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Newsletter Dated: 6/23/2008 5:51:21 PM
Subject: What Do You Believe?
Now that my press trip to Nebraska for "Reluctant Witness" is behind me, I can sit in my office in front of my computer, and think on it. Really think. You know how it is when you’re in the middle of a fast-running situation, very important to you, and acting on adrenaline and a pre-arranged schedule? Of all my memories, and there are many, one stands out. Let me know what you think – am I nutz??
I arrived in Robert Taylor’s hometown of Beatrice, Nebraska at 10:15 PM, and checked into my hotel – across from a WalMart, and catty-corner from the hotel, a Holiday Inn at the time, where he stayed for his last Nebraska visit. I call that his “homing” trip. He knew he was ill and not long for this world.
Before I had left home for my trip, I planned a display board and printed photos, meaning to visit that WalMart and assemble the board in my room. I hadn’t expected to get in so late, though, but followed through nonetheless, and was in my room being artistic about midnight.
The next evening before a signing at the Gage County Museum in town, I grabbed the board from my room. Photos were secure. As I juggled to unlock my car in the windy afternoon, a draft caught a side of my display. It whipped open; one photo unhitched and took flight, floating up, flipping with the wind. It was a graceful, comfortable dance (think Forrest Gump, feather in the air). This was the “old Taylor,” his dark cowboy hat pushed back, a half-smile, squinting in the sun.
A woman pulled up as the photo dislodged and stood beside me. I was in heels, holding the board and a heavy bag. The photo moved away leisurely, beyond the building, across a lot, a side road, over a stream. It didn’t land but drifted past the water – the other woman was by now chasing it. Finally, it gently floated to the grass. The kind lady returned it, with not a crease or evidence it had escaped. I thanked her and went on my way to the Museum.
The Lincoln, Nebraska newspaper printed two articles on my visit – one Friday which I didn’t see 'til Saturday. When I did the interview, I offered about 6 photos. With the printing of this particular piece, which photo do you think was selected, independent of my knowledge? The escapee Taylor.
Sunday I went to church with a lady from Beatrice, at Bob Taylor’s home church. On my way out of town afterward, I bought the Sunday edition of the Lincoln paper and opened to “Hometown, Neb.” There was the other article. Which photo was used on the front page? Again . . . the escapee Taylor.
I drove to Omaha Sunday for a flight home the next day, stopping at an antique mall on the interstate. I spent time with a great selection of movie ads. The last? The same escapee Bob. Of course I bought it.
One last point – it wasn’t planned this way but Sunday the 8th of June, the weekend I was in Nebraska, marked the 39th anniversary of Bob Taylor’s death. That day was the same day the big article printed in the Lincoln newspaper – with the picture of him in his cowboy hat, pushed back, a half-smile, squinting in the sun.
Was Bob happy with the great reception his story received in 2008 in his home state? You make your assessments. I’ve already made mine but I’d love to hear from you!
We meet good people in the most unexpected spots. Here are a few wonderful new and long-standing friends . . . .
donMonique Joyce: http://www.donmonique.com . . . my husband and I went to a dinner theatre for Valentine’s Day and sat with a lovely couple. donMonique Joyce and her husband were also celebrating, and we struck up a conversation. She's a talented graphic and web designer, with a fantastic portfolio. Check her out!
Cathy Mey: http://www.mey-florist.com/home.htm . . . this past weekend Hubby and I were in his hometown for his high school reunion. We mingled with folks he hasn’t seen in decades. One couple drew me in – Hubby graduated with the husband, and the wife lived down the street. Cathy was genuine, sweet, kind-hearted. It was as if we were old friends who just met. She and her husband own Mey’s Florist. If you ever need a florist in southwest Louisiana, go to the Meys.
Sheila Miller: http://www.jackmillers.com . . . again, Louisiana. I met Sheila on the ‘net, looking for research help. She jumped in – we’ve been good friends ever since. Her husband’s dad started Jack Miller’s Sauces years ago (check out the history) and now almost all of Louisiana knows them – and the internet has broadened sales to all corners! You’ve not eaten ‘til you’ve eaten food seasoned with Jack Miller’s. Also check out the recipes.
Lori Barach: http://www.myspokaneassistant.com . . . Another ‘net friend who appears to never meet a stranger. If you need a virtual assistant, don’t let the “Spokane” in Lori’s web address fool you. She’s with it across the country, and can help with all your administrative, clerical, or research needs (check out “Services”).
Beverly Mahone: http://thebabyboomerdiva.com . . . I can’t begin to tell you all Bev does. She’s AMAZING. If you’re a Baby Boomer woman, check out her Boomer Diva Nation. And don’t miss out on her book, "Whatever!" (link at top of site). It’s a humorous, reflective look at women growing older, written in a style only Bev can offer!
SOME PRESS LINKS:
http://journalstar.com/articles/2008/06/06/news/local/doc484861430537f461881847.txt (for the online version of this article, my photo was used; the print had “escapee Bob”). No link for the big Sunday, 6/08/08 article – odd but true. Seems to be only in print, though mentioned in the above piece
http://www.beatricedailysun.com/articles/2008/06/09/news/local/doc484d3cd244af1843471465.txt (picture #3 shows me and the infamous poster board – Bob’s escapee photo prominent!)
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/art_Life/display_horizon.htm?StoryID=76500 (Local Maryland . . . Frederick News Post)
PLEASE NOTE: Reluctant Witness: Robert Taylor, Hollywood, & Communism will soon be out of print – but only for a brief time while my already-noted goof (Bob Taylor’s death date of June 8th, no less!) is corrected. I’ll send out a brief notification prior to this happening. It should be back up soon thereafter. Gotta be the best it can be!
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
. . . .
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.