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On the Passing of Edward Kennedy: A Personal Comment
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When that last remnant of the Bahai heroic age (1844-1921) died on 15 July 1932, Ted Kennedy, a man who would become what might very well be called the last remnant of a heroic family was five months old. (1)
(1) Fatimih Sultan was entitled "Varaqiy-i-'Uly" or "Greatest Holy Leaf". She was the only daughter of the Prophet-Founder of the Bah' Faith. Also known as Bahiyyih Khanum, she died on 15 July 1932 and Ted Kennedy was born on 22 February 1932. He died yesterday. This prose-poem will serve for me as a quasi-eulogy. I hope this short piece of writing is enjoyed by a few at this internet site.-Ron Price, George Town, Tasmania

You were in office, Ted, from
the age of thirty when I was just
beginning my own office as that
pioneer-traveller for that young
Canadian Bah' community....(1)

You became the third longest
serving senator and I became
the longest serving international
pioneer in Canada. But, Ted, it is
presumptuous to compare my life
to yours, but Im going to do it....

You had back pain all your years
after 64 and I had to deal with
bipolar disorder after 63. You
ran off a bridge in 69 and I ran
off the rails in 68 due to...BPD.

You had a long history of public
service stretching until your very
death, just yesterday........Energy,
what energy you had! Youve got
33 pages now at Wikipedia, Ted,
one of the modern literary monu-
ments and what a list of stuff, Ted!

You were the youngest of nine
children and I was just an only
child. All those schools, Ted...
how did you survive it all? It was
a miracle that you got through
your education. I could go on
and on with this comparison, this
contrast. Im really not in your...
league, not any where near you.
Here I am at 65had enough of
meetings, conversations, but still
have little forays into public space.

Congratulations, Ted, goodonyer,
as they say Downunder. May you live
in peace in that Land of Light, that un-
discovered country, that hole as some
call the place where those go who do
not speak any more. You did enough
talking for a dozen men in that dynasty
of Kennedys who are gone from us now.

(1) Ted Kennedy was in office since November 1962 and I was a pioneer from September 1962.

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Apologies for Not Getting Back here
Apologies for Not Getting Back Here....sooner...ron
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Edward is not dead, how can he die? Hes a Vampire and the Sun makes him even fucking stronger wtf.
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I tried to eliminate the apostrophes and quotation marks in the above post, but there was no mechanism for a deletion of this kind. I will, therefore, have to leave these visual problems with my post as they presently exist. But, as the poster SHEEEEEEEIT, emphasizes so succinctly, I don't think anyone is really concerned with that bit of visual and literary pollution.-Ron Price, Australia
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Well, robin78+, some have suggested the meaning was/is 42. The world is full of answers to your question; the concept of 'finding the answer' contains within it many a complex question......over and out for now....Ron in Tasmania
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“Care more than others think is wise,
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Your question is, as I say, A Difficult Question To Answer---in a little box like this.-Ron
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Wishing you all well from Tasmania....as we enter the autumn here and as those in the northern hemisphere enter spring.-Ron
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Ron how come you didn't mark the passing of Nathaniel Dogg, or Elizabeth Taylor?

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Just dropping in, and on the subject of Elizabeth Taylor.....let's see.-Ron
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The Diaries of Richard Burton

FOLLOWING MY LIFE THROUGH RICHARD BURTON’S DIARIES

Part 1:

Readers here will find below my 4000+ word, 9 page-font 14, overview of some of Elizabeth Taylor’s and Richard Burton’s lives. I integrate my own life into theirs and this process, this literary-mix, may annoy some readers. If that is the case I encourage readers to either skim and scan the following text or just stop reading now. This is the longest post I've placed here at Chud.com and, if moderators find my post outside the conventions of the input from writers, they can let me know and I'm happy to reduce the size of this addition to the mix of my posts at Chud.com. The occasion for my writing this essay is the publication last month of The Diaries of Richard Burton.

The personalities of celebrities have, until my retirement after a 50 year student and working life, 1949 to 1999, always been far out on the periphery of my life. My daily life during that half-century was immersed in so many other things, things that kept my mental-set fully occupied. Except for a short time in the late 60s and early 70s when the world of some famous folk and rock musicians occupied a central place in the empyrean of my interests and activities, the lives of celebrities have never gained much of a foothold in my interest inventory. Indeed I hardly knew anything about them.

Daphne Merkin a staff writer for The New Yorker and currently a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and Elle writes in her review of The Diaries of Richard Burton,1that “before the culture of celebrity became the instant wind-up machine it now unmistakably is, with supermarket sightings, up-close tweetings, and a glut of red-carpeted appearances, there was one acting couple whose name was synonymous with the ineffable magic dust of star power.”1 They were Richard Burton(1925-1984) and Elizabeth Taylor(1932-2011) who between them had 11 spouses, and appeared in some 70 films.

They are “better known as Liz-and-Dick”, continues Merkin, “and this is preferably said in one breath in order to better underline their ensorcelled liaison and combined wattage.”1 Liz and Dick were among the most famous of those celebrities who occupied a place far out on the perimeter, the edge, of the known galaxies which occupied a place in my universe.

Western culture has not lost its need to be titillated, and I’m sure Burton’s diaries will sell well appealing as they do to that titillation need, although I won’t be buying a copy. I rarely buy books anymore due to having a pension as my main source of income, and the internet as my main provider of more print than I can ever consume on any one day. In that crucial period between 1961 and 1965---when Burton burst into the superstar heavens by falling in reciprocated love with Taylor another superstar who had already burst from those same heavens---there are no diary entries. I, too, had burst onto the scene in those years, but not in any superstar heaven, just in the simple space of university, the only person in my family ever to go to university.

Still, Burton and Taylor were always like stars in the heaven of the movies for me but, as with all the stars, I knew little about them since my main diet of print back in both the ‘50s and ‘60s was the social sciences and humanities, just surviving, in the process, to get through from grade to grade and then into university and into paid employment. I saw some of their movies back in those years of growing up and early adulthood, but I did not yearn to find out about their public and private lives when I got home from the movies and returned to my world of: sport and school, work and having fun, as well as my young involvement in a new world faith which claimed to be the latest of the Abrahamic religions---the Baha'i Faith.

More recently, at least during these my retirement years from FT, PT and most casual-volunteer work, 2009-2012, and on an old-age pension, I have added the physical, biological and applied sciences to my former intellectual and reading tastes. I don’t think I’ve ever bought a magazine about celebrities, those magazines that pervasively fill the interstices of our commodity culture at the cash register in super-markets and grocery stores, corner-stores and newsagents; nor have I read a book about any celebrity, although I remember dabbling now-and-then among the many books that became available in the last several decades about some celebrity or other: Clint Eastwood and Marilyn Monroe come to mind. In writing this piece I have dabbled and scrolled, surfed as they say, through cyberspace and learned more about these two celebrities in the last 24 hours than I’ve known about any celebrity in my life.

This piece, this essay or article of mine, is a bit of a cut-and-paste exercise partly due to my interest in some of the myriad of celebrities that dot the print and electronic media day after day and week after week, as well as my interest in diaries, an interest sparked by the writing of my own diary in some five volumes over the last 30 years. I heard about Burton’s diaries in the middle of the night on my wife’s radio about 48 hours ago.

My wife listens to the radio at night in order to help her get through her hours in bed and because she has a genuine interest in much of the media output. I also think she has an addiction to sound; whereas I have an addiction to silence. But she and I have learned to tolerate and accept most of each other’s interests and eccentricities in the 38 years of our relationship which looks like going the distance into our old age, to the last syllable of our recorded time on this mortal coil.

Part 2:

Richard Burton was a Welsh actor so Wikipedia informs me in its opening paragraph about him and in its long account of his life from cradle to grave. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award. Six of these nominations were for Best Actor in a Leading Role without ever winning. He was also a recipient of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony Awards for Best Actor. Although never trained as an actor Burton was, at one time, back when I was at university in the '60s and into the first years of my life as a teacher, the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.

He remains closely associated in the public consciousness with his second wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor; that couple's turbulent relationship was rarely out of the news. Even for me, back in those 1960s, when I was immersed in more books than I had bargained for at university, and engaged in dealing with my own life’s turbulence due to the rigors of a bipolar disorder(BPD), Burton and Taylor managed to get through from the mass media into my overloaded consciousness and visual emporium as I struggled from late adolescence into early adulthood.

I recently read that Elizabeth Taylor’s first movie was National Velvet which was released the year I was born, 1944. Taylor went on in her long life as an actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. She was nominated four years in a row for: Raintree County (1957) opposite Montgomery Clift, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (195 opposite Paul Newman, Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) with Montgomery Clift and Katharine Hepburn---before finally winning for Butterfield 8 (1960). Again, I thank Wikipedia for these details of Taylor's life.

I went from primary school to high school during those years and saw some of Taylor on the big screen in my adolescent and adult years. In 1959, at age 27, Wikipedia informs me that “after nine months of study, Taylor converted from Christian Science to Judaism”. I had converted to the Baha’i Faith in that same year after going to meetings from the age of about 9 to 15. Taylor and I had separate but unusual religious propensities and these propensities lasted all our lives, until her death in 2011, and me even now as I head for 70 in 2014.

Burton’s love of language, a Welsh trait, was paramount as he famously stated years later, with a tearful Elizabeth Taylor at his side, "The only thing in life is language. Not love. Not anything else.” I, too, have a Welsh ancestry. My father was born in Wales in 1890, and that Welsh love of language seems to have been in my blood from an early age, although it manifested itself in a wide variety of ways, and slowly by sensible and insensible degrees over the last seven decades. My own diaries or memoirs, my autobiographical-literary impulse was first in evidence the year Burton died, 1984.

That diaristic impulse exploded in cyberspace, as the 21st century made its entry a decade or so ago in 2001. These memoirs, this autobiography, I tend to use these terms interchangeably, now fill some 2600 pages, and another several thousand pages if I include my 7000+ pieces of prose-poetry. Some say that this writing passion of mine is due to BPD. Perhaps they are right. I’m not sure just where this writing passion originates. Perhaps, like Burton's, it has something to do with that Welsh love of language.

Burton played in many films throughout the 1950s and 1960s. These were the first two decades when films came into my life in abundance especially during the time I had a job at a local theatre and got into all the movies free. Burton played Mark Antony in 1963 in the production Cleopatra, the same year I entered an arts course at McMaster university, at the age of 19, in the lunch-pail city of Hamilton Ontario.

Burton's basic reading of Hamlet in a 1964 production was of a complex bipolar personality. The character of Hamlet is, arguably, the most famous of all literary characters in the western intellectual tradition.During the long run of Hamlet on Broadway from 9 April through 8 August 1964 Burton varied his performance considerably as a self-challenge, to keep his acting fresh, and to be consistent with his interpretation of the complex person that was Shakespeare's Hamlet. The internet has much to say about Hamlet for readers here who would like to get 'into' the old Bard.


By September of 1964 I was 20 and in my second year of university in an honours history and philosophy program. My own bipolar personality had begun to surface by 1964, although I did not get a formal psychiatric diagnosis of BPD until May 1980 when I was living in back in Tasmania and was employed as a probation and parole officer. In 1992, the year that marked my auspicious rush into the writing of poetry, after a hiatus of three decades since I wrote my first poem in 1962, I was an English literature teacher in Perth Western Australia. I read, studied, and taught Hamlet that year and gained, in the process, an insight into my own personality, its BPD, and its many eccentricies.

Part 3:

Twentieth Century-Fox's future appeared to hinge on that 1963 production of Cleopatra. The film was released in June 1963, the same month that I had 4 summer jobs: a milkman, a Colliers encyclopedia salesman and a driver's assistant for a soft-drink company. I finally settled by the end of June on employment in the data processing department of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in that same lunch-pail city of Hamilton where I was born 19 years before and where I attended university.

Cleopatra became the most expensive movie ever made up until then, reaching almost $40 million. The film was long-on-spectacle and was dominated by the two hottest stars in Hollywood: Burton and Taylor. Their private lives turned out to be an endless source of curiosity for the media and their marriage, on 15 March 1964, was also the start of their series of on-screen collaborations. I was just completing my first year of university in March 1964, and preparing for my final exams. My BPD mood swings had begun in earnest in the months preceding the assassination of JFK on 22/11/’63 and they continued until a final crack, a manic-hit while I was teaching on Baffin Island.

Those four years to May 1968 were an up-and-down affair until I experienced a full-blown manic attack, an attack which changed me from a BPD 2 into a BPD 1---by far the most extreme form of BPD. My years at university were characterized by what Stephen Fry calls bipolar-light or cyclothymic disorder. This is a mild form of BPD in which a person has mood swings over a period of years, swings that go from depression to emotional highs, but the person does not have a full manic-attack. My full manic-attack did not occur until I was living on Baffin island and teaching Inuit children.

In the end, that 1963 film did well enough to recoup its 40 million cost. The film also proved to be the start of Burton's most successful period in Hollywood; he would remain among the top 10 box-office earners for the next four years while my mood swings went from mild BPD to right-off-the-planet and into psychiatric institutions.

Richard Burton's performance in the 1964 film The Night of the Iguana is seen by some as his finest hour on the screen. Edward Albee play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened on Broadway at the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, 13 October 1962, as I was beginning the most demanding year of my academic life, grade 13 and its nine subjects, and as the world got as close as it has ever got to nuclear war.

That Albee play was adapted into a film and released in June 1966 as I was about to start my summer job as an ice-cream salesman for the Good Humour Company. That summer job preceded teachers’ college, and for two months I working more than 80 hours a week. During those years, 1963 to 1967, I finished my matriculation and university. Burton had been part of my cinema life in the 1950s and 1960s but, as a personality, he was far out in the periphery of my psycho-emotional-intellectual life, as all celebrities have been all my life.
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