles by Don
"Don Blanding Recalls ... Christmas 1916" was published on December
25, 1954, in the Hawaiian Life magazine section of the Honolulu Star
The 8 photos that accompanied the article are, regrettably, not
clear enough to scan and reproduce. However, I have included the
captions, which will give you a good idea of the images.
The article confirms that DB arrived in Honolulu on December 22,
1916, aboard the Great Northern, which made an intermediate stop in
Hilo. As I recall, the ship traveled from San Francisco via Los
Angeles before heading across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. That
would make December 17 DB's date of departure from San Francisco.
The article repeats the error of Lenore Ulric portraying Luana
in "Bird of Paradise" in Kansas City in 1916. Though Ulric played
the role in Kansas City on a couple of occasions, she did not do so
in either 1915 or 1916. The star in 1915 was Carlotta Monterey and
in 1916, Olin Field.
My best guess is that DB saw the play on December 10, continued on
to Oklahoma later that night or the next morning, made a very brief
visit with his family and was in San Francisco in time to make the
December 17 sailing.
In addition to placing the article in the Files, I have also
published it on my website: