Sunday, April 3, 2022

The Absolute Validity of "The True Rudolph Valentino"

Within two days of our publication of Renato's translation of Baltasar Cue's book, The True Rudolph Valentino, Tracy Terhune did what he does with all of our books. He posted his maximum, mean-spirited and irrational trashing on the blog he runs, and has run since 2012, under the title of my book Affairs Valentino. Whenever we publish a book, Tracy Terhune hurries to get some bad commentary about it online as fast as he possibly can. He uses our new books to bully us even more, i.e. the following clips are taken from his post on Baltasar Cue's book:



Terhune could not be more wrong about any of that and he also made an error calling the title, "The True Story, etc." But the real issue is that he called the Cue manuscript "fiction". The Cue work was referenced in the PhD dissertation of Jeanine Villalobos and I cite the audio (see link below) of me reading the excerpt. For now this is a share only link. 

Tracy Terhune has recently made it known he is an avid reader of this blog. So I share this for his knowledge and I think a retraction is in order. I also hope he notices that this blog is not being run under the title of his book. But I have thought of doing that. What's fair is fair. 

"Regarding, The True Rudolph Valentino", please listen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OD673MLVxM4


30 comments:

  1. What does Tracy Terhune have against Jeanine Villalobos?

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    1. I wonder myself about that too! What does he have against Jeannine Vilalobos?

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    2. Rudolph himself was so upset about the rumours about him that he hired Cue to write his biography. Rudy himself! What don't they understand about the book? They are so deluded about Valentino, they want him to be weak willed, confused and ignorant. What an insult to Rudy s memory.IMO.

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  2. Unlike others, I do not have any truth but I am constantly looking for it and, if convinced, I can change my opinion.

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    1. Terhune is certainly getting desperate.

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    2. Well he certainly thinks whatever he says is true by default because he said it...but that is not the case at all. It is usually not the case. He is the first person and only person in history to impugn Cue. As I mentioned previously, all of the people Cue wrote about were then alive and well and none issued a peep of protest. Alberto endorsed the project and as we hear in Dr. Villalobos' dissertation, she lauds Cue's work as being truthful and genuine. One person stands alone in his criticism, that would be Tracy Terhune and his reasons have nothing to do with the book or Cue. It is because he is obsessed with ruining us and trashes anything we publish no matter how very wrong he is in doing so.

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    3. I do not understand why Villalobos does not say anything to Terhune. By that I mean reproach him for blasting Cues book on Valentino.

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    4. As a man sows so shall he reap.

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    5. Well said, Renato!

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  3. Se a qualcuno non piacciono le mie traduzioni se le faccia lui, se ne è in grado, e la smetta di pontificare a vanvera.

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    1. Thank you Renato for your dedication and inspiration.

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    2. DITTO ☝️

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  4. I wonder how Eleanor Gribbin feels about her idol, Terhune, her lackey O'Martin, and her giggling gang of Brets (Nicki V, Bastista, Edelman) criticizing a book that she has recommended several times on her forum? Oh, the drama...

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  5. Anyone wonder why Tracy Terhune and CL O'Martin never address the fact that Jeanine Villalobos used Cue as a primary source in her dissertation? It is because they are too cowardly to voice their blather directly to a member of the Valentino family. So they use Ms. Zumaya as a target. How courageous. If Dr. Villalobos ever confronted Terhune about Cue, he would need to get a new pair of knickers pronto. As far as O'Martin is concerned, Dr. Villalobos wouldn't waste her time on such a worthless, no-nothing ogress. Terhune must be desperate for an ally if he has to recruit O'Martin for support, particularly after dumping her several times in the past. Time to stop tapping that well, Terhune. It's dried up.

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    1. I think Dr. Villalobos could do a lot of good if she did confront Terhune, and did answer some questions regarding court records (return them) and Michael Morris' archival materials (return them). I dream on but think some good could come from her taking a stand. The family silence has always been deafening. As far as I have seen over the past 20 years, the family supports Terhune, shows up at his crypt fest and make appearances on his culty Facebook groups. Confusing to wonder how it all really fits together.

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    2. Terhune obviously never read the Villalobos dissertation despite positioning himself as a Valentino family insider. Actually, none of the distinguished Valentino Studies Community members have read it. And why would they? It contains complex sentences after all. I must say, the image of Terhune being schooled about Cue by Dr. Villalobos is hilarious. She would vaporize him with one withering look. Terhune’s desperate re enlistment of the ogress referenced at 4:24 AM, a person he has scorned in 100 ways, reunites two of hell’s creatures in their grotesque partnership.

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    3. LOL, 5:03! It's always been said you can tell a person by the friends they keep. Terhune buddies up with the Gorgon that is O'Martin and Bret the Mutant. That should tell anyone all they need to know about Terhune.

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  6. I would recommend following the link posted to anyone who wants to know Dr. Villalobos' opinion of Cue and why she used his articles in her dissertation. Then get the book and read Albert Valentino's perspective on Cue. It will definitely make you wonder why Terhune doesn't want you to read it, since he purports to be so close to the family.

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    1. The aspect of this that I cannot get over is why Terhune believes that he can and should determine what people read. Truly, who the hell is this person, to hold such grandiose notions about himself? When the Cue book was published, a couple of forum members posted about it, unaware of Terhune’s rabid eliminationist hostility toward Zumaya and Floris. Terhune quietly deleted the posts. He is a sinister cretin.

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    2. It is a defining aspect of a cult leader to censor and control information/reading material/literature, limiting knowledge and impeding the ability of his followers to think critically. He demands complete obedience and hoards Valentino's earthly remains as his mantel of authority. His ruthless elimination of any dissenting voices, in his mind secures his role as crypt keeper and cult leader. The most frightening aspect of this imo is how deeply some people have been brainwashed trying to please him. They believe his lies about us and perpetuate them and seem to have lost all moral bearing in the process. They skulk in his shadow under aliases, while attacking us, knowing he is pleased. It is a cult construct, a cult mentality and his zealous drive to eliminate us reveals a lack of genuine interest in Valentino. This is not imo a Valentino cult at all but a Tracy Terhune cult. What does he want? He wants us to be silent, to go away forever (his tick-tocking to our deaths) and dearly hopes he can manage to convince every person on earth we are basically exactly who he is.

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  7. Can someone please explain to me the provenance of the label “Valentino Studies Community?” Communities commune, number one. I am unaware of any credible study groups run by any of these pompous folks which meet on a regular basis to discuss books and research. The garish crypt gathering attended by out of shape sweat pant wearing obsessives with too much free time on their hands does not qualify. And what is the content of the “studies” that this community undertakes? Lord Constable’s blog, in which he shamefully reveals more about himself than Valentino? I invite anyone with the stomach for it to refer to his post about Valentino’s slave bracelet. Constable’s monstrously underfed ego compelled him to illustrate his blog entry with a 40 year old photo of himself, apparently nude, wet, reclined on an inflatable device and winking saucily at the camera. Oh, but he was wearing a bracelet, so it qualified as germane to the blog post’s subject matter! Gimme a break, you pathetic exhibitionist. Throw on a robe.

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    1. I prefer to call it the "Valentino Lies Community".

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    2. I think the term "Valentino Studies Community" comes from the delusion that a couple of Facebook pages that Eleanor Gribbin monopolizes serves as the twin platforms for discussion of all things Valentino.

      In reality, neither page is a place to find any "Studies" going on. These days, one of the main activities is for one of the Golden Girls to post a beefcake photo of Valentino that they may have found online somewhere. The expectation after posting the photo is that the "Community" responds one following another in the most salacious of ways what they would do if only they had "Our Boy" in the flesh ready and willing before them. This served up with the most cringe worthy emojis they can find underscoring their fantasies.

      Each evening's "Good Night Rudy" post caps another day of this group lust fest.

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    3. Sorry, 4:48. I don't have the stomach for it.

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  8. Sir Constable believes that he is truly the cat's meow.
    He loves doing the kind of photo postings like the bracelet on the raft. I once accidentally stumbled upon a more recent selfie photo of him on his Facebook page in which he had obviously just stepped on the shower and was dripping wet.
    One of his gentlemen followers made the first comment: "Marry me!".
    That was quite enough for me... couldn't go on.

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    1. Yuck.
      I've had the unpleasant misfortune of also seeing that legendary selfie of Sir Constable coming out of the shower.
      Besides the water dripping off of him, Sir C is also "seductively" rolling his tongue around his lips to the great delight of the fellows responding to the photo.
      It's one of those images that, once seeing it, you wish you could forget.

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    2. Why is it that none of Leider, Ellenberger, Zumaya Villalobos, or indeed any other person who has written about Valentino with any seriousness has ever felt the need to illustrate their work with pitiful “come hither” photos of themselves? I submit it is because (i) they are secure individuals, (ii) they realize that their work is about Valentino, and not themselves, and (iii) they are not sexually obsessed with Valentino. Lord Constable’s chronic compulsion to advertise his sexual availability (his shower photos screams “take me someone, please!”) is grossly disrespectful to Valentino and delegitimizes his constant self promotion as a Valentino scholar.

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    3. Well I could almost tolerate that kind of behavior if he was not an incredibly mean person. I do not say that to just put him down but I say it as fact from personal experience. He treated Renato terribly and his rudeness knew no bounds. Not so welcoming. He delegitimized himself as low as he could go with us instantly when he said, "Go Away", "Your fame precedes you!", and then threatening to report Renato to Facebook for harassing him. A thing like that can make one angry and you do not soon forget it.

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  9. I have bought and read Cue's book "The True Rudolph Valentino". While I am sure it îs not 100% representation of Velntino's life (it kind of follow The story line invented by the studios), there are definitely some anectodes and little known facts about Rudy în it. From my perspective, George Ulman's Memoirs îs The closest to reality ( even though even this one doesnt represent The whole truth).
    However, these 2 Men, Cue and Ulmann knwew Valentino personally and George Ulmann was a devoted manager and friend for years. So I trust their testimony more than other ficțional books written by people Who never knew him.

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