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Oh, there's no question that the information was right there in the open... but in many cases, you had to know exactly where to look to find it. The 1932 marriage certificate was a dead-bang giveaway, but the resources of the internet were still feeble and it took old-school searching in records to find the link.

Later, knowing that there WAS a 1st Mrs. and a close reading on the date of the marriage (which, shooting in the dark, could have been any time from about 1926 to 1931 - a helluva lot of records to search in a dozen locations) and finally a name - sure, it's easy now.

It shows up just how peculiar the history of Heinlein studies has been. A major figure, perhaps THE biggest figure in the field for decades... and no one before me in the 1990s took anything like a systematic approach to his work. No one before Bill and RJ ca. 2000 took anything like a methodical approach to his biographical background. It was a closed circle of information - if Heinlein didn't mention it, somehow it didn't exist. And Elinor had stopped being mentioned ca. 1932.

Go back and read the decades of earlier commentary and so forth - it's like a particularly fervid and not very bright bible studies group, endlessly chasing its tail on a very limited and deliberately controlled data set. So it's little surprise that it took 60-70 years for someone to start following up the suppressed clues and, you know, bringing in facts. :D


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