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Author:  thinker [ Sat Mar 31, 2012 2:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

MichaelCassutt wrote:
thinker wrote:
Thank you. Are the letters you're referring to in the archives?


Yes. Search for letters, circa 1962, from RAH to Mary Collin.


I've gone through all the letters and found the answers I was looking for, but I wonder; did they get together?

John Seltzer

Author:  MichaelCassutt [ Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

thinker wrote:
MichaelCassutt wrote:
thinker wrote:
Thank you. Are the letters you're referring to in the archives?


Yes. Search for letters, circa 1962, from RAH to Mary Collin.


I've gone through all the letters and found the answers I was looking for, but I wonder; did they get together?

John Seltzer


Doubtful. The 1952 Michigan rendezvous apparently never took place. The Heinlein-Collin correspondence continued off and on for another half dozen years, with Ginny doing most of it, from what I found.

MC

Author:  BillMullins [ Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

I don't think I've posted this before; forgive me if it is repetition.

From the Riverside CA Daily Press, 11/38/1931 p 2.

Quote:
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Brown of Van Buren street had as their Thanksgiving guests Mrs. Brown's daughter, Miss Leslyn MacDonald of Hollywood and two friends, Ensign Barrett Lanning of the U.S.S. Oklahoma and Ensign Robt. Heinlein of the U.S.S. Lexington.


"Lanning" is Caleb Laning. This may put a date on the passage from Robert James's article about Leslyn, in which he describes how Heinlein "stole" Leslyn from Laning.

Author:  BillMullins [ Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:24 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

From the Riverside CA Daily Press, 11/19/1930 p 4

Quote:
Florence MacDonald Brown, of 4115 North Van Buren street, has returned from Los Angeles, where she visited her daughter, Leslyn MacDonald, and relative this past week.

Mrs. Brown gave a serious of five lectures on Nicholas Roerich, his life and work. These lectures were heard at Pasadena Church of Truth, Fine Arts department University of Southern California, Otis Art Institute, Choinard Art school in Los Angeles and in Hollywood.

The lectures will also be given here later at the Women's club.


Roerich was a Russian artist who was also involved in Theosophy, which played a role in Leslyn's writings and beliefs, and thus may have somewhat inspired some of the mysticism in RAH's writings.

Florence wrote about Theosophy and Roerich, including a review of Roerich's book Shambhala, and a review of Foundations of Buddhism by Natalie Rokotoff in the journal World Theosophy (the previous issue of this journal had published Leslyn's poem "The Great Mother".)






From an Abebooks description of the 1939 fanzine Novacious #4 (published by Forry Ackerman):
"The second page has a 32 line review of The Young Men are Coming, by MP Shiel, reviewed by Leslyn MacDonald Heinlein,
first wife of Robert Heinlein; the review ias intelligent, quite opinionated and expressive."

Author:  JamesGifford [ Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:36 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

I don't know if I'm more fascinated that newspapers included such minute social news in those days, or that months then had 38 days.

(Sorry, Bill, just needling you. Very good stuff. And I am amazed that such small social events got line listings in any modern era...)

Author:  BillMullins [ Thu Jun 27, 2013 9:28 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

JamesGifford wrote:
or that months then had 38 days.


That would be what we used to call a typographical error. Should be 11/28.

Quote:
(Sorry, Bill, just needling you. Very good stuff. And I am amazed that such small social events got line listings in any modern era...)


1931, modern? Dunno . . . In some ways 1931 was more like 1776 than it is like 2013.

Stuff like that still goes on. A semi-local radio station still broadcasts "Sick Call", in which a lady reads the names of listeners who are in the hospital or are recovering at home. I feel like I'm jumping back in time when I hear it.

Author:  DanHenderson [ Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

The Riverside Daily Press was also apparently in need of a copy editor:

Quote:
Mrs. Brown gave a serious of five lectures...


Dan

Author:  JamesGifford [ Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:30 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

DanHenderson wrote:
The Riverside Daily Press was also apparently in need of a copy editor:

Quote:
Mrs. Brown gave a serious of five lectures...

Yes? So? They were serious lectures. Wouldn't want anyone to think fun and games were going on.

Author:  BillMullins [ Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

DanHenderson wrote:
The Riverside Daily Press was also apparently in need of a copy editor:

Quote:
Mrs. Brown gave a serious of five lectures...


Dan



Sigh.

Series, not serious. I'd love to blame it on autocorrect, but that one, too, is on me.

Ya'll need to quit pickin' on me, or I'ma gonna post this stuff on AFH instead of here.

Author:  DanHenderson [ Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Leslyn in 1930

BillMullins wrote:
Series, not serious. I'd love to blame it on autocorrect, but that one, too, is on me.

Sorry! I thought you had copied & pasted! Please don't go!

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