Friday, February 4, 2022

Renato Comments:

To define exactly what it was that prompted Tracy Ryan Terhune to disguise his trivial trumpeting as "literary critique", on what was Evelyn's original blog, I start from the beginning and see what “Literary Criticism” really means.

I cite the definition from the site:  https://literarydevices.net/critique/#google_vignette: Definition ofCritique

“Critique is a literary technique that means to critically evaluate a piece of literary work, or a political or philosophical theory in detail. A critique could be a critical essay, an article evaluating a literary piece, or a review. It may be just like a summary that identifies the central issue, raises questions, takes notice of theoretical and experimental approaches, and reviews the significance of the results. Apart from that, its purpose is to highlight both the shortcomings as well as strengths of a literary piece or a work of art. Moreover, critical evaluation or assessment requires sufficient knowledge about the subject matter.”

Tracy Ryan Terhune uses a different method than “literary critique” and it is one called “Proofreading”.

I cite the definition of Proofreading from the University of Wisconsin site: https://writing.wisc.edu/handbook/grammarpunct/proofreading/

"Proofreading means examining your text carefully to find and correct typographical errors and mistakes in grammar, style, and spelling."

This is what Tracy Ryan Terhune does and in a way to demean the value of our work. I realize that in some, very few, parts of our books there are some trivial errors, errors that would not exist if we had the support of a skilled proofreader. This is something we wish we could do but because Tracy Ryan Terhune, with his trenchant determination to ruin us, we are prevented in doing so.

3,839 days have passed since Tracy Ryan Terhune opened Evelyn's blog which he immediately turned into a weapon of destruction by diverting the research of honest readers from our documented discoveries.

The image of those books on shelves on the blog denies the history of his years of posts there, where he continues in this malevolent action only trying to smear us. He gives a thumbs down to our book The Rudolph Valentino Case Files on a blog which has been full of images of toilets, satan and lakes of fire, by pointing out typographical errors and insignificant details which by definition has absolutely nothing to do with a literary critique. Posting such a “proof reading” on that specific blog is biased and his purpose is only to further damage our work and bury our books. He does nothing to affect the honest and groundbreaking contents of the research carried out by us.

24 comments:

  1. So tired of these people.

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  2. Terhune would do well to proofread his own material, not only for grammatical and spelling errors (which are legion), but also to catch the errors in information and research (which are also legion). Otherwise, he is just a buffoon.

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  3. That other Affairs Valentino blog has been described within the Facebook Valentino community as a source that advances Valentino scholarship. They claim it endeavors to examine false myths and simply wrong information about Valentino in an unbiased way. I'm not sure I'm buying that.

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    1. Nor should you buy it. If that is what is being said it is a complete lie and people should look a bit further. Of course Tracy Terhune has deleted and reposted many times his worst posts there. He has changed up the format too. But we have saved screenshots over the 10 years he has been doing this targeting us and our work and have it all. This is why Renato calls him, "Throw the stone and hide the hand." But his current open support of David Bret's savagery of us there is in violation of a court order and shows precisely what that blog is about. Terhune has no interest in examining false myths... he promotes them and more than anyone. And does not his running that blog with its long and terrible bullying history prove he is certainly not "unbiased". This is his primary agenda and has been for a very long time. Not such a big secret.

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    2. I would like a citation on any mention of Terhune's blog on the Valentino forums. From my observation, Terhune has NEVER mentioned the vicious blog he runs under the name of Ms. Zumaya's book, nor has he ever linked to it. I'm sure that is to keep his members from finding out how close he is to David Bret and from realizing what as ass he is. So could you please screenshot an example of someone describing Terhune's wretched blog as a source to "advance Valentino scholarship?" Otherwise, I'm not buying your comment.

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    3. And every year about one year before his crypt event, Terhune deletes everything from that blog and afterwards he posts it all back. I do not wonder why.

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  4. Continue to write your excellent books and making your excellent podcasts.Terhune and Bret cannot stop try as they may.

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement and that is exactly what we are doing.

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  5. Here I want to clarify for this Anonymous who posted at 7:08 PM today, that “other” Affairsvalentino blog never existed.

    The one pirated without any respect and caution was Evelyn's intellectual property. Then, Evelyn, seriously worried about Bret's threats and dealing with a complex period of her life and inexperienced in the use of so-called "social media", closed it impulsively, not realizing that by doing so she would have made it available for anyone to reopen it, even five minutes after its closure. Tracy Ryan Terhune, a person I am not afraid to call evil and perfidious, not just my opinion, did exactly that with a first post in which he wrote pretending to be Evelyn in first person, yet under the post there was the signature of the author TRT96.

    Let's not fool ourselves the maneuvers of Tracy Ryan Terhune are only and solely aimed at shutting our mouths and why? Because our research and discoveries, even with small errors, are truly revolutionary.

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  6. I too am disbelieving of the claim that Terhune’s blog “has been described within the Facebook Valentino community as a source that advances Valentino scholarship. They claim it endeavors to examine false myths and simply wrong information about Valentino in an unbiased way it endeavors to examine false myths and simply wrong information about Valentino in an unbiased way.” First of all, who is “they?” Secondly, I have never once seen Terhune’s blog linked on a Valentino forum, let along praised for its dispassionate, even handed exploration of Valentino scholarship. If the blog is unbiased, then why are Zumaya and Floris the only authors whose work has ever been examined? In more than 10 years! It’s laughable. And how exactly does the Valentino community profit from Terhune’s “expert vetting” of the Zumaya/Floris catalogue? Given that he is a woefully inarticulate individual with poor writing skills and limited intellectual capabilities, he has no expertise to bring to bear on his project.

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  7. We stand by you both. Keep telling your truth. It’s real and we hear you. We believe you. I have never, and will never, buy a damn thing they publish. I don’t believe in what they stand for and how they treat people. Not to mention, I don’t trust one printed word of theirs as being valid.

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    1. I think you might be throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Who is "they"? Mr. Ellenberger, Mr.Terhune, Ms. Hill, Ms. Leider? They are all respected members in Valentino studies. Bret probably on the edge and not within that more studied circle.

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    2. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Wow, I'm sure Allan Ellenberger would not be too thrilled at being associated with Tracy Terhune's vile blog, where David "Batista" Bret is allowed to run amuck and where you, as Dark Mum (how appropriate), also played in that polluted sandbox. Since Mr. Terhune's blog is a place for serious Valentino scholarship, why don't you, as Second Stooge on Mad About the Boy, post a link to it? We will be waiting.

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    3. I'm also sure Mr. Ellenberger, unlike Terhune and a few others, would not allow himself to be within a thousand miles of Bret, much less near enough for Bret to be hanging on the edge of that "charmed" circle.

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    4. Why would Ellenberger want to be part of the three ringed circus called MATB.

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  8. I second the recommendation that Martin/O’Bannon post a link to Terhune’s blog on Mad About the Boy! And I send Donna Hill and Rebecca Eash a hearty invitation to do the same on We Never Forget, which said ladies co administer with Terhune. Surely you are both delighted to laud the fine Valentino scholarship of your cherished colleague!

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  9. How is it that Mr. Terhune is preventing you from engaging a proofreader to go over this stuff? I'm not trying to be silly...just curious.

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    1. I think if you had knowledge of the scope of Tracy Terhune's efforts to ruin us online you would know the answer to that question. I think your even asking such a thing reveals you do know the answer. On various occasions we endeavored to retain professional services and were refused due to their not wanting to be a target of his attacks. People do find that blog and recognize the extreme levels of hate there. We have long since resolved to do the best we can on our own. People get attacked by Bret via Terhune's blog, if they support us openly and Terhune is complicit as he supports it all whole heartedly. Both Bret and Cindy Martin went after a young blogger who merely posted an interview she did with me. They terrorize anyone daring to be public in their support. And your referring to our books and works as "this stuff" reveals where you stand, Ms. O'Bannon, David Batista Bret, Mr. Terhune, Ms. Hill... whoever you are. Very transparent.

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  10. It actually goes beyond those Facebook groups and the affairsvalentino blog. There are other film message boards and discussion groups that the Floris' work is denigrated on when the topic of Valentino as a movie figure or cultural entity comes up. It's like a sickness that has spread throughout the internet by some so-called "Fans of the Boy".

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    1. It is heartbreaking to even read about that. When I think of all the years, all the fine and brilliant people including the Ullmans, the Mennillos who worked hard with me, the travel, the hours of work and discovery to have this small group of criminals brain wash so many people into thinking we are people we are not. They all deserve to be in jail. But I always tell myself it is a great compliment in some way because I must have done something really right to create a book that they so feared. Affairs Valentino is the gospel truth and they know that. Anyone chiming in with their bashing of us gets no respect from me. They are brainwashed sheeple thats all.

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    2. Don't believe the comment, Ms. Zumaya. I have never seen your work denigrated on any other boards or FB pages except those of Terhune, Hill, Gribbin, and Marytin. There are several FB Valentino pages that are run by adults who welcome discussion of your work. And, outside of Facebook, no one knows who this gang of nobodies are. People who want to know the truth are able to find it, because they don't rely on sad sack psychotics and relic hoarders to school them. And Batista Bret is universally hated (except by TRT), so no one takes a word he says seriously. Why do you think he survives on MAtB and WNF under various aliases? Believe me, your work is respected far above anything produced by these people of no importance.

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    3. These people's hatred is hard to live with but your work Evelyn will stand the test of time. Look at the legacy they will leave behind, no one will respect them after they finding the truth. It makes me angry at the way they are treating others just to seek approval. They are not scholars.

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