Monday, February 21, 2022

The Fishing Trips

I always liked this eulogy (see below) and as I read it again today, I realized something. On his death bed, Rudy invited Dr. Meeker on a fishing trip.

I got to thinking about Rudy and his love of going on a fishing trip with a pal, a buddy, someone he wanted to converse with and know more. He wanted to sit and cast his line into the water and hang out with a friend. 

So it seems more evidence he loved to go fishing and considered it an honorable and enjoyable thing to do with comrades.

It really emphasized to me, how sad it is that Rudy's love of a fishing trip has been contorted into something farcical and false. Of course I am referring to the innuendo ridden accounts of his fishing trip with Andre Daven. The fishing trip with Daven imo was the same gesture as it was with the invite for Dr. Meeker; something Rudy enjoyed doing with a comrade.

If Rudy had lived and Dr. Meeker accepted the invitation to that fishing trip... oh let's say to Florida...would this also be presented as a sex-fueled orgy between Rudy and Dr. Meeker by those ever projecting porn fantasists/serial liars? How absurd.

It would have been an honor to be invited to go fishing with Valentino. It sure seems he considered it an honor.

I do not have a date or citation for this one:


  1. That is a touching write up. His soul contract was that he would be here for only a little while. But ohhhhhh, the lives he touched exponentially. A lovely man and a remarkable life.

  2. The plan for the fishing trip with Dr. Meeker that never came to be is poignant. Valentino realized that a fishing outing with Natacha (or any of the women in his life for that matter) was going to be a hard sell, and he naturally sought the companionship of male friends for this particular pastime. Leider’s groundless insinuations about Valentino’s fishing trip with Daven are sloppy and, no doubt, would have been highly offensive to Valentino.

  3. Like any normal person, every once in a while, Valentino needed to get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing vacation. Fishing was a pleasurable activity for him. Leave it to the creeps to take an ordinary fishing and hunting excursion and turn it into a secret tryst. Contrary to this unsubstantiated rumor spread by Dark Lover and its disciples, Valentino's fishing trip after making Cobra was no secret at all. Not only was it mentioned by magazines and newspapers at the time, but he and Daven were not "alone." Photos were made of them on this vacation in Florida, so the idea of a top secret romantic rendezvous is a joke. Still waiting on the evidence...

    1. Correction. I meant "after making Monsieur Beaucaire."

  4. Certain biographers and exalted members of the "VSC" have implied that Valentino and Daven secretly slipped out of town on a secret lovers' tryst in Florida. Nonsense. Movie magazines reported Valentino was taking a well -earned vacation after Monsieur Beaucaire wrapped up. There are also photos taken in Florida of Valentino on the beach, with several others included besides Daven. Let's stop the insanity, please.

  5. It must be said: Valentino is an alluring trap for those ordinary folks leading humdrum lives who flatter themselves into believing that the silent star is a passport to greatness. One by one, those who call themselves biographers, scholars and historians are forced to turn away in defeat, glory unrealized, project unachieved. What ever happened to S.T. Constable’s in depth, path breaking study of Valentino that has been promised for ten years? How many “sabbaticals” has he taken in order to put the finishing touches on this master work? What of Ms. Hill’s long promised second book on Valentino, a comprehensive study of all of his films (the less said about her never fulfilled plans to pen a bio of Dorothy Gish, the better)? She was last seen trotting out her slide show presentation for the promotion of her decade plus old Valentino picture book. And even Ms. G., what of her stillborn ambitions to publish a book of personal essays on how she discovered Valentino, or her plan to stage a Valentino themed tour of Hollywood (despite living in Brooklyn)? There are many others like them. Let’s stop the insanity indeed and allow Zumaya and Floris (those who are actually walking the walk) to receive the credit they are owed for their genuine accomplishments.

  6. I read Dark Lover. It was the first book I read about Valentino. Two things stood out at the time. One was her claim that Daven was the love of Rudy's life. I wondered what she was basing this on. She didn't present any evidence other than her own opinion. The other was that Rudy was sexually frustrated during the first months of his arrival to New York. I thought she was incredibly naive to assume this 18 year old man was not sexually active. Since she inserts so much of her own opinion, I had to doubt how accurate the book was.