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  • kathysip3
    ... and we are all busy ... articles, long lost ... ago and has been ... previously written and ... have for say someone ... frankly, he wasn t as ...
    Message 1 of 14 , Oct 1 12:40 PM
      --- In aloha-donblanding@yahoogroups.com, "keith2draw"
      <keith2draw@...> wrote:
      > Aloha Mike & Michael,
      > You've made good points, and they are all well taken.
      > There are about 4-5 Blanding researchers who frequent this board,
      and we are all busy
      > piecing together his life from obscure newspaper accounts, magazine
      articles, long lost
      > interviews and ebay ephemera. Blanding was after all born 114 years
      ago and has been
      > gone for half a century. We do not have the luxury of having
      previously written and
      > researched volumes of details on his life, such as you would already
      have for say someone
      > like Thomas Edison, Edgar Allen Poe or Gertrude Stein (because,
      frankly, he wasn't as
      > important as these folks). The people who knew Don well are now dead
      themselves. There
      > are some old-timers that knew him in his later years...but obviously
      no-one alive who
      > shared his early, developmental years.
      > To us, the thrill of the hunt is as enjoyable as the actual body of
      work that Don left behind.
      > So when one of us discovers a new clue (however small), and posts it
      on this board, it's the
      > detective in us gloating about finding a long-lost detail of his
      life. We in no way mean to
      > infer any importance to the clues (in the grand scheme of things)
      ...it's just fun to see little
      > slices of his life from a distance through the binoculars of time
      [sorry, horrible cliche].
      > Those of us who have been on this board from the beginning (Jan.
      2000) have discussed
      > many complex aspects of Don's life in-depth (such as his sexuality)
      ...but folks who have
      > joined us in the last year or two will only see the lighter dialogue
      and assume everything is
      > trivial on the board. I urge all newcomers to go back and read some
      of our older posts for
      > more detailed talks that have already transpired.
      > The bottom line is that to try and get to the "meat" of Don's life,
      his feelings, dreams,
      > inclinations and quirks, we have to sort out all the finer details
      like where he lived, who he
      > knew, and who he wrote to. That's all we have to go on for the
      moment. And if discovering
      > that he had a bran muffin with Edgar Cayce on Thursday, April 3,
      1924 leads to finding an
      > entry in Edgar Cayce's diary that states Don made a sexual pass at
      him...well then there we
      > have our proof!
      > I think most of us are mature, open-minded adults and I for one feel
      that if Don was
      > gay..."so what!" It wouldn't tarnish his image at all...it would
      just add to the interest. Most
      > of us have expressed that opinion here. It's not disinterest that
      keeps us from discussing it
      > (and as I said, we have talked about it in the past ad naseum) it's
      just that until we know
      > for sure, one way or the other, it would just be conjecture. If he
      was gay, it would have had
      > a huge impact on how he lived his life, who he trusted, how he
      separated his public
      > personna of a big, strapping ladies-man poet who was respected by
      men as well, from his
      > private, gentle, secluded life when not on the lecture circuit. But
      until we get the "smoking
      > gun" letter or diary entry which reveals his sexual preference....we
      plug away on the
      > research and try to build a profile of Don that is honest, sincere
      and revealing. It just takes
      > time. Most of us have either 9-to-5 jobs, kids, grandkids, etc...
      which takes up the bulk of
      > our time, and research has to wait for rare free time.
      > I will say, this is the best dialogue we've had in a long time.
      > Keith
      > I have to agree with everyone else, great dialogue, by far the most
      >interesting of discussions I have read in along time. Thanks to all.
      > I still love his work, be he a, a, or whatever.....

      > Kathy
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