Friday, June 17, 2022

In Remembrance

It is hard for me to believe that it was five years ago when Michael Morris passed away. He has missed some things which have happened since his passing: the revelation that Svetoslav Roerich's mother, Helena was the one to call her son home to India and break off his engagement to Natacha. Michael always thought it was the father, Papa Roerich who made the demand. He also did not know that the reason Helena Roerich called Svetie to her side was that she believed Natacha to be the reincarnation of Bathsheba. This was revealed to me by the Spanish Roerich Society as I completed Michael's Roerich chapter in Beyond Valentino.

Michael passed away not knowing that Natacha and Svetoslav lived together and were engaged for three years. I guess when we all go, fabulous things will not cease to be because life goes on. New things get discovered. But I hope in some way Michael does know.

I realize in posting this remembrance of my dear friend, the Valentino Gaslighting Narcissists will begin with their tired old comment provocation. They will chant in unison how I took advantage of Michael's work and his family to promote myself, etc. That is the provocation even though they know it is not true at all. Beyond Valentino was Michael and Renato's project in the beginning and I was acting as a behind-the-scenes collaborator. 

When he died, it broke my heart to think of his work and dream being lost and forgotten. After working with him on the book for a couple of years by then I had all the materials, his plan was laid out, I knew what he wanted to do. I never doubted for one minute that I would do anything but work hard to finish his book and do the best job possible. 

My name appeared on the book because the Superiors of the Dominican Order in Berkeley insisted this be the case and it was never a move by me to exploit Michael's death. The accusation this was my motivation is made by people who not only do not know me, but who will not stop trying to destroy me.

Michael was a deeply devoted supporter of me, my work and at a time when no one else was. He talked me through years of investigation and how he loved to be the detective. We were so excited with each discovery, each interview I did and he would anxiously await the phone call. I remember once talking to him from the airport in Irvine after an interview with Bob Ullman. Michael and I met many times over the years before I moved to Italy; often in cafes in Berkeley where we gabbed nonstop for hours about our topics: Rudolph Valentino and Natacha Rambova.

Every Christmas I gave him a gift of some brandy or cognac which I knew he loved. And he would say he would share it with the other priests in the house. When I lived in Los Angeles years later, he came to my home and on two occasions he cooked me dinner. We inspired adventure in each other as friends and made many, many great memories together. 

The most precious memory I have of Michael is hearing his voice on the phone so chipper, “Hi E!!” He would never let me be discouraged about Affairs Valentino, always kept me on the path and when I wrote him I thought it a very bad idea to put my name anywhere on Beyond Valentino, he scoffed. He then wrote me that the “devil's brigade” would "hoot and holler" but we could never let them run our lives.

So I say to the “Devil's Brigade”, go ahead and, "hoot and holler", and send along your provocations. It only takes me a word or two to recognize the intent and then I slide it in the trash file. I know you believe you are doing God's work in keeping your noses glued to this blog, but when a priest refers to you all as the "devil's brigade", that might make you want to take pause. 

Today I remember my great friend and supporter and send all love his way wherever he may be. Below a post he made on a Valentino chat room long ago which I cherish and below that a picture I took of Michael on one of our fun, adventurous days! 



I never forget... for the record:






39 comments:

  1. Nothing new amongst the many falsehoods contained here. Next topic, please.

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    1. Well 11:43: "Hoot and Holler" number one delivered within minutes.

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    2. And 11:43: And within 20 minutes of my original posting.

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    3. Yankee Doodle NoodleJune 18, 2022 at 12:53 AM

      This is just more proof that the Hoot and Holler gang is constantly monitoring your blog, even though they like to tell everyone how uninterested they are in Evelyn Zumaya. What a gang of witless feebs.

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    4. They are following this blog around

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  2. My my , 11:43 you really do not have a life, do you? Everything that has been posted here is true. So go back ro your disgruntled life. Hater

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  3. A priest calling other human beings "the Devil's brigade"? Nice. Even better, sharing that dubious comment at this late date.
    If there is a shred of reality in any of this, it seems to me Father Morris would have done well to focus more upon his ministry rather than camping it up with Evelyn and enabling her unique brand of fan fiction.

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    1. I have shared that many times, 12:30. And there is no one more qualified to refer to people as the "devil's brigade" than a priest. Its their business. The Dominican Friars led the inquisition so Michael, as one.. would know well on which side someone was on.

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    2. I guess you don't know many priests.

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    3. He wrote this all to me in e-mails which I have posted previously. Michael also used to call the "team", "Satan's Angels".

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    4. I have cut off any more comments by the "team" because they got too ugly and heavy too fast. Enough. I choose to ponder Michael's legacy and his remarkable research abilities and how blessed I was to have him as mentor for many years.

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    5. Comment 12:30, We all know you are the person who is eaten up with jealousy because Michael Morris completely ignored you. You reek of envy. It drips from every pore of your being.

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    6. 12:57: That could be said of all of them.

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  4. I distinctly remember when Michael Morris posted this notice on the Yahoo version of We Never Forget. Several members responded with excitement and gratitude that Michael had decided to make himself available for discussion and elevate the forum. I was one of them, although, from the get go, I had a nagging suspicion that his tenure would be short lived. It took almost no time for the disgusting folks who, nearly 20 years later, are still in the slash and burn game, to curdle Michael’s good will. He signed off in utter disgust, and I could not blame him. Michael was a preternaturally gifted judge of character, and he refused to suffer fools. He found them in abundance on We Never Forget.

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    1. I will add that as much as these "fools" tried to feign a friendship with Michael after he passed away, they abused him terribly for his affiliation with me during his life. I have years of screenshots to prove this statement where they called him all sorts of defamatory names. David Bret even tried to disgrace him by sending Michael's Superior a copy of the intro I wrote for Affairs Valentino claiming it was obscene. The "team" went the extra mile demeaning Michael in life.

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    2. During Michael's life none of these "team" members defended him against Bret's attacks... but after his death, they knew they were safe to claim anything and did. They attacked his posthumous book as just another way to get at us. None of them had a moment of actual relationship or friendship with this great man.

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    3. David Bret called Michael Morris, "Padre Liberace" for years and still to this day, Tracy Terhune sponsors Bret's insults and lies by providing him with a platform to do so.

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    4. Tracy Terhune should be ashamed of himself for giving David Bret free rein on his social media platforms. But he actually encourages Bret to write such filth, while whining about getting his feelings hurt from this blog.

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    5. Terhune himself insults the Floris, mocking them.

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    6. It is a key point in the definition of bullying for the bully to position themselves as the sympathetic victim. All the collected evidence proves otherwise.

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  5. "I don't think anyone reads his crap except for his handful of depraved friends." - Michael Morris (see email above)

    Morris had them all pegged.

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    1. 3:48: He did. In the first few days after Michael's death, Bret began posting and tweeting about him in the worst possible way and one of Michael's students found it. He tried to take Bret on to defend Michael and it broke my heart to see this young man's earnest efforts. None of them can deny this all happened exactly as I said it did because we documented it all. One of the plus sides of the internet, it is preserved on servers even if deleted.

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  6. Monkey see, Monkey do. Terhune whined and complained yesterday about how the big bad Floris have 'bullied' him. Immediately, Benito Floran jumps in with "I'm sorry that they feel the need to do that to you, Tracy".
    And then we have Bret coming in with his list of times he's been 'picked on'.
    Then Cuz ShadyMa gets her juices flowing with her treatise on 'bullying'.

    As Ms. Zumaya has said....they are all one. Michael Morris had it right about this team!

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    1. Classic behavior by bullies. I have responded and defended myself for a decade of my life to have some truth about Renato and I and our work be known. I have never run a deceptive blog under the title of their books, never addressed their parents by their first names, never written about their deaths and health in a mocking way, never organized a team of people to bully as proxies. I never had their books removed from sale, etc. etc. The evidence collected and the fact Terhune runs that blog at all, proves who the bullies are. Tracy Terhune is only the victim of himself. I am not the first person he and Bret have done this to. I hope I will be the last. And all because he did not like Affairs Valentino. Who goes to these lengths over a book? Bret lost a lawsuit we filed against him for defamation. He lost 100%. A judge ruled his language about us to be extreme and far exceeding the legal defamation definition.

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    2. 4:34: Its not really necessary for you to post a play by play of their wicked behavior.

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    3. All this trouble over a book?

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    4. 5:26 PM, I have the same question. But I think it is best posed to Terhune. One cursory glance at the depraved blog he has maintained for 20 years for the SOLE purpose of condemning Evelyn Zumaya and Renato Floris suggests something much larger than their books is eating at him. As you are doubtless closely connected to him, I request that you probe his motivations with him. He cannot be a well man, or an appropriately emotionally developed one.

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    5. Strawberry FieldsJune 18, 2022 at 7:41 PM

      This whole discussion about the team's bullying is a perfect example of how when Terhune snaps his fingers the rest all fall in line behind him.
      Bret often uses the terms "we" & "us" to show that he is one with Terhune and the rest. Sorry Bret. You are only used as a pawn by the Leader and his minions. You are not part of any "we" & "us" for them. They despise you.

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  7. Ms. Zumaya needs to get a life ... Something to think about besides Rudolph Valentino controversies and differences of opinion.

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    1. Well the hypocrisy Miss Piggy. You spend all day trolling me and my blog sending in harassment and hate and yet I need to get a life? I think that was some obvious projection on your behalf.. oink. oink... Find something else to do. I have a wonderful life full of loving family, friends and plenty of fun. No need to worry about me. I defend myself and our work here from you all... it is not "controversy". It is bullying by you and yours. I chose your comment out of the steaming heap of filth I received on this post on Michael to respond yet again. Your insipid comment is ludicrous. This is my blog and I can post what I wish.

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    2. Evelyn does NOT post anonymous comments, I am one of her supporters,I have a few of their books and they are excellent books. Will not post my name on this blog because those people will give me trouble as they have done to anyone who has supported them.

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    3. Piggy 7:16, you can only dream of the life Ms. Zumaya leads as you furiously monitor her blog and pound out your inane and shallow musings. You radiate jealousy with every thought you express. Go do some charity work or something.

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    4. Evelyn: "This is my blog and I can post what I wish."

      Yes, of course that is true. But, if you hope to be taken seriously by the community, there needs to be some fairness, decency and proper moral restraint exercised.

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    5. 8:15: Let me be the first to inform you of something. One, I do not care what the "community" as you call it... thinks of me at all and Two, they (your community) are never "fair" or "decent" and exercise no, "proper moral restraint" (none). News flash for you: They (your community) are all thugs.

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    6. To 8:15 And just who are you to talk about decency! You trolled someone just because they gave good reviews for Evelyn books. You bully people just for giving good reviews about the Floris books how is that decent? And you tell lies about them how is that decent? Don't you ever talk about moral restraint, coming from you that the height of hypocrisy.

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  8. The suggestion that there is a cohesive Valentino “community” is absurd. Instead, there is a handful of strange people who relentlessly promote themselves online and try to outdo one another by gassing on about (i) the size of their Valentino relic/photograph collection, (ii) their close relationship with “the Valentino family” (which seems always to mean one person - Sylvia Huber), (iii) their tales about touring Falcon Lair, Taranto, and Castellaneta (iv) their imminent magnum opus about Valentino, (v) the many times they have been told they resemble Valentino (yikes!), and (vi) their blood kinship with Rambova, just to name a few of their favorite topics. The things they share are humdrum lives and a burning hatred/suspicion of one another. Hell, I guess that makes them a community after all.

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    1. Inherent Vice, you could not have written it better.

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    2. One thing they also share is their extreme jealousy of Evelyn. They know she is miles ahead of them in Valentino knowledge and study.

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    3. What does fairness, decency and proper moral restraint have to do with the VSC? Backstabbing, lying, jealousy, and pompous showboating seem to be the preeminent qualities of the VSC.

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