Folk Festival at Zorthian Ranch

Jirayr H. Zorthian, says was influenced by Thomas Hart Benton. Thomas is the cousin of the muralist, Garth Benton who married my late sister, the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton. These four women and myself would live in a commune in San Fancisco, our rent paid by Betty Zorthian, the heiress of the William’s Shave fortune. Seyburn is an artist. I put Mary Ann’s art alongside Benton’s and Zorthians that are political in nature. Mary Ann is the All American Woman who deserves mention by her ex who is exploiting the Hip scene Mary Ann was a pioneer of. She paid her dues. Has Thomas, who has lived his life in fear of meeting me Mr. Hippie? Thomas has to get over it, the death of his good friend, Richard Farina, whose charisma was off the chart. There are so many “What ifs”. Who is going to author Pynchon’s biography. Who is going to author Kesey’s biography?

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In 1965 I attended a party at the Zorthian Ranch with my childhood friend, Nancy Hamren (whose grandmother owned the recipe for Nancy’s Yogurt) and Barry and Seyburn Zorthian, the daughter’s of the artist, Jirayr H. Zorthian, who was influenced by Thomas Hart Benton. Thomas is the cousin of the muralist, Garth Benton who married my late sister, the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond Benton. These four women and myself would live in a commune in San Fancisco, our rent paid by Betty Zorthian, the heiress of the William’s Shave fortune. Seyburn is an artist.

Zorthian and I discussed art up in his studio while beautiful young L.A. Godesses soared on the trampoline to ‘Gloria’.

We also partied at Betty’s mansion in Pasadena where she kept horses. We dropped LSD that was legal at the time. I did a psychedelic cowboy shoot-out routine with Toby Zorthian’s gun he had for…

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