Friday, July 7, 2023

A Reminder and Disclaimer. Again.

 All right. Lord help us. The internet is full of all the things, Folks.

Please let me remind all you that this is a blog. What is that, exactly? It's a place to post info, but also for me to give some of my own thoughts and feelings about them. Those of you who know my writing style know the way in which I separate conjecture from fact.

For those of you who have trouble understanding, let me assure you I mean no offense or dishonor to anyone from the past. If my opinion of them makes you unhappy, then do remember it is just that -- my opinion. It is not personal, and I could very well just be misinformed. 

So don't be nasty.


Right! SO!

Here's us a little Bobby to sweeten the pot. This screencapture is courtesy of Juli over at f0rbobby on Instagram.

And it perfectly fits the bewildered expression that I was wearing moments ago when I opened by Inbox...

Friday, March 3, 2023

Eighty-Sixth Birthday Spotlight on a Fan - Meet Juli


I just want to say, my readership is amazing. I have somehow JUST NOW seen that I had comments to approve and reply to from December, and if yours was one of them, I am so very sorry. I'm going to try to change some notification settings in hopes that I'll see them a little more quickly in the future. 

So here we are again--another year out from Bobby's birth. It has been really interesting for me this year, as I now work as an activity director at an assisted living facility, and a good ninety percent of my residents are right around Bobby's age. It really gives perspective into what his life might be like now, and I'm always learning new things about the social climate of past decades. It keeps him close to me...

I know I posted this very early on, but Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda, and Morgan Freeman will also be eighty-six this year. I've wondered many times if Jack Nicholson recalls being in an acting group with Bobby back in the late fifties, as we heard he was, along with Dean Stockwell (whom we sadly lost last year). But of course, given Nicholson's fame, good luck reaching him to ask the question I suppose...

Okay, enough of that. What I'd like to do today in honor of Bobby's 86th is do a Spotlight of a Fan. This young lady runs one of the Instagram accounts I've referred to earlier, f0rbobby (note the 0 for the first o, if you want to look her up), and I've been struck by how dang much she sounds, actually! We seem to think a lot alike about Bobby, taking apart his work, his own words about himself and the words others have spoken to find out everything we can about the actual man. It was in that spirit that I contacted her and asked her to answer some questions for me! 

So with no further ado, I'd like to introduce Juli!


1. First things first! How did you become a fan of Bobby? 

"Well, it started with becoming a major Disney’s Peter Pan fan. I never really had a deep connection to the movie when I was younger like some other people have had (I only had it on VHS, and I couldn’t figure out how to work the VCR when my parents weren’t around), so I really only saw the movie maybe once a year, if at all. Around late 2020 I had a newfound interest in it again, so I decided to look up the movie on Google. To my surprise, when I went to “Cast and Crew”, Bobby was the only photo that had him as a child, while Kathyrn Beaumont’s photo was more recent. I felt unsettled, partly because of the whole “never grow up” thing, and I figured Bobby must’ve died when he was a child, hence the photo (they have a photo of him from 1950). My curiosity got the best of me, and I clicked on his profile, the Entertainment Weekly article and multiple other links, discovering his sad story. His story was so unique, it never left my mind after I read about him. Almost subconsciously, I began watching the Lost Boy documentary, all of his shows…then his movies…then finding almost everything I could about him– which is something I rarely do. That, I think, was the start of my admiration for him."

2. Other than his untimely death, what was something about Bobby’s life, story or personality that has captivated you? 

"Bobby’s life was certainly unique in many aspects, but what captivated me the most was how unapologetic he was about his sensitive personality. I think it’s a stereotype that most people usually depict guys in the ‘50s as being aggressive in demeanor with a superiority complex, but reading Bobby’s interviews, it is clear to me that he wasn’t afraid to make known that he loved the arts, and his love for other people. He talked about how he liked reading, writing, creating art and poetry, and listening to music, something I know many people even today look down upon as being of lesser value. His loyalty toward people he loved and how generous he was (including strangers; for example mowing people’s lawns and helping them move for free) truly made me adore his personality even more."

3. If you could point to a single factor that might have caused Bobby’s ultimate demise at the hands of drugs, what would it be? (just to give an example, in case that was worded weird: I personally see it as being the fact that drug rehab and NA groups were not as accessible or of the quality that they are now. For some people it might have been the Disney breakup, having a family at such a young age, the way his parents treated him, etc. I think it was a combination of all those factors, but what one stands out to you?)

" Although many people pin the blame on Disney when it comes to the root cause of Bobby’s drug use (initially, I did the same), I believe it was more than just the firing that led to his drug use, and to his demise. I have a big, long conclusion for what I think, but I’d like to provide context first. Around 1951/1952, I was able to deduce from his letters to Patricia Nolan that Bobby tried to get drunk occasionally, and that’s usually typical from teenagers, but in my experience with that kind of thing, it usually leads to being open to more things. I understand everyone's experience is different, and in no way at all am I saying alcohol is some sort of gateway to drugs, this is just how I have observed it with friends of mine. We know Bobby got moved to public school around this time also, where he encountered bullies and resorted to making friends with the “misfits” of the school, some who were probably drug users. From what I’ve read over the years about accounts from child stars, there is likewise an unhealthy amount of exposure to more adult activities, namely drinking and drugs, and the classy Old Hollywood was no exception. Furthermore, Bobby could’ve also been exposed to that. He even said that he hung out with older people exclusively, and that’s usually the case for child actors in Hollywood– they’re mostly in the company of adults. At the time of his firing, I presume Bobby was still trying to adjust to public school, trying to balance film work, school, and homelife, all while seeking some sort of validity and understanding for himself. Obviously, the Disney firing was a turning point, which I think caused the drive of desperation, and possibly leading to the instability that made him an easy target for trying drugs. I’m not saying this is true for everybody, but when something life-changing happens, it can be a major setback to someone. I believe Bobby looked up to Walt as a father figure, and the security of his contract meant he didn’t have to look for work right away. But with the carpet pulled out from beneath him, I can understand if that’s why many people believe that was Bobby’s reason for trying drugs. Moreover, I’m not sure how much the beatnik culture affected his decision. I did a little research on beatniks, and many people associated them with being drug users, so perhaps he was influenced by that in addition. Having a family young may have impacted on how much he was using everyday, due to the stressful environment and attempting to find work to support his family, but it’s difficult for me to think that specific factor was what caused his demise. Despite all this though, I would probably say the lack of adequate rehabs was the main factor that led to his demise, because I’ve read stories about people who had a downfall just as low as Bobby’s was, but they managed to overcome their addiction with the help of these centers. Unfortunately, society’s stigma and the products of its time were against Bobby. I’m not sure how effective Chino was, and returning to Suzanne, or associating with other drug users was not going to help him either. I mention society’s stigma because he was barred from acting jobs and his legal records had made him lose normal jobs as well, which contributed to the depression. I don’t think moving to New York did him any favors, because of the notoriety of the Factory– Bobby was still in that environment of drug use, so it’s hard to say which factor counted against him the most. It’s a very complicated thing for me to pinpoint, so I’d say I agree with you about rehabs being insufficient, although I think having a stronger support system could’ve helped Bobby greatly during those rough periods of his life as well."

4. What do you wish the rest of Bobby’s story would have looked like had he not fallen prey to his addiction?

"I would have liked to see Bobby’s wish of telling his life story be granted. Bobby seemed to be pretty desperate when he wrote to Truman Capote about it, and I’m sad that it never came to fruition… Most of all though, I would’ve loved to see Bobby living out the rest of his life with his family. Bobby was robbed of getting the chance to be a father because his addiction stole the best years of it away, but I think Bobby wanted to care for his children despite these limitations. He mentioned wanting to regain custody of his son and in the interview “The Terrifying Life of an Ex-Child Star”, Suzanne says that the reason Bobby had injured his foot was because he was “showing off for the kids”. I believe he still wanted to spend time with them and loved them with all his heart, but unfortunately that’s where the drugs interfered. So seeing Bobby enjoying family life would be the best thing for me, as well as putting aside time for his hobbies and interests (making collages, poetry, etc.). I agree with your thoughts that if Bobby were to do some acting on the side, it would be more occasional and television-focused, although it would be nice to see him in movies from time to time. A reunion with the cast of Peter Pan would be absolutely lovely, and some interviews here and there would be great too (but with Bobby’s consent, because I feel interviews overwhelmed him during his stardom, and understandably so). The possibilities are endless whenever I think of them, because Bobby had so much potential for future acting projects and also skill when it came to normal jobs. It could’ve taken so many different paths…it saddens me that we never got to see any of that. But overall, I wish the rest of his story was filled with hope, opportunities, and happiness for him."

5. What life lessons do you feel Bobby has taught you from beyond the grave? 

"Speaking very personally here, I believe Bobby’s story has taught me empathy more than anything else. Before I discovered Bobby’s story, I always believed I was a generally open-minded person toward other people like him, but I didn’t fully realize how I changed my thoughts toward drug addicts and people with mental health issues– until I found his story. In retrospect, I feel ashamed that I even used to think like that, and I’m sad that it took me so long to recognize that those people have made mistakes just like the rest of us, and are just as deserving of dignity than anyone else. Part of me wanted to blame it on immaturity, or outside influences, but those were my thoughts, and I’m glad that my perception has changed. His story taught me that there is always a more complicated side of humanity than just what we see on the outside. I will always be grateful that he helped me realize that."

6. Other thoughts you’d like to share? 

"I’d like to comment something about how the media treats Bobby today. He is treated as some sort of clickbait “Childhood Ruined” stories just because of how his life ended. While we can’t ignore the tragedy that fell upon him, it’s a very limiting way of thinking of someone like that. Bobby was more than his death, and he was more than just a “Disney kid”. It’s expected that people only focus on the negative, but why can’t we also talk about how much sensitivity Bobby had or how intelligent he was? Why can’t we focus on how accepting and non-judgemental Bobby was instead? Sure, Bobby had low points throughout his life, but he also had hopes and dreams that have become overshadowed by his tragedy. To be honest, I’m not sure this perception of him will ever fade. But as fans, we can try to do our best to let people know that Bobby is more than that, and that people shouldn’t just assume anything about his life– that’s how things get twisted and they become misconceptions, especially if they don’t know anything about it. Bobby had beauty and joy in his life, not all of it was darkness."

Thank you so much to Juli for participating! I absolutely loved reading your answers, and the thought you put into each one. Bobby's legacy won't be in danger of dying if we always have younger fans like yourself cropping up regularly.

If anyone else would like to speak into Juli's answers, or have answers of your own you'd like to share, please comment back! I promise I'll answer before three months has gone by this time...

As for Bobby, have a happy, happy birthday in heaven, this time with your daughter. But know you are still well beloved down here on earth.

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Bobby As Imagined in 2022... Plus some recommended Instagram accounts!

 So today I have something awesome to show off! This is courtesy of a fan called Tanga, who was kind enough to make me aware of this youtube video: 

Child Actors that Died Young: How Would They Look If They'd Lived Longer

Needless to say, when she sent me this link, I RAN. 

This absolutely blessed my socks off, y'all. I can't tell you how many times I think about what Bobby would be like as an old man. Why, you ask, does it matter so much to me? 

I might have said this before, but I'm the activity director for a memory care facility (think Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia), and almost all of the residents I serve are somewhere within a two year of when Bobby was born. These were his peers, the people he would have grown old with. So I'm constantly wondering things like, would Bobby be one of the men I have to constantly remind to stay sitting in his wheelchair so he wouldn't take off down the hall and fall? Would he fight tooth and nail when the PCA's tried to change his clothes? Would he make suggestive remarks to every woman who passed him? Now keep in mind, before you yell "Bobby would NEVER do that!" that, when senility takes hold on a person's mind, it can change them at worst and cause their inhibitions to drop at best. 

Maybe he would never suffer from dementia at all, and would instead live over on the other side of the building with the "assisted living" folks. That's what I would hope for. 

Anyway, we do know he would have been SMALL. He was already short at 5'7, but then when you remember the inches people lose anyway in old age, he might have shrunk to 5'2 or so. I really like how these people have his nose as wider and no longer upturned as it had been in his youth, as that's something that happens in elderhood too. I found out not long ago that our noses never stop growing. 

I think I've said this before, and that is that if ever a Peter Pan documentary was made (and there have already been a couple of short versions) with Margaret Kerry, Kathryn Beaumont, etc. in an alternate reality when Bobby was still living, he would doubtlessly be the center of all the interview questions. In such a case, I view him being informative in his answers, intelligent in how he provided them, and very, very witty. It was said to be part of his charm that he had a good sense of humor and could be quite charismatic. What I see the most, though, is that at the very end of the production, he would look into the camera and give a merry wink. 

I know a lot of people say, and I agree, that Bobby didn't necessarily relish his involvement with Peter Pan in his adulthood. It's what he is best remembered for now, and we all like to add charm to him by quoting little things from the movie and all that. I know I definitely do it, because Peter Pan is an acknowledged fandom. Where we can't find memorabilia of Bobby Driscoll, we can find plenty for Peter Pan. However, it's safe to say that that's probably not what he would want to be known for. Chances are, it would have been the things he was keen to embark on in adulthood--his art, his poetry, and sure, maybe his acting, but probably in the other projects he hoped to be associated with if he ever made a comeback. 

But I also tend to think that, as an older man, he would have come back around to embrace Peter Pan and the fact that so many fans fondly remember him in that role. For that reason, I one hundred percent see him being involved in the interviews, documentaries, tributes, and so on. 

As it stands, though, Bobby will never be able to do that. It makes me sad sometimes to see things like this and be reminded of what he never had, all the memories he never got to make with his family and friends--and what he couldn't accomplish. It brings to mind the lyrics of the hauntingly beautiful song at the end of Jordan Allender's commentary on YouTube sung by Alex Sherman.

Say you love me
Say you do
'Cause there are so many things in this world that I couldn't do.

But we as his fans love him despite what he couldn't do. We love him instead for who he was. 

So! Let's focus on that, and let me change the melancholic ending of this post to a lighter one by telling you guys who to follow on Instagram if you want some quality Bobby content. Of course I want people to ALWAYS follow me, but I'm aware these good ol' blogs of the aughts and teens are dying out to make way for the newer tributes of TikTok and Insta. So, particularly for younger fans, here are some accounts worth following!

This person just did some really excellent, lifelike colorized photos of Bobby. These have been done before, but I feel like they were really nailed this time.

Another really good account, this one containing good commentary and thoughts behind the things posted. 

If you're more into the Peter Pan end of Bobby's career, this is a good one to follow. This person's content is made up mostly of the film/franchise, but they also have some good Bobby pictures and sentiments posted. 

Know of anyone else I should feature here? Let me know! 

Monday, May 23, 2022

"Mean Dean" Doesn’t Have the Last Word


So many of you are probably already aware, by the fact that it's going viral, about the Disney+ new Chip 'n Dale film that was just released on the platform a few days ago...

...And how it seems to have totally exploited and downright mocked Bobby's own harrowing story. 

You can read article after article about it almost anywhere on the internet right now, but here is a good one, complete with Twitter links, if you want the full story.

By now we all know my devotion to Bobby's memory--hence my starting this blog--but I consider myself a pretty objective person, probably to a fault. If anything, I tend to always assume people have the best and purest of intentions when they often don't. But I seriously took issue with this. 

My initial impression, when first introduced to the character of "Mean Dean" one morning when I was scrolling through my news feed, was that it was pretty careless of Disney to create a character intended to be a grown-up Peter Pan whose life had gone sour--a "nod", if you will, to Bobby's own fate. I didn't necessarily think it was a complete attempt to be mean-spirited, simply that it was careless. I was disappointed in the whole thing, and more than a little annoyed.

Then, we learn that the character is not only a drug-lord, he was apparently kicked to the curb by "the studio" because he developed acne as he grew up. 

Okay--that is no coincidence. 

Do I think the writers were trying to be Grade A jackasses? Not necessarily. They didn't know Bobby personally, and there would have been no reason for them to be spiteful and vindictive. But I do think they must have thought the whole thing to be clever and funny, and maybe even thought that if they used Bobby's story in this tacky way, nobody would care. 'Cause, you know, it's been seventy years. Right? To boot, this was all done by people who haven't even bothered to list their first live-action star in the Disney Hall of Fame. 

Well, newsflash: there are fans

And guys, I cannot tell you how proud I was of the Bobby Driscoll fan base, which may have even included some of you, who stood up for Bobby on social media and let the world know this wasn't going to fly under the radar. Up until now, I honestly thought Bobby's fans were few and far between. But now I know better. Bobby's pain was very real, and has clearly reverberated through time to strike through the heart of some of us living decades later. His profound suffering may not have been realized during his lifetime, but it is now. And I believe that counts for something very big.

So, a few thoughts here:

I was asking myself this morning, feeling heartbroken over the whole thing, what would Bobby have thought about all this? How would he react if, over time and space, he was able to know the extent to which Disney has disrespected his legacy? 

The first thing I feel would happen is, he would hang his head in shame. Bobby never intended to lead the life he ended up with. Yes, he made his own choices--that's true. I tend to give a lot of grace here, however, because you guys have got to remember, we cannot look at addiction in the 1950's through the lens of what we know now. It was a totally different world back then, and programs like AA--which was pretty much all there was--were just gaining momentum. There are systems set up now, however flawed they may be, to help people caught in the throes of addiction to get clean and stay clean. But back then? Drugs, to Bobby, were an escape. And by the time he realized they were killing him, he probably had no idea how to stop. Yes, there was Chino, but in the early days of substance abuse treatment, how effective was it?

I guess all that to say, I think Bobby might have been harder on himself than anybody else ever was on him. And realizing that his life went up in blazes due to a few bad choices must have hurt him deeply when he had moments lucid enough, through the haze of heroin, to think about it. Bobby was known to have been very sensitive, in constant search of purpose. Knowing what others ended up making of his life, reducing it only to his bad decisions and eventual demise, I tend to think would cause him grief to no end because he isn't here to explain to them, "This is my story--this is how it all happened. The fact that this is all that's left of me to talk about isn't the way it was supposed to be." Therefore, I think his posture would be one more of sorrow than of anger.

Something I think would make him angry, however, is the fact that this is all incredibly disrespectful to his family. As we know, his daughter Aaren died recently, but he still has two more living children. And grandchildren, who never knew him and might be a little farther removed from the situation, but are probably still sensitive to their parents' pain. Bobby may have made some poor decisions regarding his family during the height of his drug use, but I believe he loved his children and would not want them hurt by the cruelty of people mocking him. His fatherly instincts, I think, can best be shown by the way a magazine (or newspaper) article published after Dan's birth but right before Aaren's quoted him as saying, "[His children] would NOT be child actors." This shows his protective spirit in regards to his kids. They've been through plenty, having gone a lifetime unable to relish the comfort of having both their parents with them. If anything would cause Bobby to lash out over all of this, I think it would be concern for his children's emotions. 

But, in the end, this: 

I think he would feel incredibly honored--not by the depiction of his life, issued him by Disney in this new movie, but by the fact that so many people DO see his value, enough to take up for him in spite of his mistakes...

...remember him. 

Time is passing, and the flame of Bobby's memory is flickering. Most who knew him well have died, and people nowadays seem to have shelved his story to the archives of history--a sad legend from long ago, but one that has no bearing today. And we can't change that. But in speaking up despite it all, and reminding people that Bobby lived once, that he was an actual human being with a story we can never truly know the depth of, we can counteract all the negative impressions of him that are probably not finished being given. 

And I know that, wherever he is, that would give him something to smile about. 

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Aaren Hope

You guys, I just found out Aaren, Bobby's second child and oldest daughter, has passed away from cancer. I know from having watched her Facebook page in recent years that she battled cancer hard and fearlessly. She loved both of her parents and even though she had very few memories of her dad, she honored his legacy the best way she knew how.

I was saddened earlier to think how I'm not sure she ever made it to Hart Island to see his grave. But that would only have been the next best thing to what she's seeing now--him in person. I truly believe he and Marilyn were there to welcome her, and maybe she had the chance to feel what it was like to be that little girl again, running into their arms.

I didn't really know Aaren, and admittedly didn't always understand her perspective on her dad's fans. It seemed very difficult for her to trust any of us. I think she and her family just had some very hurtful experiences over the years in regards to her dad's legacy and she felt very protective of his memory. The only way I was ever able to relate to it was knowing how I felt about my own daddy, who died five years ago. Fathers, for good or for bad, are so often a girl's first love. And I don't think it was any coincidence that she breathed her last around the very same time Bobby breathed his. 

Aaren, this is to you. Rest happily ever after.

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Bobby's 85th

Well, it's 10:25p on March 3rd, so suffice it to say I've not posted this a minute too soon for Bobby's birthday. I was going to just wait until I have time to do the thing I wanted to do for this day to say anything at all, but never in five years have I missed posting on Bobby's actual birthday. I wasn't going to let it by me today, either, even though it was late when I got here. 

I also kept my annual tradition of baking a birthday cake. In '16, when I first became a fan, I hadn't had the idea of the cakes soon enough to bake one, so I didn't get started with that until '17, when I made a Southern Caramel cake (I try to go with the theme of vintage or old-fashioned cakes). In '18 I made a really good lemon cream cake, and I get '19 and '20 backwards: one of those years I did a chocolate cake, and the other I did a yellow cake with chocolate icing. Last year I did the best red velvet cake you would ever have had in your life, and this year I thought I'd beat the awesomeness track record and make a cake from a magazine that was published during his actual lifetime. What I found was a Coconut 'n Coffee Cake. 

This was from 1955, the year of Bobby's graduation from high school.

And let me just say this: epic fail. If only I had the entertaining pictures to tell the story. I really wanted a redo desperately, especially as every single year up til now, I have really nailed it with cakes. But this year has already been a tough one for me, so if ever there was a year when my cake would flop, it would totally be this one. Oh well, enough with the self-pity.

So the best I can do for this year and this late in the evening is to share my list--one I began keeping six years ago--of things I love about Bobby. Some of these may echo your own thoughts, and some may be new ideas for you. On the anniversary of the day he made his appearance in the world, I thought it only appropriate to ponder the ways in which he made the world a better place. Some of these are very specific, and if you would like me to cite reasons I "know" this about him, I'll provide you my sources. 

Oh, and anybody who thinks they're going to give me a hard time in the comments about being of a fluffy, sappy fangirl enough to start an actual list of favorite Bobby qualities, let me just say, you shouldn't bother because the world nowadays is a lot friendlier to people who have a passion for something/someone. And Bobby is my person, like it or lump it. Obviously he's at least a little yours too, or you wouldn't be reading a blog about him.

So here they are, in no particular order: 

  • His supposed gentleness and sensitivity
  • His passion for art and the spiritual
  • His friendliness and love for people (though did you guys know he called himself an introvert? Pretty impressive for him to have some personality knowledge in the not-so-self-aware 50's and 60's)
  • His voice
  • His soulful eyes and the lines around them that formed crinkles when he smiled
  • His honest reflection
  • The ways he always did his hair
  • His intelligence
  • His hands
  • How good he was with his coworkers, including those younger than him
  • His positivity 
  • His love for his parents, deserving or no
  • Desire for love and normalcy
  • His expressiveness
  • His affection and warmth
  • His good sense of humor
  • How he numbered his pages when writing letters and formed his "p's" (the latter of which was pointed out to me by somebody else.
I actually had quite a few more, but decided to spare us for now.

I've said this time and time again, but mostly what we hear about Bobby in the media is how wretched and sad his story was. But I think we honor his memory much better by focusing on the fact that he wasn't what happened to him in the end. He was a person fondly regarded by about all who remember him during his short life. 

This past year, we lost Dean Stockwell. It seems as though, by the day, we lose yet another person who knew Bobby and can tell us his stories. So it's important for us to keep the good stuff alive. 

Finally, along this vein, I'm going to show you guys two mixed media pieces I made out of 8x10's of Bobby from a couple of his lowest times: during his interview with Fred Brown in 1961 and a post-court pose he gave the camera earlier that year. By the way, I show these not to illustrate my amazing artistic talent, because I mainly like to make art in order to process my inner thoughts and feelings, not because I think I have some great, unique gift to show the world. 

I used pieces of an old necklace and a quote I found to illustrate how even the experience of legal trouble wasn't enough to keep Bobby's bright light from shining through, whether people could see that at the time or not.

(Sorry these are not awesome quality, I'm far from a gifted photographer and couldn't get a good angle no matter what I did)

This was kind of the same idea--broken jewelry, along with some other stuff I found, to symbolize his beauty instead of his brokenness. 

Just some concepts to think about. Happy 85th, Bobby. You are, now, where you might be by this time anyway--wrapped in eternity. We honor you today and the person you were, not the sum of bad circumstances that you are not

You all have a safe and happy March. 

Sunday, December 26, 2021

Christmas is/was Upon Us!

 Merry (late, sorry) Christmas to all my sweet followers! I hope everyone had a good holiday. 

We've probably all seen these pics by now, but I wanted to post them again in honor of Bobby. If he were here today, he'd be 84 and surrounded by grands and greats. I'm sure that's what he would have wanted. 

Dean Stockwell died a couple of months ago, in case anyone doesn't know, and the world is bereft of yet another person who knew Bobby. It saddens me to see his memory slip through out fingers like water, with no significant tribute having been made to him. I do have the goal of trying to contact of Connie Stevens and Russ Tamblyn for a brief interview, but I'm not sure yet exactly how to reach them or if they'd be willing to talk to me.

So keep an eye out just in case I can accomplish these things!

Happy New Year to you all 🤎🖤🤍🤎🖤🤍