It is 4;02 A.M.in the morning. I just heard the approach of a train in the distance. It came close, and closer till I heard the rumbling of a hundred wheels on the iron tracks. I had a vision of going down on Amtrak to visit my daughter and grandson. Being on SSI due to PTSD and my struggle against alcoholism I did not have money left after paying for a round trip to buy presents. So I put objects I bought at Goodwill and Saint Vinnies in an old suitcase. I had to pay for a hotel near the train station in Santa Rosa, because Patrice Hanson would not let me stay in her home where my offspring and Tyler’s father, Ryan Hunt, were living. She was playing the Big Victim like her ex-husband, Randall Delpiano, who went to San Quintin for impersonating Bob Weir. Randy was a citizen of Marin County.
So as I opened my pathetic suitcase, and presented my pathetic gifts, Stacey Pierrot was having dinner with her wealthy father who was a famous Nip&Tuck doctor in Fresno. Being a amateur’ artist, I’m sure Paul bragged about his daughter being the Savior of the Rosamond Creative and Literary Legacy that Special Executor, Sydney Morris sold to her for the express purpose of increasing a waning interest in my late sister’s art, and thus movie $40,000,000 dollars of prints and lithographs – out the door!
When loyal fans read Tom Snyder’s evil biography that destroys Rosamond the artist, and Christine the sober mother – they were out the door. They were shocked and confused. They wondered why the woman they adored for a decade was rendered a drunken monster who abused children. Worse than that – she abused her gift. To help put another nail in her coffin she invites the man she took to court for abusing her and her art, Ira Cohen (Kaplan) to depict my sister as some kind of Booze Addict who could barely paint, she too drunk to obey her contract, and, she was A Rebel Artist. She rebelled against the Ira Roberts plan that made moderated successes of artists. Stacy artists went along with the plan. How many did not? How many read and heard his offer, and told him to go fuck himself. I am one of the latter. Today, I am going to type out three pages that will make the movie ‘Big Eye’s’ look like a trip to summer camp.
Alcohol Justice went after Gavin Newsom and Plumpjack Wines that is owned by the Getty, Chazen, Newsom, and Pelosi family who are kin to me due to the Marriage of Christopher Wilding, the son of Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor who struggle with her addiction, as did Carrie Fisher. As did Bryan MacLean who dated Christine.
Here is a pic of me taken at a student quad I lived in while I attended the New Hope Program at Serenity Lane. When I graduated, my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren, was there. She got me on bus with Ken Kesey who some say dies of alcoholism. I believe Nancy wanted me to become friends with Ken, and do an intervention. The two men you see are clean and sober today. Michael Dundon and I talked about our late sister in AA, Christine Rosamond Benton. We agreed to let her go to a higher place. That done, I alone set out to bring down those who dragged two creative sibling down into the darkest and deepest slime you can find. Michael and I are responsible for ten children being in the world. Not one gave us a call. Perhaps if the law firm owned by Robert Brevoort Buck sold these two brother’s in AA the Rosamond gallery, then our offspring would think – better of us? Here is Alcohol Justice going over a kid-beer. And, here is my grandson being taught drinking beer is good for Family Unity!
Alcohol Justice has a team of lawyers and when they lost a case, they resorted the SHAMING. I have no money for an attorney, so I will try SHAMING! I am launching an ad campaign to promote my cause. I will make a meme of a drunk toasting my grandson in a bar – months before he died of acute alcoholism. When we met – he refused to shake my hand. There were several dunks in my daughter’s family who looked for way to destroy bonds that were not – PRO THEM!
Maybe the Newsom and Getty Bond will lend me one of their lawyers?
Members of Gavin Newsom’s wine, restaurant, bar, resort and real estate partnerships since 1991:
Kevin & Bronwyn Brunner, John Burton, Casey and Michelle Cadwell, Bob and Barbara Callan, Frank Caufield, Donna Chazen, Lawrence Chazen, Joe & Victoria Cotchett, Michael & Hilary Decesare, Philip DeLimur, Don Dianda, Gretchen Dianda, Edward Everett, Richard Freemon, James Fuller, Stanlee Gatti, Robert Gerry, Andrew Getty, Ann Getty, Anna Getty, Chris Getty, Gordon Getty, Mark Getty, Peter Getty, Ronald Getty, Tara Getty, William “Billy” Getty, Robert Goldberg, Florianne Gordon, Stu Gordon, Gordon Goletto, David Goodman, Arthur Groza, Richard & Martha Guggenhime, Tony and Anthony Guilfoyle, Shelly Guyer, James & Shea Halligan, Bob & Jill Hamer, Erin Howard, Thomas Huntington, Isolep Enterprises (Paul and Nancy Pelosi family personal investment company), Peter Jacobi, Gaye Jenkins, Jeffrey Kanbar, Chad Kawai, David Lamonde, John Larson, Rob Lavoie, Leavitt/Weaver interior designers, Marc Leland, Maryon Davies Lewis, Anne McCutcheon, Chris McCutcheon, Ross McGowan, Rich McNally, Robert & Carole McNeil, Paul Mohun, Robert Mohun, Jeff Morin, Sara Moughan, Terry Moughan, Brian Mueth, Bob Naify, Marshall Naify, John Nees, Barbara Newsom, Brennan Newsom, Catherine & David Newsom, Gavin Newsom, Patrick Newsom,Tessa Newsom, William Newsom, John O’Hara, Jack Owsley, Pacific Design, Matt Pelosi, Robynne Piggott, James Samuel Powers, Elizabeth Rice, Jeremy Scherer, Paul Scherer, Gary Schnitzer, Steve & Theresa Selover, Steve Siino, Trevor Traina, Chris Vietor, Francesca Vietor, Kenneth Weeman, Nicki West, Justin & Aridne Williams, Kevin Williams, Thomas & Kiyoko Woodhouse
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Alcohol prevention advocates are unsure what to expect from the new governor of California, Gavin Newsom. Newsom ran on a platform supporting a single-payer universal health care system. I served on his own Blue Ribbon Health Care Commission which eventually created a partial “universal health care” scheme in San Francisco, so I very much believe he cares for health care. Alcohol-related harm is a major expense for California, to the tune of $14.5 billion annual cost to government.
Binge drinking considered alone – you know, the kind of drinking that occurs at bars late at night – costs the California public $26 billion annually. One would think that alcohol harm prevention is a major way to reduce health care costs.
However, Gavin Newsom built up a fortune for himself in the alcohol industry as the co-founder of Plumpjack Group, before and during his time in politics. Plumpjack manages wine stores, wineries, restaurants, and bars across California. Speaking to the Associated Press, he declared he had no intention of divesting from the group before becoming Governor.
“These are my babies,” Newsom said, referring to the alcohol companies he owns, “my life, my family. I can’t do that. I can’t sell them.”
I think it is a smart and ethical move that Gavin Newsom announced he is putting his Plumpjack holdings into a blind trust. This was reported with great fanfare statewide on December 21, 2018. But he will still own those interests, and he will know that many decisions as governor will affect the return on his “babies”’ investment.
During his time in office, Governor Jerry Brown served as an uncritical rubber stamp to the grotesquely ill-conceived “Drybar Bill” to allow free drinks at beauty salons and barber shops. But Governor Brown was also the level-headed backstop against the dangerous and disingenuous 4 a.m. Bar Bill.
Indeed, State Senator Scott Wiener, the author of the last two 4 a.m. Bar Bills, has hurled another 4 a.m. Bar Bill at California in 2019, SB 58. No doubt Senator Wiener expects a better result with the new Governor who together worked the moderate to corporate sides of the political spectrum in SF’s City Hall. Public health advocates received mixed messages from Newsom from his days as Mayor of San Francisco. Although he proved to be an ally to tobacco control, he spearheaded a controversial care program for individuals with alcohol abuse disorder and other addiction or mental health issues, and most disappointingly, single-handedly killed a citywide Charge for Harm alcohol fee, through a veto that was narrowly upheld.
Like all biases, the ones Newsom may carry from the alcohol windfall he has enjoyed does not have to be a conscious one. The Los Angeles Times, after examining his tax records, estimated he made an average of $1.4 million per year outside his Lt. Governor’s salary, over half coming from just one of his wineries. Even as the companies go into a blind trust, every decision the Governor makes will still include thoughts of whether this helps or hurts Gavin Newsom – his pocketbook, his legacy, his actual family, or the business “babies” he says are just as important. A Governor with no alcohol holdings simply would not have that pressure.
Like Sen. Wiener, Big Alcohol undoubtedly sees this conflict as something that can favor them. According to Vote Smart, Newsom received over $370,000 from the beer, wine and liquor industries to fund his 2018 campaign. The E & J Gallo company, a central valley mega-winery with revenues that may exceed $1 billion yearly, was one of his biggest single contributors, maxing out at over $58,000. The alcohol industry does not spend that kind of money if they think overall consumption will drop in the state.
Nonetheless, Newsom assures the AP that “I will do the right thing.” The question is, will he do the right thing for the everyday residents of California – or for his “babies”? Children born with fetal alcohol syndrome are babies too.
So back to the pun in our title: Gov. Newsom, will your wine interests Trump your ethics? President Trump is under suspicion of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution. Is the President financially gaining from the Trump Hotel on the Capital Mall by sucking in foreign visitor monies? While California’s constitution does not have an emoluments clause, the same conflicts of interest arise. If the 4 a.m. Bar Bill lands on Governor Newsom’s desk, he could gain financially from signing the bill, through wine sales and through the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn. Alcohol Justice must directly ask: Governor-elect Gavin Newsom – could you please completely divest from the wine industry and invest in public health? And please do not support any attempts to further gut alcohol regulations which have been deteriorating for decades in California while the body and injury counts rise.
READ MORE about the ongoing alcohol catastrophe in California.
READ MORE about 4 a.m. last calls and their cross-California impact.
Biden and Kamala are going to put together a team that will save the ecology of our planet – and restore our World Diplomacy!
Retired Navy Admiral Michael Mullen—who was appointed as chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff by former President George W. Bush—said he is “very concerned” about things “Trump loyalists” in the Pentagon could do during the transition from President Donald Trump to President-elect Joe Biden.
Although Biden was declared the winner of the election just over three weeks ago, Trump has refused to concede as he insists without evidence that he lost through widespread voter fraud. Trump’s refusal to concede delayed the official transition process, as the General Services Administration (GSA) did not “ascertain” the results of the election and allow it to go forward until last Monday. This decision finally came after a number of prominent Republicans urged for the process to go ahead due to concerns about national security and the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think I’m actually very concerned about the Trump loyalists who have now gone to work in the Pentagon,” Mullen warned during an interview with NBC News’ Meet the Press. “I mean, recently, Secretary [of Defense Mark] Esper was fired, and a host of other people left the building. And there are some real Trump loyalists there now in charge and it’s pretty difficult to think that over the course of 50 or 60 days you can do something constructive, but you can do something that’s really destructive,”
In August of 2013 I compared Irene Easton to Andromeda and the un-named Pricess that is sacrificed to the Dragon in the legends of Saint George. I got an e-mail from Tomas Ensley who knew Rena sense elementary school. They kissed in a car after a date, and Rena want no more of his kisses.
For hundreds of year artist and sculptures have used living models to render Greek and Roman gods. In 1971, Rena sent a photo of her profile in order to do a painting of her as a un-named goddess. My sister saw a photograph of this painting and took up art – to become world famous! Rena is Rosamond’s muse. She beheld her minutes after WE rescued by the sea.
Tomas Ensley is a registered sex offender. I suspect he read my posts where I find Rena, and she sends me a long letter. I suspect…
The Moabites were forbidden to be members of the Congregation of God because they refused to give water and food to the 600,000 people that Moses brought out of captivity. What were the Moabites supposed to eat – after being so generous? This is the Big Thanks Giving that was not, and, there was a severe punishment! Did my 9th, grandfather, John Wilson, understand that when the Native Americans offered the Puritan Pilgrims food, and, show them where to find potable water, that they were doing what the Moabites should have done? Is this why he chose to convert them – after he and John Eliot learned their language. Moses’ Multitude was dining on MANNA! There is a contradiction here. Did the Moabites help themselves to some Mana?
Then there is that strange prohibition about Moses using his staff to plumb for water. Or, was that Aaron’s staff? Some MORTAL HUMAN is doing some big time editing and altering. Screwing around with 600,000 folks need for water – is pivotal. Turn left at Moab! Did Moses invade the land of the Moabites – and take what he need? Or, is he a Moabite Prophet heading for the Promised Land with a liberating army behind him.
A couple of weeks after meeting Casey Farrell, we have conducted our first Down-load and Wrap-up. We spent months down in the University of California Library down-loading a cord of free print a day – while surrounded by gorgeous co-eds on the computers. We were like Plato and Aristotle. These Dorm Dolls loved us. They thought we were professors. They smiled at us just incase they ended up in our class.
Then, we would head to my quad and throw our giant wads of paper on my large table. Casey had me look at the Celtic-Scythian migrations who I suggested might be the Philistine Sea People. Scholars were just concluding the Exodus was a myth. What I was looking at, is, the invasion of Canaan land by the Moabites who had become allied with ten tribes from outside of Judea. The Tribe of Judah and the Moabites worshipped Chemosh and not YHWH. David descends from Ruth the Moabite, and thus her husband, Boaz, might have adopted his wives religion.
Several years ago I called for a colony of folks from the Emerald Valley to go on a New Exodus and colonize a land on the coast of Marine. I was going to author a proposal to the Buck Foundation. But, I opted out to march my Nazarite Warriors to the White Monolith For White People – only! Bare-breasted Whites take part in the Zulu celebrations in South Africa. Sephardic Jews found a home in Amsterdam. Henry Brevoort may have been a Sephardic Jew who founded Harlem. He may be the ancestor of Robert Brevoort Buck, who destroyed the Rosamond family legacy, who may have been given land in South Carolina by the Jews of Portugal. My DNA test revealed no Jewish blood. I descend from James Rosamond who fought alongside his brother and the Swamp Fox. An Admiral concerned about the Trump loyalists just installed in the Pentagon. I told you so in my book ‘The Royal Janitor’.
Mr. Farrell and I conducted scholarly pursuits together. Oh sure, the Moabite Women sent Sirens to get us off our course. But, we didn’t have money to pay for their women of ill repute! Were these Midianites temptresses part of the White Goddess cosmology?
.”According to him, alongside the Moabite population there was also a nomadic Midianite population. From amongst these populations within the kingdom of Sihon, maidens went out and enticed the Israelites to join in their cultic practices.”
The great contribution that Casey Farrell gave unto me, is this;
“No one really dies in the Bible!”
I applied this to the alleged war against King Saul and King David. There is no history for David. However, it is possible the Maids of the Tribe of Benjamin enticed the gleaners of Judah to marry them, and not the other way around. Evangelic leaders enticing our President with the crown of King David, that was supplied by Samuel the Nazarite, may prove hugely dangerous. Trump’s got the nuclear football.
The sweeping prohibition against marrying an Ammonite or Moabite, “No Ammonite or Moabite shall be admitted into the congregation of the Lord; none of their descendants, even in the tenth generation, shall ever be admitted into the congregation of the Lord” (Deut. 23:4) is given two reasons in Parashat Ki Tetze (Deut. 23:5):
Because they did not meet you with food and water on your journey after you left Egypt, and because they hired Balaam son of Beor, from Pethor of Aram-naharaim, to curse you.
The second reason is clearly understood, for an entire weekly reading of the Torah is devoted to the unsuccessful attempt of Balak, King of Moab, to curse the Israelites by employing the services of Balaam the diviner (Numbers, chapters 22-24). The first reason, in contrast, is obscure and hard to understand, and has been challenged by exegetes in various ways:
Contradictions in the text: Some commentators point out a contradiction between what is implied by the verse at hand regarding Ammon and Moab not providing the Israelites food and water in the wilderness, and what Moses attests in his speech when he says that the Moabites, like the Edomites, sold food and water to the Israelites (Deut. 2:28-29).
Three ways of resolving this difficulty have been proposed: 1. Only the Ammonites sold food and water to the Israelites. 2. One should distinguish between supplying food and water for free as a brotherly act—something that the Ammonites and Moabites were accused of failing to do—and commerce in food and water on an economic basis, such as existed between the Moabites and Israelites. 3. In his speech, Moses was speaking only of a small number of Moabites who lived in Ar.
Substantive difficulties: Some wonder what need the Israelites had of food, for according to the account of their wanderings in the wilderness, they received manna on a regular basis. It should be noted that from the day the manna began, the Israelites did not complain about a lack of food. Therefore some people interpret that the event to which this explanation alludes at must have taken place at the beginning of the exodus, before the manna was given. Such an interpretation, however, ignores the fact that during this period the Israelites were nowhere near the lands of Ammon and Moab, so the question naturally arises: what room was there for making demands of these nations?
Moral difficulties: Some people have wondered about the moral criteria underlying this rule of halakhah: Does refraining from an extreme act of grace—such as providing food to an entire nation, which can only be accomplished with great effort if it is not to harm one’s own people—does that justify such total lack of acceptance in the “community of Israel”? This question is intensified when this sweeping prohibition is compared with the relatively light restrictions against other the people of other nations, such as Edomites or Egyptians.
Cohen-Zvi, for example, sees this explanation as “strange” (p. 175):
It does not stand to reason that the Ammonites should have been so severely ostracized for a sin which amounted to no more than not meeting the Israelites with food and water, when the Edomites met the Israelites with the sword (Num. 20:14-21) and would not let them cross their territory; but nevertheless the attitude towards them is inestimably better than the attitude towards the Ammonites (Deut. 23:8).
Perhaps a new interpretation of the text, based on a better understanding of the political situation in which the Israelites found themselves at the time of the conquest of Sihon’s territory, can clear away the difficulties mentioned above.
Some commentators on Numbers view the poem in Numbers 21:27-30 as rare external evidence in Scripture, coming from an ancient source and attesting to the results of Sihon’s war against Moab. According to this poem, at some time prior to the Israelite victory over Sihon, the Moabites lost control of part of their land as a result of its conquest by Sihon, king of the Amorites.
It turns out that at the end of this war the conquered land was not emptied of all its Moabite inhabitants. The poem pokes fun at Chemosh, the god of the Moabites, who had abandoned his faithful followers, “His sons are rendered fugitive and his daughters captive by an Amorite king, Sihon” (Num. 21:29). According to what this poem says, there were both Moabite war refugees who fled for their lives from the dreaded conqueror, as well as captives who were living under the domination of Sihon.
That portion of the Moabite population which had not fled presumably remained in the land and accepted the domination of Sihon’s regime. The Israelites’ battle to conquer Sihon’s kingdom transpired in a region where the population was mixed and included Amorites, Moabites and Ammonites. In conquering Sihon’s land, the Israelites apparently directed their fighting at routing the Amorites and kicking them out of the land, but refrained from harming the other nations who lived in that territory.
Given this political setting, we surmise that Scriptures allude to a situation where the Israelite forces, fighting the Amorite army, needed to be supplied food and water by the Moabites and Ammonites living in Sihon’s land. According to our hypothesis, it was not an entire nation, weary and worn from wandering in the wilderness, whom the Moabites and Ammonites were asked to assist by transporting food and water for them across the border of their land. Rather, the food and water were intended for the Israelite troopers who had invaded Sihon’s land and had come close to population centers of Moabites and Ammonites but not harmed them. Finding themselves far from the Israelite encampment and the manna that came down there, the Israelite forces needed to find food where they were. In their hardship, they turned to these two peoples who, on account of their blood relationship with Abraham, had been spared attack by Israel. Their request, however, was denied.
This wartime situation is reminiscent of the story about Gideon in the book of Judges. Gideon, who had been pursuing the two kings of Midian into territory east of the Jordan River, turned to the two cities on his route, Succoth and Penuel, entreating them: “Please give some loaves of bread to the men who are following me, for they are famished, and I am pursuing Zebah and Zalmunna” (Judges 8:5); but they refused. There, too, the refusal of the two towns to help and provide food made Gideon and his warriors furious.
We find that the two explanations given in Deuteronomy 23:5 reflect the problematic nature of the way the Ammonites and Moabites behaved at that time, when the Israelites had completed their conquest of Sihon’s land. The Ammonite and Moabite populations living within the borders of Sihon’s kingdom were accused of refusing to aid the Israelite troops and of repaying good with evil. The Moabite population within the kingdom of Moab is also accused of attempting to harm the Israelites by means of Balaam’s curse.
 Some commentators point to the phrase, “after you left Egypt” (Deut. 23:5), as indicating that the event to which the text alludes to took place at an early time. See A. Mirski, Deuteronomy (Da`at Mikra), Jerusalem 2002, p. 332.
 B. Oded wonders in like manner about expecting the Ammonites to provide the Israelites food and water when the latter’s journey did not take them through Ammonite territory. See B. Oded, “Ammon,” Encyclopedia Mikra’it VI (1981), cols. 269-270.
 This also appears to have been what Rabbi Ephraim Luntschitz had in mind when he said quite logically in his commentary, Kli Yakar, “It also does not stand to reason that two nations be excluded for not coming to meet them with food.”
 D. Cohen-Zvi, in Deuteronomy (Olam ha-Tanakh), Tel Aviv, p. 175.
 On Moabite population continuing to reside on “the plains of Moab,” within the borders of Sihon’s kingdom that had been conquered from Moab, see Y. Milgrom, Numbers (Olam ha-Tanakh), Tel Aviv 2007, p. 153. According to him, alongside the Moabite population there was also a nomadic Midianite population. From amongst these populations within the kingdom of Sihon, maidens went out and enticed the Israelites to join in their cultic practices.
 Moses, in his oration, describes the victory over Sihon in the following words: “And the Lord our G‑d delivered him to us and we defeated him and his sons and all his people” (Deut. 2:33). The description of the conquest of Jazer, in Numbers, also stresses that they “dispossessed the Amorites who were there” (Num. 21:32).
 The relationship between the refusal of Ammon and Moab and that of Succoth and Penuel to provide food has been discussed by Rachel Reich, Va-Yokhlu va-Yishtu, (Jerusalem: Hamamah Sifrutit, 2013), p. 192, however she does not discuss the similarity in circumstances of the request for food, on which I have focused.
I suggest Glenwood be changed to New Wendling. Give us this, for starters, or, we will take the whole State of Oregon – and California, too! The Republican Party, co-founded by my kindred, John Fremont, fell into the wrong hands – and is dead!
We the People want to conduct our own Social Experiments. Don’t let Penny Knight have all the fun. Let her do another kitchen remodel.
Why all this BRAIN POWER? What good is it? This BUCK BUNCH didn’t keep Von Trump out of the White House, and, never considered doing so, because………….? Are they Republicans? What an exotic group of peacocks, who are all about preseriving the Republican Clique, the old Money Guard. They have been gathered together on Peacock Island where the strut about showing off their BIG BRAINS. What are they good for? Their Grand Peacock In Chief has laid a rotten egg about bloody bullets, and Pershing. Of course they pretend not to notice, lest someone ask for their opinion. They go into a Huddle of Smartness, instead.
The New Nation of Fromond will be born the day after Trump is inaugurated. I suggest we have a massive celebration in San Francisco celebrating the transfer of all America’s Creative Spirit over the The People of Fromond. Frodomond is a alternative spelling. Let us create a collective legacy that will be passed down for generations to come. The Counter Culture may not have suitable Heirs.
The Fromondese will be as Green as can be. More details are coming. Study the plans for Cascadia. John Fremont founded the West. I have read his French surname is derived from Fromond. He was the first Presidential candidate for the Republican Party he co-founded. We will take away Trumps permission to use our founding father’s name. Indeed, we will pass around a petition demanding the Trumpites leave our sacred Abolitionist Party. We will broadcast a Declaration of Emancipation across this Democratic Land, the very moment Tricky Trump places his hand on the Bible. The next day, women will march on Washington. We will reform the Jessie Scouts and make sure centers that cater to the needs of women are a safe place.
I implore you take me seriously. I am a wealth of Historic Permission, that will trump the vile permission you have already heard spewing forth from the Trumpster.
Tens of thousands of people say they are participating in a “Women’s March on Washington” the day after President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated.
The event, which is publicized on Facebook and scheduled for January 21, has garnered national attention and is titled the “Women’s March on Washington.” Previously, it was called the “Million Women March on D.C.”
Grade SchoolThis picture was taken in 1946.The people that lived in the company houses had to leave when the mill shut down in 1946. In 1952 when the school closed, there were 8 kids in the school.
Look at the bright and beautiful faces these children own. They should own a tract of beautiful land in the Oregon Wilderness, but, Frank H. Buck robbed them of their father’s dream. Now he owes his soul to the Buck Company store. He will never get out of debt. After the land is raped and ravaged, and the Buck family can no longer make Big Bucks, Frank closes his capitalist adventure – down! There are no jobs. The city of Wendling – dies! This is what John Steinbeck, and Ken Kesey, wrote about. They championed these poor folks.
I just sent this e-mail to my Congressman, Peter DeFazio, wherein I suggest the founding of the New City of Wendling that was rendered a ghost town by Big Timber Barons. New Wendling will be located in Marin County. It will be home to homeless, poets, artists, writers, and performers who have made their way to Lane County in search of a New Life.
Big Bucks moved to a swank new building in San Francisco. He was a Senator and a Congressman. Did he have inside information on when and where the rails were being laid? Did his agents go north to Whore Town located across the river from Eugene and pay drunks to buy the land grants so The Good People can not follow the dream of my kindred, John Fremont, and own a homestead – from God? The Bucks raided Oregon from California, and snatched those parcels of land away from The Salt of the Earth! He took the trees away from the children, converted it into Cold Hard Cash, and hen dealt gobs of money out to his kinfolks in California.
There needs to be a Congressional investigation into Booth & Kelly stock. How much does Robert Buck know? What is he hiding? I think Beryl overheard The Men bragging and laughing at the sight of poor folks who came from all over America, for some Oregon, only to find dunks and gamblers – got it all – then sold it to Frank H. Buck, who puffs away on a cigar. Women do not own the right to vote, yet!
On July 14, I had a vision of a West Coast Statue of Liberty. A Dirty Dealer for the Billionaire in Chief, insulted the Great Gift of France. I see OCCUPY LIBERTY. This is the real Tea Party. We need to identify other land and property in all Fifty States, that has received the Big Buck treatment. Time to take back America!
New Wendling can be bought for thirteen million dollars. I will not show that listing lest the Land Grabbers and Heartbreakers buy it from under us – out of spite! The Marin Community Foundation should purchase it for The Oregon Poor, because they do not have enough poor folks to hand 1.7 billion dollars to. Problem solved. Get ready for the New Exodus!
He continued, about the Statue of Liberty: “I don’t want to get off into a whole thing about history , but the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of American liberty lighting the world. The poem you are referring to was added later. It is not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.”
The Buck and Rosamond family have come together. I would like to see a Statue of Huguenot Harmony standing at the entrance to the Larkspur Landing, where I envisioned a New Atlantis in 1986. How about Sea Cadet training center for poor young men and women? The Huguenot Society and Genealogy center can move to Marin. We live forever via our children and their children.
“This article is a condensation of a paper written for a U of 0 class. The author, Joan Kelley, is not related to Robert A. Kelly Her name is spelled with an additional E. Oregon’s lumber industry was stimulated in the late nineteenth century by the nation’s expanding economy and the presence of the western railroad. Timber barons and land speculators descended upon the region as well as the entire Pacific Northwest to acquire forest lands and establish lumber companies to extract the great natural resource. Western Oregon’s inland forests became accessible in the era of railroading. These woodlands were generally purchased from the railroads. The Oregon and California Railroad, later purchased by Southern Pacific, obtained title to immense tracts of land to help finance construction of the railways and to supposedly help the Jeffersonian Lane County Historian 55 farmer acquire land. These generous land grants were instead sold to timber speculators rather than the settlers as the government intended. The lands were often purchased by out-of-state corporations with Eastern or California capital. Within Lane County, th
Message Subject: Timber Barons Message Text: Frank H. Buck was president of Booth & Kelly when this timber company went into bars in Oregon and gave money to men in order to purchase land grants offered by the government when railroads came to our glorious State. These drifters, then turned around and sold them to agents of Booth & Kelly who began to harvest our trees. They then began to harvest human beings. They planted roots for them. They built a church, a school, and a company store in Wendling that is now a ghost town. After a labor strike in 1946, Frank H. Buck pulled out of Oregon, taking big bucks with him. He did not give the land back to his workers. When he died, he left it to his kindred. One of them was Leonard Buck, whose widow left Belridge stock to the Buck Foundation that is worth 1.7 billion dollars thanks to Buck oil wells that are pumping oil like crazy. Back in Welding, our Oregon trees are depleted. There are no jobs for the children and grandchildren of B&K loggers. Instead of single families owning farms along the rail line, a handful of Bucks ended up with our State Treasure. I suggest the people sue the Buck Trust, and bring our monies home to Lane County. I also found a beautiful property in Marin County that would be an ideal for The New Wendling Colony, where our tired, pour, and disenfranchised, might homestead. “Special to the Union. FAIRFIELD, Solano Co.. March 4. The inventory and appraisement in the estate of the late Anna S. Buck of Vacaville has been filed by Inheritance Tax Appraiser F. C. Mclnnis showing a total appraisement of $940,046.02, of this $36,892 being the value of realty, and over $803,000 be- ‘ ing the personal property. The personal property consists mainly of stocks and bonds, including $228,511.73 in Associated Oil stock, $193,658 in Belridge oil stock and $lOO,OOO in the Booth Kelly Lumber company. Mrs. Buck also owned other oil stock and over $30,000 in Liberty bonds. The largest share of the estate as bequeathed by the will, goes to two sons, Leonard Buck and Frank Buck of Oakland.
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“I give, devise and bequeath the entire residue of my estate to the San Francisco Foundation for the exclusively nonprofit, charitable, religious or educational uses and purposes below stated: . . . Everything so left to it including all rents, issues and profits thereof shall be known and administered as the Leonard and Beryl Buck Foundation, and shall always be held and used for exclusively nonprofit, charitable, religious or educational purposes in providing care for the needy in Marin County, Calif., and for other nonprofit charitable, religious or educational purposes in that county.”
Directions: From Portland, drive south on I-5. Take Highway Exit 216 to OR-228, turn left towards Brownsville. At eleven miles, just past Crawfordsville (you’ll see the Crawfordsville Covered Bridge on right,) take a right on Brush Creek Road. After six miles the road becomes Marcola Rd and goes through the Mohawk Valley. Six miles further take a left on to Paschekle Road. Go through the Earnest Covered Bridge then stay right on Paschelke Road. The road will come to a “T” take the left on to Wendling Road. Just under two miles the road circles the old Wendling Mill Site. The Wendling Covered Bridge is on the left. To the right and then left is the old mill pond site where most of these pictures were taken.
Wendling Oregon was a company Mill Town built by the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company in the Mohawk Valley about 20 miles Northeast of Eugene Oregon. At it’s height it had a population of about 1000 people, half of which worked at Booth-Kelly’s Wendling Mill. The hills around the area were populated by hundreds more men living in logging camps that fed the Wendling Mill and Springfield Mill.
The first mill in the area was owned by a man named Holcomb who built it at the junction of Mill and Wolf Creeks. In 1885 Whitbeck and Sterns purchased the mill, operated it for a short time before selling to Johnson and George Wendling. They operating it for a few years before selling to George Kelly, Tom Kelly, and Robert Booth in 1898. These men had formed the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company and immediately set about “modernizing” the mill.
The town grew so fast that an Post Office was established in 1899. In October of 1900, the Springfield-Wendling branch of the Southern Pacific Railroad was built to Wendling. This allowed timber and lumber to be shipped by train instead of wagon and allowed output to be increased even further. It is reported that the line was extended another 25 miles up the valley where trains brought timber to the mill from remote logging camps.
In 1903 the Southern Pacific Railroad announced that they would no longer sell land grants to individuals after realizing how much potential profit timber profit there was in the lands they owned. This was in conflict of the Pacific Railroad Acts enacted by Congress in 1862 and 1863. The Federal Government filed suit against the Southern Pacific Railroad, causing operations to cease. Because of this Booth-Kelly was shut down in 1904 as they could no longer transport logs or lumber. The mill was able to open again two years later after the lawsuit was resolved and by 1908 had grown yet again.
In August 1910 most of the town was destroyed by fire. The mill itself was saved, but most everything else had to be rebuild. Less then a year later the town featured larger houses with indoor plumbing. Before that the town consisted of a bunk-house with 46 rooms and electricity, a company store, cottages for married men and their families, an church, a school, a resident doctor, locomotive barn, machine shop, blacksmith shop, train depot, bowling alley, barber shop, and an skating rink.
The roads in Wendling were interesting, they were covered with left over sawdust from the mill. Later they were replaced with discarded and left over planks from the mill, along with wood-slat sidewalks.
The mill saw another fire in 1922, but was able to stay in business until 1946. The closing was prompted by a labor dispute, before a third and final fire that destroyed the building. This signed the death warrant for Wendling as any remaining timber was too far away to be financially viable. The Post Office closed in 1952, and the land sold to the Georgia Pacific Corporation in 1959.
One of Wendling’s most engaging residents was Opal Whiteley, who as a child had kept a diary of her adventures in a fantasyland composed of the trees, beasts, and wild flowers populated by fairies. Opal claimed to be an illegitimate child of French aristocracy who was either purchased or adopted as a replacement by her mother who had “lost” the original Opal.
The book of her life, complied by Opal herself, and launched as a serial in the Atlantic Monthly Press in 1920 ended up selling three editions and 15,000 copies in less then a year. By 1921, the Story of Opal was pulled from shelves due to the controversy surrounding Opal’s life.
Not much is left of Modern Wendling. A few older houses, the covered bridge, and the memories of residents lay among the ghosts of the mill. Concrete remains mark the final location of the mill, the general store, and the third spillway dam. There are rumors of the remains of a playground, and the children’s cemetery on the hill. But the road up is closed to traffic other then logging trucks. Other then these remains, the forest is slowly taking over the town again.
To get to Wendling, drive east along 126 from Eugene. Take 42nd Street Exit and turn left. Turn right on Marcola road. In the town of Marcola, take Wendling road on the right. You’ll come to a “Y” in the road. On the left will be the Wendling Covered Bridge. Straight ahead is the old mill site. The road circles around the entire mill site and comes back to the “Y.” Please pay attention to the “No Trespassing signs.” As far as I can tell the mill site itself is open, but some of the logging roads are marked as it private property around it.
The Booth-Kelly company eventually bought the operation.
“They realized they needed to build a place for all their workers to live, so they built a town around the sawmill,” Kreskey said.
“They blew a whistle for you to get up, blew a whistle for you to go to work and blew a whistle for you to go home,” said Kreskey, the exhibit’s curator.
In August 1901, the Booth-Kelly Corporation purchased the Springfield sawmill and several thousand acres of timberland in the region. The sawmill was dismantled in 1902 and a larger, more efficient mill with a capacity for greater production was constructed on the same site (Clarke 1983:46).
The sawmill was not directly powered by the millrace. A steam plant was built adjacent to the millrace to power the mill with the sawdust and refuse lumber. Since this fuel was in excess of the demands for operating the plant, and destroying it would be an expense to the company, a proposition was made to the Eugene Electric Light Company to erect a light plant in Springfield with the fuel furnished by Booth-Kelly (Clarke 1983:46-48).
In 1902 a 99-year franchise was granted to the Booth Kelly Lumber Co. to produce electricity for the city using the company’s steam generator.
In 1911, a brick steam plant replaced the original wooden building. In July of that year, the Booth-Kelly sawmill was destroyed by fire. The company replaced the burned remains of the old mill with a modern electric-powered mill with several buildings in 1912 (Clarke 1982:48-55).
The importance of the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company to Springfield’s economy is illustrated by the number of residents employed there. City directories of 1907 and 1911 clearly show that a majority of the population worked in some capacity for Booth-Kelly. In 1904, the company sold some of the controlling shares of stock to out-of-state businessmen, which brought new money into the community. Springfield became known as “Mill City,” and as it grew and prospered, many new people arrived looking for work. In 1907, railroad rates sky-rocketed for lumber shipments, and Booth-Kelly faced a serious legal battle concerning land grant purchases. Despite its problems and the fact that no profit was made in 1911 by the Springfield mill, the company kept the operation going. The decision to replace the burned mill in 1912 was the result of improved regulation of railroad rates and a favorable decision by the U.S. Government in the case against Booth-Kelly (Clarke 1983:50-55).
Robert A. Booth was more than a successful businessman. He was a state Senator for two terms in the Oregon Legislature. He was the leader in formulating the Oregon highway system and served as chairman of its Highway Commission. He served as trustee of Willamette University, was President of the Oregon Land and Livestock Company, served on the Oregon Tuberculosis Association and the State Park Commission and was active in Rotary, Boy Scouts, Portland and Eugene Chambers of Commerce and other public service organizations. It is an expression of Mr. Booth’s devotion to the religious work of his father that the Circuit Rider Statue adorns the Capitol grounds at Salem, his gift to the State. Mr. Booth was lifetime Methodist. He was the Sunday School Superintendent for over 20 years and also served his church as trustee and in other capacities.
He died in Eugene, Oregon, April 28, 1944, at the age of 86.
To read the horrific details of Ellen Harrington’s death, activated my PTSD severely. The $300 thousand dollars Leonard Buck left to Frank Buck that Beryl Buck came to own, appears to be GUILT BLOOD MONEY – and Beryl Buck knew it! She saw Dark Greed from the front row, and wanted to leave this blood money to the poor who own a religious agenda.
Here is the house Christine Rosamond Benton was invited to stay in. Weeks after our sister’s death, Vicki Presco refused to give me the name of the owner of this house. I never made an accusation of murder. This was The Fog Machine to hide the truth. I told Patrice to keep our daughter away from Vicki – THE LIAR. I did not hear from the children I sired on Thanksgiving. There was a party planned at Rocky Point. Vicki said the people present in that house Friday night, were: Christine, Vicki, Shamus, Drew. Note the large picture window. Anyone who looked out the window would see “white caps to the horizon” This is what one of the rescue people told me on the phone – and I sent our recorded conversation – and was severely admonished. The coroner changed his report. He needs to change it again.
I will contact VP Kamala Harris and bid her to launch an investigation into the death of Ellen and Christine. Raphael needs to be questioned by the FBI. When she showed up around 11:00 A.M. for the funeral, and when I talked to her, she made an excuse for her raspy voice;
“My voice is raspy from Rosemary’s cigarettes’ smoke. She chain-smoked the whole way!”
Raphael is my childhood friend – too. I would like to interview her for my autobiography for this had to be one of the most interesting five hour conversation – in art history. There they are The Mother and the Best Friend, driving on Highway One as the sun comes up – and lighting up the Pacific Ocean – that took Rosamond’s life! Wow! But, it’s not true. Dick and Lillian would have drove up with Rosemary in their car. Would Uncle Dick put up with the smoke of two chain-smokers – who would have to get up at four in the morning to make the trip…….that never happened! Thee people flew in for THE PARTY on Friday. Some stayed at Christine’s home, and some at Rocky Point. How many people saw how dangerous it was…..DOWN THERE! Why take a child there?
When Victoria and Miriam were assigned the threat to Iceland, Greenland, and the Ukraine by Russia, they hatched a scheme on the best way to destroy Putin’s Knight Wolves. They put their heads together and founded a fictional all babe biker club ‘The Mountain Women’ a.k.a. ‘Bad News Cycle’.
This morning I was looking at articles about Ken Kesey and the Hell’s Angels when I googled Mountain Girl, Jerry Garcia’s wife. I found the “Lady of the Mountain” whose legend goes with ‘Dreamer John’. A story can take years to develop. I have shared this process with my reader.
Day before yesterday I got into a debate with my friends son. Turns out he is a Ditto Head, a devout follower of Rush Limbaugh. Like his mother, this man was very intelligent, and tried to best me. He was surprised this was not easy. Indeed, he failed. I kept referring to my family and the Radical Republicans who were socialists. My niece, Drew Benton is the Heir to the amazing Preston-Hart family tree. She has the God Gene.
After argument, I could still hear it continue in this man’s mind. Am I a mind reader? Yes? This gift isolates me the most, because people can’t get away with anything around me – and they try that much harder! Its’s a matter of free will with them.
Anyway, I heard myself tell this man;
“You Ditto Heads have spent 200 billion dollars trying to get – ME! Just me! Because…
Trump stiffed the Master Augur he felt pressured into consulting (by ancient Italians who helped Giuliani rise to the top) and, look what happened to him! He never did want to become President of the United States. the Don was doing some crowd sourcing, and getting free publicity for the chain of golf courses he had in the works. PAR TRUMP. And, now look what he got himself into! The Fix-it Man swore he would never consult a master augur again.
Now, he will pay the piper. Everything he touches will turn into shit, not gold. I sent him my card seven days ago, after studying a flight of geese. No reply! Since Pennsylvania Avenue was laid out by the Pontimus Maximus of Washington…
“Everything that America deplores in Washington today is what the Confederacy fought against.”
“The liberals feel they are on a roll, having trashed states’ rights by railroading compulsory acceptance of homosexual marriage through the Supreme Court. Now, they feel, is the time to airbrush out of history every tradition that is an obstacle to their new, rootless, alien society based on intolerant political correctness. The epitome of everything they detest and fear is the Confederate Flag, so that is now the target of a hate campaign so fanatical and irrational as to seem barely sane.”
What you just read came from a writer for Breitbart. Because of my family history, I can DESTROY every evil idea these Rebel Devils – RAISE! Trump is raising a hateful victory flag with every appointment to his cabinet. The Trumpsters have declared war on half of America, and they hope you don’t notice – until its too late.
My uncle, James Bigelow, owned the famous Sam’s Anchor Cafe in Tiberon. After sailing in the regattas, or just being seen in your yacht, folks of means would dock their boats in the cove below the huge wooden deck that took landlovers on a tour of the bay for the price of meal and cocktail. Here, Herb Caen wrote his column for it is said you will run into everyone who is somebody at Sams.
When I was fourteen my brother and I helped our uncle remodel the kitchen of his other famous restaurant in Berkeley, Crustaceans. Jim was a restauranteurs par excellent. When we went to the Bigelows for Christmas dinner we got a glimpse of how the other side lived. There were televisions and golf bags under the tree.
Bonnie Bigelow was my favorite aunt. She had Mark and I stay in her home in San Mateo where we played with our cousin, Michael Bigelow. Like her three sister, Bonnie was beautiful, smart, and had a great sense of humor that was inherited from her father.
One Christmas Eve, while at the table, Jim began to brag on his good friend whose painting he had on his wall. Being an artist, I studied it thoroughly, and concluded it was not – real art! It was all I could do to keep my real opinions to myself when my uncle asked me what I thought of this fake art, he figuring I was not a real artist at the age of fifteen. Besides, Jim was just showing off his new friends that had taken San Francisco’s art scene by storm. We’re talking about the Keane’s who came to sup at the same table you see above where seated is the world famous artist known as Rosamond – when she was fourteen!
Christine’s insecurity as a female was at it’s peak. She was a nervous wreck in search of her identity. How could she compete with the four Rosamond Nereids? She had her father’s genes to contend with.
“She’s big boned, like her grandmother Melba.”
Above is a photo of Vic Presco beside one of his Chris Craft that he docked in Martinez.
What is truly uncanny, is, there was a trial involving the Keane’s. The Judge asked Walter to paint one of his big-eyed waifs in court so as to dispel the claim from his wife that she was the real artist in the family, and she rendered all those – creatures!
Consider the expose that reveals Sara Moon was an old man! If you rearrange the name SARA MOON, you get ROSAMONA. Mona means “moon”.
Christine was going through her Chinese period, she dressed in an oriental jacket. Early Rosamond women were compared to Keane, they were – Keanish. Only I noted that mannequins in fancy store windows began to own ‘The Rosamond Look’. Eyes were bigger, and they looked out into the street, beyond the plate glass windows they were captured behind. It was, haunting. Christine Rosamond Benton found a way – to be noticed! All four Rosamond sisters took an interest, saw my beautiful sister for the first time.
“One of the fun things about operating Sam’s is that eventually everybody comes here,” Sears said.
Launched in 1920 as a watering hole for railroad workers, original owner and namesake Sam Vella bypassed Prohibition until its 1933 repeal by smuggling whiskey through trap doors under the building.
Vella ran the restaurant and bar for 40 years. He sold the property and business to Tiburon resident Eugene Wheary, who sold the business a year later, in 1961, to James Bigelow of Character Restaurants.
Bigelow ran the restaurant until Sears and Wilson, along with a group of limited partners, purchased the business in 1978. The Wheary family owns the property. Sears and Wilson met in the mid-70s managing the Refectory Steakhouse in Bon Air Center in Greenbrae.
Current ownership continues the flamboyant Vella’s traditional garb of brightly colored Hawaiian shirts.
“That’s part of the deal, the Hawaiian shirt,” Sears said. “It’s part of the fun of it.”
Memories of Bootlegging in Tiburon
The watchword of the prohibition era (1920-1933) for those who saw bootlegging as a career opportunity was, “Don’t get caught with the goods.” Sam Vella of Tiburon never got caught. Remembered today as a little (five foot three) guy who originated Sam’s Anchor Café on Main Street, he was also one of the most successful bootleggers in northern California. Sam began by pitching a tent on the Tiburon waterfront and selling drinks off a board balanced between saw horses. From this humble beginning he became, by today’s standards, a “multi-millionaire,” according to Chris Morrison, a local historian who got much of his knowledge of Main Street from Vella’s widow, Louis Soldevini, Frank Buscher and Milt McDonough. Beside the restaurant, Vella owned two other buildings on the waterside of Main Street plus the bank building and 13 houses in Tiburon and Belvedere. He stashed forbidden booze in many of these places. Sam’s was one of two cafes on Main Street. The other was H & H Cafe owned by a well liked African-American
By JEANNE PRICE
The Volstead Act which created prohibition was passed by Congress and ratified as the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1919 and took effect in 1920. It banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of intoxicating liquors within the US and the importing or exporting of such beverages. Thirteen years later the 21st Amendment repealed prohibition. Sam’s Anchor Cafe today today couple, Allen and Hazel Hunt. Morrison relates Sam had a Garwood race boat he’d take out to the Farallon Islands and meet ships from Vancouver, Canada bringing in whiskey and then speed back to the mainland. The boat was swift enough to outrun the law and to buck the water in Hells Gate (the swift current that ran under the old drawbridge). Sam would quickly hide the booze away in a special place inside the house that Morrison now occupies on Ark row, or if he returned by the bay he had a hole underneath one of his properties big enough to pass a case of whiskey. This hiding place was underneath his garage, to the left of Sweden House. Inside he kept a German shepherd to guard the trap door in the floor which led to a “swimming pool” about 20 feet by 30 feet and seven feet deep cement foundation, Morrison said.
For local deliveries to the otherside-of-the-tracks in Belvedere, Sam would load the trunk of his car inside the garage, deliver it to the customer inside his garage, receive payment and no one was the wiser. Sam’s connections helped to m
When You Close Your Eyes’ was published in September of 2000. The hit movie ‘Big Eyes’ came out fourteen years later. Our aunt and uncle were good friends of Walter and Margaret Keene. Jim Bigalow owned ‘Sam’s Anchor Cafe’ in Tiberon located in Marine County, thus my DNA is entrenched in Beryl Buck’s Blessed County, where no worthy poor person can be found in order to receive a smiggen of the $1,700,000,000 billion dollars of the Trust that Robert Brevoort established. It’s a Cinderella’s Slipper kind of thing. Bob’s Boys go about the land with this image in their wallet.
Sydney Morris of the law firm of Heisinger, Morris, Rose, and Buck said in a legal document he did not object to a biography and movie being made by Stacey Pierrot in the hope there would be a renewed interest in the general public purchasing Rosamond prints that my two nieces, and my daughter own. Today, you can’t give these images away. No one wants them. What I suggest, is, there exist a Breach of Verbal Contract because this movie should have been made. It is never too late!
The motive Morris owned, via his odd creative permission, was to discourage me from publishing my autobiography, or, raising monies to make my movie! In writing an artists biography it is common to mention other artists that are germain to the artistic identity of the protagonist, such as Margaret and Walter Keane, who Tom Snyder missed. ‘Big Eyes’ was the most important movie made about an artist – in many years! It was a success! This success should have been exploited by members of my family who own Rosamond prints. This of course might invite readers and viewers to own a negative opinion of the cunning business folks who surrounded my late sister and abused her psychologically. Is there any evidence of this? Yes! I believe it is my right to produce and use this evidence without honoring Tom Snyder’s copyright. There exist a dream, within a dream, within a dream. Just look into the Magical Rosamond Mirror, and see what you will see. Do you see the light at the end of dark alley? Is this a harbinger of things to come?
Here is Non-Artist, Jacci Belford, who called me a month after Christine died and told me she made an offer to purchase the entire estate, and pay off the creditors. Who did she make this offer to? The probate was having trouble getting underway, because Jacci and Vicki Presco, refused to serve as named Executors. Can Bob Buck tell Rosamond’s fans how uncommon this is? Non-Artist, Vicki, came to own a shit-load of Rosamond’s – before she dropped out as No.1 Executor, and nominated Ex-Husband, Garth Benton to be Special Executor, as did Sharp Business Woman, Sassy Jacci. Are those movie lights on the horizon? Or, is that Artist Garth coming back into the Rosamond Gallery, he cast in an angelic light, now, in order to make it all work for Jacci&Friends?
“Having all these gallery and family problems coming down on her was a lot for her to deal with. And giving my persepective on things – good, bad, or indifferent – could have had a lot to do with the end of her marriage to Garth. At the same time, it was the best thing that could have happened. It seemed to me he wanted her to have no involvement in her own business while he ran everything in a way that seemed best to him.”
Above is a photo of Bijan and the man who exposed him, a Rosamond Imitator, who signed his big-eyed prints ‘Sara Moon’. It never occurred to Sydney Morris to find a Facsimile to crank out more CASH on the Rosy Money Making Machine. Instead, we get the Legal Art Report. Giving me a woman’s name, then hiding me behind the curtain of Oz, was not a option for some strange reason. I can only fail!
“If you loved Rosamond, you are going to love her long lost sister ‘Violet’.
When I got my lost daughter back into my life, I made her an offer she could not refuse. We would render computer aided images of beautiful women – in the Rosamond style. My genetic material could sign her work ‘Heather’ as in the flower. This would include an image of Rosemary and Lillian taken by her great grandfather. She took this to her drunken aunt Linda, and Linda’s drunken attorney husband, and they told her she is guaranteed ten million, at least, and – she doesn’t have to do jack-shit! Was there talk about starring in Bob Buck’s movie?
What I suggest is, Bob fund – my movie – that can be made for $50,000 dollars. ‘Close Your Big Eyes – Bitch’ will be filmed entirely in the infamous closet Julie Lynch talks about. It is February 3, 1994, two months BEFORE the killer rogue wave took this world famous woman out to sea, and deposited her in Never Neverland!
The Art Gods have brought us together, to hash it out, because they see much damage being done to The Art World – in the future! There will be a classic swinging lightbulb in this closet that sways back and forth, reminiscent of ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’. This movie, and other movies about artists will be broadcast on the closet wall. The Closet of Art Despair will be located on the grounds of the Buck Institute Against All Aging – And The Idea of Eternal Life After Death! Where else!
Lillian’s son, Randy Molnar, will be hired to play one of the ‘Closet Caretakers’ along with Tylor Blake ‘A Key Holder’ and Admirer of Rosemary.
Here is the opening narration of my movie, ‘Close Your Big Eyes – Bitch’
“Two creative siblings entered the Dark Closet of Eternal Fame, and, only one would emerge, a true immortal!”
“Those who rejoiced at the death of my famous sister, now wished I had died, instead. For Rosamond was the just the preview, the anti-chamber – to hell! No one could stop me from writing. Day after day, month after month, my fury and revenge rained down on them all. I swore I would outlive them. All the attorneys started dying of old age. The only thing that could stop my wrathful pen, was…………The Ghost of Rosamond! For it was now clear I was her Mentor, and she, was my Little Yellow Bird….. I had captured in a gilded cage.”
Bob’s partner, Sydney Morris, entered his law firm in the Movie Making Business in order to pay off the creditors and give my Genetic Material some cold hard cash. ‘The Caretaker’ was sold all the Bragging Rights – for starters! Stacey Pierrot hired the obscure ghost writer, Tom Snyder, to author HER tell-all book, that lines up one Rosamond Business Handler after another, and rags on her ass. While her ashes still float out to sea, Art Attorney, Daniel I. Simon tells the world how difficult it was to get Christine to produce more women with BIG EYES, and meet her financial obligations. Instead, she turns on all ‘Her Caretakers’ in a savage manner.
I refrain from ragging on my sister, unless I have something redeeming to say. With my last post, I have met my obligation – and fulfilled my own expectations! Here are Rosamond’s last words to me, uttered in 1991.
“I demand you tell me where you live because I am going to have you killed!”
After the failure of Tom’s piece of trash, ‘The Caretaker’ hires to really trash my life – and Christines! But, ‘The Rosamond Handlers’ did not go far enough, or, do their job! If only Sydney Morris had left more detailed instuctions on how to make a Killer Movie & Book.
“The way I see it, is, we got to throw the business folks under the bus – and the attorneys should be made to walk the gang plank. As for Garth, he should be buried in a ant hill and smothered with honey!”
As for the other Male Presco, Mentor Jon Gregory, we got to cut him in on the action – before we demonize him any further. Not that he will ever own any power to hurt us, but, he can make money for the estate, and get Larry Chazen off our back. How about we have Rosmond and Jon engage in a knife-fight in front of the Rosamond Gallerry – if the price is right?”
“You were always jealous of my art!”
“Shut your lying mouth, bitch, or I slash your other cheek!”
The screenwriter and producers of ‘Big Eyes’ go it right. You put the WOMAN ARTIST on a pedestal, and butcher everyone around her. But, THEY just couldn’t do it. Just couldn’t make themselves LOOK BAD – for the money! Instead, they disappear Rosamond’s autobiography, and put shiny armor on THE EX as he stomps Christine into the ground!
Walt Disney turned over in his grave! This is not the formula for a successful and magical movie about Rosamond ‘The Lover of Big Eyed Unicorns’ and her Dark Brother – which can not be Dark Mark! What I am saying, is, When You Close Your Big Eyes – Bitch, is PROOF the business folks and attorneys, were, and are – INEPT!
“Do you think Jon will forsake his principles and agree to be the villain for $800 dollars? How about a thousand bucks?”
“I don’t want my brother in on this deal. He’s a BUM! He’s been a BUM all his life. My life’s work is to prove this!”
You SEE………….it’s not too late to do this story up right!
“What do you mean he’s the new Walt Disney? He told you that? He’s a BUM – and insane! His dumb daughter – agrees! He must FAIL – at all costs!”
For a week I have been considering abandoning this Rosy Genealogical Quest, and finish my Theological Books. This morning I found my Dreamboat! As fate would have it, she is the richest woman in the world. She’s got 47 billion dollars. We share the same interests. If we could ever be united in our cause, we would be way more than best friends and lovers! We would be Fantastic Fellow Fanatics who are absorbed in the study of the Bible and Genealogies. She would gladly get on board my ROSAMOND STUDY, and even bankroll my Atlantis in Larkspur Dream. but, she would fall victim to the Ancient Curse of the Greek Gods……….
“Don’t give that bastard any money! Keep him away from money!”
“Are you going to come see me so we can work on Jesus ‘The Moabite’ some more?”
“Sure! But, I don’t have plane fare. I think I can sell my food stamps on the black market!”
“How long will that take?”
“About a week.”
“You know, let’s not do this. It is obvious you do not care about me and MY study!”
I talked to my friend Chris in New York last night. She said it is too bad I can not earn money as a genealogist – like Dan Brown? She told me she had physically fought off another woman at the art gallery, who tried to hug her man, Stefan Eins. I am doing their portrait, and want to write a book about their relationship, that is similar to the Keane’s. I suggested Chris come out of the closet, and become an artist herself, so she can have Art Power of her own! She and my sister had the same lover.
Stefan suggest ETs (with big eyes) leave messages in sidewalk cracks. I am going to research how many sidewalks are in Margaret Keane’s work. Did she have a close encounter?
Above is what amounts to the Legal Love Bond, between the Getty family, and the Presco family. I use the word “Love” as in Love of Oil, and, Love of Art. How about Love of Litigation? As you will read in the following post……if you have not been involved in any family litigation, you are not a member of our family. Garth and Christine Benton were close with Ann and Gordon. Garth spent months in the Getty mansion painting a mural. My niece, Shannon Rosamond, helped paint the Getty Villa murals. It is her attorney, Phil Stimic who composed the above legal document.
I talked to Phil on the phone ten years ago. He didn’t have a clue he was up against BIG OIL! His client is made out to be unsteady, even insane, as coo-coo at Paul Getty in the Coll article. This shit will make you crazy. I, and a thousand artists, took buses to Sacramento to pass the law that my ex-brother-in-law took advantage of when he sued his Getty buddies. I knew attorneys for ‘Bay Area Lawyers For The Arts’. They looked at my innovative Penzoil can.
California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1974 to provide legal services to artists and members of the creative arts community. The first Executive Director was Hamish Sandison, who was a recent graduate of Boalt Hall at University of California, Berkeley and is now a solicitor in London, England, specializing in law and technology. In 1987, Bay Area Lawyers for the Arts (BALA) joined forces with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts-Los Angeles (VLA) to form California Lawyers for the Arts as a statewide organization. CLA is part of an informal network of “Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts” programs that serve artists through state-based organizations throughout the United States.
CLA has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Sacramento, and the organization serves more than 11,000 artists annually. CLA has nearly 1,800 paid members, including artists and arts organizations of all disciplines and cultural backgrounds, attorneys, accountants, and teachers.
I am proposing the Buck Foundation include a Institute that studies, and combats Oil Injustice. Our addiction to oil – is out of control! The power that Oil Attorneys have – is a GIANT that treads on ‘The Poor of the World’. This GIANT is coming to own ‘The Art of the World’. When you see what Getty friend and partner, Lawrence Chazen did to my neice, the adult heir of her famous artistic mother, then there is no doubt Big Oil is extremely abusive, and will destroy anyone that gets in their way.
Bruce Lee Linvingston told me their lawsuit against Bar Hours, was thwarted because of Gavin Newson a partner of Chazen in PlumpJack, that Alcohol Justice attempted to thwart, decrease their influence and hold over the little people who suffer. I suggest AJ look to opeud addiction in the Getty family, to launch a crusade against heroin use.
Big oil companies are devastating communities across the world. Their operations have forced people from their land, polluted the environment, and led to widespread human rights violations. This has certainly been the case with BP and other oil companies who started operating in the Casanare region of Colombia in the early 1990’s. There is evidence of kidnapping, torture, murder and disappearances. According to the Colombia Human Rights Data Analysis Group, an estimated 9,000 people were murdered and 3,000 have disappeared in Casanare over the past two decades. One of those kidnapped was Gilberto Torres, who is bringing a case for compensation against BP and other oil companies in the High Court in London with the help of law firm Deighton Pierce Glynn (DPG) in the UK and Francisco Ramirez Cuellar in Colombia.
The aim of the Oil Justice Project – a collaboration between War on Want, Deighton Pierce Glynn and the Colombian NGO COSPACC – is to tell the stories of the victims of ‘Big Oil’ and where corporate crimes have been committed to hold these companies to account. To highlight the human rights abuses in Colombia, the Oil Justice Project is welcoming Gilberto Torres on a UK-wide speaker tour from 11 – 23 October 2015. Gilberto Torres is a former trade unionist with Union Sindical Obrera, representing workers in the oil industry. He was abducted and tortured by paramilitaries in 1992 and now lives in exile. Gilberto believes his abduction was ordered and assisted by Ocensa, a joint venture pipeline company part-owned and operated by BP.
The unexpected resignation of Noble Corp.’s (NE) chief executive Thursday night has sent the company’s shares soaring and jump-started speculation that the offshore driller is considering a merger with a rival.
CEO Mark Jackson’s departure was announced in a short statement by the company, offering no details as to why he was leaving after less than a year on the job. Lawrence Chazen, a Noble board member, told Dow Jones Newswires the CEO was resigning for “personal reasons” unrelated to a potential takeover, adding that the move came as a surprise. The company’s stock rose 3.1% to $50.98 in trading Friday morning, far outstripping its peers and indicating that the market was not convinced that “personal reasons” were the only force at work.
“We don’t buy it – we don’t think Mark would just bolt from (a) sweet CEO job on short notice,” Dan Pickering of Tudor Pickering Energy wrote in a note to clients.
Without a concrete explanation for the resignation, traders and analysts settled on Jackson’s longtime aversion to a merger or takeover involving Noble and another driller. Two of Noble’s U.S. rivals agreed to merge in July, and earlier this week, offshore driller shares rose on talk of a three-way deal involving Noble and Norwegian drillers Seadrill (SDRL.OS) and Awilco ASA (AWO.OS).
Artist Garth Benton says that if Gordon and Ann Getty didn’t want his mural in their mansion any more, it would have been easy to detach it from the wall.
Instead, he said, they painted over the $500,000 mural, violating a rarely used California law barring the destruction of fine art.
Mr. Benton responded by filing a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court. A Getty family spokesman said experts are working to restore the painting.
The world renowned artist wants damages for the ruined painting, plus his lawyers’ fees paid. Mr. Benton also wants punitive damages, which by state law would go to a California charitable or educational activity involving fine arts.
Getty family spokesman Larry Kamer confirmed that Mr. Benton’s mural had been painted over with “some other kind of paint,” not by a commissioned artist.
“Because Mrs. Getty has dedicated much of her life to the restoration and preservation of fine art, she is now working with experts to remove the paint from the mural and restore it to its original condition,” Mr. Kamer said.
The couple could not be reached for comment. Mr. Getty is the son of J. Paul Getty, who was one of the richest men in the world a generation ago.
Gordon Getty and his wife are fixtures in San Francisco high society; he splits his time between being a composer and a philanthropist.
“This case arises out of famed art collectors Ann Getty and Gordon Getty’s . . . intentional destruction of works of fine art, created by the well-known mural artist, Garth Benton,” states the lawsuit, which was filed last week.
The garden-style mural, which is three metres tall and 12 metres wide, was installed in the Gettys’ mansion in 1986. Mr. Benton, who lives in Alabama, said the mural was completed, then attached to the wall of the mansion.
A picture of the mural accompanying the complaint shows a painting of a balcony overlooking a field, with a monkey in the corner being fed by a young girl.
Mr. Benton says he called the Gettys in March, hoping to get a photograph of the work for listing in a new catalogue.
The lawsuit states: “Within the following week, Benton was advised by an assistant to the Gettys that the work had been painted over.”
Oil Wells along the Coast Ventura, CA
Oil Wells in Ocean North of Ventura, CA
“Elizabeth’s problems in 1960 were basically the same as they were in 1990,” said her husband, Eddie Fisher. “She had become addicted to every pill on the market – pills to help her sleep, pills to keep her awake, pills to dull her pain, pills and more pills.”
Fisher had troubles of his own. According to actress Shelley Winters, who stayed at the Dorchester during her appearance in the London production of Lolita, Eddie spent hours drinking heavily at the hotel bar. “He was in a very depressed and despairing mood,” she wrote. “He looked as if he was evaluating what he had done to his career and his life by divorcing … Debbie Reynolds.”
In March 1960 the Fishers returned to the West Coast, taking up residence at the Beverly Hills Hotel. In her descriptive history of the hotel, The Pink Palace, author Sandra Lee Stuart recounts how each day the hotel maids in charge of the Fisher-Taylor bungalow found “a trail of clothes .. starting at the front door, going through the living room and into the bedroom.”
The bathroom contained “all of Taylor’s numerous makeup bottles, wands and brushes” scattered about “as if a cyclone had hit a Bloomingdale’s cosmetics counter.”Sometimes there would be smudges of lipstick on the ceiling, although nobody could figure out how they got there. The dining-room table was covered with dozens of “half-empty bottles of liquor, jars of vitamin pills, and diamond bracelets, earrings and rings, all of which Liz had flung higgledy-piggledy.”
In February 1961, Eddie and Liz took the Orient Express from Paris to Munich to attend the annual winter carnival. Two days into their stay, they argued. “I was tired and needed some rest,” Fisher said. “Elizabeth wanted to go to a nightclub. I told her I’d had enough, ‘I’m going to leave in the morning,’ I yelled.
“‘You’re leaving in the morning,’ she echoed. ‘Well, I’m leaving now.’ Impulsively, she grabbed a bottle of Seconal, opened it, and began pouring the tablets down her throat. I tried to wrestle the bottle away from her. She ran into the bathroom, where she stumbled and fell. A physician had to be hastily summoned and paid off to revive her in the privacy of our hotel room, thereby avoiding the embarrassment of facing an inquisitive hospital staff and possibly the press.”
But Elizabeth’s health continued to deteriorate. On returning to London, she came down with the Asiatic flu, and Eddie Fisher added a full-time nurse to the already overcrowded Taylor entourage. “Following the Munich incident, I understood that Elizabeth was capable of almost anything,” he explained.
A few minutes after midnight on March 4, 1961, the newly hired nurse discovered that her charge was gasping for breath. She picked up the hotel telephone and asked the operator at the Dorchester front desk for a doctor.
Semiconscious when she reached the hospital, Elizabeth Taylor (with Eddie Fisher in tears) was wheeled into the operating room. A team of surgeons performed a tracheotomy, a relatively elementary procedure which entails making an opening in the windpipe. A tube is then inserted through the incision and connected to an electronic breathing device which pumps premeasured amounts of air into the lungs. According to the hospital’s medical experts, the 29-year-old actress was suffering from staphylococcus pneumonia, with severe lung congestion. Per Eddie Fisher’s assessment, Liz’s respiratory collapse resulted from her overuse of sedatives, including Seconal, and a heavy intake of alcohol.
For the next three days, the world press made much of Taylor’s sinking health, leading readers to the inevitable conclusion that the actress had little chance of survival.
Samuel Leve, a stage designer who at one time worked with her former husband, Mike Todd, summarized Taylor’s 1961 attack of pneumonia as “little more than publicity-mongering. She may have been ill, but she wasn’t dying.”
Truman Capote entertained a similarly dubious view of the severity of Elizabeth’s ailment. Residing at the Dorchester Hotel during the same period as Fisher and Taylor, he had been one of the first to visit her at the clinic. “It was a major media event,” Capote began. “The streets around the hospital were clogged not only with newspaper reporters and television crews but with thousands of tourists and fans waiting and praying for Elizabeth’s recovery. I had the impression she must be desperately ill. But when I saw her, I realized she wasn’t quite as sickly as she might have wanted people to believe.
“She seemed pale and a trifle thin, but she looked wonderful and gave me a big hello. ‘I’m so glad you came,’ she gurgled. She was alone, no Eddie Fisher in sight. She had just had her tracheotomy, but they’d removed the breathing tube. She had what looked like a silver dollar in her throat, some circular metal device. It was simply stuck in there. I couldn’t figure out what held it in place, and it surprised me she wasn’t bleeding or oozing.
“I had brought her a few books to read and a magnum of Dom Perignon, which she wasn’t supposed to have; we split the champagne and hid the empty bottle under the hospital bed. I repeated the exercise on my next visit.
“A few days later, I went out to dinner with Eddie Fisher. The following morning, Elizabeth said to me, ‘You won’t believe it, darling, but my husband thought you were making a pass at him!’ At that moment she played a trick on me and yanked the plug out of her throat, spurting champagne all over the room. I thought I was going to pass out. I probably turned a few shades of green as I burrowed into my coat.”
When Liz married Richard Burton her problems intensified.
Burton found solace in the bottle. For the 10 years of their marriage, he drank practically nonstop. Actress Sue Lyons observed that “Burton imbibed so much at night, by the next morning the alcohol literally oozed out of his pores. He gave off a terrible odor; playing a scene opposite him could be most unpleasant.”
Ramon Castro, former bartender at the Oceana Hotel, corroborated a number of the stories that circulated in Puerto Vallarta (a favorite Burton/Taylor haunt) regarding Elizabeth’s alcoholism.
“She would come in almost every day at 10 in the morning and order a vodka collins or vodka martini. She would then switch to tequila. She appeared to have a hollow leg; she spent hours drinking at the bar but apparently experienced no discernible side effects. Burton would stumble in by midafternoon and order tumbler upon tumbler of straight scotch. Occasionally, he had an amigo in tow, and the two would compete in a scotch-swigging contest. The first man to hit the floor was declared the loser and footed the bill.
When Taylor and Burton called it quits, Elizabeth refrained from making statements to the press and instead saved her choice comments on Richard Burton for the confidence of close friends. The main reason she had left him, she admitted, was his alcoholism. Among other limitations, Burton’s drinking had rendered him temporarily impotent.
On the other hand, Taylor seemed to be indulging herself not just with alcohol but with recreational drugs. According to James Spada, a biographer of Peter Lawford’s, Elizabeth saw a good deal of Lawford, who would turn her on with marijuana, a charge reiterated by Peter’s widow, Patricia Seaton.
In his Lawford biography, Spada relates an episode he had heard about from Dominick Dunne. Dunne, who had recently returned to Hollywood after producing Ash Wednesday, accompanied Taylor – and others – on an afternoon’s frolic to Disneyland. Also in the group were Dunne’s daughter, Dominique; Elizabeth’s daughters, Liza and Maria; Peter Lawford; Christopher, Peter’s son, George Cukor; and Roddy McDowall.
“This huge helicopter picked us all up at the top of Coldwater Canyon and Mulholland Drive and took us to Disneyland,” reported Dunne. “It was the first helicopter allowed to land inside Disneyland.”A huge crowd gathered around the group for a gander at Taylor. To escape the mob, Elizabeth and her coterie took the Pirates of the Caribbean ride “through the buccaneers’ nighttime world.”
Dunne recalled what happened once their boat disappeared into the darkness: “Elizabeth had a bottle of Jack Daniels, and Peter had something, and everybody got the bottles going. Then a bit of coke was going around, and you’d hear sniffing. Everybody was … screaming with laughter. It was one of the maddest moments I ever saw in my life.”
Zak Taylor had been doing Elizabeth’s wigs for the run of Private Lives in Los Angeles. Before and after the play closed, he had dinner frequently at her house with Rock Hudson and Carol Burnett. The foursome played Scrabble and other word games and laughed so hard that Zak “had to leave the table four times, crying.”He and his friends also would raid Elizabeth’s fur closet: “It’s about 10, 12 feet. All furs. All the boys used to play dress-up, put on the furs and walk around in them. I used to wear her diamond rings a lot.
“She couldn’t smoke grass. She makes the best marijuana brownies. The best.”
But dinner was not usually served until 11 p.m. because of Elizabeth’s drinking. Zak said she once decided to stop drinking “by not having a drink until 6 p.m. She would pass out after dinner and wake up at 3 a.m., stoned. No wonder she got fat.”Zak would put her to bed and stay over to do her hair in the morning and “get her dressed right.”
“I’ve always told her her biggest problem is people ‘yes’ her to death. Because she’s Elizabeth Taylor. That’s probably how she got into the terrible problem with the drugs and the drinking. If you’re just sitting around with Elizabeth, she says, ‘You know what? I’ve got to tell you. Pass me my tummy pills. Would you make me a Jack Daniels? With nine cubes of ice.’ That was very good. ‘With at least nine cubes of ice.’ Five minutes later: ‘You know, I’ve got a headache. I need a headache pill.’ Well, who’s gonna say no?” Zak Taylor said he had seen one of Elizabeth’s doctors “handing her coke.”
“She was living in a world without day or night. What does a woman like that do, especially if you’re not working? How often do films come up? In between, what’s a person supposed to do with her life?
“There were scary nights at her house when we thought she was dying, where she’d slip into these states from all the drugs. It would be like hyperventilating. The drugs would stop her breathing. We’d have to call the doctor.
At least one of Elizabeth’s longtime doctors, Dr. Rex Kennamer, who was also Rock Hudson’s physician, apparently refused to continue treating her. Kennamer told the present author that he had “never hesitated” to warn her about addictive medications. “Nobody questions that she has a terrible back. You compound that with the fact that obviously she’s an addictive personality … I think there are times doctors just have to say, ‘I have to walk away.”‘ In December 1983, Elizabeth Taylor finally collapsed, emotionally and physically. After family and friends visited her in the hospital and pleaded with her, she entered the Betty Ford Clinic at Rancho Mirage, Calif., to recover from drug and alcohol abuse.
Coming Saturday in Lifestyle: With Peter Lawford at the Betty Ford Clinic.
From the book Liz: An Intimate Biography of Elizabeth Taylor by C. David Heymann. (c) 1995, C. David Heymann. Published by arrangement with Carol Publishing Group. A Birch Lane Press Book. Distributed by Los Angeles Times Syndicate.
There are several books that connect the Knights Templar with Swiss Banking. My nemesis has helped set up Noble Energy in the Cayman Islands, and in Switzerland from where the Rougemont-Rosamond family hail. A un-named group has purchased Chateau Rougemont. I suspect Oil Men from Texas. Where is the Sinclair linage from Jesus when you need it? I hope the Holy Blood Grail Alliance elects a Messiah to save us from these evil men. The home of my ancestors is being advertized as the best offshore banking city for your money.Lawrence Chazen was my father’s privated lender, and a partner in the first Rosamond gallery in Carmel. Credit Suisse Group is associated with Noble and UBS bank that is in trouble due to two billion dollar trading losss by rogue trader.
Now that I have proven Bubba Jesus is not riding shotgun in some neo-Confederte’s big-wheeled truck, he off to shoot some wild hogs and drink a cold six pack, maybe he will come and save the collapsing world economy that will result in the starvation of millions.
Noble Corporation Board Approves Proposed Change in Place of Incorporation
SUGAR LAND, Texas, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Noble Corporation(NYSE: NE) announced today its Board of Directors has approved changing the place of incorporation of the publicly traded parent of the Noble group of companies from the Cayman Islands to Switzerland. The Company’s shareholders will be asked to vote to approve the proposed change at a shareholders’ meeting, which Noble expects will be called in the near future.
If approved by shareholders, Noble expects the change of the place of incorporation to be effective as soon as practicable following review and approval by the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands, which could occur in early 2009. The reincorporation would be achieved by merging Noble Corporation, the current Cayman Islands parent company, with a newly formed Cayman Islands subsidiary of the new Swiss parent company.
Noble Corporation’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, David W. Williamssaid, “After careful consideration, our Board of Directors has concluded that a change of place of incorporation to Switzerland is in the best interests of Noble’s shareholders and customers. Switzerland’s stable commercial and financial environment and its well-established tax regime will help us to maintain our competitive position in the global marketplace.”
Upon completion of the transaction, the Noble parent company will continue to be subject to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements, and its shares will be listed exclusively on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NE”, the Company’s current trading symbol.
“At this point, we are continuing to evaluate whether relocating our corporate headquarters to Switzerland would be in Noble’s best interest and the best interests of our shareholders,” added Williams. “If we conclude that relocation is appropriate, we could begin to move personnel at any time, either before or after we conclude the transaction.”
Full details of the transactions, and the associated benefits and risks, will be provided in the Company’s proxy statement with respect to the shareholders’ meeting.
Noble is a leading offshore drilling contractor for the oil and gas industry. Noble performs, through its subsidiaries, contract drilling services with a fleet of 63 offshore drilling units (including five rigs currently under construction) located worldwide, including in the Middle East, India, the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, the North Sea, Brazil, and West Africa. Noble’s ordinary shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “NE”.
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In 1988, it gained a controlling stake in The First Boston Corporation and in 1993, Credit Suisse Group bought Schweizerische Volksbank (English: People’s Bank of Switzerland). In 1996 the two retail banks were merged and renamed Credit Suisse.
Under the Swiss Code, if Noble-Switzerland’s general reserves amount to less than 20% of the aggregate par value of Noble-Switzerland’s registered capital, then at least 5% of Noble-Switzerland’s annual profit must be retained as general reserves. The Swiss Code and Noble-Switzerland’s articles of association permit Noble-Switzerland to accrue additional general reserves. In addition, Noble-Switzerland is required to create a special reserve on its stand-alone annual statutory balance sheet in the amount of the purchase price of registered shares it or any of its subsidiaries repurchases, which amount may not be used for dividends or subsequent repurchases. Swiss companies generally must maintain a separate stand-alone “statutory” balance sheet for the purpose of, among other things, determining the amounts available for the return of capital to shareholders, including by way of a distribution of dividends. Noble-Switzerland’s auditor must confirm that a dividend proposal made to shareholders conforms with the requirements of the Swiss Code and Noble-Switzerland’s articles of association. Dividends are due and payable upon the shareholders having passed a resolution approving the payment subject
GORDON T. HALL Director since 2009 Mr. Hall serves as Chairman of the Board of Exterran Holdings, Inc., a natural gas compression and production services company. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Hanover Compressor Company from May 2005 until its merger with Universal Compression Holdings, Inc. to create Exterran in August 2007. Mr. Hall retired as Managing Director from Credit Suisse First Boston, a brokerage services and investment banking firm, where he was employed from 1987 through 2002. While at Credit Suisse First Boston, Mr. Hall served as Senior Oil Field Services Analyst and Co-Head of the Global Energy Group. Mr. Hall has not held a principal employment since leaving his position with Credit Suisse First Boston
JON A. MARSHALL Director since 2009 Mr. Marshall served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Transocean Inc. from November 2007 to May 2008, and immediately prior to that served as Chief Executive Officer of GlobalSantaFe Corporation from May 2003 until November 2007, when GlobalSantaFe merged with Transocean. Transocean is an offshore drilling contractor. Mr. Marshall has not held a principal employment since leaving his position with Transocean. Mr. Marshall also serves as a director of two nonprofit organizations.
Saturday’s events also brought low the career of one of Switzerland’s most prominent business executives. Mr. Grübel, a former Credit Suisse Group chief executive, came out of retirement in February 2009 to help turn around UBS in the wake of the credit losses it suffered during the financial crisis. At UBS, Mr. Grübel sought to win back client confidence for a bank that was among the hardest hit by the financial crisis. He also had to cope with a bruising battle with U.S. authorities over allegations that UBS bankers helped Americans avoid taxes. UBS admitted wrongdoing as part of a sweeping settlement.
Mr. Grübel, 67, had been expected to unveil a major restructuring of UBS’s investment bank at a meeting with investors on Nov. 17. He has for some time been expected to move toward retirement, but he consistently said he intended to see his restructuring plan through to completion and wanted to leave UBS on a steady course. Few thought he would remain beyond the end of his reorganization plan, which was slated to end around 2013. All of those plans were thrown in disarray 10 days ago when UBS disclosed that a London-based equity trader at its investment bank generated $2.3 billion in losses this summer through what it called unauthorized trades. People familiar with the situation say 31-year-old Kweku Adoboli is that trader. U.K. authorities have charged Mr. Adoboli with fraud and false accounting, alleging that his crimes dated back to 2008; UBS has said the unauthorized trades occurred over the last several months. In court on Thursday, Mr. Adoboli’s lawyer, Patrick Gibbs, said his client was “sorry beyond words.” He added that Mr. Adoboli had gone to UBS “and told them what he had done, and stands now appalled at the scale of the consequences of his disastrous miscalculations.” Mr. Gibbs didn’t request that his client be released on bail, so Mr. Adoboli remains in custody. The next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 20. Global leaders struggle to calm recession fears By GABRIELE STEINHAUSER, Associated Press – 2 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — The world’s major economic powers are pledging to launch a bold effort to deal with a chronic slowdown in growth and a European debt crisis threatening to push the global economy into another recession. But it was unclear whether their strong words would be backed up by equally strong actions. The statement by the Group of 20 major economies was issued late Thursday and pledged that the countries, which represent 85 percent of the global economy, would do what was necessary to restore financial stability and clam financial markets which had plunged on Thursday over renewed fears of a global downturn. The finance officials of traditional economic powers such as the United States, Japan and Germany and major emerging nations such as China, Brazil and India were seeking to demonstrate strong resolve in the hope that it will calm jitters that had sent financial markets down sharply. The United States was represented in the discussions by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. “We are taking strong actions to maintain financial stability, restore confidence and support growth,” the G-20 joint statement said. “We commit to take all actions to preserve the stability of banking systems and financial markets as required.” The G-20 group had not been scheduled to issue a statement after their working dinner but the turmoil on Thursday in global markets resulted in a change in plans. The group issued a one-page document that they hoped would demonstrate sufficient resolve. The statement did little to reassure anxious investors. European markets showed modest losses on Friday while Wall Street was set to open slightly higher. In Asia, traders continued to dump stocks amid growing fears of a new global recession. French Finance Minister Francoise Baroin told reporters the statement represented a “strong global” response to what he called a “very serious situation.” The statement was issued in advance of the start Friday of the annual meetings of the 187-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending organization, the World Bank. The discussions, which will wrap up on Saturday, have been dominated by the European debt crisis. A senior U.S. Treasury official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door discussions said that all the G-20 countries felt there was a sense of urgency to take strong actions to deal with the financial market turmoil.
Noble Corporation By the early 2000s, Noble Drilling changed its name to Noble Corporation as a result of its change in domicile from the United States to the Cayman Islands. On December 19, 2008, Noble, incorporated in the Cayman Islands and operated from Sugar Land, Texas, announced plans to reincorporate in Switzerland. In March 2009, Noble Corporation redomesticated to Switzerland. At that time it was removed from the S&P500 Index.
My ex-wife, Mary Ann Tharaldsen used to live in Marin, as did her good friend, Mimi Farina. I am going to ask Vice President, Kamala Harris, to look into preserving the Bohemian History of Oakland and Marin.
Did Beryl Buck ever meet, or see, Mimi Farina, who was a good friend of my ex? Where are Beryl’s things and letters? Did she ever buy a ticket to go see Bread&Roses?
Above is a pic of where B&R was located in Mill Valley in Marin Couty. Mimi lived on Mount Tamalpais. Mimi created the ideal charity. She is the model for all Buck Foundations. Instead we get a dude playing with his expensive toys.
Sydney Morris screwed up the Brett Weston creative legacy. I had my mother call him and he and Stacey were about to throw away our family photos.
“Do you want them?”
“Of course I want them!”
These are fucking lawyers! They should be banned from getting near creative people.
Mimi died on July 18, 2001, at her home on Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California, surrounded by her family and close friends. Her vision lives on in the form of Bread & Roses today.
The Mission Statement for this inspirational program is as follows:
Bread & Roses is dedicated to uplifting the human spirit by providing free, live, quality entertainment to people who live in institutions or are otherwise isolated from society. Our performances: enrich the soul and promote wellness through the healing power of the performing arts; create a sense of community for our professional performers, in a non-commercial setting in which they can donate their talents to inspire and be inspired; provide an opportunity for non-performing volunteers to contribute a variety of skills and resources that support our humanitarian services and increase the impact of donor contributions. In carrying out this mission, Bread & Roses seeks to create a social awareness of people who are isolated from society, and to encourage the development of similar organizations in other communities.
Anna Halprin (born Anna Schuman on 13 July 1920) helped pioneer the experimental art form known as postmodern dance and referred to herself as the breaker of modern dance. Halprin, along with her contemporaries such as Trisha Brown, Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, John Cage, and Robert Morris, collaborated and built a community based around the fundamentals of post-modern dance. In 1950s, she established the San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop to give artists like her a place to practice their art. Being able to freely explore the capabilities of her own body, she created a systematic way of moving using kinesthetic awareness. Many of her works since have been based on scores, including Planetary Dance, 1987, and Myths in the 1960s which gave a score to the audience, making them performers as well.
Halprin was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 1972. In order to understand her ailment, she documented her own experiences and compiled the information to make her own healing process called The Five Stages of Healing. In 1981, she applied The Five Stages of Healing to her community and developed large community pieces. Halprin stated “I believe if more of us could contact the natural world in a directly experiential way, this would alter the way we treat our environment, ourselves, and one another.”  Halprin has written books including: Movement Rituals, Moving Toward Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance and Dance as a Healing Art. She currently does research in connection with the Tamalpa Institute, based in Marin County, California, which she founded with her daughter, Daria Halprin, in 1978.
She was the co-creator with her husband, the late landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, of the RSVP Cycles, a creative methodology that can be applied broadly across all disciplines. A documentary film about her life and art, Breath Made Visible directed by Ruedi Gerber, premiered in 2010.
“Halprin continues to be sought after as a teacher because of her ability to lead dancers gently into new territory for their own choreographic invention.” 
From a very early age Anna Halprin was exposed to dance due to her grandfather’s involvement in religious dancing. At 4 years old, Halprin’s mother enrolled her in ballet class to satisfy young Anna’s urge to dance. Quickly realizing that the structured environment was no place for a mind and soul as creative as Halprin’s, her mother withdrew her from the class and put her into a class that was more focused on movement. At the age of 15, Anna Halprin began studying the techniques of Ruth St. Denis and Isadora Duncan. In 1938, she attended University of Wisconsin under the direction of one of her lifelong mentors Margaret H’Doubler. H’Doubler emphasized the importance of personal creativity and highly encouraged the study of anatomy in order obtain the most effective ways of moving. Halprin abandoned the stylized forms of modern technique to create her own way of reproducing the art of everyday life. Merce Cunningham shared the same need to reject the emotional expressiveness of modern dance. However, instead of using chance as a way to make movement like Cunningham did, Halprin turned to improvisation to investigate ways in which individuals could make a community. Because of H’Doubler, Halprin understood the conception of where invention in dance begins, and from this she could help form the basis of the next generation’s ideas of postmodern dance. Her husband, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, whom she met in college, was also interested in the collaborative process.
San Francisco Dancers’ Workshop[edit source | editbeta]
After World War II, Lawrence Halprin’s work called him to stay in San Francisco permanently. Anna Halprin wrote in a letter about her new journey saying she was ready “… to live a resourceful life with a connection to the soil and to the common pulse of ordinary people.”  In order to ease the transition, Lawrence built his wife a deck outside of their home for her to dance upon. Later this deck became a place of learning for herself, her children, and her students. After performing in New York at the ANTA Theater in 1955, Halprin was disappointed after watching a Martha Graham group and one of Doris Humprey’s. She thought everyone looked too similar to Graham and Humphrey and that it stifled room for creativity. Thus, Halprin founded the San Francisco Dancer’s Workshop in 1959 along with several others, including dancers Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainer, and Simone Forti, and artists John Cage and Robert Morris. The purpose of this organization was to give her and others the opportunity to delve more into more explorative forms of dance and move away from the technical constraints of modern dance. During the span of twenty years, she developed a working process that gave people the liberty to move freely with emotion and with a feeling a community. This technique came to be called human potential growth; the aim was to maintain the link between non-verbal behavior and examining the use of language and physical expression. In addition to the workshop, Halprin continued to perform, dancing about “real life” in pieces such as “Apartment 6″ with fellow dancers, John Graham and AA Leath.
Kinesthetic awareness[edit source | editbeta]
Halprin’s course of investigating her own way of creating movement called for understanding the limits of the body and the reactions the body makes when an initiation is made. In her own words she describes being aware of one’s kinesthetic sense “is your special sense for being aware of your own movement and empathizing with others.”  She compiled a group exercises named Movement Rituals that shape the way she and her students moved their bodies through space and time. Her movement patterns are based on the dynamic qualities such as swinging, falling, walking, running, crawls, leaps, and various ways of shifting weight. In the 1960s she developed the RSVP Cycles with her husband, Lawrence Halprin, which breaks down the creative process with the use of scores. It stands for Resources, Scores, Valuaction and Performance. She says, “I wanted to create something for a group of people to do in which they’re given the opportunity to explore the theme and find out what’s real for them…”  It was her hope that through formalized scores such as the “Planetary Dance,” (a formation of 3 circles, going in different directions, in which you’re told to run, walk, or stand still)the process of creativity would be sparked in both dancers and non dancers. Her training programs, which take can take up to a year, allowed participants to concentrate on the movement of each body part “taking the body apart” and then later on in the program, reassembling it to move as a whole.
Working with the terminally ill[edit source | editbeta]
In 1971, Halprin was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in her colon; this sudden shift in her life inspired her to investigate and create associations to make a personal ritual that helped her healing process. She used the investigative and therapeutic tools she had learned from Fritz Perls in order to understand and duplicate the psychological behaviors put into performances. The disease also inspired her to release her emotions through dance in pieces such as “Darkside Dance”. Afterwards, she ceased to perform publicly. Her quest for healing encouraged the community around her and, with her daughter in 1978, she co-founded the Tamalpa Institute. Together, they created a non-profit research and educational arm of the San Francisco Dancer’s Workshop that offers training in a creative process integrating psychology, body therapies, and education with dance, art, and drama, as a path toward healing and resolving social conflict. Her “Life/Art Process” inspired workshops dedicated to therapeutic, transformational, and psychological needs. Using tools of the body, movement, dialogue, voice, drawing, improvisation, performance, and reflection, she was able to provoke others to explore themselves and use art as a therapy to heal themselves. On occasion, participants return to the Mountain Home Studio to dance on the deck that started it all in Halprin’s very own home In 1970s and 1980s she purely focused on collaborating with other individuals that were terminally ill or in recovery from an illness. In 1987, she was invited to the Cancer Support and Education Center to work with individuals with cancer. There she would lead them through a series of body awareness exercises and have them make visualizations of themselves through an artistic medium. These exercises aided their struggle to create energy. Over the years, she continued to work with terminally ill patients. One work she created that embodied her healing principles was Circle the Earth in spring of 1981. The “creativity is based on an open-ended score that guides the group in an experience of gradually intensifying creativity, and culminating in the actual performance.” Halprin, along with her illness based dances, began making dances concerning critical and social issues. She no longer wanted spectators watching her work because she wasn’t there to entertain. Instead, she wanted people who could realize the dancers were there for a purpose- “to accomplish something in ourselves and the world” which is why her dances had these political issues.
“Meanwhile Daria (Daria Halprin), “a sweet, pot-smoking post-teenybopper of decent inclinations,” is driving across the desert towards Phoenix in a 1950s era Buick automobile to meet her boss Lee, who may or may not also be her lover.”
When ‘Easy Rider’ came out, my kindred and friends said I look just like THE ACTOR, Dennis Hopper, who is some kind of hippie biker – only on film! Hopper marred THE ACTRESS, Daria Halprin, whose mother was a dancer and who runs a dance healing clinic called ‘Tamalpa Life/Art’ which may be near Mount Tamalpais where I camped with Rena – all alone. There was not one famous director to be seen. We took no direction. Rena’s beauty was not captured and put in a can. I got a real good close-up of her about sixteen hours a day. I can’t complain – really!
Daria starred in A MOVIE about radical hippies in revolt, called ‘Zabriskie Point’. It was an utter failure. I am an original hippie, who along with my hippie friends, did not go see this movie, because, it is a case of Art Imitating Life. We had no interest in paying money to go see FAKE PAID HIPSTERS imitating us, and, speak for us. We spent our extra money on drugs so we could alter our mind, get turned on – and have sex!
The other star of Zabriskie Point was a Mel Lyman devotee. Mark Frechette held up a bank with another Lyman Family member after he made his movie. He had real-life interests. Mel Lyman is my kindred who created a network of MUSicians, Actors, and Artists. He is in my family tree. He married Jessie Benton, a cousin of my ex-brother-in-law, Garth Benton who acted in movies, as did his first wife, Alli McBride.
If Rena had married me, then she would be kin to Mel Lyman, too. Rena was not an actress, but a young woman who experimented with drugs, went on a Road Trip to L.A. from Nebraska, then took another trip with me and two other hippies to Winnemucca in a 1950 Dodge. I flipped out in a town in the desert. What is going on out in the Mohave Desert while the cameras are rolling, went on between Rena and I in the wilds of California. We were – THE REAL DEAL!
Mel Lyman was kin to Philip Boileau whose women look like Darian, and my later Sister, Christine Rosamond Benton. This is quite a grouping of creative people, smitten by their Muse.
Most human being have come to believe nothing is real if it is not in the movies or on T.V. This is safe for them. They want real life filtered and scanned for any real danger, and any real sex. They also want money to empower them.
“Frechette was paid sixty thousand dollars for his work. He and Halprin took their cache of earnings to Fort Hill where it was turned over in full to The Lyman Family.”
Now, back to our very real home invasion in Roxbury that happened just down the street from Lyman Commune.
On August 29, 1973, he and two members of the Fort Hill commune attempted to rob the New England Merchant’s Bank in the Fort Hill section of Roxbury, a poor neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the members of the commune, Christopher “Herc” Thien, was killed by police and Frechette was arrested and sentenced to the minimum security state prison in Norfolk, Massachusetts. He died during an apparent weightlifting accident when a 150-pound bar fell on his neck, choking him to death. Prison officials did not suspect foul play; however, questions arose whether Frechette had been suffering from depression. He was 27 years old.
In the 1970s, Halprin developed an interest in creative arts therapy. In 1978, she and her mother Anna founded the Tamalpa Institute  and developed the Halprin Process, an expressive arts approach for transformative healing that integrates movement/dance, visual arts, performance techniques and therapeutic practices. She has authored The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy, Coming Alive: The Creative Expression Method, and was a contributing author to Foundations of Expressive Arts Therapy. Filmography[edit source | editbeta] Revolution (1968) Zabriskie Point (1970) The Jerusalem File (1972)
Participants may expect to work on issues connected to their burning questions , challenges, longings and life situations. Collective/archetypal themes that catalyze creative dialogues between body, imagination, emotion are explored.
Explorations are movement based, centered in the principles and practices of Expressive Arts Therapy, Integrative Dance, Somatic Movement Therapy and Gestalt Therapy.
Daria Halprin was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of San Francisco-based landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and choreographer Anna Halprin, who, in the 1950s, was one of the Western pioneers of using dance as a healing art. Like her mother, Halprin studied dance, and in the mid 1960s, began acting in film. Acting career[edit source | editbeta] In 1968, she appeared in Revolution, a documentary by Jack O’Connell. Shot mainly in San Francisco, the film exposed the thriving counterculture movement and featured a series of interviews with that city’s hippie residents. Subsequently, Halprin was chosen by Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni for the lead in his second English-language feature, Zabriskie Point. The film, released in 1970, was a statement on the burgeoning violence in America and the growing rift between the establishment and the counterculture as interpreted through a European sensibility. Following release of the film, with her Zabriskie Point co-star Mark Frechette, Halprin briefly joined self-styled guru Mel Lyman, a former member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and his 100-member commune, before fleeing due to the severity of cult life.
In 1972, Halprin appeared in her third and final movie, John Flynn’s thriller The Jerusalem File, in a major role alongside Nicol Williamson and Donald Pleasence. Also in 1972, she married actor/director Dennis Hopper. The marriage produced one child, Ruthanna Hopper, before the couple divorced in 1976.
Revolution is a documentary film by Jack O’Connell made in San Francisco in 1967. It was subsequently revived with added reminiscences. Although most interviewees are not named some of them have been identified, such as Kurt Hirschhorn, Frank Jordan, Cecil Williams and Herb Caen Daria Halprin appears in the film as herself.
The soundtrack features Ace of Cups, Country Joe and the Fish, Steve Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mother Earth, and Dan Hicks.
Zabriskie Point /zəˈbrɪskiː/ is a 1970 film by Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, widely noted at the time for its setting in the late 1960s counterculture of the United States. Some of the film’s scenes were shot on location at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley.
This was the second of three English-language films Antonioni had been contracted to direct for producer Carlo Ponti and to be distributed by MGM. The other two films were Blowup (1966) and The Passenger (1975). Zabriskie Point was an overwhelming commercial failure and panned by most critics upon release. It has, however, achieved somewhat of a cult status and is noted for its cinematography, use of music and direction.[citation
The film opens with a documentary-like scene in which white and black students argue about an impending student strike. Mark (Mark Frechette) leaves the meeting after saying he is “willing to die, but not of boredom” for the cause, which draws criticism from the young white radicals. Following a mass arrest at the campus protest, Mark visits a police station hoping to bail his roommate out of jail. He is told to wait but goes to the lock-up area, asks further about bail for his roommate, is rebuffed, calls out to the arrested students and faculty and is arrested himself. He gives his name as Karl Marx, which a duty officer types as “Carl Marx.” After he is released from jail, Mark and another friend buy firearms from a Los Angeles gun shop, saying they need them for “self defense” to “protect our women.”
Meanwhile Daria (Daria Halprin), “a sweet, pot-smoking post-teenybopper of decent inclinations,” is driving across the desert towards Phoenix in a 1950s era Buick automobile to meet her boss Lee, who may or may not also be her lover. Along the way Daria is searching for a man who works with “emotionally disturbed” children from Los Angeles. She finds the young boys near a roadhouse in the Mojave desert, but they tease, taunt and grab at her, boldly asking for ‘a piece of ass’, to which she asks in reply, ‘are you sure you’d know what to do with it?’ Daria flees in her car. While filling its radiator with water, she is spied from the air by Mark, who buzzes her car and then flies only fifteen feet over Daria as she lies face down in the sand and throws a nightie out of the window of the plane for her to pick up. Daria grows from upset to curious and smiling during this sequence.
They later meet at the desert shack of an old man, where Mark asks her for a lift so he can buy gasoline for the airplane. The two then wander to Zabriskie Point where they make love and the site’s geological formations seem to come alive in a dusty orgy performed by The Open Theater.
The Harvard area had nurtured a nineteen fifties bohemian culture that eventually fostered folk luminaries like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, bands such as The Lovin Spoonful and The Chambers Brothers, and a wealth of other underground notables. In 1961 Fritz Richmond was the focal point of this burgeoning scene, the leader of a small folk band making the rounds of Boston coffeehouses. Richmond was described by his peers, with only the slightest tinge of irony, as “the foremost washtub bassist in the world.” A few years later the obscure musician would join the West Coast hippie movement and leave a lasting influence on the counterculture as a whole. Roger McGuin of The Byrds says it was Richmond who popularized “the granny glasses look,” eventually appropriated by Jerry Garcia, John Lennon and legions of conforming flower children. Richmond’s band The Hoppers also profoundly affected a frequent New England coffeehouse patron named Jim Kweskin.
In the late sixties Mark Frechette was panhandling and picking up odd jobs around Boston, living the typical life of a late sixties drop-out. He stumbled across a copy of Avatar. Frechette was instantly captivated by the musings of Mel Lyman and wanted to join his controversial community. Frechette contacted Mel enthusiastically hoping to join, but Lyman dismissed him, interpreting Mark as just another run-of-the-mill hippie. Lyman only accepted those into his fold that he felt could advance his own cause and Frechette did not qualify. Daria Halprin was a flower child spotted by filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni in the documentary Revolution, a profile of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury scene. Antonioni would cast her in his new film Zabriskie Point after he was seduced by what he called her “earth-child quality.” A casting director spotted Mark Frechette, legend goes, in a heated argument at a bus stop. When Lyman heard through the grapevine that Frechette had been cast in a major motion picture, suddenly his attitude toward the aloof teenager changed. He could now use Frechette to further the goals of The Lyman Family. Frechette explained that when Lyman finally accepted him into the Fort Hill fold, “There was humming in my ears … I mean the whole damn room was humming.” Frechette was smitten with Lyman and an instant convert to the vague Lyman commandments. Frechette did his best to convince co-star Halprin of Mel’s greatness. It appeared to have an effect. Daria Halprin said at the time, “I had a vision about Mel … for about twenty four hours I was just having visions about Fort Hill, all the way in California, and I had never been.” Frechette did not have the same degree of success with Antonioni, whom he was hounding daily to read the teachings of Mel Lyman. Frechette would leave copies of Avatar in Antonioni’s trailer day after day.
Zabriskie Point was highly anticipated thanks to a series of reports about the troubled shoot. Frechette publicly asserted that the director’s depiction of the American counterculture would be “a big lie and totally alien.” Antonioni found himself hounded by both state and federal officials when word got out that the film might be an indictment of “the American way of life.” The government felt that the famous director was preparing a glorification of hippiedom, drug taking and cop killing. They decided he should be stopped. When the wife of leading Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver was cast in a scene, the government felt the need to do something about it. They charged Antonioni with violating the Mann Act, claiming he was bringing underage girls across state lines for immoral purposes. Grand Jury Probes Movie Orgy Scene. That’s what readers of the Los Angeles Times saw glaring out at them on June 23, 1969. Antonioni was brought up on charges that he had violated the Mann Act. The 1910 statute was often used to prosecute men copulating with underage girls – although the majority of the time it was used for trumped-up political means. Charles Chaplin and Chuck Berry had been among the law’s most famous victims. Scholars agree that Chaplin was hounded because of his socialist sympathies while Berry was a victim of sheer racism. Now the set of Zabriskie Point suffered a similar blow. The accusations stemmed from a scene featuring dust-covered actors from The Open Theatre. Antonioni had purchased ad space in the press asking for hundreds of extras to take part in a simulated mass-love-making session – perking the ears of the Justice Department. No actual sex occurred and no state lines were crossed, but it created a convenient way to harass a man they felt was going to have a negative impact on a vulnerable American image, one that was suffering from the public relations disaster of Vietnam. Despite the harassment, the film shoot survived.
Frechette was paid sixty thousand dollars for his work. He and Halprin took their cache of earnings to Fort Hill where it was turned over in full to The Lyman Family. The Lyman Family now consisted of approximately one hundred people, most of whom took gigs in the outside world as waiters, baristas or other odd jobs helping to finance the Lyman Family trust. The money was then invested in real estate or construction ventures that helped create an elaborate empire – a legacy of assets that remains to this day.