Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Question of Timing

I do a lot of genealogical research. This often requires my reading newspapers from days gone by.  It was during one of these lengthy sessions I stumbled across the strangest articles. Albeit funny though it is the timing is just creepy.

The article was published on the 15th of May 1930 and concerns a dog well two dogs actually. One named Ken and one named Laddie. Ken apparently got lost wearing Laddie's collar. Not all that unusual but then the article talks about Laddie, who apparently belonged to Agnes, was picked up as a puppy in Dayton while visiting her parents. Agnes sent Laddie's collar home once he had outgrown it and Ken, a puppy, inherited Laddie's old collar. Why is this odd you say? Because the date this is published is 10 months and 1 day after Peggy's suicide. The article refers to a visit to Dayton the previous summer and during that visit Laddie became Agnes' puppy. The only visit the previous summer was when her sister was dying from ingesting Bichloride of Mercury. It makes me wonder if the dog had perhaps been Peggy's or perhaps it was given to Agnes' as a balm to help her heal from the loss of her sister.

Hard to say what the actualities are but it's odd timing.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Question about Personality Type

I was recently asked what Agnes' personality type might be according to the Myers Briggs test.  Let me start by saying that these tests are only as good as the answers you give when you take them. I personally think it would be more accurate if there was a choice for someone who is all over the map. Trust me if there were Agnes would be on it somewhere. Agnes was a chameleon actually. Her personality depended on the situation she was in.  She claimed to be conservative and was a registered Republican but she had masses of gay male friends who adored her and she adored them. I remember reading or hearing somewhere that she had a gay friend who would often come to stay in Beverly Hills and they had conversations at all hours of the night in various states of undress. Not a prude by any standard, however, she was constantly on about God, the Bible, the way the world was going to pot, drugs, sex and the list goes on. She was an enigma.

My best guess about the Myers Briggs type is that she was an INTP.
Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Just a Note

Although it may not seem it I'm a reasonable person. I'm considering shutting this blog down to the public at large because of time wasted on comments that are not productive. The most recent one was about a photo of Agnes with Tanya and the stern remark that it's not Tanya it's some reporter or another. Trust me it's Tanya or her twin Sandra but I've info on the pic and other pics of Tanya to compare it to. I've removed the picture but not because I'm wrong it's because I'm tired of anonymous folks preaching to me about Agnes as if they knew her like the back of their own hand. You guys are entitled to believe whatever you chose to believe. The other day I had someone lecture me about grammatical mistakes in one of the pages and to you, I say if you've read it and all you've got to say about it is a snide remark about the grammar then you missed the point of the blog in the first place. You may only comment on this blog if you identify yourself and if you cannot be bothered to do that I cannot be bothered to give a crap about your opinion. If you want to troll someone please feel free to go to Twitter and troll somebody.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tanya Hills

Item number 2 on the list of most asked questions in the comment section is, of course, Agnes' sexuality. I've repeatedly said and must continue to say that the only person who can actually answer some of these questions is dead and has been for 44 years. The last speculated relationship Agnes had was with Tanya Hills.  I posted a video a while ago about Tanya and her twin sister Sandra living in a van in California. There was a drive to collect money to assist them in getting an apartment. I contributed to that in honor of Agnes.

I've just really recently been told by a friend of Tanya's that she is now in an assisted living environment and is suffering from dementia. I've also been advised that Tanya still keeps a photograph of Agnes by her bed as well as speaking openly about the intensity of the relationship and how much she loved Agnes. So, really no surprises
 here at all, however, who knows how long her mind will be able to recall all of this. I was invited to ask questions of Tanya but again I opted not to. Why you may well ask? The answer is simple and identical to my reason for letting Sean live his life quietly. Tanya never ever attempted to make one single penny off her relationship, whatever it may have been, with Agnes. She could have done so easily multiple times but her loyalty to Agnes is such that she did not. This I think deserves consideration at the deepest level. Let the woman have her memories of Agnes as long as she can hold on to them and let her remaining time on this plane be quiet so that she can live in those memories as long as she can.

Sean Really

Things in my world have gotten really, really crazy so forgive the lack of posts in like centuries and the total lack of post moderation. I seriously did not realize I had so many comments to moderate and that many of them are well over a year old. So, while reading the comments I found, of course, many questions about Sean. How's the search for Sean going is truly the most asked question in the comment section. Ok, folks, I'm going to bring you up to date as much as I feel I can without impacting the privacy of anyone.

Long story short version
I know where and who Sean is. The last I checked well over a year ago he was very much alive and living with his blood family. I received some anonymous information about the twin sister that Sean allegedly had and where she might be found. She was adopted by another Hollywood giant. I discussed that in an earlier post. She too is alive and well at last glance. I know that people will be clawing at the woodwork to find him but I have made a decision to pursue it no further. My reason is very simple it's because he never publically spoke a bad word about his foster mother ever. He could have profited from it 10 times over but made the decision not to and for that I respect him. Having said that I would ask anybody reading this to do the same. Not one single dollar was made off of Agnes by Sean. His life is being lived simply and he deserves that.

Divinely Agnes

Dotting I's and Gaping G's
You cannot even begin to know how much time I've spent in the last 2 weeks looking at Agnes Moorehead's signature. Every time period has been covered from her college years to the "Bewitched" years. I've compared. I've questioned. I've looked at loops and gaps. I've seen connections and disconnections and this letter I've talked about just keeps agreeing with me at every turn. The letter in and of itself is a startling find and frankly folks it has blown my wee little mind. R
The signatures match. The language is right. While it is next to impossible to determine where they met I think we can all agree that they knew each other quite well. I've looked at the movements of Agnes, the only way I can, via newspaper articles and believe me folks it is a fact that they may have crossed trails so many times it's not even funny.

I digress though because this is still about one of the most important things to come to light since "Boze Hadleigh's" interview with her. I would even go a step further and say that interview leads us directly back to this letter. There are a few key parts that mesh with the tone of this letter 1000%.

  1. Agnes refers to her relationships with women as "But I don't want anyone misinterpreting what was beautiful and even spiritual." and that ideal connects right to the ethereal language of the letter. Especially in the line that says; "But more than the ecstasy of flesh I miss your soul." If you don't consider that spiritual let alone beautiful I don't know what is.

  1. "Women operate on a different plane; the feelings are emotional, not physical." Please see item number 1. 
  2. "Men are this-sexual or that sexual, but females, in that sense, are a different species. A woman may love a person who is this or that male or female. Love doesn't have a sex." Please review the letter in the first post about this and see item number 1 as well.
  3. "Well, I have loved women of course." Yup see the letter and every other item here.
  4. "With two women, it's more difficult to know where love leaves off and the other begins.  With men, it's clearer." See every item here and reread that letter.
  5. "Why bring up sex? That's men's concern or habit.  They talk that way and want to drag women down to their level, to have no class." No matter how you cut it not a big fan of men apparently. Please see everything else in this blog having to do with this subject.
  6. "If I make a statement to you  know, it will be used and misinterpreted and one way or another it will represent me, if it's controversial or shocking enough, in who knows how many future books." Speaks for itself really.

I know there are people out there who will debate this until the cows come home and to them, I say that is your right. What people might want to consider is that I, myself, have had personal experience with a much older woman. I can also assure you that, like Agnes, she had been married and that, like Agnes, nobody in their right mind ever looked at her thinking wow she's a lesbian. She was born in 1925 and was a dyed in the wool Mormon. Chew on that for a little while. She was born in Salt Lake City and she, like Agnes, had very devout parents dedicated to their religion. I'm just saying if you're going to use the argument that Agnes was married and came from a religious family you need to look at her from a different angle. Unlike the woman I was involved with Agnes was a young adult during the 1920's. The 20's were a time of fluid sexuality and highly open minds. Women who were born around 1900 also viewed sexuality from a Victorian viewpoint. Romantic friendship had been going on forever and was seen as "preparation" for marriage. So why am I babbling on about this? Handwriting folks, handwriting.

The signatures on the bottom are both from 1965. The two examples on the top from the 1937 letter. Please note that 3 of these handwriting examples match and one appears to be markedly different. The first 1965 signature is almost identical to the one on the letter. The second 1965 is left slanted and her name is very severe at first and the florid at the end doesn't match as well. The reason this is very important is that the first 3 handwriting examples, along with many others that would take forever to compare, is that they are examples of personal handwriting. The check had to do with Sean's time in the United Kingdom, very personal and we know the context of the first 2. The bottom signature was made out to a store and there was no personal connection there. It is an autograph not a signature.  If you want to know the woman look beyond "Bewitched" and her public persona. Look at her personal items things that meant something to her and you'll find her there. Agnes was not Endora even though a large part of that character is laden with what we assume is Agnes. It is laden with those things she wanted us to see. 
In her own words:
" My work anyone can see.  I never really cared to share anything with the public, besides my work." 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Distracted Husband Lillian Westrum Keyes Part 2

The definition of distracted is :
Having one's thoughts or attention drawn away: unable to concentrate or give attention to something. This is the word used to describe Lillian's husband in the obituary attached to the back of her photograph and below the letter, we have been discussing. In all my years I have never ever seen that term used in an obituary let alone describe the spouse of the deceased. In a messenger conversation with James, we decided that perhaps it was a comment on the state of the marriage. This seems the most likely explanation. So I began an attempt to find out what I could about Ray Keyes.

His full name was Raymond Edward Keyes and he was born March 7, 1894, in Martin Minnesota. His parents were Edward Keyes and Alma Nelson and he had a sister named Ora Keyes.  Edward Keyes was a hardware salesman from Illinois or New York and his mother a housewife from Sweden. His life overall seems very unremarkable. On the 1920 census, Ray is listed as doing clerical work in a machine shop. Normal right? Well yes up until August in 1929. Ray's first newspaper mention that I've found happens in August 1929 when Albert Lea experienced a very large fire. The fire occurred at a business called Albert Lea Transfer Company. The fire nearly wiped out the business district in Albert Lea.  It's odd because for some reason Ray Keyes had his band equipment stored there along with the equipment of another person named Earl Hunt. Keyes lost 2000.00 worth of equipment and vehicles. It kind of boggles my mind how a man from Martin, Minnesota was able to afford equipment and vehicles valued at 2000.00.  In terms of 1929 money that is a large amount or least, it is for a young man who worked a clerical job in 1920.

The remainder of the information I can find on Ray has to do with tracking where he was playing from 1929 on. He seems to have been booked for outside gigs mostly at fairs or outside venues. The primary information seems to be from Saint Cloud Minnesota.  The gigs are sporadic and mostly summer or fall gigs. What blew my mind is that Ray, the same Ray whose wife killed herself February 11th was back playing gigs by March of 1937. Ray must have been so decimated at having lost his wife, NOT.  Nine days after Lillian's death Ray advertises the goods from their home "priced right." Suddenly Ray doesn't seem so um, what's the word, oh loving.

The other issue that seems to plague Ray seems to be suicides. July 6, 1938, the Minneapolis newspaper "The Minneapolis Star" reports that the sax player, George "Red" Russell, is found hanging in the Albert Lea Courthouse. Allegedly Red seems to have been despondent for a while.

Long story short. Ray traveled a great deal and seemed to become mired in things when he was around. The fire, his wife's apparent suicide, and the suicide of his sax player in a very public place. You will find yourself saying "What the hell is up with this dude?" Then Ray walks away from Albert Lea and goes to Minneapolis. By 1940 is married to one Lorraine Catherine Boudin who is 22 years his junior and December of 1940 has a son.

I can't judge Ray's behavior but I can with some confidence say that his relationship with Lillian seems to have not been a healthy one at least for her. Perhaps that you could go as far as to say he was responsible for her death if only by neglect. Whatever the cause Lillian paid much too high a price.