Did Michael and Liz Consider Having Children?

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Last week I saw a photograph of Prince and Paris Jackson standing together. I realized they filled in the ‘Empty Space’ I had created, the blank faces that hangs on the wall at the Emerald Art Association. On the wall outside, is a giant mural depicting the opening up of The West, a large Empty Space that my kindred, John Fremont, helped fill. Several months ago I proved that Fremont and Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor are in the same family tree. The question that begs to be asked, did Michael and Liz ever wonder what their children would be like – if they could have children? Were they lovers?

When God brought His Chosen Children to the Promised Land, He gave them a commandment;

“Be fruitful, and multiply!”

Was there a taboo against following orders with one’s mother and sister? The eternal search for an Ideal Mate who you love as much as you love God, is a trek into the Wilderness, the Garden, that we all make alone. We are born with a feeling we are alone, and not complete. There is a empty space in our heart that we are driven to fulfill.

When I began my search for the progenitors of the Rosamond Family, I found myself at the Mormon Center. I had a question for the elderly woman who assisted people in find their ancestors. One line disappeared.

“Out West, it was not uncommon for fathers to match his children in order to preserve the aristocratic bloodline that was brought from Europe. He did not want his daughter having children by a Native American, or, his son.”

The word “savages” came to mind. I wondered about my grandmother, Mary Magdalene Wieneke. Four of her cousins joined the Order of Saint Francis in Iowa.

In the top photo we see me with my Best Friend, Marilyn Reed. She has been married to a Black Man for twelve years. Kenny Reed is a good friend of Eric Richardson, the head of the NAACP. Last night M told me what Eric’s children had done. They broke ground for Black Cultural Center that is funded by Black Alumni of the University of Oregon.

Ten years ago I found myself at gathering of mixed-race couples at the Cosmic Pizza. It was a wonderful event. The speakers were very informative. I asked myself;

“What am I doing here?” Several days ago, the answer arrived. What MRs have trouble with is………ACCEPTANCE. They are rejected by both races. Ofter, their parents do not approve of their choice. Society can be harder on a MR bond, then on a black couple. Then it dawned on me! Michael and Elizabeth wee giving deliberate lessons on ACCEPTANCE of MRs.  The next question is, did they consider their children would be Music and Hollywood Royalty – as well as Cultural Royalty? Liz is too old to have children. However, surrogate children have fulfilled roles that are barred – blocked. Homosexuals are getting married, and adopting children.

Down South, a MR couple could find themselves in extreme danger from the KKK whose racism is hell bent on keeping black men from mating with white women. Many Southerners own coat of arms because they descend from aristocratic families. Was Liz aware of her aristocratic roots? How about Michael?

Look at this couple holding hands. Their intertwined fingers are symbolic of a mixing, a blending together. Look at the expression on Marlon Brando’s face. What does it say? Look at the coat of arms on Michael’s princely uniform. Marlon is famus for his support of Native American causes. Black people were brought here against their will to be used as slaves. Did slaveowners consider the risk of their slaves mating with their children?

Elizabeth Warren and the President have been warring over her DNA. Native Americans are upset with Elizabeth. On the wall of Emerald Arts are the names of Native Americans that John Fremont encountered. His wife, Jessie Benton Fremont authored her husbands journals, thus she was the first white person to pen these names. Jessie and Liz are in my family tree that I discovered several months ago, include the Schwarzenberg family – who owned many castles. Liz Taylor descends from these Barons and Counts.

Michael has been severely criticized for wanting to be white. Are his critics made up of two races? Michael has been called “Mad” for making his own Disneyland – with castle. Here are some of the castles my Schwarzenberg and Rosenberg kindred owned. I am positive Liz was not aware of this lineage. Sometimes, in the Wilderness, dreams come true. This is an extraordinary genealogical study.

Alas, I discovered why Marilyn invited me to so many mixed-race events, and is determined that Kenny Reed and I become best friends. She wants my acceptance. She needs my approval. On this day she has it – in full!

I just got off the phone. I asked Marilyn why she invited me to so many mixed-race events. She said;

“I come from a mixed-race family. I wanted your acceptance!”

“Thank you! You just said the name of Michael and Liz’s child they born ‘Acceptance’.”

In the Wilderness of America, a child was born, so that We can better accept the gift that God gave us all. This is – The Promised Land! This is – God’s Melting Pot! From this pot a banner is made so that it will wave over us all! We are His Royal Children, when we love one another. Otherwise, we are cast outs, put out of Paradise.

John Presco

Copyright 2018

 

Paris and Prince Jackson came together for a good cause.

The late Michael Jackson’s eldest kids made a rare joint public appearance at The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and mothers2mothers dinner at Ron Burkle’s Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills, California, on Tuesday night.

Dressed in a floral off-the-shoulder Zac Posen maxi dress, Paris held hands with her big brother while posing for pics on the red carpet.

The 19-year-old actress, who co-hosted the event, told ET about her work in Africa and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

“While in Africa recently, I met a young mother who was receiving care through programs funded by the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. If she had gotten medication sooner, she wouldn’t have passed HIV on to her child,” Paris expressed. “When she talked about it, I could see in her eyes that she was expecting death, but it doesn’t have to be like that. Mobile health clinics, along with other programs that ETAF is funding, are giving many people the lifesaving care that they desperately need, and the money raised tonight will help to expand these programs and give more mothers, children, families and communities the chance at a future.”

The story of one of Hollywood’s oddest relationships is told in US author Donald Bogle’s new book Elizabeth And Michael: The Queen Of Hollywood And The King Of Pop – A Love Story.

In the book, Bogle writes that when they were together ‘Elizabeth and Michael were clearly in their own world, one that few could understand or enter’.

Jackson once called her a ‘warm cuddly blanket that I love to snuggle up to and cover myself with’. According to Bogle, he became obsessed with Miss Taylor in the early 1980s and was ‘like a young lover in pursuit’. He claims Miss Taylor became ‘part of his dreams’ and the ‘embodiment of Hollywood history’.

‘Jackson wanted to really meet her, to make a connection, then to see her again and again and to get to know her and for her to get to know him,’ Bogle writes.

‘Something deep inside Michael Jackson needed Elizabeth Taylor… though he probably couldn’t articulate what he wanted from her. She was both a star goddess and a mother goddess.’

They met six months after the death of Richard Burton, the love of her life, and he provided a replacement of sorts.

Burton died in August 1984 and later that year Jackson invited Miss Taylor to see one of the final dates on his Victory Tour in Los Angeles. But Miss Taylor left because the box he had arranged for her had a poor view. Jackson then called her to beg her forgiveness. Bogle claims they talked on the phone every day then ‘something magical happened during those phone conversations… Michael and Elizabeth became hooked on each other’.

During the early years of their friendship, Jackson ‘loved playing the part of gentleman escort, at her beck and call, making sure she was comfortable, making sure any request to a waiter or whomever was taken care of’, writes the author.

Jackson gave her lots of gifts including a 17-carat diamond ring, a diamond bracelet, diamond necklaces and ruby encrusted watches. For him it was money well spent so he could be ‘part of a classic old Hollywood with its greatest star’.

She was high maintenance – but so was he. Miss Taylor would buy Jackson lavish gifts, including an elephant called Gypsy kept at his Neverland ranch.

Such was Miss Taylor’s hold on Jackson that it angered his family. Jackson’s mother once supposedly said that Miss Taylor ‘stole my son’.

It was also under Miss Taylor’s influence that he moved out of his family home in 1987 and bought the $17million, 26-acre ranch in Los Olivos, California, which became Neverland. The sprawling property had a number of guest rooms including the ‘Elizabeth Taylor suite’ which had an enormous bed.

Jackson’s busy touring schedule meant they met for ‘intense reunions’ every few months.

Jackson’s death in 2009 deeply upset Miss Taylor.

She wrote on Twitter: ‘My heart, my mind, are broken. Of course I’m still grieving for Michael… I always will.’

When Miss Taylor died in 2011, she was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California, where Jackson was also buried.

http://www.vulture.com/2016/08/elizabeth-taylor-michael-jacksons-odd-friendship.html

https://www.quora.com/Was-Elizabeth-Taylor-a-true-friend-of-Michael-Jackson-How-did-Michael-feel-about-her

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Music/05/13/liz.taylor.slams.klein/index.html

https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/michael-jackson-exhibition-on-the-wall-national-portrait-gallery

Marking what would have been Jackson’s 60th birthday on August 29, the exhibition comprises some 100 works of art depicting his many facets and faces, seen through the eyes of everyone from Andy Warhol to Grayson Perry.

Among them is the last portrait Jackson commissioned of himself, Kehinde Wiley’s depiction of him as Philip II of Spain on horseback, after Rubens. Jackson often had himself painted as kings and archangels — easily brushed off as megalomania. “This is someone who grew up in a poor area of Gary, Indiana, in a two-bedroom house with eight siblings, who managed to transcend that,” Cullinan argues.

https://www.vogue.it/en/news/vogue-arts/2018/06/15/michael-jackson-on-the-wall-at-national-portrait-gallery-of-london/

A pop comet like Jackson, probably the most significant icon of a generation, was clearly destined to leave its trail on contemporary art. This is confirmed by the “Michael Jackson: On the Wallexhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of London (from the 28th of this month to October 21st), which celebrates his 60th birthday (August 29th) by inviting 40 artists of different generations to create works portraying the influence of this giant on the spirit of time.

Jackson’s friendship with one of the most famous stars of American film is the focus of Catherine Opie’s work. “I photographed Liz Taylor’s house in the “700 Nimes Roadseries; I wanted to create an intimate portrait of the actress through her dearest personal effects. Many objects were tied to Jackson: autographed photos, others in which they appeared together, a jacket of his hanging in the closet, and gifts that the singer gave her. They were very close. They both experienced the same sense of solitude and fame when they were young.”

https://www.vogue.com/article/elizabeth-taylor-la-home-700-nimes-road

Taylor was something of a muse for Warhol. She’s so glamorous.”

In 2007 Hugh Grant sold a painting entitled Liz from the same series for £11.4million at auction, just six years after he paid £2million for it.

The Christie’s auction has a total of 63 lots worth a pre-sale estimate of almost £60million.

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The Rich Must Embrace The Press

Our Democracy is founded on Freedom of the Press. All rich people should sign an oath to respect The Press if they want to do business here.

John Presco

Going to Glenwood of the Mind

Glenwood is the Dream Mecca of the Rich. I am running out of time this morning so I am going to post this, as is. I will post several times on this topic. Dr. Abdullah Al-Joaib of Apex, graduated from OSU, and is a friend of Sid Leiken. Abdullah is seen with a big hotel magnet and his Euro-trash wife wearing a fake animal pelt. Does this foreign creature know Melania? Does our First Lady – hate poor people?

There is a Nation of the Rich that knows no borders. They are buying everything in sight. They will give their spoils to their Exotic Beach Brats – who do not pay their taxes!

“Apex beat out a local firm for the Glenwood job after dazzling Springfield officials with a plan to line a largely secluded stretch of the Willamette with a vibrant mix of residential, retail and commercial uses.”

I met the old hippie that nixed this deal. Is my history, and the history of the Miller Brothers, being oppressed so we little poor people do not have a voice? It is becoming clear Trump and the Republicans want to scrape The Poor People off the map so these Arab Royals will FEEL BETTER about investing THEIR MONEY! What a shame we have a democracy that permits the Powerless People to demonstrate in the streets, and write not so shiny articles about these selfish pigs.

Jon Presco

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The Liz and Getty Sobriety

My sister was a world famous artist that suffered from mental illness. Many famous, and non-famous artists, were mentally ill. This goes for writers.

https://rosamondpress.com/2018/10/06/filling-in-empty-spaces/

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John Paul Getty III with his mother at Rome’s Police Headquarters. Eldest of the four children of John Paul Getty, Jr. and Abigail Harris (L), and grandson of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, he was kidnapped in Rome on 10 July 1973 and released on 15 December 1973, shortly after a ransom was paid by his grandfather, after his abductors had cut off one of his ear. (Photo by Vittoriano Rastelli/Corbis via Getty Images)

LONDON – SEPTEMBER 9: John Paul Getty III leaves the memorial mass held for Sir Paul Getty September 9, 2003 in Surrey. The American born ‘Philanthropist’ and the third of five sons of oil billionaire John Paul Getty died on April the 17 2003 of a chest infection. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by RICHARD YOUNG / Rex USA ( 200398q )
JOHN PAUL GETTY III WITH SON BALTHAZAR AND UNCLE
THE WEDDING…

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Garth Benton is Dead

Garth Benton went to Reseda High and did murals in the homes of famous people.

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I learned from sister, Vicki Presco, that the father of our niece, Drew Benton, passed away five days ago. Garth Benton married Christine Rosemond Presco in 1986. Garth was married to the actress, Harlee McBride, before that, and had two daughters, Jessica, and Bree.

I was glad to hear that Drew was there for her father when he passed, with the help of Vicki. This is the family unity that I hoped for when I visited Vicki in June so we can go foreword. We have spent too much time at the stern of the ship looking at the destructive flotsam in our wake. We have been moving to the bow of the ship in order behold a brighter future.

For those who have inherited at least one of the Muses, let us continue to look to our creations, our beautiful children, and the loving bonds we made, for inspiration.

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Art And Press Under Attack

Trump and his royal Saudi business partner, have attacked The Press.

Art Under Terrorist Attack

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Garth Benton’s mural at the Getty Villa.

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For the first time, Museum Goers, have come under Terrorist attack.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/03/18/shots-reportedly-fired-near-major-tunisian-museum/

It is not a coincidence that Jirayr Zorthian was influenced by my kindred, Thomas Hart Benton, the cousin of my late brother-in-law, the muralist Garth Benton. Christine, Keith, Barry and Seyburn, and I lived together in a SF commune with Nancy Hamren. Add to this the art collection of my late kindred, Elizabeth Rosemond Tayor, and you have what constitutes a liberal, and for the most part, a secular art dynasty.

For over twenty years I have given proof the religious-right is waging cultural warfare against artists and bohemians. They have now been joined by Israel and ISIS. The Tunisian museum looks like the Getty Villa where Garth rendered murals.

Jon Presco

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This morning, I discovered Michael Jackson was an artist. I had read that his close friend, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, encouraged this Pop Star to collect art as she had done. Liz’s great uncle, Howard Young, had no children, and I believe he willed his amazing collection to her. Howard was married to Mabel Rosemond, the sister of Liz’s grandmother, Elizabeth Mary Rosemond. Add to this the marital union with the Getty and Benton family, and my families literary and artistic legacy, then here is the foremost Artistic Dynasty in the world, that rivals what the Habsburgs and de Medici achieved in many generations.

In 1987, my aunt and uncle, June and Vincent Rice, left most of their kindred a half million dollars in a Trust. With my portion I have been able to concentrate on my long genealogical and historic research that has established my kindred in the annals of Art History. June and Vincent did not know we were kin to Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor. Their desire was to enhance and esteem all members of their family, something I have done, thus I have acted in good faith to their generous Trust.

There can be no doubt who the ‘Caretaker’ of Christine Rosamond’s creative legacy is. Regrettably, there are dark forces fighting over Michael’s art the same way they fought over the art of my late sister.

In looking at Michael’s art, I get a true idea of what his dream was. I believe he wanted to be like Walt Disney. His drawing of George Washington, the Wright Brother’s plane, and the White House, suggest a Disney theme of America – and all that is good and democratic.

Like my Janke kindred, Michael built his own theme park, a Never Never Land where the youth he – and Liz – never had, could be set free. Liz is kin to the artist Thomas Hart Benton, whose paintings are The American Landscape that Walt captured just a part of in his fantasies. Howard Young was a good friend of President Eisenhower. Most artists are patriots.

Christine and I had our childhood taken from us too. Vic put his to sons to work in his produce market when we were eight and nine. Christine was the maid when she was twelve. June and Vinny had no children. Vinny was my art patron. He wrote for the UCLA college paper. He would be very proud of what I have done.

Thanksgiving Day has just commenced. I will be having my Creative Comrades over – in spirit! We will look over each other’s shoulders while we create, and be joyful!

Jon Presco

Artwork of Zorthian

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Artwork of Benton

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-chafin/thomas-hart-benton-an-ame_b_866203.html

https://rosamondpress.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/garth-benton-is-dead/

Ken Burns’ “America: Thomas Hart Benton” paints a portrait of a hard-working, hard-drinking man full of contradictions. Born into a political family, he was named after his famous great-uncle, U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton, champion of Manifest Destiny. Benton’s father was a U.S. Congressman who wanted his son to follow in the family footsteps to become a lawyer and a politician. But from an early age Benton wanted to be an artist and later said of his father, “that I should even think of becoming an artist gave him a sense of outrage. It would never do for a Benton to descend so low.”

“To Garth with appreciation of your wonderful assistance and with warmest, best wishes.”
– Betty and Gerald Ford

“What a joy to have your murals!”
– Bob and Dolores Hope

“Your work is truly fine, and you go above and beyond the call of duty. So when you present your final bill to me, make it for whatever you like…within reason, of course.”
– Barbra Streisand

“To master artist Garth Benton, and his two talented daughters, and with gratitude for your beautiful additon to our new home.”
– Rhonda “Mann” Flemming

Clientele
(Partial List)
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hope
Pres. and Mrs. Gerald Ford
Ms. Barbra Streisand
Mr. Sidney Sheldon
HRH Prince Saud Al Faisal
Ms. Carol Burnett
Mr. and Mrs. David L. Wolper
Ms. Jaclyn Smith
The J.Paul Getty Museum
M.H. De Young Memorial Museum
Mr. Danny Kaye
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Singleton
Mr. And Mrs. Mickey Rudin
Mr. Dean Martin
Mr. Hugh Hefner
Fluor Corporation
Ralph M. Parsons Company
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Firestone
The Beverly Hilton Hotel
Squaw Valley Inn
Mr. Richard Cohen
Lily and Richard Zanuck
Mr. and Mrs. George Doheny
Princess of Iran
Ms. Polly Bergen
Mrs. Walt Disney
Ms. Pamela Mason
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Knight
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Spelling
Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Douglas
Mr. Jerry Magnin
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Clark
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Maguire
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Resnick
Ms. Danielle Steel
Mr. David Nutt, Esq.

Closeted Artist

Until now, Michael Jackson’s art collection was shrouded in mystery. It was said to be stuck in a legal dispute over possession. Then, people speculated that buyers such as Cirque du Soleil’s Guy Laliberté were interested. It’s been valued at the staggering (and slightly unbelievable) sum of $900 million.

“Then we met, and spent more and more time with each other, and just became really good friends. Told each other everything,” Taylor said in 2006.
They bonded over their “horrible” childhoods, which she said was destroyed by becoming famous as kids. Indeed, Taylor achieved fame at age 12 in National Velvet, Jackson began his career at the age of 5 as the lead singer of the Jackson 5.

One crucial fact: Jackson’s art collection isn’t art by other people — it’s mainly drawings and paintings that he created himself. So what does that art look like?

Yesterday, LA Weekly was the first to visit the (until now) top-secret Santa Monica Airport hangar that Jackson used as his studio and art storehouse. The collection is currently owned by Brett-Livingstone Strong, the Australian monument builder and Jackson’s art mentor through the years, in conjunction with the Jackson estate.

Though the entire art collection has been mired in disputes and battles for rights, Strong claims that he is working with everybody — the family, the estate, as well as others — to exhibit and publish as much of Jackson’s work as possible.

According to Strong, he and Jackson formed an incorporated business partnership in 1989, known as the Jackson-Strong alliance. This gave each partner a fifty-percent stake in the other’s art. In 2008, Strong says, Jackson requested that his attorney sign the rights to Jackson’s portion of the art over to Strong. Now, Strong is beginning to reveal more and more of the art as he goes ahead with Jackson’s dream of organizing a museum exhibit.

Jirayr Zorthian Mural “Phantasmagoria of Military Intelligence Training” (missing/unknown location)

The Zorthian siblings have made concerted efforts to keep a recorded history of their family’s work, and have photographs of their father’s murals in humidity controlled containers. As to where some of the original ones are, like the “Phantasmagoria of Military Intelligence Training,” they have no idea. While converting this photographed mural to a digital format, Alan emphasizes, “We would love to know where it is! It’s a 157-foot mural documenting the process of people in training preceding the formation of the CIA.”

Jirayr Zorthian was infamous in Southern California for his bacchanalian parties at the Ranch. In a taped interview with Jirayr, and corroborated by his daughter Seyburn, now a painter in Santa Barbara; they recall the story of an evening in 1952 when legendary saxophonist, Charlie Parker (aka Bird), performed. Impromptu music studio sessions took place all the time there and one night, Julie MacDonald, a prominent sculptor in Pasadena and alleged “west coast girlfriend” of Charlie Parker, brought him and his band to Zorthian’s ranch. There was an attractive woman dancing to the jam, and Jirayr encourages a striptease by taking his top off, Bird then drops his pants, and by the end of the session, two-thirds of the people are dancing naked. “The rest is left to your imagination,” Seyburn laughs. This is nearly two decades before Woodstock and half-a-century before video-recording cell phones; these events would not be easily caught on tape, but this one was.

Live, raw and unadulterated, one can hear the calls to “Take it off, take it off” in the background of the 77-minute tape which was sold to Pasadena jazz music collector, John Burton, for safekeeping. “We want to release the recording with a DVD of Jirayr telling this story. I’m a Charlie Parker fanatic and I’ve never seen this story annotated in any Bird or jazz literature.” Could you imagine Bird and a bunch of people playing and dancing naked on a ranch in the 1950’s? “My father was able to bring such wonderful and interesting people around because he himself was a big personality,” Seyburn adds.

Artist John Outterbridge went to countless parties at the ranch. Outterbridge met Jirayr having been studio neighbors, in what was then, the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum). “You could do anything up in the ranch, and be whoever you are,” the artist says with a grin. One party Outterbridge will not forget was for the East West exhibit with Andy Warhol’s soup cans installation. “Warhol came into the gallery with a beautiful black girl on his right and beautiful white girl on his left, dressed in kitchen aprons – you could see right through them [Outterbridge giggles]. About 1,000 people came to that show, and the after-party was at the Ranch. The Zorthian Ranch had a reputation for entertaining a lot of people.”

One of the most anticipated annual parties at Z Ranch was Jirayr’s spring birthday party, called “Primavera”. One of the main features was a skit where Jirayr would lay on a chaise lounge, and eight nude “nymphs” would dance around him. “My father loved to stage” Seyburn exclaims, “He started the parties when he was 80… and had them until he died at 92 years old!”

 

Murals: (some of the significant ones) A large rock mural in the Laura Scudder home in La Habra, California, 1957. “Phantasmagoria of Military Intelligence Training“ A large serial mural 157′ long and  4′ high.  Commissioned by the U.S. Army and later lost, 1945. “The Development of Power” and “The Development of Light
Two large murals in the reception area of The United Illuminating Company, New Haven, Connecticut,  Temporarily removed for reinstallation in new building, 1937. “Restoration After the Hurricane,” Mural in United Illuminating Plant, New Haven, Connecticut. Twelve (12) murals in the Governors Reception Room in Nashville, Tennessee.
Post Office, St. Johnsville, New York,1938 . Other murals are in churches, hotels, post offices and residences. 

http://zorthian.com/z-bio.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzmYyeZeyBY

https://rosamondpress.com/2012/02/09/folk-festival-at-zorthian-ranch/

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-113897393.html

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/03/18/shots-reportedly-fired-near-major-tunisian-museum/

 

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More on Lance Jacob

Am I deserved of empathy by my neighbors? If the answer is NO – why?

Lance and I had something in common……..we liked to take picture and make videos. Above is a pic of me at a Eugene City Hall meeting, I alas able to muster the courage to go downtown after being threatened.

John Presco

https://www.kezi.com/content/news/Picture-emerges-of-Springfield-shooter-497954181.html

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — New details have emerged of the 65-year-old man police say set fire to four homes, ambushed first responders and took his own life in the predawn hours Wednesday in Springfield.

“He was a very lonely person and felt very isolated,” said Mikayle Stole, who knew Lance Jacobs.

RELATED: Police identify subject in early morning shooting, fire

Stole, the founder of the online magazine and Facebook group “SeenEugene,” said that Jacobs was a volunteer contributing photographer and videographer with them until 2014.

She said Jacobs was also an unpaid assignment editor for the group.

Jacobs was a technical wiz with a camera, Stole said, and he captured many local events, including groundbreakings and grand openings.

The following is one of the videos Stole said Jacobs filmed:

Stole said due to medical issues, Jacobs lost vision in one eye and believes the vision in his other eye was diminishing.

On top of health issues, she said Jacobs battled depression and seemed paranoid.

Stole offered her opinion that Jacobs was attempting “suicide-by-cop.”

MORE: Springfield gunman posted about health, divorce right before ambush

“In my honest opinion, I just think he felt left behind, and without his ability to use his talent, I think he had no will to live anymore,” Stole said.

She believes Jacobs burned down his house so the state could not get it and didn’t think far enough in advance that the fire would spread to nearby homes.

Public records show that Jacobs purchased the house on Oakdale Avenue in 2014 and owed money in back taxes.

Stole said she and Jacobs had a falling out a couple of years ago but said others with SeenEugene attempted to reach out to him, but they haven’t spoken to him in over a year.

She believes if more people knew he was in crisis and offered to help, things would have ended up differently.

“I’m so sorry that we didn’t know what was going on with you,” Stole said. “If I had known, I would have come to your door. If you wouldn’t answer the phone, if you didn’t answer my emails, I would have checked on you to see how you were doing.”

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Trump Makes Evangelicals Gleeful About Bodyslam

The Hafners are very concerned about me and my newspaper hurting their reputation. They are employing my challenged neighbors in order to demonize, ostracize, and, slam me to the ground! Rapturists – want it all! Why be concerned with worldly things, like ones reputation – if you are going to be taken up? Why even vote?

Rapurtists have gone insane! They will use anyone – who is not one of them! They forsake more of their real values – everyday! There is nothing left – to retreat to! It is all – or nothing! What is paramount to them, is to STOP other reporters from saying what I just said. These are Back Stabbers For Jesus!

John Presco

  • President Donald Trump on Thursday praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte and called him “my guy” for body slamming a journalist in 2017.
  • “And by the way, never wrestle him, you understand that? Never,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Montana. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my guy.”
  • Gianforte was captured on an audio recording physically assaulting Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper. “Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs tweeted shortly after the incident.
  • The encounter did little to hinder Gianforte in the Montana special election that month. He went on to defeat his Democratic opponent.
  • Trump’s remarks come as new evidence supporting the theory that the US-based Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally killed in a Saudi Consulate in Turkey.

President Donald Trump on Thursday praised Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte and called him “my guy” for body-slamming a journalist and breaking his glasses during an incident in 2017.

Gianforte was captured on an audio recording physically assaulting Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper, in May 2017.

“Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs tweeted shortly after the incident.

It happened at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, one day before residents headed to the polls for a special election in his district.

According to multiple witnesses at the time, Jacobs had asked Gianforte a question on a Congressional Budget Office report on the American Health Care Act before he was slammed to the ground.

Trump described Greg as “smart” and warned his audience not to antagonize the Republican lawmaker.

“And by the way, never wrestle him, you understand that? Never,” Trump joked. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my guy.”

“I shouldn’t say … there’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” Trump said to the cheering crowd.

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