Monday, August 3, 2015

Betty MacDonald and Claudette Colbert

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter August includes very interesting info on Betty MacDonald and Claudette Colbert. 

Greta and her Betty MacDonald fan club research team are going to share their recent research results.

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel and Betty MacDonald fan club research team are going to include all these new details and info in updated Betty MacDonald biography.

More info in Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter August.

New  Betty MacDonald documentary will be very interesting with many new interviews.


We can't praise enough our excellent Betty MacDonald Fan Club Honour members Monica Sone, Darsie Beck, Gwen Grant, Letizia Mancino, Perry Woodfin, Mary Holmes, Bernd Kunze, Tracy Tyne Hilton and last but not least our one and only Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli. 

These unique Betty MacDonald fan club honor members will be included in Wolfgang Hampel's new project Vita Magica.
 
Don't miss a great breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

I hope Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli won't forget his very important activities because of his very cool new girl friend in Athens.

 
Wishing you a very nice Monday,

Emil


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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Betty MacDonald's and Alison Bard Burnett's voices

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Betty MacDonald Fan Club fans,

i'll contribute something special to Betty MacDonald - and Mary Bard fan club letter collection.

Dr. Clyde Reynolds Jensen was really very kind and patient.

I met some of his relatives and they said that he was very interested in Betty MacDonald's and Mary Bard Jensen's work and life of the Bard family.

Betty MacDonald's  unique son-in-law and Joan MacDonald Keil's husband Jerry Keil acted the same way.

I'm going to share some of Joan MacDonald Keil's and Jerry Keil's letters. 

The letters are very funny and interesting. 

You'll enjoy them very much.

We can be very fortunate indeed to have these excellent Betty MacDonald Fan Club Honour members Monica Sone, Darsie Beck, Gwen Grant, Letizia Mancino, Perry Woodfin, Mary Holmes, Bernd Kunze, Tracy Tyne Hilton and last but not least our one and only Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli. 

The Betty MacDonald fan club honor members will be included in Wolfgang Hampel's new project Vita Magica.

I like cats and hate chickens. One of our relatives had a farm and they had chickens!

If you ask me, chickens are very stupid creatures and Betty MacDonald knew them very well.

Some years ago my husband like Betty MacDonald's first husband Robert Eugene Heskett wanted to own a farm but I refused.

Daniel wasn't interested in chickens. He liked cows. I said: If this happens we'll have a divorce. We are still married. Daniel is teacher.

I'm convinced Betty MacDonald's and Mary Bard's mother Sydney Bard would criticize my behaviour very much but times have changed.

I love Daniel very much but don't follow him everywhere.

I agree with Betty MacDonald's wonderful sister Alison Bard Burnett, who is very openminded about marriages and divorces in Wolfgang Hampel's delightful Betty MacDonald Interviews.

My family and friends adore Wolfgang Hampel's very witty interviews and his outstanding Betty MacDonald and Ma and Pa Kettle biography.

More Wolfgang Hampel Interviews should be published.

We are huge fans of Wolfgang Hampel satirical poems and stories. Very funny and sharp, indeed.

I notice every time I listen to the Betty MacDonald CD how very different Betty MacDonald's and Alison Bard Burnett's voices are.

Betty MacDonald has a rather high voice and she speaks very, very quickly.

Nevertheless I love Betty MacDonald's and Alison Bard Burnett's voices and golden laughter. 

Let's enjoy a great breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli praises his new girl friend in Athens.

I'm afraid our casanova won't be able to support the Greek Government with his brilliant ideas in this very difficult situation.

Mr. Tigerli is madly in love and only Amore is important at the current time.  



Wishing you a very nice Sunday,

Yours,

Carla 

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Betty MacDonald and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,
 
it's so sad to read the very tragic end of Timothy Keil.

What a loss!


Timothy's father Jerry Keil was really the kindest man on earth.

Betty MacDonald fan club exhibit will be very interesting with the International book editions of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.

It's great to know the different names of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle for example from the French, Czech, Swedish, German and Japanese editions.

 
I recently saw a Chinese edition of four Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books published by Dongfang Chubanshe in 2012.


I'm going to order these books for my international Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle collection because I adore the book covers.


Nadine good luck with writing the new Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle cure for peaceful politicans. 



We'll have a new Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Contest during August.

You can win a very rare first edition of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle with Betty MacDonald's cute dedication.

Betty MacDonald's very witty sister Alison Bard Burnett shares the most delightful Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle stories in her fascinating interview with Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel. 



Alison Bard Burnett and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle will be included in Wolfgang Hampel's new project Vita Magica.

Don't miss a new great breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli  is crazy about his new girl friend in Athens.

We hope our genius will be able to  support the Greek Government with his brilliant ideas in this very difficult situation. 



Enjoy your weekend,
 

Mats


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Friday, July 31, 2015

Jerry Keil and his son Timothy Keil deeply missed


Timothy G. Keil Obituary 
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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Jerry Keil, husband of Betty MacDonald's daughter Joan MacDonald Keil passed away 15 years ago. 

He died of cancer at the age of 77 on April 22, 2000.

Jerry became an FBI agent based in Seattle in 1947. 


Betty MacDonald describes this in her book 'Onions in the Stew'.

According to Wolfgang Hampel, author of the Betty MacDonald Biography and interviewer of Betty MacDonald's family and friends, published on CD and DVD by Betty MacDonald Fan Club, Jerry Keil was the kindest man on earth. Jerry was unique and answered every letter and many questions from Betty MacDonald Fans all over the world. 


Jerry Keil became Joan MacDonald Keil's adviser as she lobbied publishers to reprint the out-of-print "Nancy and Plum." When publishers rejected the reissue, Jerry and Joan printed and distributed the book themselves.

They included some beautiful family photos in this very special edition of Nancy and Plum. Both did a great work to bring Nancy and Plum back to the audience.



Jerry and Joan's son Timothy Keil, 61, was killed in a head-on collision on South Whidbey Saturday on February 14, 2015.

The accident occurred in the evening on Highway 525 near the intersection of Coles Road. 

( see obituaries below )

Jerry Keil and Timothy Keil are deeply missed.

We are sending all our love and support to the family.
 


Sabrina 


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Jerry Keil Obituary 


Jerry' Keil used skills honed in FBI career to prompte book

By Carole Beers

Seattle Times staff reporter

Girard "Jerry" Keil won awards as a special-agent supervisor in the FBI's Seattle office.

He taught marksmanship and defensive tactics and later did similar work for Paccar, setting up a security plan for the firm's offices nationwide.

It seemed like an about-face when he retired in 1982 to help his wife, Joan MacDonald Keil, republish her mother Betty MacDonald's "Nancy and Plum" book about a pair of orphaned sisters.

But the task drew on skills he sharpened in the FBI: talking to a variety of people and getting them to do the right thing.

Mr. Keil died Saturday (April 22) of cancer. He was 77.

"He was meticulous, and liked to talk and be in charge," said his son Timothy Keil of Whidbey Island. "He enjoyed that discipline. He kept busy promoting the books and took it upon himself to answer every letter from every kid who enjoyed the books."

First he became Joan MacDonald Keil's adviser as she lobbied publishers to reprint the out-of-print "Nancy and Plum." When publishers rejected the reissue, Mr. Keil and his wife, whom he wed 50 years ago, printed and distributed the book themselves.

Later they saw MacDonald's "The Egg and I" book reissued.

Born in Royal Oak, Mich., he graduated from high school in Decatur, Mich. He was class president and played basketball and tennis.

He also was class president at James Milligan University in Decatur, where he earned a degree in business administration before becoming a navigator in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He became an FBI agent based in Seattle in 1947. He also helped found the Northwest Forum business club.

From 1978 to 1982 he directed security for Paccar.

He then became vice president of Joan Keil Enterprises, his wife's book-promotion firm.

One of his recent joys was sitting on a bench in Kirkland's Marina Park and chatting with people. His family will dedicate a new bench to him and to his daughter Rebecca Keil, who died in 1998.

Surviving besides his wife and son are children Toby Keil of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Heidi Richards of Bellevue; brothers Otto Keil of Pennsylvania and Edwin Keil of Spokane; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 5 p.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, 752 108th Ave. N.E., Bellevue.

Remembrances may go to Evergreen Hospice and Health Care Foundation, 12910 Totem Lake Blvd. N.E., Suite 200, Kirkland, WA 98034.

Carole Beers' e-mail address is cbeers@seattletimes.com

Copyright (c) 2000 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.


Update: South End crash claims one, injures another

State police and South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighters work at a fatal accident scene near Coles Road on South Whidbey Saturday night. - Justin Burnett / The Record
State police and South Whidbey Fire/EMS firefighters 
work at a fatal accident scene near 
Coles Road on South Whidbey Saturday night.
— image credit: Justin Burnett / The Record



Alcohol a suspected factor, state police investigate survivor for vehicular homicide investigation

By JUSTIN BURNETT

South Whidbey Record

Freeland is mourning the loss of one of its own this week.

Timothy Keil, 61, was killed in a head-on collision on South Whidbey Saturday. The accident occurred in the evening on Highway 525 near the intersection of Coles Road. Keil was pronounced dead at the scene.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo, children and grandchildren.

“It’s just a terrible tragedy,” said Pastor Jim Lindus, of Trinity Lutheran Church. “We have a community that’s heartbroken.”

Keil retired about 15 months ago from a career with the City of Bothell. A member of Trinity’s congregation, he was getting into a new rhythm of life, spending time with family and volunteering with the church, Lindus said.

He was especially active with His Hands Extended program, which works to feed and cloth Seattle’s homeless twice a month. He was a dedicated supporter and volunteer for the charity, according to Lindus.

“He was a great guy,” he said. “He had a soft and tender heart.”

“I just can’t say enough nice things about Tim,” Lindus added.

Thomas Beard, also of Freeland, was a friend of Keil’s for about 20 years. He described him as a father, a grandfather, a friend and, to some, a mentor. When he asked how you were doing, he really wanted to know, Beard said.

“He was a caring, gentle soul,” he said.


The other driver in the crash was Michelle Nichols of Clinton. She was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle from the accident scene. She was in intensive care Sunday and her condition has since been downgraded from “serious” to “satisfactory,” a hospital spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

According to the Washington State Patrol, the accident happened at 8:40 p.m. Nichols, 46, was southbound on Highway 525 in a white 1988 Ford Van and had just passed Coles Road when her vehicle collided with the guardrail on the right side of the state route. The van then crossed the centerline and stuck a northbound vehicle, a silver 1993 Honda Accord, driven by Keil.

Keil, 61, died at the scene. His next of kin were notified by a state trooper and the Island County coroner, a press memo said.

According to the release, the cause of the crash was crossing the centerline; alcohol is believed to have been involved, and Nichols is under investigation for vehicular homicide, the memo said.

“At the time of the accident there was an odor of alcohol,” said Trooper Mark Francis, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol in a follow-up interview.

He added that police obtained a search warrant to take blood samples to determine her blood/alcohol content level. The results won’t be determined for several weeks, but she was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide that night, he said.

Nichols is a family woman with several children, and is a longtime bus driver for the South Whidbey School District, according to her Facebook page.

The affected section of the highway was closed at Craw and Maxwelton roads. An emergency landing zone was set up on the highway and an air ambulance landed and picked up Nichols. The scene was processed by Highway Patrol accident technicians, police said.

The closure lasted about four and half hours.


Born June 24, 1953, taken from us on Feb. 14, 2015. Tim was born to Jerry Keil and Joan MacDonald Keil, brother to Heidi Richards-Keil, Rebecca Keil and Toby Keil. Grandson of Betty MacDonald, author of 'The Egg and I' and 'Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.' Tim is survived by his wife Mary Jo, his children Kallyn, Jerrica, Angie and Michael, and his grandchildren Riese, Dane, Connor, Evie and Parker. Resident of Freeland, Tim enjoyed exploring Whidbey with his wife and dogs, cheering for the Seahawks, spending time with his family and fishing. Tim was active with his church, volunteering with Seattle's needy, and mentoring people in search of sobriety. His vibrant personality is missed, but lives on in the hearts of all who knew him. Please join us in celebrating his unique life at Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 Washington 525, Freeland, WA on Wednesday February 25, 2015 at 1:00pm.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 23, 2015 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?pid=174224833#sthash.RNGPsidc.dpuf

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Betty MacDonald and her friends

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

it's International Friendship Day today. 

Don Woodfin was a very good friend of Betty and Donald MacDonald.

Don's son, artist and poet Perry Woodfin is Betty MacDonald fan club honor member.


Don and Perry Woodfin will be included in Wolfgang Hampel's new project Vita Magica.

Don't miss a new great breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

Yours,

Brigitte


The Thrills of Owning a Chicken Ranch

One hundred years ago today, Vashon Island's own Betty MacDonald was born. The author of The Egg & I, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, and many other books, MacDonald garnered a worldwide following and still has millions of fans today.

Why do I care? Number one, if you can't celebrate your local heroes, what the F can you do? Number two, my grandfather Don Woodfin had a chicken farm in Lisabeula (an area on Vashon) in the 1940s and '50s, and was a good friend of Betty and her family. He built them a barn, chicken coup, and caretaker house, all of which are now recognized National Historical Landmarks. Don was immortalized as "the unforgettable Marine" in Betty's book Onions in the Stew, her story of life on Vashon. After 9/11, many members of the international Betty MacDonald Fan Club e-mailed me to offer their best wishes and let us know that they were thinking of us, all because he had built her barn. It was really nice.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Betty MacDonald and Anybody can do anything

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

i adore Betty MacDonald's book  'The plague and I and Betty's very witty friend Kimi ( Monica Sone) but my favourite book by Betty MacDonald is 'Anybody can do anything'.

Therefore I'd love to see this musical. ( see text below )


Anybody Can Do Anything: A Musical

Adapted from the best-selling memoir by Betty MacDonald (of "The Egg and I" and "The Magical Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" fame), this new musical tells of how Betty survived the Great Depression as a single mother, thanks to the loving support of her family, especially her tremendously bossy sister Mary. Through terrible bosses and worse dates, with a Christmas tree harvested from the local park and meatloaf for 49 Sundays in a row, the family keeps its sense of humor and faith in each other. Funny and bittersweet, nostalgic but sharp-tongued, "Anybody Can Do Anything" is a musical homage to a Seattle original.

The cast includes Billie Wildrick, Jenny Shotwell, Greg Allen, Abi Brittle, Frances Leah King, Eric Englund, Angie Louise, Randy Scholz, Jessica Spencer, and Keaton Whittaker. 


There will be a new  BettyMacDonald - and Mary Bard Jensen fan club contest in August.

You only have to tell us your favourite book by Betty MacDonald and her sister Mary Bard Jensen.

You'll get all the info in August!
 

I enjoyed the great story by Anja. 

Raccoons are really very shameless when they are looking for food. 

Yes indeed! Betty MacDonald, her husband Donald Chauncey MacDonald and daughters Anne and Joan had their funny moments (sometimes) with racoons at Dolphin Point on Vashon Island.





             
Betty MacDonald Memorial Award Winner Wolfgang Hampel
and Alison Bard Burnett's daughter Alison Beck mentioned in her interview with Wolfgang Hampel that Betty MacDonald's Anybody can do anything was her favourite book. 
I totally agree with her.

It's not a bad idea to relisten to Wolfgang Hampel's wonderful interviews.


I hope beloved Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli not only survived his very dangerious experiences with Natalie Horler's red high heels but also his new very cool girl friend in Athens.

Let us know everything, please.

Thanks a million in advance!
We hope Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund will be back because we adore her so much.

Linde Lund  did a tremendous work.
All our love and support to Linde and her little darling. 

Don't miss a new great breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

Happy Wednesday,

Jo



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Monday, July 27, 2015

Betty MacDonald, Monica Sone and smiling courage

 

Monica Sone (September 1, 1919 – September 5, 2011), born Kazuko Itoi, was a Japanese American writer, best known for her 1953 autobiographical memoir Nisei Daughter, which tells of the Japanese American experience in Seattle during the 1920s and 1930s, and in the World War II internment camps and which is an important text in Asian American and Women's Studies courses.
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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Monica Sone ( Kimi in Betty MacDonald's The Plague and I )  is the author of Nisei Daughter. 

Monica Sone and her family had run a hotel in Seattle before Executive Order 9066 sent all West Coast Japanese Americans into exile.

With charm, humor, and deep understanding, a Japanese American woman tells how it was to grow up on Seattle's waterfront in the 1930s and to be subjected to "relocation" dring World War II. Along with some 120,000 other persons of Japanese ancestry-77,000 of whom were U.S. citizens-she and her family were uprooted from their home and imprisoned in a camp. 


In this book, first published in 1953, she provides a unique personal account of these experiences.

"Monica Sone's account of life in the relocation camps is both fair and unsparing. It is also deeply touching, and occasionally hilarious."-New York Herald Tribune

"The deepest impression that this unaffected, honest little story made on me was of smiling courage."-San Francisco Chronicle

Wolfgang Hampel, Monica Sone's friend -  author of Betty MacDonald biography and winner of first Betty MacDonald Memorial Award - wrote:

Copyright 2011 by Wolfgang Hampel

Dearest Monica,

I was rereading your book Nisei Daughter and I have to tell you that I agree with your many international fans. I wished I could read many more books written by great author and unique personality Monica Sone.

I also agree with the New York Herald Tribune review of Nisei Daughter: Monica Sone's account of life in the relocation camps is both fair and unsparing. It is also deeply touching, and occasionally hilarious.

Yes, that's it! Deeply touching, also occassionally hilarious! When I'm reading your great book ( Nisei Daughter belong to the VERY few books I'm reading over and over again ) I'm really deeply touched. I'm with you and your great family. I adore your outstanding book and even much more I adore your unique personality. You are a genius but very human and warm with a deep understanding and a golden heart.

The first time I heard your very warm voice I was lost. To me it's the most beautiful voice in the whole world. Voice and personality fit together in just a perfect way.

Thanks a million for your friendship.

Although we are far away you and your family are always in our thoughts. 


All our love,

Wolfgang


Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Monica Sone will included in Wolfgang Hampel's new project 'Vita Magica'. 

Good luck for  Vita Magica!

It will be the first liteary ' Vita Magica ' event today.


Wolfgang Hampel's stories and satirical poems will be published in Betty MacDonald fan club newsletter August and future newsletters.

I hope Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli won't stay in Athens forever because we really need  him very much.

Don't miss a new great breakfast with Brad and Nick, please.

Yours,

Kirsten  





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