Re: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond's Return, Oregon Journal, February 24, 1952
- Cadia: Not to nit pick but I arrived in Honolulu to live with my Grandparents and "Uncle Don" in July of i953. He had returned from his journey with Ted Narramore on the MV Tiomkin in late May and by July the guts of Joy is an Inside Job had been delivered to Dodd Mead. I have some letters from Don postmarked July and August 1953 in my collection of artifacts. Keep on researching! Best regards, Allen
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From: Cadia Los
Sent: Thursday, March 08, 2007 3:47 PM
Subject: [aloha-donblanding] Vagabond's Return, Oregon Journal, February 24, 1952
Someone recently sent me a one-page article about Don Blanding
published in the Oregon Journal, Sunday magazine, on February 24, 1952.
I have transcribed the article in the Files at Files>Publications>
I may have an original photo that shows DB feeding the ducks, or at
least one similar to the photo that accompanied the article, and will
try to provide a scan later.
The article confirms that DB spent the summers of 1909, 1910 and 1911
in Yellowstone Park. It also describes the influence of Chin Chong,
the candlemaker (whose name is spelled incorrectly as Ching-Chong) on
DB's choice of brush and ink as a medium. The article also mentions
DB's return to Bend in the spring of 1951 for two weeks -- and his
decision to stay for an undetermined time.
As we know, DB remained in Bend until late August 1952, when he once
again traveled to Hawaii en route to Micronesia for about a year. My
notes show that DB settled in Hawaii in September 1953, after a quick
trip to the mainland, and remained there for two years, except for
brief book/lecture tours.
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- Allen, thanks for narrowing down DB's return to Honolulu and
confirming that his trip to Micronesia actually lasted less than one
The articles I have from the Star-Bulletin of September 1953 are a bit
vague, but suggest that DB returned to Hawaii in September when he
agreed to write a weekly column for the then-new magazine section.
The Hawaii Newspaper index contains no citations for DB between May
and August 1953; perhaps I should read microfilm anyway just in case
the indexers overlooked something. (It's happened in other instances,
believe me!) Any firm dates you can provide would be much appreciated.
In my collection I found the snapshot, which is inscribed and dated
July 27, 1952. Clearly it is the same photo published with the
article in February 1952; I have added it to the Files.
Keith, it is a wonderful article, isn't it? The folded page sent to
me (by a lady on the Kitsap Peninsula who happened to stumble across
my website) is so fragile, brown and brittle that I plan to make
photocopies so I can pack away the original.
- I've also added a larger version of DB and the Bend ducks to my
so you can create a screensaver if you wish.
- Have been on the road the last 7 weeks and am catching
up with emails. I'm stealing a phone line from a
friend today. Spent 4 weeks in Yuma and did some
walking and talking about DB while there. Met one
lady who knew of him and remembered him from Florida
but she had no new info. She called all her 80+ years
friends and some remembered articles of him or by him
in the Yuma Sun Newspaper. Researched those yet
Keith? If not, I'll order them when I get back home.
Nothing else new or significant in Yuma. Will head to
Taos next year.....tj
--- Cadia Los <duchess@...> wrote:
> Someone recently sent me a one-page article about
> Don Blanding
> published in the Oregon Journal, Sunday magazine, on
> February 24, 1952.
> I have transcribed the article in the Files at
> Oregon Journal.
> I may have an original photo that shows DB feeding
> the ducks, or at
> least one similar to the photo that accompanied the
> article, and will
> try to provide a scan later.
> The article confirms that DB spent the summers of
> 1909, 1910 and 1911
> in Yellowstone Park. It also describes the
> influence of Chin Chong,
> the candlemaker (whose name is spelled incorrectly
> as Ching-Chong) on
> DB's choice of brush and ink as a medium. The
> article also mentions
> DB's return to Bend in the spring of 1951 for two
> weeks -- and his
> decision to stay for an undetermined time.
> As we know, DB remained in Bend until late August
> 1952, when he once
> again traveled to Hawaii en route to Micronesia for
> about a year. My
> notes show that DB settled in Hawaii in September
> 1953, after a quick
> trip to the mainland, and remained there for two
> years, except for
> brief book/lecture tours.