A Birthday Remembrance for this lady. May her fighting spirit never die.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Renato compiled a list of all our books with accompanying data (see below) which I share today. It is astounding to me that throughout the years, all of these fine books, of which we are extremely proud, have taken a continual beating from those who have tagged themselves as “the team”.
Tracy Terhune calls our books “fan fiction”, or “pure fiction”, he runs a designated blog under the title of Affairs Valentino, where he does little else but try to do the maximum harm to us personally and to our work.
Eleanor Gribbin tells people asking about Affairs Valentino, that the book is the “ravings of a madwoman” and Donna Hill refuses to give the tiniest nod to any of these titles, pretending they do not exist.
Cindy Martin told anyone who would listen that Michael Morris did not write his posthumous book, Beyond Valentino. This was a travesty to deter anyone from reading his work and a tremendous insult to him as he did write it. We were working on it together when he passed away. I am still waiting for her to issue a public retraction of her false statement about that.
And David Spurr Bret? He just wakes up every day I guess to vomit more angry insults our way on his unintelligible Twitter account.
I am pleased to say that this core group of people... have not affected the content or integrity of our work in the slightest!
I present the account as Renato set it up... and wave it high as a banner of pride and happiness that we accomplished all we did. Renato wants me to add that he will soon be updating the list! The image might have to be downloaded to be enlarged.
Another chapter in this character's saga. Dr. Wyman had a wife and child and interesting to see a better picture of the con artist himself. The article is not so clear what he did to violate his parole. But poor Mrs. Wyman, he was really awful husband material. This article is from The Times Union, Brooklyn, New York, March 1, 1932. I wrote about his death in Affairs Valentino in the "What Ever Happened To" section. I add this to that account. (see below)
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
"I have read with great regret the descriptions of both Evelyn and myself in Mad About the Boy and We Never Forget in which I recognize neither her nor me.
We are described as two mythical monsters who do not like dialogue and who are perched on their positions in an uncompromising way. Nothing could be more wrong.
Evelyn and I are always looking for new points of view, new stimuli, but a smear campaign has been launched and managed against us that has now lasted well over eleven years.
Add to this, the fact that exactly 3328 days ago, Tracy Ryan Terhune stole the then blog of Evelyn which she closed due to threats made against her family from David Bret. Tracy Terhune, 3328 days ago turned Evelyn's blog into his tool aimed only at harming us.
In those posts on that Affairs Valentino Blogspot blog, Terhune's literary criticism does not exist if only in name because there it is, and always has been only his signature bullying, insult, defamation and so on and so forth.
It is enough, for those who do not believe me, to go and read there the disreputable lies and comments by David Bret and the fundamentalist hatred of us by Tracy Ryan Terhune. Bret uses Terhune's blog just to vomit homophobic, transphobic and ageist insults about us and nothing more.
Regarding "Mad About the Boy", some time ago, maybe two or three years ago, I asked to be admitted to the group but the administrator treated me in an offensive way and told me that I was not liked, he added that my fame preceded me and that if I did not leave immediately he would have reported me to Facebook as a nuisance.
I asked the administrator to explain the reason for all this, I came in peace and with serious interest in Valentino, he reiterated his intention to denounce me.
In my recent post I just asked Eleanor Gribbin to contact me via email, to explain the reasons for our being banished and denigrated.
I have never denied an effective and honest dialogue with those who have good intentions.
Asking is lawful and answering is courtesy!"
In response to your day of insult and delusion about Renato's post to you...I respond with the following:
“My rants”, as you called them... are responses to the harassment Renato and I have had to endure for years on end because of the likes of you and your eternally menacing and alias-ridden overlords.
And in response to your fury over why someone is sharing posts from your group with us... Perhaps you have forgotten that your group is public and anyone who is not blocked can see what you are doing and saying. If people share what you write it is because they recognize good from evil. Some people actually do good things.
Yet you issue a threat to the person who forwards those posts, threatening to ban them everywhere and not just on your group. Wow. My point proven.
I must remind you that Renato once politely requested to join your group and he did not just receive a rejection but a traumatic attack by your partner then Simon Constable. He told Renato he would report him to Facebook, that his “fame preceded him” and that he should “go away”.
Did you amend that? You did not. Instead you goaded Constable on, saying I smell, (see below) and collaborating with him in a ban of us and our work's mention which was and always is laden with defamatory innuendo about us and our work.
And in response to your chit chat with Ms. Mary O'Bannon/Cindy Martin or whoever it is today... your statement claiming you never “voiced an opinion over my statements”? Well that...would be a complete lie. (see below)
We are sick and tired of you and your cronies harassing us, inspiring hatred of us in unsuspecting people's minds...when your own rhetoric and actions prove you are the bully. Renato bravely and intelligently wrote the truth. So own it lady, own it.
A couple of last points to be made:
You dash my blog's anonymous commentators... when your main commentators are fake aliases such as Etienne....who is Bret and we know this because he revealed this himself with an ill-timed tweet...remember? All those tired and ridiculously obvious aliases... the lunacy goes on and on.
And is it not obvious why we have to have the comments turned off on our Youtube channel? Because of people like you. I once woke up to a long list of obscene comments posted on a video years ago and learned that lesson. Because of people like you and Bret.... with his 1000 Gribbin-approved aliases, i.e., Albert Morris, Nicole Vollmer, Etienne whatever... we do not have the privilege of allowing comments.
So not so fast with your curtsy and bow to the membership there Ms. Gribbin. There is much more to this story as you well know. Much, much more.
But now to share a few of the deplorable things you claim to have never said in your group about us: (the following excerpts are reproduced under Fair use guidelines to illustrate a point in my narrative)
(Above) you turned off comments when one of our books was mentioned. And lest we forget this classic....
Monday, January 17, 2022
Some clarification about the signature of S. George Ullman. I received an image of a book of poetry published in January of 1923, purported online to be written by S. George Ullman. (see below)I was asked if George Ullman published this book of poetry in January of 1923. After some research I found an inscription written by the author in a copy of “Captive Balloons” (see below)The above inscription is certainly not S. George Ullman's handwriting as his signature was consistent throughout his lifetime. I share some examples and there are many as he signed endless documents and letters. To share but a few as example:
I can verify that although on some sales pages for the book titled, “Captive Balloons", it identifies the author as a “friend and manager of Rudolph Valentino”, in my expert opinion after studying this man and his handwriting/signature for two decades, the book "Captive Balloons" is not written by S. George Ullman and the inscription in the copy of said book of poems is not the signature nor handwriting of S. George Ullman. The handwriting of the book's inscription is from a very different hand.
The inscription in the copy of "Captive Balloons" was found here:
Sunday, January 16, 2022
We have not “attacked” Donna Hill as Tracy Ryan Terhune accuses us of doing. We have pointed out her shunning of all of our Valentino work and publications and the books of Aurelio Miccoli. It is a glaring omission on her part and it is an obvious thing for us to do to make this omission known.
Terhune is doing his best to now destroy our Rudolph Valentino Case Files with innuendo and his signature bullying. He calls us hypocrites because we did not include Bret's absolutely awful book on Valentino in our bibliography. Well Donna Hill has also shunned his book so there you go.
"Cindy Martin" gave us an earful some time ago about Ms. Donna Hill's role in Terhune's, “Campaign to Ruin Evelyn” (and that is what she said they call it). She said Ms. Hill participated actively and wrote everything Terhune published on that designated hit blog he runs under the title of my book Affairs Valentino. She said Ms. Hill was desperate to get back into Terhune's good graces because he was furious she told me about the exchange of those stolen Valentino court records between Ms. Jeanine Villalobos and collector Jim Craig for one of Valentino's shirt.
I knew Donna Hill way back when and for a while believed she was a supportive friend. How naive I was back then. I think the label of “hypocrite” can be applied to all of them because they publicly carry on as if they are interested in Valentino when they bash and lie about all of the ground-breaking work we have done.
They can project their own behavior on us all they wish but it does not change the reality that we are working hard, have worked hard and are very proud of all we have contributed. I would think they would distance themselves from someone the likes of David Bret, close obvious bullying blogs and get on board instead of making themselves look so wicked and small minded.
If you look up the word, “mendacious”, you will find the description of their actions. “Given to or characterized by deception, or falsehood or divergence from the absolute truth.”
It is revolting Terhune is still using that bully blog, and anyone else not wondering who “Mary O'Bannon is”? Maybe she should update her book list one of these days.
The Rudolph Valentino Case Files contains years of our research archive and we stand behind the content 100%.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Friday, January 14, 2022
While I was writing Astral Affairs Rambova, I learned Natacha Rambova was furious to be billed as "Mrs. Rudolph Valentino" in her acting debut in "When Love Grows Cold." She made the film in the weeks after she left Hollywood, during the most bitter days of her separation from Valentino. The film was originally called, "Do Clothes Make the Woman" and then changed just before distribution to "When Love Grows Cold".
The movie had nothing to do with the status of her divorce from Rudolph, but distributors exploited her newsworthy divorce to such an infuriating degree, it ended Natacha's film aspirations. I did discover she appeared in one last movie with Valentino's cousin titled "Who Am I?"... and was proud to add that film to her filmography. I included an essay on that discovery with photos from the cousin, Cassio's, family archive.
Simon Constable attempted to take credit for my Cassio, "Who Am I?" discovery by posting pages from Astral Affairs Rambova without crediting it to me.
I always find it offensive when women are referred to by their husband's names, and in this case an ex-husband. It negates their identity. Evelyn Brent was given her name on the theater bill, etc. so why not Natacha Rambova? I think we know the answer.
This would have been in March of 1926, and there are reports that Valentino's movies were very often shown before her movie. It did not bode well with the ex-Mrs. Valentino. (More on the theater through the link below the image.)
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Here (see below) Rudolph Valentino writes a check to Martin Zobel. Myron Zobel was the editor of Screenland Magazine and the short-lived Hollywood Confessions in January of 1923. At the time he was writing extensively (lots of gossip) about the motion picture industry in several syndicated columns.....so I am wondering what Rudolph Valentino could have been paying him for. Fifty dollars by today's exchange rate would be exactly $830.00.
Photographs? An article? Was he repaying a loan? Keeping some gossip out of the news?
Myron Zobel @ 1923
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
When I received a few screenshots forwarded to me by a Good Samaritan, I was reminded of an episode which happened to the Valentinos during their Mineralava tour and related by Evelyn in her book Affairs Valentino.
I quote that episode here:
“In advance of the tour's arrival, George was often contacted by local dignitaries requesting a private meeting with the Valentinos. In Rochester, Minnesota the eminent Dr. Walter Mayo made such a request by inviting Rudy, Natacha and George to tour his clinic, including the psychiatric wards housing the most afflicted patients.This seemingly harmless invitation turned out to be a hair-raising experience for Rudy.
As Dr. Mayo escorted his guests down one corridor of the women's ward, the female patients began shrieking and rattling the metal doors of their cells. When some of them recognized Rudy, they began clawing at him through the door's barred windows. The resulting bedlam became so deafening and terrifying that the stroll through the asylum was cut short. Natacha consoled her visibly shaken husband as she whisked him out the nearest exit, while George diplomatically concluded the visit with Dr. Mayo.”
My opinion is that in some Valentinian circles there are many honorary citizens of Rochester, Minnesota, all worthy of residing at Dr. Walter Mayo's psychiatric clinic.
Today I acknowledge the honorary citizen, Ms. Eleanor Gribbin. In her group which, coincidentally is titled Mad About the Boy, she warns all members of the group to never ask a single question about Evelyn or about her books.
Both Evelyn's and my names, like our works, are overtly banned by Eleanor Gribbin from any discussion.
In one of her most recent posts, Gribbin, administrator of the Mad About the Boy group, sternly confirmed that any question or discussion relating to Evelyn Zumaya or her books is banned from the group and that no explanations are needed because the administration of the group has the “right” reasons for that demand.
No, Ms. Gribbin, it is not enough to just dismiss a question of this type in this way.
Today I ask you to directly explain to me and to the public, exactly what is your “right” reason for this despotic edict. What gives you any “right” to banish even the mention of our names and work on Valentino to a group devoted to Valentino? What is your, “just cause”? If you wish you can e-mail me with your answers here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also wonder how is it possible that any one would join, in 2022, a group issuing censorship of literature commands and itemizes names of authors never to be mentioned. How could anyone want to be a part of a group which goes to that lengths to avoid "annoying arguments" just because they contradict the "dogmas" carried forward by the administrators? For me any such group is not worth joining at all! And censorship of literature is a hallmark of a cult.
I'm sure that I won't receive any reply to my question unless Ms. Gribbin is given her response to send to me. I really feel she doesn't know what to say on her own because she repeats, like a parrot, that dogma which has be inculcated in her lost mind!
Let's make sure that Valentino doesn't have his hair raised for an eternity! Enough of that mad howling.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
I reiterate... anything Tracy Ryan Terhune posts on that Affairs Valentino blog he runs with David Bret is bullying. In light of the history of cruel and disgusting posts on that blog, nothing can be remotely construed as being a “literary critique” as he now claims.
Terhune opened that blog when I was bullied into closing it long ago by David Bret. Terhune runs it as a massive designated cyber bullying blog which he and Bret have used to harass and bully us for ten years and counting. There they have debased, defamed and diverted legitimate traffic seeking information about Affairs Valentino to find the following. (see below) I share but a meager sampling of the history of Terhune's diabolical and defamatory posts there. For him to feign it is anything other than bullying us demonstrates the level to which he goes to bury our work. A few of Tracy Ryan Terhune's previous posts on his "literary critique"....
Renato responds to the latest post Terhune published on the blog he runs under my book's title:
"Tracy Ryan Terhune and David Bret never miss an opportunity to show who they really are, that is, stubborn, obtuse and, above all, obstinate people who have both whipped themselves into a frenzy of envy of our work and our research.
Again Tracy Ryan Terhune, in a blog under the title of Evelyn's first book, "Affairs Valentino" tries to discredit and belittle our work with bogus criticism, but his "Thumbs Down", on this blog? If this is not prejudice I do not know what could be.
Tracy Terhune talks about a talent which according to his past behavior, he really lacks, namely "intellectual honesty". He says I am intellectually dishonest because we did not include the title of Bret's book in our bibliography. Odd because in Donna Hill's list of Valentino books, there is a complete non-presence of our titles as well as that of David Bret's "Dream of Desire". Maybe he should extend his accusations to Donna Hill for that.
And he is referring to a book's index and not a bibliography. If Tracy Terhune cannot distinguish a bibliography from a book index that is not my problem.
Regarding my non-citation of Bret's work in our bibliography, I recall that the bibliographies show the texts used as sources and direct citations for the writing of the book. Bret's “Dream of Desire” is certainly not to be considered a source of genuine research results because gossip and innuendo are worthless as citation sources.
A different consideration must be made regarding Mank and Steiger's book as that book launched the inventions regarding Valentino's sexuality, a real saraband of salacity.
In closing I add that Evelyn never rallied against Bret or Mank & Steiger, she limited herself to analyzing the sources of the legendary and non-existent homosexuality of Rudolph Valentino and I am not saying this out of homophobia but for the sake of truth.
By continuing to run that blog Tracy Terhune's motivation is obvious and he has once again seized the opportunity to look malicious and ill-informed."
UPDATE... I received notification from David Bret confirming he was "Etienne".
Monday, January 10, 2022
Sunday, January 9, 2022
Recently comments on this blog debated whether Natacha was a cold individual or not. Someone posted a comment explaining how she was just reserved and reinvented herself many times in her life. I just found my copy of a little book Natacha Rambova published in 1944 titled, Technique for Living, a small manual on mental processes and exercise.
I found the last two pages of the book interesting insight into her philosophy of survival. (see below)
Saturday, January 8, 2022
Friday, January 7, 2022
Anyone who does not believe in astral communication can chew on this one. (see below). I found it today in a folder and share it in amazement. On October 8, 2015 at 9:58 a.m. Michael Morris sent this to me. I shared a literary agent with Michael once and agent told me to "always do what Michael tells you to do." So I "publicize this on my blog."
Thursday, January 6, 2022
I will not be posting comments which are direct messages to Tracy Terhune or David Bret. As deeply as I appreciate the support, comments are commentary. I do know both of them have ways to communicate with them directly.
If I were to post direct messages to them from readers, I would be a conduit for that conversation. And I do not converse with the "devil's brigade".
For example, writing, “You are a liar, David Bret.” is a direct message. But, “In my opinion, David Bret is a liar.” is a comment.
Thanks for understanding and I believe all of the direct messages I have received are to the point and should be said to them, imo.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
I share a link to a video (see below) which we made ten years ago, in November of 2012. Nothing... has changed since then and in fact it has all worsened over time as Bret continues his ruination of us and our work and with the collaboration with Tracy Terhune. This video was made two years before my lawsuit was filed against Bret... which I won. Despite what Bret says or what I believed when I made this little video, my victorious Italian verdict was upheld in England. British law respected/enforced the Italian verdict and consequently Bret pursued his non payment of the damages all the way to bankruptcy.
He did sign an affidavit (which I have) with the court claiming he had zero assets and zero money, despite all of his titles in print... but the winning verdict still stands. I am proud of the case and the verdict and am also proud of our continued efforts to stand tall and make this story known. Here is the video from ten years past:
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
One of the more interesting things I discovered in the court records was the fate of Rudolph Valentino's dry cleaning business. Before I found those records, I had already read Natacha Rambova's “All That Glitters” and I had also read how Lou Mahoney claimed he had nothing whatsoever to do with that dry cleaning business. So I read the testimony about the dry cleaners with great interest.
In “All That Glitters”, Rambova clearly lays out a reason for the dry cleaning business with her character of Buckle. Her Buckle is obviously Mahoney and he begins the business to exploit the ability to clean Valentino's costumes and clothing. I found her even mentioning this rather outrageous as she criticized graft in Hollywood quite publicly. It was one of the moments in her play where she really toyed with her reality.
In the court records (the file I was able to recover), it is revealed how after Valentino's death, George Ullman paid off Valentino's dry cleaner's debt and sold the business to Lou Mahoney. If memory serves me correct... for $200. and this included a company truck.
I also found a census record from the 1930's where Lou Mahoney cites his occupation as “dry cleaner”.
Do I think Valentino cared about owning a dry cleaning business? Probably not at all. But it was one aspect of the estate settlement which I found interesting. And I think Natacha exposed it all in “All That Glitters”. Of course she has her character Buckle the hero for secretly running the dry cleaning business but was Lou in charge of it all along? Is that why Ullman pretty much handed it all to him?
I think there are many clues left in "All That Glitters" but this for me was huge. There is clear evidence/documentation Lou, the handyman certainly ran the dry cleaning business.
Monday, January 3, 2022
I have to wonder. What if Rudolph Valentino disembarked from this train that day with Natacha to find David Bret there yelling to everyone, “It's a lavender marriage! They don't really love each other! They are both closeted homosexuals! Their marriage is a scam!”
And what if Tracy Terhune was there pointing at Natacha saying to all who could hear, “Natacha was the worst thing that ever happened to Valentino!” and yelling to Natacha, “You are the worst thing to ever happen to Rudolph Valentino!”
What do you think Valentino would do to the both of them?
I think there has always been a purpose in my work in calling them out for their rotten and deceitful behavior, whether I wanted to face that or not. I had a literary agent once long ago who told me that some books have their own “fated journey”. I think this has been true with Affairs Valentino. While Tracy Terhune organized and ran his “campaign against Evelyn” and Bret told the world a million ways I was dead or about to be, they only exposed themselves.
If they were in that crowd of people welcoming the Valentino's, I think they would have been mobbed, perhaps the police called for their disturbing the peace. Rudolph? I think he might have tried to rise above the insanity and let the authorities silence the abuse. Or maybe he would have taken action himself and pummeled them in defense of his lady.
The purpose? I guess for these negative, destructive people to expose themselves and lose their voices in the crowd. And the fated journey of Affairs Valentino? It continues and much more to come.
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Thank-you to a follower of this blog for the quality version of the photo of Alberto Guglielmi Valentino and George Ullman. (see below) Somehow I think Ullman knew even then Alberto's return was bad news. It still blows my mind how Tracy Terhune dares to claim Ullman was anything but the long-suffering hero in the Valentino story.
Ullman's heroic effort was an aspect of Valentino's story I uncovered and I will admit it was not the easiest to decipher. It is still claimed Ullman was the cause for dragging out the settlement of the Valentino estate when the documents tell an opposite story. It was entirely Alberto's doing.
On more than forty occasions, Ullman filed his “Executor's Current Accounts” to have the court declare his job as executor over and he could move on. But if you look at even one document titled, Registry of Actions, you see Alberto was objecting for years to prevent the subject being closed. The Registry of Actions is the complete listing of estate actions. (see below just one page from the end of 1928-1929)
Every time it is written, “Objections to Current Account”, Alberto is delaying the final call. I used to think it was an act of trying to “get” Ullman but now I believe Alberto was delaying a settlement because he might then be relegated to obscurity. His cruel and frivolous lawsuit v. Ullman kept Alberto in news and appearing the victim. To anyone without access to the records Alberto appears the tough guy defending his brother's estate. This is complete nonsense and a lie.
Alberto was the single cause for the prolonged settlement of Rudolph's estate. Alberto was the cause of the money being squandered on lawyers.
When it is said Ullman prolonged the settlement of Valentino's estate, know that according to the records it was Alberto and not Ullman who was guilty of this.
And btw where is that entire stolen case file today? Again I say, why hide it if there is nothing to hide? Fortunately I found enough to right the wrong, despite "their" efforts to bury the truth.