"Evelyn's naivety led her,
in the beginning of this sad adventure, to share with excitement what
she discovered and verified in chat rooms of the time. She then,
subsequently, exposed the false origins and untruths of the much
heralded "homosexuality" of Valentino.
Two characters immediately
unleashed themselves publicly, who still today spit poison and
defamation both at Evelyn and at me.
The characters in
question, ça va sans dire, are Tracy Ryan Terhune and David Bret.
They accuse us of their own behavior, of which there is very little
more shameless than theirs.
We have no interest in and
no use for lying, for hating, defaming, ridiculing anyone, opening hate blogs
under their book's titles, and just want to be able to deliver to the
true fans of Valentino what we have found and documented.
Evelyn is a person of
great integrity and kindness and there is little else she can do but
defend herself from the poisonous broadsides of those two, who would
like her to be forever silenced and perhaps dead.
Tracy says we are not
liked and calls us, "persona non grata", it would be more
correct to say "personae non gratae" but I am aware of his
I ask him, disliked by
whom? How can people dislike us if they can not even mention our
names in Terhune's subjugated Facebook groups, Mad About the Boy and
We Never Forget? How can people
dislike us if our long series of honest books is banned from a list
compiled by Donna Hill, which she claims to be all-inclusive of
everything ever published on Valentino?
Bret and Terhune have made
me a particular target of their name-calling and personal insults. I
want to say that I have always worked honestly, in many fields, and
this for me has been my great reward.
I add that both Evelyn and
I do not lie because we don't need to. Unlike like the professional
liar, David Bret, who literally invents incredible characters.
I was curious about his
latest claim that a French chansonnier Claude Rambeau was a gay lover
of Valentino. I really searched and searched and now believe Rambeau
never existed. Bret publishes, as a great scoop, a photo of this
I searched the photo and
found it comes from a collection of vintage gay images, with no
identification. I also add that the image will appear on a gay
culture calendar in publication for 2023 and that it will be the
iconic image for the month of August.
It seems all Bret needs as
“proof” someone was a gay lover of Valentino, is a cropped head
shot of the person and nothing more. Does he now just sit with a pair
of scissors and decide who will be the next “lover” of Valentino?
Snip. Snip. Is that his research?
Perhaps he could share
more about this person Rambeau, some documentation, and more than a
clumsily cut head shot from this publication. Here I share the
original image, which is so poorly cropped by Bret, from the 'Nakayoshi gentleman photo series from the latter half of the 19th
century to the beginning of the 20th century collection.' "