Tuesday, June 18, 2019

To The Gist of the Matter An Article About Dave Gist Son of Robert Gist

"This is the kind of person I like. When strangers or clerks (or both) ask me how I am -- and they really don't care -- I answer in somewhat the same way, but without so much mini-shout. So I had to get to know this guy.

Everything that came out of Dave Gist's mouth drew me deeper into a world of fascination and admiration. He'd done a lot of outdoor work, he told me, and finally decided he was tired of it. He ended up becoming a screenwriter. He's written 46 films so far -- sold about half of them. They're mostly horror flicks. That was interesting to me. How he got there, though, was a hoot.

"I was in jail and working in the kitchen," he said, without wanting to reveal the offense that landed him there, "and got sick. So they put me in an office had given me a lot of typing to do.
I couldn't type and I told them so."

"'Well, you can now,' they told me," he said with a smile. "So I started hunt-and-pecking with my two index fingers and, by the time I got out, I was a fast typist. I still type with just these two fingers."

When he got out, his new typing skills -- and his disdain for laboring in the hot sun -- opened the gates into the world of screenwriting. It didn't completely come out of nowhere, however. His father was a well-known director who had also played parts in a slew of films and TV shows. Robert Gist's first role was that of the department store window dresser in "Miracle on 34th Street" in 1947. It seems he appeared in just about every television series I enjoyed as a kid -- from "Sea Hunt" and "Hennessey" to "Gunsmoke" and "Have Gun Will Travel." Dave's dad also appeared in episodes of "Death Valley Days" and "Perry Mason."

"Agnes Moorehead was my stepmother," Dave told me.

I checked it out on IMDB.com (Dave is listed there also) and, if the gossip magazines of the day were true, the six-year relationship and short-lived marriage drew a lot of attention. Her first role had been in "Citizen Kane" in 1941, but most people remember her from her role of Endora in "Bewitched."

She was 24 years older than Robert Gist. Even today, that would make for good tabloid fodder.

But back to his son, Dave. His hunting and pecking produces stories that tend to be more about stalking and then packing the bodies away. I love some of the titles: "Merry Axmas," "In Cold Storage" (you guessed it -- it's about hiding the remains of victims at the local U-Store-It) and "Serial Killing 4 Dummies."

Now wonder he's so darned friendly -- I think he takes out his aggression on fictional characters. Sounds healthy to me!

Some Sad News and Other Musings

Life being what it is I've been very remiss in updating this blog. Need to make the time more than I realized. So here is an update.

Tanya Hills passed away on March 22 of this year. She died in a nursing home facility and I have been lucky enough to have been contacted by somebody who was helping to care for her. I'm glad that she is at peace and I hope she's moved on to a much happier place.  Before anybody asks why didn't I straight up ask her the nature of her relationship with Agnes, I did have that chance, I made the decision not to do so for several reasons:

1. She was suffering from Alzheimer's and I did not wish to stress her out.
2. It is 100 percent, not my business.
3. I really did not need to do so. I have my family information on the subject of Agnes' sexuality so it would have served no purpose except to put a punctuation mark at the end of the sentence.

Just know that we know what we know and there comes a point when knowing more just has no relevance. It is down to every person to make up their own mind with the facts as presented and whatever you decide to think is your right. I know what I know and I don't worry about what I don't know.

I've said this before but I'll try to put more out there than the zero that I've managed for the last 12 months.

Be excellent to each other!

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.