Saturday, July 22, 2017

Betty MacDonald and a wild couple

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,


you can join Betty MacDonald fan club on Facebook.

Thank you so much in advance for your support and interest. 

It's very sad that Alison Bard Burnett never wrote her autobiography. 

What a loss! 

But I'd like to say THANKS A LOT, dear Linde Lund and your Betty MacDonald Fan Club Team for publishing Wolfgang Hampel's wonderful interviews with Alison Bard Burnett.


Wolfgang Hampel deserves the honour so much in winning the first Betty MacDonald Memorial Award. 


Alison Bard Burnett is a gifted storyteller. She explains us the very special Bard family magic. 

Alison is as witty as her sisters Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard Jensen. These interviews with Wolfgang Hampel are Alison Bard Burnett's legacy and she shares it with the world.

Thank you so much, dear Wolfgang Hampel for writing the Betty MacDonald biography and interviewing Alison Bard Burnett and Betty MacDonald's and Mary Bard's family and friends.


Without Wolfgang Hampel's great activity and ability to ask excellent questions these unique Betty MacDonald Memories were gone.

I can imagine very well how Alison Bard Burnett and Wolfgang Hampel hurried through Seattle using Alison's old Volkswagen (VW). 




 
Those were the days Seattle never forgot. 

Such a wild couple!

Alison Bard Burnett said to Wolfgang Hampel: You are a great entertainer. 


The truth is, both are! I can't wait listening to Wolfgang Hampel's other interviews and reading his satirical poems and stories.

Thanks a Million, guys!

I promise: I'll attend the next international Betty MacDonald Event!


I won't ever forget Betty MacDonald Fan Club Royal Wedding Event in Stockholm.


It was a dream!


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 next Betty MacDonald fan club newsletters. 




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Betty MacDonald and the movie The Egg and I

 

































Betty MacDonald fan club fans, 

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Thank you so much in advance for your support and interest. 


Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel and Betty MacDonald fan club research team are going to share very interesting info on ' Betty MacDonald and the movie The Egg and I '. 

Another rare episode (from March 21 1952) of the short-lived comedy soap opera, "The Egg and I," based on best selling book by Betty MacDonald which also became a popular film.
The series premiered on September 3, 1951, the same day as "Search for Tomorrow," and ended on August 1, 1952. 

Although it did well in the ratings, it had difficulty attracting a steady sponsor. This episode features Betty Lynn (later known for her work on "The Andy Griffith Show") as Betty MacDonald, John Craven as Bob MacDonald, Doris Rich as Ma Kettle, and Frank Twedell as Pa Kettle.

Betty MacDonald fan club exhibition will be fascinating with the international book editions and letters by Betty MacDonald.


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Red roses for Betty MacDonald fan club fans

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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,
 

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We picked these beautiful roses especially for you.

Thank you so much for your support and interest. 

Best wishes and many greetings 

Linde, Astrid, Greta and Lund family  



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Betty MacDonald and Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli

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Great Betty MacDonald fan club news!

It's the truth - Mr. Tigerli is back!!!

Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli  seems to be reluctant to share his age but as Betty MacDonald's very intelligent mother Sydney said: Age is only a number!

There are several personalities who seem to be young forever for example our famous Mr. Tigerli.

We hope you'll enjoy the outstanding new Mr. Tigerli website  by Betty MacDonald fan club honor member, author and artist Letizia Mancino very much.


Mr. Tigerli we adore you so much and we are very happy and grateful you are back! 



Your devoted fan


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William and Kate visit Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg



 

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

I had an unforgettable day on Thursday with Betty MacDonald fan club founder and Vita Magica organizer Wolfgang Hampel in Heidelberg. 



Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, visited the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg to meet researchers working on stem cell research.
 
William and Kate help to make German sweets in Heidelberg during their trip on Thursday.

Many greetings from delighted Birgitte 


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Betty MacDonald, a very witty niece and very trusted loyalist






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Pippi, you're the best.





Hello 'Pussy' it's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle and Pippi Longstocking:


You are expected to name Anthony Scaramucci, a major Republican donor and investor, as his new communications director, a senior administration official said on Thursday.
Mr. Scaramucci is one of your most trusted loyalists and a key defender of you on television. He is expected to replace Mike Dubke, who resigned in May after a brief and tumultuous tenure as the communications director for a president who sees himself as his own best spokesman.


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Should I remain in bed, leave my country or fight against the dragon?

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' Betty MacDonald: Nothing more to say ' )
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Betty MacDonald fan club fans,


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I adore Alison Sydney Beck. 

Alison Sydney Beck was so witty when she shared her golden memories with Betty MacDonald fan club founder and Vita Magica organizer Wolfgang Hampel. 

Betty MacDonald fan club member - author Peter Sieruta was delighted too.

Peter D. Sieruta, author of Heartbeats and other stories:

I heard Wolfgang Hampel's Betty MacDonald Fan Club audio interview with Alison Beck who came and stayed with her aunt Mary Bard as she wrote Best friends at school. Mary’s own daughters were grown by that point, and she needed a real live girl to serve as a “consultant” when writing about young Suzie and CoCo. Alison Beck recalled that magical summer of 1960 and how the sunlight filled her aunt’s window-lined office during the day as they worked together; in the evening they gathered around the television to watch JFK accept the Democratic nomination for president. Alison Beck remembered how grown-up she felt that summer, helping to create book and discussing politics and current events with a special aunt.

Thank you so much in advance for your support and interest.

Alison Bard Burnett's daughter and Betty MacDonald's niece Alison Sydney Beck passed away at the age of only 65 three years ago.

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Alison Beck is the sister of Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Darsie Beck. 

Many Betty MacDonald fan club fans from all over the world know very witty and intelligent Alison Beck because she shared her fascinating memories and thoughts on Alison Bard Burnett CD/DVD. 

We can't wait to see the new Alison Bard Burnett CD/DVD.

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

Alison Beck,  Darsie Beck, Alison Bard Burnett and other Betty MacDonald fan club honor members will be included in Wolfgang Hampel's  Vita Magica.  


Alison Beck Obituary

Alison Beck, 65, passed away on July 19, 2014 of natural causes at her home in Tucson, Arizona. She is survived by her son Oliver Saul of Tucson, Arizona, brothers Darsie Beck and Bard Beck of Vashon Island, and her nieces, nephews and second cousins. 

Alison was born in Seattle July 26, 1948 to Alison Bard  and Bernard Beck. She grew up on Vashon Island and Mercer Island. Graduating from Helen Bush School in 1966, she attended Mackinac College, and obtained a BA in English from the University of Washington in 1992 where she worked as Editor of the Newsletter for Institute on Aging. After several years in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico, Alison bought a home in Tucson in 2004. She worked at St. Ambrose School and Temple Emanuel, and volunteered at the Tucson Botanical Gardens.
Her passions and delights were: her writing as published in Sun Magazine, brightly colored quilt making, remodeling her home and garden, her son, family and friends, and her devoted dogs.
Those who knew Alison remember her ability to see the humor in things and her memorable laughter. Inquisitive, she enjoyed having long conversations. Her artistic talents were expressed in her writing, quilt making, creating a home filled with color, and cooking and hosting for others. 


We are going to publish some new Betty MacDonald fan club interviews  by Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel.


Anita and Eartha Kitt II are working on their new Betty MacDonald fan club project: Betty MacDonald's life on Vashon Island.

Our two very popular and beloved ladies are going to visit Vashon Island and other places where Betty MacDonald lived.

Therefore this will be a very interesting documentary.

We adore very beautiful Vashon Island although we've never been there.

Our favourite place for a future Betty MacDonald fan club event would be Seattle and Vashon Island.

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Trump May Turn to TV Defender for White House Communications Post








 
Anthony Scaramucci speaking to the news media at Trump Tower in New York in November. Credit Drew Angerer/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to name Anthony Scaramucci, a major Republican donor and investor, as his new communications director, a senior administration official said on Thursday.
Mr. Scaramucci is one of the president’s most trusted loyalists and a key defender of Mr. Trump on television. He is expected to replace Mike Dubke, who resigned in May after a brief and tumultuous tenure as the communications director for a president who sees himself as his own best spokesman.
Mr. Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump met with Mr. Scaramucci for more than 30 minutes on Thursday in a small dining room off the Oval Office, the official said.
Mr. Scaramucci could not be reached for comment. His expected appointment was reported by the website Axios.


Mr. Scaramucci is close to Mr. Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. He is also respected by Ms. Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who is a senior adviser to the president. And Mr. Scaramucci has a direct line to the president, whom he has known for years.

Even so, his appointment would be unusual, given his lack of a traditional communications portfolio. But he has been seen as an avid and effective defender of the president on television as the number of Mr. Trump’s open backers has dwindled.


Mr. Scaramucci was recently the subject of a retracted story by CNN that dealt with investigations into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. He accepted an apology from the network, but Mr. Trump’s supporters were gratified by Mr. Scaramucci’s approach to getting the story removed.
It is unclear if Mr. Scaramucci’s appointment will be blocked by Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff. Officials have said Mr. Priebus helped jettison an earlier plan to put Mr. Scaramucci in the White House Office of Public Liaison.
Mr. Priebus was not aware of the expected appointment before it was made public, according to the senior administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.








Trump and Putin Held a Second, Undisclosed, Private Conversation












 
President Trump with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia at the G-20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany, this month. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Hours into a dinner with world leaders who had gathered for the Group of 20 summit meeting, President Trump left his chair at the sprawling banquet table and headed to where President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was seated.
The two presidents had met earlier in the day for the first time and, as the White House put it, had developed a rapport even as they talked about Russia’s interference in the United States’ 2016 elections.
The July 7 meeting in Hamburg, Germany, was the single most scrutinized of the Trump presidency. But it turned out there was another encounter: a one-on-one discussion over dinner that lasted as long as an hour and relied solely on a Kremlin-provided interpreter.
No presidential relationship has been more dissected than the one between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin, a dynamic only heightened by the swirl of investigations into whether Mr. Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to sway the election in his favor. Nevertheless, the meeting was confirmed by the White House only on Tuesday, after reports surfaced that some of the guests had been surprised that it occurred.

The dinner discussion caught the attention of other leaders around the table, some of whom later remarked privately on the odd spectacle of an American president seeming to single out the Russian leader for special attention at a summit meeting that included some of the United States’ staunchest, oldest allies.




A White House official said there was nothing unusual about it. And in two tweets late Tuesday, Mr. Trump derided news reports about it as “sick.” He said the dinner was not a secret, since all of the world leaders at the summit meeting and their spouses had been invited by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. “Press knew!” he tweeted.
“Even a dinner arranged for top 20 leaders in Germany is made to look sinister!” Mr. Trump added.














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While the leaders-and-spouses dinner was on Mr. Trump’s public schedule, the news media was not allowed to witness any part of it, nor were reporters provided with an account of what transpired. Mr. Trump’s traveling press contingent did note, however, that his motorcade left the dinner four minutes after Mr. Putin’s did.
The dinner at which the private conversation took place stretched for more than three hours after a concert for the leaders and their spouses at the Elbphilharmonie, a concert hall on the banks of the Elbe River.
In the earlier, formal meeting, Mr. Trump said later, he asked the Russian president twice about his role in the American vote. Mr. Putin denied involvement, and the two men agreed to move beyond the dispute in the interest of finding common ground on other matters, including a limited cease-fire in Syria.
There is no official United States government record of the intimate dinner conversation, because no American official other than the president was involved.
“Pretty much everyone at the dinner thought this was really weird, that here is the president of the United States, who clearly wants to display that he has a better relationship personally with President Putin than any of us, or simply doesn’t care,” said Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, a New York-based research and consulting firm, who said he had heard directly from attendees. “They were flummoxed, they were confused and they were startled.”

The encounter occurred more than midway through the lengthy dinner, when Mr. Trump left his chair and approached Mr. Putin, who had been seated next to the first lady, Melania Trump. It was described to Mr. Bremmer by other guests as lasting roughly an hour and not initially disputed by a White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
But Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, disputed that account. He said Mr. Trump had described the exchange with Mr. Putin as purely social, and as lasting far less than an hour. “It was pleasantries and small talk,” Mr. Spicer said. In a separate statement, the White House said the two presidents had spoken through the Kremlin’s interpreter because the American translator with Mr. Trump did not speak Russian.
Experts in United States-Russia relations said such an encounter — even on an informal basis at a social event — was a concern because of its length, which suggested a substantive exchange, and because there was no note taker or national security or foreign policy aide present.


“We’re all going to be wondering what was said, and that’s where it’s unfortunate that there was no U.S. interpreter, because there is no independent American account of what happened,” said Steven Pifer, a former ambassador to Ukraine who also specializes in Russia and nuclear arms control.
“If I was in the Kremlin, my recommendation to Putin would be, ‘See if you can get this guy alone,’ and that’s what it sounds like he was able to do,” added Mr. Pifer, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.
The Trump administration is struggling to improve its relationship with Russia while under pressure from multiple investigations into possible ties between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Moscow. Those inquiries have cast a shadow over what would normally be seen as an attempt at diplomacy between world leaders.
The evening after his two meetings with Mr. Putin — the first lasting 135 minutes and the second an hour — Mr. Trump returned to Washington. On the Air Force One flight back, his top advisers helped draft a statement about a meeting his son Donald Trump Jr. attended last year with a Kremlin-connected lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
“We have the worst relationship as a country right now with Russia that we have in decades, and yet we have these two leaders that, for reasons that do not make sense and have not been explained to anyone’s satisfaction, are hellbent on adoring each other,” Mr. Bremmer said. “You can take everything that’s been given to us, and it doesn’t add up.”

On Tuesday, the Kremlin intensified its demands that the Trump administration return two compounds in the United States that the Obama administration seized from Russia last fall in retaliation for the election meddling. After meeting with Thomas A. Shannon Jr., the under secretary of state for political affairs, Sergei A. Ryabkov, Russia’s deputy foreign minister, said he had warned the Americans that there must be an “unconditional return” of the property or Moscow would retaliate.













The State Department said no such agreement was in store.
“These deals, so to speak, are going to take some time,” Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, told reporters on Tuesday. “Nothing is coming together anytime soon.”
Mr. Trump announced on Tuesday night that he planned to nominate Jon M. Huntsman Jr., a former envoy to China and Singapore, as his ambassador to Russia. Mr. Huntsman’s nomination has been expected for months, but the investigations into Mr. Trump’s campaign and whether it colluded with Russia are likely to figure prominently in his confirmation hearing.