- Cadia, In the time-line you mention DB arrived in Hawaii three days before Christmas... I did not know this, and it s very interesting. What source did youMessage 1 of 3 , Feb 22, 2000View SourceCadia,
In the time-line you mention DB arrived in Hawaii three days before
Christmas... I did not know this, and it's very interesting. What
source did you find this in? I would like to find out several things:
who was the actress on the ship that Blanding came over on, as
mentioned in 'Hula Moons'... the date he arrived might help to solve
that because an actress arriving might be mentioned in a newspaper
article the following day. Also, I want to find out what days 'Bird of
Paradise' were showing in Kansas City, and this information would
indicate that it was sometime in December. Now I can look through a
Kansas City newspaper and narrow it down.
- Keith, The three days before Christmas is mention in one of DB s books or on a dust jacket, as well as in the Petroglyph Press hand-out I ve cited. I thinkMessage 2 of 3 , Feb 22, 2000View SourceKeith,
The "three days before Christmas" is mention in one of DB's books or on
a dust jacket, as well as in the Petroglyph Press hand-out I've cited.
I think the latter draws heavily from the 1957 Current Biography
article, but I have not had a chance to compare them.
Your data suggest that DB finshed his Art Institute schooling fall
quarter (or semester), which would have him heading back to Oklahoma in
December 1915. Various notes say that "within a week" of seeing Bird
of Paradise in KC, he was on a ship to Hawaii, likely out of San
Try checking the KC papers in late November to mid-December 1915. I'm
going to the Seattle library after work today on another errand and
will try to find out what old newspapers they may have on fiche or film
besides the local ones.
Also, anybody, try posting queries on genealogy chat/message boards --
various surnames, assorted states of interest. It's amazing what turns
up! Keith, are you working on a database of names associated with DB?
More later...gotta go to work!
- Cadia, Maybe the three days before Christmas was mentioned in Hula Moons, which I haven t had a chance to read yet. Anyone have a copy they are trying toMessage 3 of 3 , Feb 22, 2000View SourceCadia,
Maybe the "three days before Christmas" was mentioned in Hula Moons,
which I haven't had a chance to read yet. Anyone have a copy they are
trying to sell? I don't remember the Current Biography article
mentioning a date of arrival... I will have to check again.
Yes Cadia, I'm developing a who's who in DB's life... it's been very
useful to me in connecting the dots, so to speak. Just today I received
a small bio and photo of Charles Russell Frazier, the founder of the
advertising agency where DB worked. The list must have over 150 people
on it so far, and constantly growing. I will upload it into the vault
sometime before I leave next week.
I won a bid on ebay today (for just $3.26) which is rather interesting.
It's the sheet music to the theatrical production of 'Bird of
Paradise', dated 1915. It has a wonderful Hawaiian illustration on the
cover which I plan to frame. I will also upload a scan of that when I
receive it. Also won the bid on the 1932 movie version on video... only
to find out after that I could have gotten it at Amazon.com for less.
If anyone wants a copy, it sells for $5.99 plus shipping at Amazon.
Found out more about 'Bird of Paradise' in a book about Hawaiian music.
"The play opened January 8, 1912, at Daly's Theater in New York
starring Laurette Taylor, Lewis S. Stone, and Theodore Roberts. After
it's successful debut in New York, th play went on the road to various
American and Canadian cities with a different cast and different
Hawaiian players. On tour Lenore Ulrich replaced Laurette Taylor. It
played before packed houses in almost every city from Boston to
Also on sale right now on ebay is a theater brochure on the movie
"Hawaii Calls" starring Bobby Breen, which was based on 'Stowaways in
Paradise.' It's selling for $25 so far... too steep for me. I emailed
the seller, and he says he has others.