Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Logic Dictates

Mercifully my dear husband reads the “bastards” as he calls them. I say mercifully because for years he has so nobly protected me from the brunt of their horror by reading it, capturing it, archiving those screenshots and then processing the rage. Being Italian that is a struggle. Italians are not famous for their emotional control. They get riled up and they will let you know.

When he felt or feels I need to know something he tells me, but he bears the sorrow and anguish so much of the time silently, day after day without a word to me. Sometimes he will mutter in Italian, sometimes be blown away at the stupidity. But it is never good and today reading that shit Terhune wrote about my heroic husband made me furious.

What a total jerk to mock Renato. He should beg to have five minutes with a man as great, as brilliant and as entertaining as Renato. Renato's life stories are epic and his own history astounding. He has traveled the world, known so many incredible people and cared so tenderly for his disabled brother and mother after his father died.

To have this sniveling, sneering, arrogant POS Tracy Terhune call him demeaning names? I do not think so. That really pissed me off.

And what does this have to do with Rudolph Valentino? Everything. Absolutely everything.

Free Valentino from the tyranny of Terhune.

About Disputes - A Comment From Renato Floris

The thing that saddens me most is that Evelyn and I find ourselves the victims of unprecedented censorship. 

Disputes among civilized people, endowed with sincere intellectual honesty, can always be settled, the parties explain their positions, documenting their validity and then, seriously and honestly, the conclusions are drawn.

But this does not happen to us as our mouths are gagged, well before a word can be uttered. All this is proof that what we claim is indisputable reality.

I express my utmost disgust at how Rudolph Valentino is exploited especially in asking Ms. Donna Hill courteously some time ago why none of our books were included in her great bibliography.

Instead of replying to me directly, Ms. Donna Hill passed the ball to Tracy Ryan Terhune who bullied me in the blog he stole from Evelyn.

This is the exact text of my communication with Ms. Donna Hill on 6 - 7 -18:

“Good morning Ms. Hill,

I visited your very well done and accurate site, but in the list regarding the books about or related to Rudolph Valentino I can't see the different titles I have had the honor to publish.

I talk about Day Dreams with the introduction by Evelyn Zumaya, Affairs Valentino A Special Edition, Affairs Valentino Companion Guide, The S. George Ullman Memoir, L'Affare Valentino (Italian Edition) all by Evelyn Zumaya Also missing the books by Mr. Aurelio Miccoli, The Infancy of the Myth and its Italian version L'Infanzia del Mito.

Last but not least the book BEYOND VALENTINO: A MADAM VALENTINO ADDENDUM by Michael Morris and Evelyn Zumaya. I saw in your list the books by my friends Leo Pantaleo and Chicca Guglielmi Morone why not the books I publish?

I really don't understand the profuse hate against Evelyn Zumaya, could you please help me to know why? I'm sure as Michael told me a lot about how serious you are that you'll fix this problem and that you are not participating in the hate campaign against Ms. Zumaya and, it looks, boycott of my books! Waiting to read from you I send my best regards.

Renato Floris”

The answer came on 6-15-18, not by Ms. Donna Hill's pen but by Tracy Ryan Terhune's who wrote publicly on the blog which belonged to Evelyn, the following (I excerpt the post under Fair Use guidelines):

“Last week Child Star Floris flung a terse e-mail to a newly revamped Valentino website. On the site there is a wonderfully compiled list of recommended books on Rudolph Valentino. And books by Evelyn Zumaya & party were not on the list. The webmaster indicated that the list was not all inclusive. That did nothing to deter Child Star Floris who now forgoes acting for publishing his wife's books. He wrote in a moment of clarity that "I can 't see different titles I have the honor to publish" about Rudolph Valentino. Then he name drops Michael Morris and shifts focus by begging "that you'll fix this problem and that you are not participating to the hate campaign against Ms. Zumaya and, it looks, boycott of my books!" Face it, you're not on the list. No one's boycotting you. I don't see you putting other peoples books up on your website.”

I would tell Tracy Terhune that we do not compile nor include such an all encompassing Valentino bibliography on our websites. The sites are dedicated solely to our production of books.

I wonder how people who behave in this way, who mock, name-call and demean, can genuinely represent the memory of Rudolph Valentino and how such characters are allowed to celebrate his memory. 

Hardly Controversial

I respond to a comment left about the “controversy” and a reader's comments about Donna Hill's book. I have never criticized her book or the quality of the work (I questioned why it was being promoted by someone like David Bret) but I feel personally that the quality is tarnished for me because of her aggressive involvement with Tracy Terhune and his “Campaign to Ruin Evelyn”. This has been confirmed in many ways and documented and I feel it is a reasonable reaction all things considered. In regards to seeing this as a “controversy” I say the following.

Controversy is defined as “debate, dissension, dispute, disagreement and a discussion marked by the expression of opposing views”. Donna Hill administrates a large Facebook group on Valentino, We Never Forget which forbids any discussion of or mention of us or our books. There has been no possibility of our discussing a thing or being “controversial” because that is not allowed by Donna Hill and Tracy Terhune. Where we are concerned there is no expressing of any opposing views because we are not allowed the tiniest moment to do so. Recently someone cited Affairs Valentino on their group and the entire thread vanished.

This is not controversy but bullying, with the definition of bullying being “tormenting, tyrannizing and brow beating... seeking to harm, intimidate”... this is a much more accurate description of what goes on than controversy.

How many mornings we wake (and woke over the past decade!) to my utter despair and tears to find the fresh lies, the furious hell laid out for us on the killing blogs of Terhune and Bret, the vicious and complete lies about our lives and work... the menacing countdowns to our deaths... and with the silent support of Donna Hill and yes it hurts when occasionally material which was told to Donna Hill has contributed to their morning attacks.

I agree with the comment left that this behavior in no way benefits the legacy of  the "endearing" Rudolph. How can they feign even the meekest sincere interest in Valentino when they oppress, suppress new documentation we share and torment us by trashing our books with lies even before they have a moment of life? This is not controversy but a whole lot of bullying.

We were canceled by Hill and Terhune and Bret long before that phrase had much relevance. And it does not feel so good to know they will be doing so with our next books too.... books we have worked diligently on for a long time.... books we are very proud to share.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

"A Formidable Harmony"

In a previous post I mused whether all of this was a “blessing or a curse”? I am going with blessing. It is not as if we are beaten down, sad, weak and miserable...hardly. That we are not. More like we are upbeat, happy, strong and content.... We have so much to be grateful for.

The blessings in documents that seem to find us, the epic stories which knock on our door and all those mysteries yet to be solved.

In the Foreword of our new book, Renato referred to our “formidable harmony”. He could not have said it better. So I am going with “blessing”.

This is not to say the stakes are not high and we will continue to defend ourselves fiercely from the liars and thieves. If it takes a lawsuit or two more to shut that noise down from the book burners so it shall be. We sued Kim Edelman for defamation and won handily.

It is a spicy tale we are spinning and this one might burn a little hot here and there. We will not shy away at this point. We have come too far.

Thank you for all the comments...and the sass.


Monday, June 21, 2021

A Long Way From Hollywood

A few more of the images from the trip to Castellaneta. Taranto in the distance. 

That is the Question

Someone would have come along sooner or later to open this Valentino's Pandora's box. (The definition of “Pandora's Box” being a “present which seems valuable but which is actually a curse”)

It was not that they left a little pirates map with footsteps telling me where to go and a big X over the spot. But they were very sloppy in their subterfuge and left a trail of clues because of that. It took a while but it was not so hard to piece those clues together.

I had this plan long ago when Affairs Valentino was finally in print... to inscribe a copy to Bill Self and go to his home with it. I planned to hand it to him personally and say, “There's no such thing as the perfect crime, Bill.”

So very much was hidden long before Bill Self arrived to bankroll the further hiding of it all. And boy they crammed that box full didn't they? (Or should I say crates from Ullman's garage?) It would have taken seasoned criminals to pull off what they all tried to do. But realistically how long did they think they could sell the world that cardboard cutout version of Valentino and bury the man with their suffocating fiction? How long could they have hidden the truth? Someone would have come along sooner or later.

….”Pandora's Box”? Or “Pandora's” typewriter? Blessing or Curse, that is the question. 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Makes Me Wonder

What a towering endorsement from David Bret we find today for Donna Hill's book of photos. Is this a genuine endorsement or a slap in the face? Makes me wonder in light of the past history of these two.

Outwardly Donna Hill has shunned David Bret, not including his “books” on her Valentino publications list. (She is also shunning all of our books) Donna Hill has many times in the past spoken very poorly about Bret and I never once in my experience found her to praise Bret or even act his friend publicly.

Perhaps collector Donna Hill attempted to censor Bret in some way... perhaps his character Kim Edelman needed chastising behind the scenes... as Donna Hill allows him to roam her Facebook Group “We Never Forget” as Kim Edelman. Bret allows Tracy Terhune to censor his posts but a woman? Based on my experience.... I would say he would react very poorly to a woman's censoring.

Because in Bret's misogynistic world, unless women are fawning over him such as the mythical Marlene D., woman are to be scorned, mocked, called hags, cunts, their bodies picked apart and verbally violated, they are demeaned and traumatized. (Anyone doubting that please send me a note and I will forward thousands of screenshots as evidence.)

I wonder if that ad for collector Donna Hill's book is a slap because I can not believe she would be so happy to have Bret inspiring things like this nor implying in the slightest publicly they are a thing. It is overt.

Cindy Martin dutifully explained to Renato, in writing, how collector Donna Hill runs We Never Forget and went on to share further details of Hill's arrangements with Terhune and Bret. Perhaps now it is too late for Donna Hill as far as Bret is concerned and he will soon relegate her to his chilling arena of hate where she will become one of his “Valentino Widows”. Whatever the hell that means anyway. 

Kim Edelman is David Bret. David Bret is shilling Hill's book and I guess we must take this for what it appears to be; a sign of her true friendship and partnership with the monster. 

Renato once wrote a businesslike query to Donna Hill asking why she openly shunned all of our books. He received her offensive reply which did not come from her. She passed his query on, and instantly I might add... to Tracy Terhune and David Bret so they could rip into Renato on that bully blog they run. Hill did not give Renato the courtesy of a reply and instead seized the opportunity to feed Terhune and Bret.

Collectors and their dog or just kookie rabble?