Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor Passes Away

pictures courtesy of BBC
Elizabeth Taylor has passed away at the age of 79. She was born in London in 1932 to American parents. They moved from England to L.A., Calif. when WWII broke out. She started acting at the age of 12. She married 7 times and had 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She had a wonderful acting career. In 1999 the Queen of England bestowed on her the title of 'Dame'. Elizabeth did a lot of charity work the last years of her life. The light of her candle will continue on.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ice Skating

The Broadmoor Ice Skating Club had a fund raiser this week end. Peggy Fleming and her hubby were there, Peggy was a student at the ice skating school here, her father drove the Zamboni at what used to be called the Ice Palace at the Broadmoor.

I have sour grapes about this club, my half sister Jinx was a fantastic skater. In fact, she performed for the Ice Capades but nothing is every said about her. Such is life.

I had my own spell with ice skating, my foster mother Louise wanted me to go to the ice skating school, her husband said no, that the Tutts had given orders that I was NEVER to go to the Broadmoor. So, Louise decided to teach me herself. I HATED it, I froze to death but Louise would have been a great stage mother, she was ruthless. Finally she had Jinx come to watch me. I struggled and I was not that good. I didn't like ice skating, it was to cold. Jinx said I should find something else and I agreed (lol). Louise was not happy, her motive behind all this was to get rid of me. Poor woman, that was not to be. I don't know why my sister didn't take me home with her then.

It had been planned that I would live with my sister when my dad was gone but something happened between her and my dad. My dad changed his mind for reasons unkown to me. Too bad, it would have been a good life.

I haven't put on a pair of ice skates since then and my ankles said thank you :)

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ulysses S. Grant V dies at 90

The last great grandson of the Union commander in the Civil War has died in Battlefield, Missouri. Ulysses the 5th died at his home, he was 90.

He was known as the family historian who had a large collection of artifacts related to his famous great grandfather.

Ulysses the 5th had spent most of his life as an avocado grower in California but had moved to Springfield, Missouri to be near his family.

One of his 11 grandchildren bears the name Ulysses S. Grant the 6th

Thursday, March 3, 2011

E.K. Gaylord

picture courtesy of Historical Society of Oklahoma
This is a picture of E.K. Gaylord, he was a fascinating man and you can read about him by googleing his name. He lived to be 101 years old, I met him when I was 3 and that is what I'm sharing about.
My father and I were in the lobby of his hotel when Mr. Gaylord came out of the elevator. He was as tall as my daddy and I liked him at first glance. Mr. Gaylord came towards us and said to my father,"I didn't know you had grandchildren." I giggled, my father replied, "This is my daughterand I wanted you to meet her." Mr. Gaylord looked a little shocked.
My father looked down at me and told me to wait, he had business to discuss with Mr. Gaylord. They walked a few feet away, talked, then shook hands. When my father came back to my side, he said to me, "This is the man I am selling the hotel to. If something happens and I am unable to do that, I want you to sell it to him. Don't fight him on anything, I have given him my word. Do you understand?" I nodded yes. "Good," my father went on, "I have also told him, that you are to be given a home here at the hotel anytime you need it." At the time I did not see the reason behind this, I would always be with my father was my thinking.
Mr. Gaylord lived to be 101, he never saw my father's words carried out. My father's hotel would be sold to his son long after he died. Mr. Gaylord was told that I had died. It's a shame he never got to be the owner, it was a dream of his my father told me.
And I will always remember the tall thin man who was so nice.