Thursday, April 14, 2022

My "Truthiness"

When I first published Affairs Valentino in the spring of 2011, it was shortly removed from Amazon with a notice I was to “work it out” with those making a claim of defamation against it. Of course I was defaming no one and telling the truth. I think those who pulled that off, have long since proven me 100% correct in accusing them. Ms. Martin even made a public claim to having Affairs Valentino removed from sale at that time. Even though she was then no where to be found. Again prompting the obvious question...who is she?

There was nothing untrue in the book and the case against it was fraudulent because “they” claimed the person publishing the book was the author and responsible for the content. She never was. They will howl and whine a wholly different version of events as they do with everything concerning Affairs Valentino. And in his panic to bury the book, Tracy Terhune even submitted a deposition to the court referring to the publisher as “self-publishing” my book. Impossible. It was and still is my work.

Now the publisher had other books in print and “they” did not go after them. The shameful and obvious attack on Affairs Valentino was a calculated scam to prevent people from ever reading the truth. The entire and documented story of this will be shared. But "they" have more than proven me correct over the years by sharing their malicious motivations and still do every day.

During the time frame that Affairs Valentino was available, a few thoughtful reviews were written and I share a few excerpts from one by Tony Bonn, who then had a newsworthy commentary blog called "The American Chronicle". His insight on Valentino is interesting. 

For example, his saying Valentino wanted to "transcend his materialistic morass", and his dividing Valentino's legacy into three "distinct periods". I am not sure I would agree, I think the advent of the internet would begin the "third period". However it is thought provoking. I did not know Mr. Bonn personally and had one exchange with him to ask permission to cite his fine and very lengthy review on the back of Affairs Valentino. At some point I will put his entire review on a Google document and post the link. For today I post a few excerpts. 




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  1. Mr. Bonn has nailed it with these words; “Zumaya has faced viciously barbaric opposition to her work …… This is a disastrous pity for she has done more than any other researcher to advance our understanding of this fascinating screen legend.” The self described “Valentino Studies Community” is a reactionary pack of minor league brutes. Michael Morris discovered this when he joined We Never Forget and the Valentino probate court records and Ullman memoir were deemed fabrications by rabid illiterates. As was the Villalobos dissertation (Villalobos herself was grotesquely insulted and, unbelievably, her attackers were not taken to task for maligning a sacred “Valentino family member”).

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    1. And how freely Tracy Terhune is allowed to call the Cue book, "fiction", and on that blog he runs under the title of the book he so hates. Unimpeded "they" dismiss any data that does not fit their narrow agenda and then besiege those who do present the data as the results of their research with that heavy and absolutely, "barbaric opposition".

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  2. Terhune is a tin pot dictator with a microscopic constituency. He has few options and he knows it. Hence his alliances with pariahs which he takes pains to conceal. No one is fooled. And what a constituency he has! Today Eleanor Gribbin furthers the robust scholarship of the Valentino Studies Community by reposting a four year old letter to the members of Mad About the Boy in which she describes being asked whether she was interested in seeing nude photos of an actor who isn’t Valentino and has nothing to do with Valentino. Why would she do this? As Gribbin explains, she performed a valuable service in alerting forum members to this overture because “from all the pics of Rudy in swimwear I believe it is safe to say that he was well endowed and it is also safe to say that you will never see a post from me on this subject, because while I appreciate Rudy’s attributes, the inevitable bawdy comments resulting will not be appreciated”. So, the old girl’s purpose in sharing her four year old smutty story is to display how respectful she is of Valentino? Haha!! This stuff can’t be made up folks!

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    1. What stood out to me the most about Gribbin's grubby little tale was, even though this forum member (guess who?) tried to unsuccessfully entice her with nude photographs of Valentino, she continued to keep the miscreant within the warm fold of MAtB. Apparently, if you politely disagree with Gribbin, you immediately get the boot. However, if you try to send her nude photographs, she won't even rap your knuckles. Go figure...

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    2. I think her point in resurrecting the 4 year old post about Valentino in the nude was to remind people of what he looks like in a form fitting bathing suit. She had an itch and had to scratch it. And then she wrapped it up in the pretense of defending his honor from the forum letches. Although yet she was suspiciously silent during a recent extended exchange where the size of Rudy’s feet in one photograph led to a gaggle of forum members noting what that implied about the size of other regions of his body. Just disgusting.

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    3. And there you have the greater Valentino Studies Community. 👆

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  3. The people who bend at the knee to Terhune and deny the existence of the documents Zumaya has discovered, are the same people who swoon at Valentino’s deeply moving declaration that “If ever I were to have a symbol attributed to me, it would be a heart, the outline!” Only problem is, Valentino never said this. One Wayne Hatford did. Hatford claims to have been chosen by Valentino to be in perpetual communication with him on matters philosophical. Hatford has published several books containing his dialogues with Valentino. Evidently leading members of the Valentino Studies Community have been unable to comprehend that the dialogues occurred entirely in the head of Wayne Hatford.

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    1. And who tried to pass the breathless pronouncement of Wayne Hatford off as a swoony declaration from Valentino? Why, it was Wayne Hatford's number one fan, Mary Lou O'Martin. Nice try, Shady Ma, but no cigar.

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    2. Attributing false quotes to another human being, particularly one who is unable to object because they are no longer alive, is contemptible. It doesn’t matter a bit that the quotes are flowery, generic, over the top brotherhood of man declarations. Example: “Love is our reason for being, THE reason why everything IS”. Another statement Hatford attributes to Valentino, made during one of their innumerable deep life chats. Valentino never made any such statement, and yet there are people in the VSC who believe he did. This is just all kinds of wrong.

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    3. Not only is it contemptible to credit meaningless quotes to another person, but, undoubtedly, Valentino would also be insulted by the sheer witlessness of the vapid quote above. This unimaginative statement would not even pass muster as a nugget from Chicken Soup for the Soul. I think Mr. Hatford needs to readjust his channeling antenna.

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    4. Poster at 2:53 AM - exactly! Valentino couldn’t have sounded so hackneyed if he tried! And yet, it appears to be part of the VSC orthodoxy to respect Mr. Hatford’s Hallmark greeting card cast offs as though they issued directly from the sensuous lips of Valentino. Include me out!

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  4. Why do they keep this up? Why beat their brains out trying to sound professional when they clearly cannot bring any more truth to light? A waste of time and effort on their part. Trying to imitate you and Renato to prove that you two are wrong.

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  5. This is an excellent review of Affairs Valentino. If you haven't bought the book yet, this review should convince you.

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