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ZARDOZ – is real! Welcome to….The Vortex!

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I will be sending Governor Gavin Newsom a Cultural Package informing him how to FIGHT the Fake Small Government Governor of Florida. Desantos is merging as the leader of – OTHER GOVERNMENT – that has a manufactured culture bent on overthrowing our traditional culture.

Gavin Newsom For TheArts

Posted onMay 12, 2021byRoyal Rosamond Press

    On cue, Governor Gavin Newsom held a press conference and announced massive aide for the Homeless and The Arts. I had just sent my business proposal to the City Government of Belmont, who have no Arts Program that I am aware of. I had talked with a friend about getting Grace Slick to do paintings in Charlatan Square as part of my Cultural Package for the Belmont that needs to get the Governor’s attention, being, I am kin to Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, as is Belmont Pioneer, Carl Janke. Michael Wilding married Aileen Getty…

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    Gavin Promotes California Movie Making

    I woke with ZARDOZ hangover. What a night in the giant head!

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    I am going to send a proposal to Governor Gavin Newsom, bidding him to…..

    1. Found the Goldbrick Think Tank in answer the Heritage Foundation
    2. Produce ‘The Royal Janitor’ the first State Produced Movie
    3. Found Broadway West, and produce Sam Mendes play about Liz, Burton and Shakespeare
    4. Produce ‘The Trial of Paul and Jesus’ – The Truth about Christianity Told At Last

    John Presco

    CA Gov. Gavin Newsom put out a full-page ad in Variety on Wednesday calling out Hollywood.
    Newsom said the industry should reconsider shooting in states that limit abortion and LGBTQ rights.
    Newsom also announced support for extending California’s Film & Television Tax Credit Program.

    “Today more than ever, you have a responsibility to take stock of your values — and those of your employees — when doing business in those states,” it continues, adding that California is a “freedom state” that supports access to abortion and LGBTQ+…

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    The Black ZARDOZ

    Little Black Sambo, Cloth Like by  Helen Bannerman - Paperback - 1942 - from Kazoo Books LLC (SKU: 134961)

    My ex-culture detective partner, Spooky Noodles, and I concluded five years ago…..that on some days….everything is the movie ZARDOZ. After reading about the Major Bust by Shakespearean actors of a book store that had a book about Little Black Sambo in the window, what we have is a new ZARDOZ written by Athur DeFrane, who is a black man this time, and, he has come out with a new version of 1984, where the world of the future is inhabited by Wanna-be Black Thespians who climb the high ladder to a real audition by turning in Artist and Bohemian types to The Thespian Thought Patrol. Getting in their way is the truth 91% of the folks who buy a theare ticket, religiously, are White Immortals – that will not die! Black ZARDOZ is a Black Charismatic like Fela, and is dropped into the Ash Land Vortex to see if he can get an honest emotion and opinion – from anyone! The Apathetics are worthless to this end. They make poor victims. The OFS did put on The Wiz!

    “Show me the book!”

    “No! I won’t got there with you!”

    “The owner initially moved “Little Black Sambo.” But after hearing that the actors had told their peers about the encounter, he moved the book back next to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

    In response, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival sent a private email to the bookstore stating that company would be boycotting it.”

    The OSF removed three of my Facebook posts. This play wrote itself and is an Artaud Kafka piece. Establishing yourself as The Perfect Victim, is vital.

    John Presco

    Plot[edit]

    In the year 2293, the human population is divided into the immortal “Eternals” and mortal “Brutals”. The Brutals live in an irradiated wasteland, growing food for the Eternals, who live apart in “the Vortex”, leading a luxurious but aimless existence on the grounds of a country estate. The connection between the two groups is through Brutal Exterminators, who kill and terrorize other “Brutals” at the orders of a huge flying stone head called Zardoz, which supplies them with weapons in exchange for the food they collect. Zed, a Brutal Exterminator, hides aboard Zardoz during one trip, temporarily “killing” its Eternal operator-creator Arthur Frayn.

    Arriving in the Vortex, Zed meets two Eternals – Vortex 4 Controller Consuella and her assistant May. Overcoming him with psychic powers, they make him a prisoner and menial worker within their community. Consuella wants Zed destroyed immediately to stop the resistance from using him to start a revolution; others, led by May and a subversive Eternal named Friend, insist on keeping him alive for further study, while secretly planning to overthrow the government and end humanity’s suffering.

    Zardoz – Wikipedia

     “But like many regional, non-profit American theaters around the country, this theater has been faced with a mostly white subscriber and donor base — which is aging.

    “The American theater has relied for decades on that one demographic of people … over 65, affluent, white. It’s sort of the bread basket of the industry,” Garrett said.

    Ashland, Ore., home of the festival, is itself about 91% white, according to the 2020 census. Portland State University Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner pointed out that Oregon has a bleak history of racism.

    And contrary to those who believe that Shakespeare attracts only old white folks and thus — after four centuries of popularity — will fall into oblivion when people my age die off

    How shall we respond to such a reality? Shall we view it through the lens of our current culture wars, resent white “dominance,” and gamble that a different OSF will attract audiences of equivalent size but different demographics? It’s unlikely that such a strategy will succeed for OSF, because there is so little racial and ethnic diversity locally. And even if that strategy fills the seats in OSF’s three theaters, it won’t fill the hotels, restaurants and shops that depend heavily on visitors.

    A Play About The Cleansing of Old White Men From The Cultural Ecosystem – They Made! And the Insertion of Young People of Color Who Do Not Recall The Bad Ol Days When Blacks Owned No Shakespearean Culture. No White Folks Need Apply! Revenge – Is Sweet!

    The company was pleased to know that the police force went through implicit-bias training, according to Cortez.

    “Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect the understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner,” according to the Kirwan Institute.

    “Our job is to find out what (the implicit biases) are,” Ashland police chief Tighe O’Meara said in a phone interview. “If we don’t work through them, they have the ability to affect the decisions we make unconsciously.”

    OSF is very pleased that the police force has shown the willingness to go deeper into the issue, Wallace said.

    Although the company knows that their efforts have just started, they are confident that they are making a difference.

    “The effort will continue, and hopefully we’re changing some minds,” Wallace said.

    “Little Black Sambo” was displayed next to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” at the Shakespeare Books & Antiques bookstore in Ashland.

    The book was part of a banned-books section intended to educate store visitors about frequently challenged and controversial books, according to a story by the National Coalition Against Censorship.

    Or was it an accident? Now show me that book.

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    NCAC, Allies Raise Concerns About Oregon Shakespeare Festival Boycott of Bookstore to Protest a Display About Censorship – National Coalition Against Censorship

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    Twister Zardoz Show

    Posted on September 16, 2021 by Royal Rosamond Press

    Found this – emerald!

    Whitey Noodles and I have a theory, sometimes, everything is….THE MOVIE ZARDOZ! There’s just no escaping it. You wake up some mornings, and……IT’S ZARDOZ!

    Long live…..The Stoned Head!

    WIZARDOFOZ

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twister_(play)

    Mr. Twister speaks – to his chosen ones!

    “Our hearts and minds are with the people being persecuted so unfairly relating to the January 6th protest concerning the Rigged Presidential Election,” Trump said in a statement. “In addition to everything else, it has proven conclusively that we are a two-tiered system of justice. In the end, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL!”

    Here is a summary of the Hippie Vortex Pilgrimage that fled the Bay Area to a farm outside Eugene. Throw in the truth, Peter, Christine, and myself, were a Northern Vortex, and, we are poised to be a Hippie Musical, then, it’s not over till the fat lady sings. Where in the fuck do Acidheads and Speedfreaks……..get the permission to do their version of the Wizard of Oz? Follow the bouncing ball. The Roof Job is about Dorothy wanting to get her roof fixed after The Twister. See what I mean? The Wizard of Oz is based upon the opera ‘La Boheme’.

    Ken Kesey saw a virus coming in his apocalyptical opera. Trump is the Stone Head!

    Seer John

    Zardoz – Wikipedia

    This week’s hearing promised to be another blockbuster, featuring never-before-seen video from a documentary produced by Danish filmmakers about longtime political dirty trickster and Trump political adviser Roger Stone. A new hearing date has not yet been announced, but fortunately we don’t have to wait. Thanks to CNN, we’ve already seen highlights of the documentary – and they’re as shocking as anticipated.

    In effect, Stone confirms everything the Jan. 6 committee has concluded so far: that Trump never intended to abide by the results of the election; that the insurrection of Jan. 6 was planned far ahead of time; that violence didn’t just happen, it was always part of the plan; and that Donald Trump himself was the ringleader.

    Bill Press: Roger Stone tells all: Violence was part of the plan (msn.com)

    In the News: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Boycotting Bookstore

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    By: Linsey Milillo

    With Banned Books Week fast approaching, intellectual freedom and censorship is on many people’s minds. A recent news article out of Oregon brings this continued discussion to light once again. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) has chosen to boycott a local bookstore based on what it considers a racially offensive book display.

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    Each September, the Shakespeare Books & Antiques bookstore in Ashland, Oregon, features a banned books display featuring works such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) and Little Black Sambo (1937) as a means to educate visitors regarding frequently challenged and banned books. The store’s owner, Judi Honoré, states that this same display has been featured for a number of years and this is the first year of any such complaints.

    The OSF drafted a letter asking that the items be taken down from public view; however, Ms. Honoré refused, citing that these books should be available in such times as a means of education, not for promoting racial insensitivity. She is not without her supporters, including City Councilor Carol Voisin. Following Ms. Honoré’s refusal, the OSF has called for a boycott of all goods and services which the festival might have purchased from the bookstore.

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    What is at stake here is the continuing discussion of intellectual freedom. That the display might offend some is not the point, rather that these books were banned for a reason and that such a display should create a dialogue concerning our past, present and future. Sometimes the harsh truths behind the past are unpleasant. The question is not about how to create palatable displays for all sensibilities, but rather what lessons might be garnered from the situation. This certainly is a teachable moment for all when works such as Huckleberry Finn and Little Black Sambo might be discussed alongside contemporary titles such as the Harry Potter series and Perks of Being a Wallflower in order to break down racial, ethical and generational barriers.


    Linsey Milillo works in teen and adult reference services for the Lane Libraries in Fairfield, Ohio. She’s an avid blogger with interest in reviews, programming and discussing timely issues at the center of library and information services.

    Racist incidents spark action at Ashland Shakespeare Festival

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    Jag Lally, ’16, sips a cup of hot cocoa at Morning Glory in Ashland during the 2015 junior/senior class trip. Lally’s turban elicited a racist remark from three men in a truck while Lally was walking in town.

    By Adam Dean, Sacramento Country Day School
    October 28, 2016

    In July, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival emailed a letter to its patrons, supporters and community members about its newfound mission to bring about social justice.

    “You may have heard by now about the racist verbal assault directed at one of our actors, and about a death threat leveled at another female company member of color only days later,” artistic director Bill Rauch and executive director Cynthia Rider wrote.

    “As far too many people in our community have experienced, these are not isolated incidents – they are happening daily in Ashland, and all over our country.”

    English teacher Patricia Fels received the letter because SCDS high-school students have been attending the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland every year since 1977. The next trip begins on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

    The letter said one of these incidents involved African-American actress Christiana Clark in June.

    While she was walking her dog in Ashland, a man on a bike stopped and spoke to her.

    He said that he could kill her and get out of jail the next day. He also said that the Ku Klux Klan still lives and thrives in Oregon, according to Clark’s June 24 Facebook post.

    Days later another death threat was directed at a second female actress of color.

    “The second occurrence came from a known resident with a mental illness,” Eddie Wallace, associate director of communications, said in a phone conversation. “But our position is that it doesn’t take away from the fact that people of color still deal with it.”

    Wallace said Oregon has always had a “bad racial history.”

    In fact, he noted that it was only in 2002 that the state removed a controversial part of its constitution.

    The passage read: “No free negro, or mulatto, not residing in this State at the time of the adoption of this constitution, shall come, reside, or be within this State, or hold any real estate.”

    This isn’t the first time incidents like these have occurred in Ashland. Rather, it’s just easier for victims to speak up, Wallace said.

    “Here in Ashland there are a lot of Confederate flags around,” Wallace said. “And it’s not uncommon for someone to be called the ‘n-word’ while walking down the street.

    “It just doesn’t create an environment where it’s easy to come out and share these things.”

    Other “microaggressions” often include people of color being followed around in stores or given inferior service, Wallace said.

    Jag Lally, ‘16, said he was on the receiving end of one of these microaggressions a year ago.

    Lally, a Sikh who wears a turban, was walking in the town to get food with two of his friends when three men in a truck pulled up beside him and told him to go back to his country.

    “It was an unnerving incident,” Lally said. “It’s sad that people today still say things like that.”

    But racist encounters with Country Day students are rare.

    Biology teacher Kellie Whited has chaperoned the Ashland trip for five years and said she hasn’t heard about any issues.

    “Everyone has always been very friendly and welcoming of our students,” Whited said.

    And of the three college students of color contacted by the Octagon, none reported being racially harassed.

    “Fortunately for me I had no such encounters on my class trips,” Savannah Symister ‘14 said.

    Nonetheless, trying to prevent incidents like these is one of the reasons the Shakespeare Festival has taken this new mission.

    “We feel we have the role of making this a welcoming community with the diverse audience and staff that we bring in,” Wallace said.

    This year is the first time in the company’s history that more than 50 percent of its actors are of color, he said.

    Part of this is due to the high number of minority roles in “The Winter’s Tale” and “The Wiz.”

    “The Wiz” is a modern African-American telling of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

    The company recently boycotted a local bookstore after an incident involving a banned children’s book that contains racist stereotypes about blacks.

    “Little Black Sambo” was displayed next to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” at the Shakespeare Books & Antiques bookstore in Ashland.

    The book was part of a banned-books section intended to educate store visitors about frequently challenged and controversial books, according to a story by the National Coalition Against Censorship.

    “Little Black Sambo” was banned because it portrays blacks as unsanitary, having large appetites, and having a love for brightly colored clothing, Wallace said.

    In July, cast members of “The Wiz” entered the bookstore to ask the shop owner to change the display of the books because they found it disconcerting, according to Wallace.

    The owner initially moved “Little Black Sambo.” But after hearing that the actors had told their peers about the encounter, he moved the book back next to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

    In response, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival sent a private email to the bookstore stating that company would be boycotting it.

    “We sit with our company members,” Julie Cortez, communications manager, said. “We’re not going to buy from someone who treats us disrespectfully.”

    Another point of racial controversy is the company’s decision to use actors of color in traditionally white roles.

    Brian Frishman, drama department head at Country Day, said that today, color-blind casting is used by most directors.

    However, Frishman said he follows his own rules.

    “My philosophy is that if the piece isn’t specifically about race, and using color-blind casting wouldn’t lessen the impact of the work, then I use color- (and sometimes gender-blind) casting,” Frishman said.

    For example, in “The Paper Chase” last year, Gracie Strumpfer (‘16) played the lead professor who is male in the original play. And senior Jaelan Trapp played the romantic lead, who was written as white.

    Wallace said the criticism OSF receives for its selections is directed to their box office employees.

    The open letter states: “[Incidents] are happening to our Box Office employees, who bear the brunt of racially-charged and homophobic complaints about our approach to casting and season selection.”

    But Frishman says he believes that the number of people that object isn’t very high.

    “Audiences are so sophisticated these days that most people will follow the story and really not notice changes that don’t alter the storyline,” Frishman said.

    Another part of OSF’s (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) effort to make a change has been their cooperation with the local Ashland police department.
    The company sat down with the Ashland police chief and discussed what could be done to create a more friendly environment, Wallace said.

    The company was pleased to know that the police force went through implicit-bias training, according to Cortez.

    “Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect the understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner,” according to the Kirwan Institute.

    “Our job is to find out what (the implicit biases) are,” Ashland police chief Tighe O’Meara said in a phone interview. “If we don’t work through them, they have the ability to affect the decisions we make unconsciously.”

    OSF is very pleased that the police force has shown the willingness to go deeper into the issue, Wallace said.

    Although the company knows that their efforts have just started, they are confident that they are making a difference.

    “The effort will continue, and hopefully we’re changing some minds,” Wallace said.

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    Black Pynchon Meets Demi Moore

    Becoming aware of Nataki Bennett, and what she has done to the OSF, will alter the comedic story I began ‘Black Pynchon’. It will be a Dark Drama. Shakespeare is now a black man in altered Woke History. Pynchon is in hiding, and has not been transformed. When he awakens as a Black Man, his family begins to notice he is not the same. He buys KEEP OFF THE LAWN and NO TRESPASSING signs. He is appalled when his daughter goes over his dream of having a parade in Compton, then buried in his Bar-B-Que. He becomes paranoid and disagreeable. His sister-in-law says he has come down with ‘The White Man’s Sickness’ of which there is no cure,

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    I and other white men are being told on Tik Tok, the beef between Will Smith and three black folks, is none of our business, and, we should keep our opinions to ourselves. No friggen way! I’m having a field day, because I love Black Psychology, and, I’m getting tons of ideas for new shows, and my series ‘Black Pynchon’. which is aimed at a white audience – who are not as hip and into Toxic Masculinity as black men. I suspect Chris knows Will is having an affair with Demi Moore, and, Jada is very jealous. This might be revenge for her having an affair with – August? You can say this series is ‘Black-Lite. Consider my Black Fountainhead post.

    Episode Two

    Uncle Tom is hired to be a Dick at a movie location in Watts. Demi Moore is shooting G.I. Jane 2 at the old armory –…

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    Proud White People Will Give New Names

    My family history has been trashed.

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    I just sent this e-mail to Congressman Peter DeFazio.

    “I suspect the renaming of buildings of universities poses a threat, in that Russian Trolls will work this divisive issue in our coming election. There is evidence these re-namers are in touch with each other, and exchange tactics. I believe they are producing swig voters – to the right! Did Putin launch this movement? I have renamed Benton Hall, jessie Benton Hall in order to keep the controversy from doing more damage to my family history. My famous sister married a Benton.”

    Joseph Orosco admits he and his demonstrators were part of a Nationwide Revolution to remove White Names from campus buildings, and replace these names with People of Color. I am going to write my Congressman and suggest Putin is behind this. and is causing swing voters to vote for Trump and neo-Confederates – who danced with glee when this…

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    White Men And Their Great Families

    It has been eight hours since I read about the destructive input of Nataki Bennett. I want her to resign. Sir Henry Alexander Webb was usher to the Privy Council of Katherine Parr, Queen Regent of Britian in the 16th century, 6th Queen of Henry VIII of England; to whose influence the future sovereigns Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I owed a great deal.
    Wilson and Webb | Rosamond Press

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    Above is a statue of my kin, Alexander Webb. I just founded a Society for renaming buildings after him.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_S._Webb

    An investigation needs to take place to see if a White Man was ever considered to replace another White Man, in the renaming of buildings located on our Colleges. If not, this constitutes abject Racism, and Iconoclasm! Two years ago I took steps to remove Joseph Lane from being honored in my County.

    https://rosamondpress.com/2015/06/25/harry-lane-is-our-man/

    Senator Thomas Hart Benton was not a king, but a politician that was elected to serve five terms in the State of Missouri that sent thousands of Scot-Irish Immigrants to the Oregon Territory to secure it from rule by the King of England. If the democratic voters of Missouri did not like what Benton was selling, then they would have voted him out of office. Therefore, as a elected official, Benton is above being punished by…

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    Die Already – Old White Man – Die!

    “Garrett is focused on putting on stage both new works and new approaches to older works, because attracting and reflecting younger and more diverse audiences is fundamental to the entire ecosystem’s survival.”

    Die Already Old White Man – Die!

    A Play About The Cleansing of Old White Men From The Cultural Ecosystem – They Made! And the Insertion of Young People of Color Who Do Not Recall The Bad Ol Days When Blacks Owned No Shakespearean Culture. No White Folks Need Apply! Revenge – Is Sweet!

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    John Presco

    Nataki Garrett wants her achievements to Immortalize her. This idea of being a Immortal, may not be familiar to black people – wherever they are! Greeks, Romans, and Caucasians, have come in contact with immortal philosophies, especially in regards to Jesus! Garrett is conducting a vicious culture war – employing Shakespeare, and the racist idea OLD WHITE MEN – have to go! Why? Because they will never rid themselves of their innate racist ways, that they brought to the New World in order to work their immortal needs out on Native Americans, and then the black slaves they needed here, to make themselves that much more rich and famous! What about Canada that was a member of a Empire and is a member of the British Commonwealth? Do the Canadians enjoy UNADULTERED Shakespeare?

    You never mind, Mr. Presco! Smart-ass!

    I didn’t NEED to read between the lines when I read the Ambition of Nataki Garrett, to see how vindictive she is towards white culture, that was kept from the female slaves, thus they grew up ignorant but for the Bible and Black Gospel Music, such is the Black History Theme my first love put on at the Hult Center. I video taped most of itm and bid Marilyn Reed to – GO BIG! She was already getting funding for The Inspirational Sounds Gosper Choir, one of the oldest funded groups in Oregon! Her sister co-wrote ‘Fela This Bitch of a Life’ that became a musical in New York. Shanah was close with the Black Panthers.

    For several days I have been discovering and compiling amazing history of Oregon, and, in spiritual theory I gave the Oregon Territory to the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Rohnda. I own empathy for Harry and Meghan and have given them white ecosystem titles – and land in America. To read they have been “DEMOTED” fits in with my Bond book ‘The Royal Janitor’. Is this THE TITLE the Old White King of England will give his son’s wife? Why? What did she do? Well, it looks like she was doing a Black Woke Number on that Old White Man – and wanted him dead – so the world press will pick up her history that was so grand when she rode a coach along the Long Road to Windsor.

    “Can’t he just die, and your brother be king? He’s going to want some of my lime-light, you know. He’s tooooooooo old, and waaaaaaay too white! We just want Young Royals to carry on. Consider what that old white man did to your mother – because she was getting all that attention.”

    Does Garret know the story of ‘King Lear’? How much history does she know about Old Man Shakespear? How about Meghan? Does she know any royal history – which includes – her family history that she can not seem TO _______GRASP!

    In 1971, I and my Black Brother fought the Mafia for a building on Beacon Hill. We won our court case after they tried to murder me. Shaheeb played Jazz trombone in New Orleans. He said a white man must know twice as much as the black members in order to play with them. Marilyn introduced me to Les MacCann after we bonded at fifteen and sixteen. Meghan and Garrett need A BIG TIME OUT to rethink their approach – TO IMMORTALITY!

    Never believe your own propaganda! Does Nataki Garrett – own any love for Shakespeare?

    In the play ‘Confederates’ you see the black female slave wanting to shoot the white men who enclaved her. Here is one of my Webb kin who led many Union Soldiers against real Confederates – with real rifles. Alexander is kin to Shakespeare.

    John Presco

    President: Oregon Shakespeare Society

    Relocations: Let’s talk more about OSF – Ashland News – Independent, Nonprofit, Community News

    Sir Henry Alexander Webb was usher to the Privy Council of Katherine Parr, Queen Regent of Britian in the 16th century, 6th Queen of Henry VIII of England; to whose influence the future sovereigns Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I owed a great deal.

    Wilson and Webb | Rosamond Press

    Proud White People Will Give New Names | Rosamond Press

    ec·o·sys·tem

    noun

    ECOLOGY

    1. a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.”the marine ecosystem of the northern Gulf had suffered irreparable damage”
      • (in general use) a complex network or interconnected system.”Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial ecosystem”

    Lear, the aging king of an ancient pre-Christian England, decides to retire. He will divide his kingdom between his three daughters, leaving them and their husbands to rule jointly. But before he tells them which portion of land they will receive, Lear demands that they answer one little question: which of them loves him the most?

    Lear’s elder daughters, Goneril and Regan, praise their father obsequiously, and he rewards each of them—along with their husbands, Albany and Cornwall—with a third of the kingdom. He saves the best land for his favorite daughter, Cordelia. Cordelia, however, refuses to make a dishonest, toadying display of her love for her father as her sisters have. Outraged at her resistance, Lear curses and disowns her, ignoring the protests of his loyal advisor Kent, whom he exiles for his resistance. The King of France nevertheless marries Cordelia on the strength of her own merits, and Cordelia reluctantly departs, leaving her father in the care of her sisters.

    “I want OSF to exist well beyond me, 25 years from now and a time when I won’t even be here on Earth, I want it to still be here,” Garrett said. “And that means that my mandate is to rethink the way we do things.”

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect the argument that Mr. Rothschild made in his second column

    A Rhetoric ‘Time Out’ For Shakespeare | Rosamond Press

    Rothschild’s opinion started a community conversation, said Bert Etling, who edits Rothschild’s column at Ashland.news. People who love OSF but don’t love the new mission have posted on Facebook and participated in letter-writing campaigns to Garrett’s office.

    “People don’t want to lose control of things that are important to them and if they feel that something is being taken away, they’re going to protest that and they’re going to make their discomfort known,” Etling said.

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Demoted on Royal Family Website (usmagazine.com)

    King Lear Summary and Study Guide | SuperSummary

    The Black Doll of Sawtell

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    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Been Demoted on the Official Royal Website

    Mehera Bonner

    Wed, September 28, 2022 at 10:01 AM·1 min read

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Have Been Demoted on the Official Royal Website

    In this article:

    • Charles IIICharles IIIKing of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms
    • Meghan, Duchess of SussexMeghan, Duchess of SussexAmerican actress
    • William, Prince of WalesWilliam, Prince of WalesDuke of Cambridge
    • Prince Andrew, Duke of YorkPrince Andrew, Duke of YorkSecond son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born 1960)
    • Catherine, Princess of WalesCatherine, Princess of WalesWife of William, Prince of Wales
    • Anne, Princess RoyalAnne, Princess RoyalDaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    The royal family’s extended mourning period following Queen Elizabeth II’s passing has officially ended, meaning changes to royal titles and the royal website are now underway. Prince William and Kate Middleton have been promoted on the family’s website to Prince and Princess of Wales, but Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been “demoted,” according to reports from Page Six.

    The outlet notes that pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were “pushed all the way down to the bottom of the list.” Turns out, the couple used to be listed right below William and Kate, but after stepping away from senior royal duties, they were pushed directly below Princess Anne. However, in the wake of Charles becoming King, the couple is now at the bottom of the page right before disgraced royal Prince Andrew (who is listed last).

    Photo credit: royal.uk
    Photo credit: royal.uk

    Meanwhile, it doesn’t appear as though King Charles has made any decisions on whether Meghan and Harry’s children, Archie and Lilibetwill be able to use their Prince and Princess titles, or have HRH status. But a decision should be coming soon now that the royal mourning period is over.

    “Harry and Meghan were worried about the security issue, and being prince and princess brings them the right to have certain levels of royal security,” a source recently told The Sun. “There have been a lot of talks over the past week.” The couple is also reportedly “insistent that Archie and Lilibet are prince and princess,” but “have been left furious that Archie and Lilibet cannot take the title HRH,” said the source. “That is the agreement—they can be prince and princess, but not HRH because they are not working royals.”

    Relocations: Let’s talk more about OSF

    The historic “America’s First Elizabethan Theatre” sign welcomes visitors to Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s landmark outdoor theatre. Graham Lewis photo

    August 18, 2022

    The reinvention of OSF is a major gamble, and it comes at a time unpropitious for gambling

    By Herbert Rothschild

    I used my column last week to catalyze a community conversation about the offerings at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Thank you to everyone who sent responses directly to me, posted them on the Ashland.news Facebook page, and submitted letters to the editor. I’d like to keep the conversation going because OSF is not only a treasured arts organization but also has a major place in Ashland’s economy and national identity.

    Herbert Rothschild

    The gist of that column was the extraordinarily provocative assertion that the Oregon Shakespeare Festival should stage the plays of Shakespeare. Not because Shakespeare needs OSF. As long as there is theater in the English-speaking world, his plays will be staged. As I write, they are being staged in parks across the United States, including New York City, Nashville, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chicago and three locations in Montana, to name but some.

    And contrary to those who believe that Shakespeare attracts only old white folks and thus — after four centuries of popularity — will fall into oblivion when people my age die off, I cite the experience of Rosa Joshi, a middle-aged woman of South Asian descent who has produced Shakespeare’s plays at various theaters, including OSF, and currently teaches theater at Seattle University. In an interview on the Seattle Shakespeare Festival website, Joshi recalls falling in love with Shakespeare at age 14 when she was a schoolgirl in Kuwait.

    The question, then, is not whether Shakespeare needs OSF but whether OSF needs Shakespeare. Its current leadership seems determined to find the answer to that question by staging fewer and fewer of his plays— three this season, only two next year. The definitive answer will take the form of attendance numbers and income from ticket sales. We’ll see.

    Let me advance this discussion now by returning to the issue of demographics. While, in general, Shakespeare’s audience is not confined to old white folks, old white folks probably represent the largest single component of OSF’s audience, and a large majority of those who travel from other places to see the plays. I suggest that this is because of the cost. It’s one thing to pack a picnic basket and attend a performance of Shakespeare in the city park. It’s another to come up to Ashland from the Bay area to attend several performances and pay for lodging and meals out.

    How shall we respond to such a reality? Shall we view it through the lens of our current culture wars, resent white “dominance,” and gamble that a different OSF will attract audiences of equivalent size but different demographics? It’s unlikely that such a strategy will succeed for OSF, because there is so little racial and ethnic diversity locally. And even if that strategy fills the seats in OSF’s three theaters, it won’t fill the hotels, restaurants and shops that depend heavily on visitors.

    Let’s say that what we are witnessing is a desire to expand audience demographics by heavily emphasizing contemporary plays in the belief that, if they are well done, people who can see such plays in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle will come nonetheless to see them here without the inducement of Shakespeare.

    That’s a major gamble. OSF’s uniqueness was its highly professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays, originally only in the Elizabethan theater (the first such in the U.S.). That was what brought people to Ashland, and many returned year after year. Absent an emphasis on Shakespeare, OSF’s uniqueness will disappear.

    Not only is the reinvention of OSF a major gamble, it also comes at a time unpropitious for gambling. COVID-19 struck a major blow to all performing arts organizations, and they are still struggling to recover. Smoke from wildfires, plus record-breaking heat waves, added to OSF’s woes. Under such circumstances, most enterprises play to their strengths. In its 2021-2022 season, for example, The Metropolitan Opera staged Terence Blanchard’s “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” its first work by a black composer, and Brett Dean’s contemporary “Hamlet,” but the offerings were heavily weighted toward tried-and-true works like Verdi’s “Don Carlo,” Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” and Mussorgsky’s “Boris Gudonov.”

    In the future, it’s unlikely that the environmental conditions for OSF will get better than they have been so far this year. Yes, COVID-19 is still around and has caused a few cancellations of OSF performances when it hit cast members, but it hasn’t shut down the theaters. And my understanding is that this will be the norm for the foreseeable future. Also, we’ve experienced only a few bad smoke days, and the worst heat days have been fewer and not as bad as last year. Given global warming, however, smoke and heat will only increase. So OSF’s strategy for recovery needs to demonstrate major promise of success by the end of this season.

    I urge people to keeping talking about this subject — among yourselves and with OSF management as well as in this publication. The stakes for Ashland are high. I’d bet on Shakespeare.

    Herbert Rothschild is an unpaid Ashland.news board member. Email him at herbertrothschild6839@gmail.com.

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    A Rhetoric ‘Time Out’ For Shakespeare

    “Why me – Lord?” was my response to reading an article about a Black Woman from Oakland!

    My diabolical Newsfeed has my number, and like Dante – is cooking me up some hellish dishes! No one has solicited more White Words from me, in such a short period of time, as has, Nataki Garrett. She has received millions in funding – to come up with this Old Chestnut used by Old Black Highwayman in a Funding Extortion Racket! Raider Garrett – is going after all the Arts! I am kin to Shakespeare through the Webb family.

    Wilson and Webb | Rosamond Press

    It’s a state founded with a racial exclusion clause in its constitution … unfair labor laws for migrants who have come to live there and an active KKK presence well into the 20th if not the 21st century,” he said.

    Rather than WASTE Good White Words, I’m going to author a play – about us! I know the Exclusion Laws had to do with the fight to keep Oregon from becoming a Slave State and upset the balance of power in regards to Senators for the Emancipation. Texas wanted to become a State – a Slave State! Pro-Slavery radicals in Kansas, murdered as many Voting White Men and White Boys – who were coming of voting age – as they could get their hands on. My kin, John Fremont, who blazed the Oregon Trail, was the first to emancipate black slaves in America. He wanted White Hillbillys to move to Oregon – so they could vote against slavery. Black folks – could not vote! If Free Blacks moved here – they would take up the sparse jobs. John needed more Anti-Slavery White Mountain Men! There was no big city job markets. Networking with family relatives – was vital to survival!

    Then there was Joseph Lane, who wanted black people to move to Oregonm so his pro-slavery army could make them slaves, and declare Oregon a Slave State.!

    Whitey sure plays some mean-ass games! But, this does not give Garrett literary and creative permission to go on a Black Culture Crusade – that’s going to end up turning Oregon – RED!

    TIME OUT Ms. Garrett. Take a deep breath!

    There are some options….I founded the Oregon Shakespear Society that can be established in Springfield. But, perhaps Garrett should move her Bardic Black Mission, here, and a relative of Shakespeare, moves to Ashland – to carry on my Family Traditions!!!!!!!!!

    Here is the opening scene of…..Time Out For Shakespeare.

    https://www.osfashland.org/en/company/osf-company/artistic-director.aspx

    Time Out For Shakespeare …..is about a Senior White Man Conspiracy to keep Black Folks from enjoying the works of Shakespeare – in Ashland Oregon! This Rhetorical Play will take place in front of a reproduction of ‘The Last Audience – of the Habsburgs – whose ancestors sent a Spanish Armada to murder the Protestant Queen – so The Spanish Language will Rule The World of Catholic Jesus. Queen Elizabeth employs The English Speaking Theatre to thwart the Divine Habsburg Crusade, and puts her spies amongst the Thespians and their Agents. I will found a Elizabethan School For Spies, that will resemble Harry Potter.

    Stay tuned…For The War of Oakland Words! I was born in Oakland during a star shower. Of course Garrett will screech “RACIST” and send her BLM WOKE Army after me. I worked with Walter Dallas in Oakland. My actor friend took me to see Whoopi Goldberg at a small theater doing her act. There are some very RACIST things being said here, and I don’t believe they are rubber-stamped by Dead Floyd.

    John Presco

    President: Oregon Shakespeare Society

    Walter Dallas
    Walter Dallas passed away Sunday at age 73. (Courtesy of Barbara Silzle)

    Walter Dallas, 73, a giant of African American theater and former artistic director of the Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, died on Sunday, May 3. His husband Paul Siler confirmed that Dallas succumbed to pancreatic cancer while in home hospice care in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Dallas was known internationally as a theater director and beloved as a teacher who, with his work in the 1980s and 1990s at the Drama Guild and Freedom Theatre, put Philadelphia theater in the national spotlight.

    Walter Dallas, a giant of Black theater, has died – WHYY

    Shakespeare’s Sword | Rosamond Press

    Wilson and Webb | Rosamond Press

    Ashland, Ore., home of the festival, is itself about 91% white, according to the 2020 census. Portland State University Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner pointed out that Oregon has a bleak history of racism.

    “It’s a state founded with a racial exclusion clause in its constitution … unfair labor laws for migrants who have come to live there and an active KKK presence well into the 20th if not the 21st century,” he said.

    It is a story about the way American history haunts the lives of Black women, showing the parallels between two women who live a century apart; one in a slave cabin during the Civil War and one on a contemporary college campus.

    Oregon Shakespeare Festival focuses on expansion – but is not without its critics

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    Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Nataki Garrett stands inside the Allen Elizabethan Theatre in Ashland, Ore. She recently programmed her first full season but not everyone has embraced her new approach.

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    After two years of pandemic closures, audiences are back at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Founded in 1935, it is one of the oldest and largest non-profit theaters in the country.

    But things aren’t the same as they were during the pre-pandemic 2019 season. The audience now wears masks even during outdoor performances, and vaccinations are required. Like most theaters across the country, the audience is diminished; less than 50% have returned to OSF’s reopened stages. Throughout this season, several performances on those stages have been canceled due to smoke from Oregon’s wildfires and COVID-19 outbreaks. And most importantly, new artistic director Nataki Garrett has programmed her first full season.

    “Recovery season,” as Garrett calls it, includes Shakespeare stalwarts like The Tempest, but with a diverse cast, and King John, which in this production is an all-female and nonbinary cast performing a story about male power in imperial Europe. The season also includes a new play by MacArthur Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau called Confederates, commissioned by OSF in collaboration with St. Paul’s Penumbra Theater. It is a story about the way American history haunts the lives of Black women, showing the parallels between two women who live a century apart; one in a slave cabin during the Civil War and one on a contemporary college campus.

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    “I guess I  was expecting a theater company on crutches,” Shakespeare scholar Daniel Pollack-Pelzner told NPR. He’s been coming to the theater in Ashland, Ore., for almost 30 years. “What I saw instead was a theater company on wings.”

    Bianca Jones (left) and Erica Sullivan perform in Confederates at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore.

    Jenny Graham/Oregon Shakespeare Festival

    That kind of sentiment is good news for OSF, because changing demographics mean that theaters must work to expand their audiences to survive. But like many regional, non-profit American theaters around the country, this theater has been faced with a mostly white subscriber and donor base — which is aging.

    “The American theater has relied for decades on that one demographic of people … over 65, affluent, white. It’s sort of the bread basket of the industry,” Garrett said.

    Ashland, Ore., home of the festival, is itself about 91% white, according to the 2020 census. Portland State University Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner pointed out that Oregon has a bleak history of racism.

    “It’s a state founded with a racial exclusion clause in its constitution … unfair labor laws for migrants who have come to live there and an active KKK presence well into the 20th if not the 21st century,” he said.

    But over time, the theater has transformed what was once a small, rural town into an international tourist and arts destination, filled with cafes and shops, and bringing people in from all over.

    Garrett has for several years been a leading voice for change, inclusion and equity in American theater. When OSF hired her in 2019, she became one of the first Black women to lead such a large, legacy performing arts institution.

    Garrett is focused on putting on stage both new works and new approaches to older works, because attracting and reflecting younger and more diverse audiences is fundamental to the entire ecosystem’s survival.

    Michael Sullivan for NPR

    But the cessation of theater in March 2020 and an indeterminate return date meant she had to focus on the theater’s survival. Donors and audiences disappeared, so she campaigned to raise $19 million through federal, regional and foundation funding. She said those days trying to save a legacy institution from total collapse were terrifying and clarifying.

    “I thought the pandemic was the hard work for maybe about 15 minutes into the pandemic,” Garrett said. But then she realized “that the task is actually greater than can getting through a pandemic … it’s about recovery and thriving. And how do we get THERE?”

    That’s partly why she’s focused on putting on stage both new works and new approaches to older works — because attracting and reflecting younger and more diverse audiences is fundamental to the entire ecosystem’s survival.

    But not everyone likes the new approach.

    “My concern is that they have decided to essentially remake the OSF into something it wasn’t … instead of building on their strengths, really turning their back on its strengths,” said Herbert Rothschild, a longtime OSF subscriber and local columnist, told NPR. “If so, I think they’re going to drive it into the ground.”

    People who love OSF but don’t love the new mission have posted on Facebook and participated in letter-writing campaigns. But some of the criticism has gone much farther and Garrett has received death threats.

    Michael Sullivan for NPR

    Rothschild said in a column this summer that he admired OSF’s diversity efforts, but thought the drop in the number of Shakespeare plays it produced showed that the theater no longer trusted Shakespeare to draw audiences. In a second column, he added that he thought programming so many diverse, contemporary plays didn’t make business sense, because the majority of the Ashland audience is white.

    Rothschild’s opinion started a community conversation, said Bert Etling, who edits Rothschild’s column at Ashland.news. People who love OSF but don’t love the new mission have posted on Facebook and participated in letter-writing campaigns to Garrett’s office.

    “People don’t want to lose control of things that are important to them and if they feel that something is being taken away, they’re going to protest that and they’re going to make their discomfort known,” Etling said.

    Some of the criticism, though, has gone much farther than artistic difference of opinion.  Garrett has received death threats, and now travels with a security team in public.

    Cyndii Johnson (left) and Erika Rose perform in Confederates at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

    Jenny Graham/Oregon Shakespeare Festival

    Yet Garrett is moving forward. The current season is designed for “collective impact,” Garrett said. Besides The TempestKing John and Confederates, there is also a production of the Tony Award-winning musical Once On This Island, here set in Haiti, and a raucous queer musical called Revenge Song by Qui Nguyen. Next season, Garrett will direct the company’s flagship Shakespeare production, which will be a Romeo and Juliet that’s inspired by the making — and the failings — of the American West.

    Behind the scenes, Garrett has been changing the company’s labor practices, restructuring everything from payment systems to rehearsal hours in order to ensure a more humane workplace that can attract and maintain workers of all backgrounds. There is an entire new division built around inclusion, equity and access led by Anyaniya Muse, who was recently promoted to the role of Managing Director. Plus, to expand to audiences beyond its usual subscription base, OSF has reduced ticket prices and is building upon its digital programs that began as a substitute for in-person performance.

    Behind the scenes, Garrett has been changing the company’s labor practices, restructuring everything from payment systems to rehearsal hours in order to ensure a more humane workplace that can attract and maintain workers of all backgrounds.

    Michael Sullivan for NPR

    Because Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s full audience has not yet returned and federal funding has run dry, next season will be a reduced one. But Garrett said these longer-term changes she’s implementing to expand the festival’s mission are non-negotiable and essential.

    “I want OSF to exist well beyond me, 25 years from now and a time when I won’t even be here on Earth, I want it to still be here,” Garrett said. “And that means that my mandate is to rethink the way we do things.”

    Editor’s note: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect the argument that Mr. Rothschild made in his second column

    Shakespeare and Elizabeth Taylor

    Posted on April 2, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

    UNITED STATES – MARCH 18: Reagan Family/Burt Reynolds (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    A Rose Among The Woodwoses

    by

    John Presco

    My cousin, Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, died believing she descended from a bunch of hillbillies, and hicks. What are hicks? If I had not taken a DNA test, this would be the case. It should be of interest to her children, grandchildren, and the children of the Thespians she married, that a mutual great grandfather, Thomas Wilson, acted with the Queen Elizabeth’s Men. Elizabeth Taylor’s Men were known for their egos, too.

    Richard Burton was a famous Shakespearean Actor, and a Wild Man. He married a Wild Rose, twice! The names Taylor and Burton were on the tip of everyone’s tongue in the 60’s. If any two people were born to herald the end of Puritanical America, it was these two Hollywood Stars. Now that my blood test has put much of Hollywood in the Rosamond Family, Tree where the Webb Family be, then Thank God I am a historian who cares to plant Shakespeare’s Family Tree – in Wild America!

    In my historic-fiction I have our kindred, Mary Wilson Webb, naming the Mayflower. She was a good friend of the ship builder’s wife, who wanted to name this famous ship ‘Heather’. This made all the men present, cringe. Countless women have suggested this name. There was a heated argument. Feelings were hurt. Mary spoke.

    “Heather is a flower that blooms in May. Why not the name, Mayflower? This way everyone gets their way!”

    When the ship that Mary and Alexander Webb sailed to the New World, in, was built, Mary’s good advice was sought. Roseflower was launched, and, more history would be made as the Puritan’s sailed West over the horizon. Gone with the tide and the wind.

    ***

    It is time to finish, and publish my book.

    http://www.people.vcu.edu/~nsharp/wilsded1.htm

    “And therefore the Poets do feign, that Hercules being a man of great wisdom, had all men linked together by the ears in a chain, to draw them and lead them even as he lusted. For his wit was so great, his tongue so eloquent, and his experience such, that no one man was able to withstand his reason, but every one was rather driven to do that which he would, and to will that which he did; agreeing to his advice both in word and work in all that ever they were able.”

    Sarah Wilson Rosamond (Willson) MP

    Gender:Female
    Birth:1726
    County Antrim, Ireland
    Death:1790 (64)
    Abbeville County, South Carolina, United States
    Immediate Family:Daughter of Thomas Wilson and Elizabeth Willson
    Wife of Pvt. John Roseman
    Mother of Margaret WeemsJames RosamondJean RosamondCapt Samuel Rosamond and Sarah F Hodges
    Sister of Capt Matthew WillsonSamuel WillsonRebekah WillsonElizabeth MusgroveNathaniel Willson and 2 others

    SIR ALEXANDER WEBB JR., son of SIR ALEXANDER WEBB and MARGARET ARDEN, was born on August 20, 1559 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England, died after 1629 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts and was buried in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He married MARY WILSON about 1579 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. Mary was born about 1561 in Stratford, Warwick, England.

    Children of SIR ALEXANDER WEBB JR. and MARY WILSON are:
    RICHARD WEBB SR.
    WILLIAM MICAJAH WEBB
    ELIZABETH WEBB
    JOHN WEBB, born on Oct 23 1597 in Stratford, Warwick, England; died on April 5, 1660 in Siterly, Hampshire, England.
    CHRISTOPHER WEBB SR.
    HENRY WEBB

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Elizabeth%27s_Men

    It has been proposed that Elizabeth had a specific political motive behind the formation of the company. Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester and Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford were using their companies of players to compete for attention and prestige at each year’s Christmas festivities at Court; Elizabeth and her councilors apparently judged the competition, and the noblemen’s egos, to be getting out of hand. By culling the best players in their troupes to form her own, she slapped down ambitious aristocrats and asserted her own priority.[4]

    Richard BurtonCBE (/ˈbɜːrtən/; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor.[1] Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice,[2][3] Burton established himself as a formidable Shakespearean actor in the 1950s, and he gave a memorable performance of Hamlet in 1964. He was called “the natural successor to Olivier” by critic and dramaturge Kenneth Tynan. An alcoholic,[3] Burton’s failure to live up to those expectations[4] disappointed critics and colleagues and fuelled his legend as a great thespian wastrel.[3][5]

    Burton was nominated for an Academy Award seven times, but never won an Oscar. He was a recipient of BAFTAsGolden Globes, and Tony Awards for Best Actor. In the mid-1960s, Burton ascended into the ranks of the top box office stars.[6] By the late 1960s, Burton was one of the highest-paid actors in the world, receiving fees of $1 million or more plus a share of the gross receipts.[7] Burton remains closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. The couple’s turbulent relationship was rarely out of the news.[8]

    Mary Arden was the mother of William Shakespeare. Mary’s date of birth is unknown; she was likely to have been born between the years 1536-8. She was the youngest of eight daughters and lived in a farmhouse that was built in 1514. Mary’s father, Robert Arden, was a member of the Guild of the Holy Cross, an important communal Stratford institution. Upon his death, Robert left Mary a significant amount of land in Wilmcote together with a sum of £6 13s 4d (equivalent to £30,000 in current value).

    Probably about a year after her father’s death in late 1556, Mary married John Shakespeare and moved to live with him in a house on Henley Street. She was between 19-21 years old when she got married and left her father’s home. There was no mention of their engagement before Robert’s death, so the marriage was likely her choice. John was an upcoming businessman with a house in Stratford at that time.

    Mary and John had eight children together, although three of their children died young. William was the oldest surviving child of John and Mary Shakespeare, who lost two infant daughters before William was born. William’s younger siblings were Gilbert (born in 1566), Joan (1569), Anne (1571), Richard (1574) and Edmund (1580). Ann died at the age of eight, but the others lived into their adulthood.

    There is evidence to suggest that Mary would have been a literate woman, as she is mentioned as the executor of her father’s will. She would have benefited from a degree of education when carrying out her duties as the daughter of a farmer. This is all certainly knowledge that could have been used in the raising of a young William Shakespeare.

    Later in life, after her husband’s death in 1601, Mary may have lived with William and his family at New Place. However, it is also possible that she may have stayed with her daughter, Joan Hart, in Henley Street.

    Mary Shakespeare died in 1608.

    Mary Margaret Webb (Wilson), of Bramcote MP 

    Gender:Female
    Birth:1561
    Birmingham, Warwickshire, England
    Death:circa 1629 (63-71)
    Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England
    Immediate Family:Daughter of Thomas Wilson, MP and Agnes Wilson
    Wife of Robert BurdettSir Christopher Lowther and Sir Alexander Webb, Jr., Kt.
    Mother of Sir Thomas Burdett, 1st Baronet of BramcoteAnne BurdettRichard Webb, of NorwalkWilliam Micajah Webb, IElizabeth Sanford and 3 othersJohn WebbChristopher Webb, Sr. and Henry Webb « less
    Sister of Margaret WilsonAnn BurdettNicholas Wilson and Lucrece Wilson
    Half sister of Margaret Wormall
    Added by:
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    Curated by:

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    30. Sir Alexander WEBB Jr (Alexander , Henry Alexander , John Alexander , John Alexander , William , John , Geofrey , Henry ) was born on 20 Aug 1559 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. He died after 1629 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts and was buried in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

       Alexander Webb Jr married Mary Wilson and came to America with four sons: Christopher, Richard, John and William. This was the beginning of the WEBB family in America.

    Alexander married Mary WILSON about 1579 in Stratford, Warwickshire, England. Mary was born about 1561 in Stratford, Warwick, England.

    When most people think of Gone With The Wind, they do not normally associate Elizabeth Taylor with the film. However, she was considered for the role of Bonnie Blue Butler – Rhett and Scarlett’s daughter . Friends, even a talent scout, tried to coax Sara (Elizabeth’s mother) into letting young Elizabeth audition for the role. However Sara refused, and the role went to Cammie King. By the way, Elizabeth loved Vivien. She even once said “Vivien Leigh was my heroine. She was innocence on the verge of decadence, always there to be saved.” Elizabeth would later replaced Vivien in Elephant Walk (1954) after Vivien had a nervous collapse on set (she suffered from bipolar disorder). It is likely that they met, at the premiere of Around The World In Eighty Days in 1957, and in 1960. Elizabeth starred in a film called The V.I.P.S. in 1963 – it was based on the story of Vivien running off with Peter Finch and getting stuck at the airport because of heavy fog.

    Mary Morton Rosemond of Iowa

    Posted on July 9, 2018by Royal Rosamond Press

    When I read the following this morning, the book, and movie ‘Gone With The Wind’ came to mind.

    “The couple had nine children; eight girls and but one son — Martin — who served with Lucas County boys in Company C of the 13th Iowa Infantry and died in service in 1862. When James Roseman died in 1887, there was nobody by the name of Roseman left in the county.”

    Thanks to my kin, Charles M. Wright, I was able to find the Western branch of the Rosemond-Rosemond-Rosemond family that descends from James Roseman, Phillip Rosemond, and Moses Morton Rosemond. Add to this branch my grandfather Frank W. Rosamond, and his four daughters, June, Bertha, Rosemary, and Lillian, and the Western Rosamond family, is complete.

    I have chosen Mary Morton Rosemond t ground all the Rosy families, because she is a trained Librarian and State Archivist. If she were alive, she would be doing what I and Jimmy Rosamond have been doing for many years. The Rosemond family is mentioned in several history books, none more tragic then the Record of Iowa Soldiers. Why did they let Martin join The War of the Rebellions? He was surrounded by eight beautiful sisters who loved him dearly. He got wound, and was discharged. He came home and died shortly of his wound. What a heartbreak to say goodbye. He was handsome, and, perhaps too effeminate? Did he, and others believe he would come home……….a man. A Rose Man?

    There are some profound parallels between the history of The Gone With The Wind, and the Roseman family who were pioneers. They Came from Ireland, and went West. Their name is gone, but their DNA is all over Iowa, including the bloodline to the Wieneke of Iowa. Frank Weseley Rosamond married Mary Magdalene Wieneke, and thus another Mary M. Rosamond. What is in a name? Did Mary Rosemond ever dream one of her kin would become one of the most famous Movie Stars of all time? Then there is my sister’s famous works of art, she know all over the world for her images of beautiful women. Christine Rosamond Benton used her middle name to sign her work, thus giving this name new life. I suspect Mary Morton gathered all her Roses around her, and this monument, with, just the name.

    I am kin to Richard Burton who Ian Fleming wanted to play the first James Bond. Liz Taylor is kin to Fleming via Aeilene Getty. The Getty family have founded famous libraries, archives, and museums.

    Jon Presco

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/36833744/james-roseman

    A Rose Among The Woodwoses

    Posted on April 1, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

    A Rose Among The Woodwoses

    by

    John Gregory Presco

    Copyright 2019

    Chapter One

    Roseflower

    Lady Mary Wilson Webb, inherited the job of  keeping the fire lit below deck. All those who had gone before her, had failed. The fire tendered in a square iron tray, held together with rivets, then filled with sand, had become the altar of the Pilgrims. It, and the black pot hung on a trident, was watched most of the day by the lost souls packed under the creaking and leaking timbers. Moving about was almost impossible. Everyone was frozen in their place. But for the brave excursions above, met by some tempest, and cold sea spray, the wayfarers relieved themselves in a vile oaken bucket that was too close for comfort.  Bible’s were taken out from under pillows when a lady went to tithe the Oaken Monster as they called it. Reading verses aloud, was the polite thing to do.

    Tiring of the gory and bloody Biblical tales, that increased the Cargo Dread, the men brought out their bawdy jokes that they had memorized and gathered since their school days. The women pretended they ne’er heard a one. But, that guarded secret was soon out. And, a new kind of boredom set in. It was dreadful. Ones farting was amplified in the silence. The women ran out of perfume. Everyone got to know what a women really smelled like, including the women! Everyone was grateful for the occasional flying fish that was thrown in the pot, to cook all day, like temple incense.

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    Middle-earth Comes To North America

    The history I have looked at in the last two hours makes me the owner and keeper of North American History – that includes Canada! Miriam Starfish Christling is my cross-over character, from James Bond, to The Lord of the Rings – with Edgar Rice Burroughs thrown in! This statement is applicable to Broccoli and her need to make more money off the work of my kin – Ian Fleming! This is the ‘Capturing Beauty’ theme of my autobiography.

    Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of the times. The gap that has widened between the beauty, the seriousness of the work, and what it has become – all of this is beyond me. Such a degree of commercialization reduces the aesthetic and philosophical scope of this creation to nothing. I only have one solution left: turn my head away.

    I have not watched The Rings of Power yet, but am already critical of how Galadriel – looks! She looks very Teutonic – in the worst way! It’s her small – grim mouth! Blondes with mouths like this can be Notorious Karens, and Judgmental Self-righteous Christians. We all – know the type! This is why I made Starfish a Christian so I can get rid of that – permission to be this way.

    Is it possible Amazon Think-tankers studied young MAGA dames so they can lure the maximum number of humans into the theatres, and, this Dominating and Rude Blonde Thing is the best movie bait.

    Anna Selezneva would have made a great Galadriel. Males and Females would have no problem ADDING all the Mystic-Magical-Stars to her Wand. And – that mouth! It speaks volumes!

    John Presco

    Tolkien’s Middle-earth has been colonized by a media giant and its woke gremlins

    More money, less quality: why Amazon’s version of Middle earth is stale, boring, and lame.

    by Harley J. SimsSep 28, 2022 / 5 mins  / 6

    Galadriel in ‘The Rings of Power’

    There are a few reasons why fantasy exists and why it is so popular, but I imagine most people would agree it’s because of escapism. Escapism doesn’t require fantasy – we can escape into any imaginative circumstance from sports to sci-fi – but fantasy offers a kind of escapism further removed from reality than other genres.

    Often set in alternative worlds, it can present belief systems, languages, cultures, and forces of nature far different from our own. Even physical laws – i.e. ‘the science’ – can be left behind, allowing for immersion in truly exotic waters.

    The possibilities of fantasy reach as far as the capacity of the author to imagine it, the artistic medium to express it, and the ability of the audience to engage with it. There’s a lot of fantasy out there, even if the media monsters roar only for a few kinds of it. Those who can’t stomach the soda pop of J.K. Rowling may enjoy the absinthe of Jorge Luis Borges. The more sophisticated stuff just takes a little while longer to find.

    It is tragic irony, then, that fantasy seems to have become the hostage of its own popularity, having drawn the full attention of the forces it was shaped to outrun. Tolkien’s legendarium is the latest example.

    However refreshing a trip down the Hobbit-hole might once have proved, Amazon’s The Rings of Power television series has instigated a full-blown war – one waged between the dragon-wealthy entertainment industry that owns the production rights, and the fans whose respect for Tolkien’s genius established the franchise’s value in the first place.

    As wars surrounding intellectual properties go, this one is nothing new – similar fights exist with the Witcher franchise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Disney films. But this one is especially vicious. The fact that it has only intensified since The Rings of Power was first projected five years ago, and has ramped up with each episode released over the past month, suggests two things. Not only have the producers who revise and otherwise disrespect traditional material finally hit a wall with the Tolkien fandom, but their usual counter-offensive – calling the fandom “toxic” – isn’t working anymore.

    Enough has been said elsewhere about why Amazon’s Rings of Power is so bad. Even where commentators have chosen to ignore or defend the activist casting decisions – i.e. the races of the actors – or the loose treatment of Tolkien’s lore, they have agreed that the writing is terrible (and not even in a campy, good way). It’s stale, it’s boring, and it’s lame. The Daily Telegraph compared it to “being served rancid cat food on a beautiful antique plate,” repeating Elon Musk’s position that the show has Tolkien turning in his grave. Apparently, a billion dollars of spectacle means nothing without the storytelling to breathe life into it.

    And that’s another tragic irony when it comes to adapting Tolkien’s work; Middle-earth is all about the writing. Whether it’s the dialogue whose etymological roots vary among speakers, the descriptions of natural regions from the weather down to the very plants, the stories and backstories, or the invented languages that were the basis of it all, Tolkien’s works – and his genius – reside in words, not images.

    Multi-million-dollar sets and costumes be damned; the soul of Tolkien’s legendarium is better represented by the pageful of ink that tells the gripping tale. Without that, the audiovisuals are simply a shell – a supercar without an engine. Their hollowness is worse than nothing. It is an insult to our faith and expectations.

    How did it get to this, some may wonder. How did a beloved fantasy become the latest minefield in the culture war? Well, that may seem a billion-dollar question, but I’ll give you the answer for free.

    Fans of The Lord of the Rings will recall Gandalf’s advice to Frodo about the One Ring – “Keep it secret. Keep it safe.” Well, the same can be advised of fantasy in general, and it was a lot easier to follow it before the genre became as ubiquitous at is now. Though the memory of those days is rapidly disappearing, there was a time when what are now-multi-billion-dollar properties belonged to the realm of geeky outsiders – intensely imaginative types and introverts – whose interests didn’t jive with what was popular. A lot of it had to do with the literary nature of fantasy – reading and obsessing over its details requires uncommon patience and intelligence as well as a tenacious sense of escapism. Now that the material has been popularized by film and other more immediately accessible media, what were once tranquil properties have become prime stomping grounds for the entertainment giants, as well as the woke gremlins that sit jabbering on their shoulders.

    Put another way, reality has invaded the fantasy. Our 21st-century Zeitgeist, with all the hubris of its self-righteousness and revisionism, has possessed the body of Tolkien’s work, thrusting aside its old soul no less sickeningly than the demon did the little girl’s in the Exorcist. It intends to impersonate what we love, and to teach us why we suck for not enjoying what it pukes at us.

    Many saw this coming. Tolkien’s late son and literary executor was among them, having seen the direction Peter Jackson’s films were taking his father’s work. Christopher Tolkien told Le Monde in 2012 that

    Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his popularity and absorbed by the absurdity of the times. The gap that has widened between the beauty, the seriousness of the work, and what it has become – all of this is beyond me. Such a degree of commercialization reduces the aesthetic and philosophical scope of this creation to nothing. I only have one solution left: turn my head away.

    It’s a bleak assessment, save for the one thing people keep forgetting as all the new material – shows, edited writing and video games – keeps coming out: the original books remain, and they will not be supplanted. However much we may wish Tolkien wrote more than he did, he is no longer with us, and clearly no amount of money can furnish even a half-decent imitation of him.

    That does not mean that his legacy isn’t worth defending. Those fans – the writers, YouTubers, commentators and others – who have raised their voices to oppose Amazon’s bastardization of his work deserve a parade, especially in the face of such vicious pushback by the entertainment industry. It is indeed unfortunate that we live in so polarized a time as to see Tolkien’s world invaded by the very forces that make it a refuge. Even here, however, the master of Middle-earth has advice to offer us:

    “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.

    “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

    Those who have spoken out have decided to do so despite the personal and professional risks their opinions now guarantee – and those who downplay those risks are either part of the problem or need to wake up.

    As for those who are somewhat new to the vitriol of our political sphere, or whose loyalty to Tolkien’s vision has dragged them waist-deep into it, there’s a blunter quote I’d offer as someone who’s had a leg in both worlds for some time. It comes from John McClane in Die Hard and is what he says to the cop who finally realizes what they’re up against.

    “Welcome to the party, pal.”

    Harley J. Sims

    Harley J. Sims is a writer and independent scholar currently living on a mountainside near Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2018 he published his first book, the Unsung, a literary epic fantasy. He holds… More by Harley J. Sims

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    The Cultural And Religious History of Springfield

    I am composing the history of Polly Lane and will send it to The City Club.

    Rosamond Press

    The Radio Church of God and Radio London –Remembered

    Posted onAugust 18, 2018byRoyal Rosamond Press

    I talked to the people inside the building that replaced KORE about doing a mural on this wall. I collected some earth in remembrance of Ben Toney. I have to put the video on youtube. I put five scoops of dirt in bag that had these words printed on it:

    I felt like Ben Toney was my brother. Our mutual interest in genealogies that we shared on facebook, made us like family. Alas, after his death, I am able to go to Ben’s facebook, without smoke getting in my eyes. Being the ‘Family Genealogist’ can be the loneliest title known to man. In one post Ben says “I just can’t stop”. I concur. For this reason I am going to ask Raquel Toney if she will take a DNA test because I…

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