Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Betty MacDonald, her witty sisters and a hellhole

Betty MacDonald's very witty and 
beautiful sister Alison Bard Burnett

Betty MacDonald in the living room at Vashon on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post.

Betty MacDonald fan club fans,

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

Alison Bard Burnett born June 25, 1920 at the family home in Laurelhurst, Washington and passed away December 23rd 2009 at Vashon Community Care Center where she had resided for the past four years.

Alison loved to entertain, was a passionate gardener, fabulous cook, talented decorator, and a gifted writer. She loved music, especially jazz, and was a wonderful dancer. She loved dogs and was a fierce champion of fairness. She will be best remembered for her warmth, generosity and infectious laughter.

We can read this in Alison Bard Burnett's obituary.

Alison Bard Burnett was a gifted writer and storyteller.
Alison Bard Burnett wanted to write her autobiography. It's not easy at all to do this if you have two worldfamous sisters, authors Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard.
We all know Alison Bard Burnett never wrote her book but something happend.

Wolfgang Hampel, author of the Betty MacDonald Biography and winner of first Betty MacDonald Memorial Award, interviewed Alison Bard Burnett several times in Seattle in 1996. 

Years later Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund and other Betty MacDonald Fans heard of Wolfgang Hampel's interviews and eventually these Betty MacDonald treasure items had been published on CD and DVD. 

More Wolfgang Hampel interviews will follow. 

Thanks a Million dear Linde Lund and your Betty MacDonald Fan Club Team for doing this!

We guess Alison Bard Burnett would be very surprised about this but you are delighted if you listen to her golden Bard Memories about her father Darsie Bard, who died 6 months before she was born. Alison Bard Burnett's magical stories about her mother Sydney Bard, grandmother Gammy, sister Betty MacDonald, Betty's husbands Robert Eugene Heskett and Donald MacDonald, Betty's daughters Anne and Joan, sister Mary Bard and her husband Dr. Clyde Jensen,. brother Cleve Bard, adopted sister Madge Baldwin, Betty MacDonald's friend Monica Sone, the 'Kettle' family, Nancy and Plum and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle are unique.

The favourite Alison Bard Burnett memories are about her sister Dede whose real name was Dorothea Goldsmith and her very good friend Mike Gordon who felt in love with Betty. 

Especially touching are Alison Bard Burnett's memories of family life in Laurelhurst, Chimacum, the University District in Seattle, on Vashon Island and in Carmel Valley. 

It is moving to see Betty MacDonald's sister Alison Bard Burnett visiting the houses in the University District and Laurelhurst, where she was born. Alison visited it with Wolfgang Hampel. She saw it again for the first time after the Bard family left it. A very special moment!

As other Betty MacDonald and Alison Bard Burnett fans mentioned: 

Betty MacDonald wasn't crazy about Sport. 

Betty MacDonald's very witty sister Alison Bard Burnett was the opposite. She loved it. 

I have to laugh tears about Betty MacDonald's very witty sister Alison Bard Burnett describing the behaviour of men in her interviews with Wolfgang Hampel. This is so real and funny.

Wolfgang Hampel, author of the Betty MacDonald Biography and winner of the first Betty MacDonald Memorial Award founded Betty MacDonald Fan Club and Society in 1983. 

That's what Wolfgang Hampel wrote about his experiences with unique Alison Bard Burnett.

Alison Bard Burnett (June 25, 1920 - December 23, 2009)

I met Alison Bard Burnett in Seattle and we had such a great time. She told the most interesting and very funny treasure stories about her family especially her famous sisters Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard.

We visited all the places, the house in the University District, Roosevelt High School and the house in Laurelhurst where Alison was born 6 months after her father Darsie Bard died.

I won't ever forget it because it was such a wonderful experience to meet this great lady! How we drove with Alison's VW through Seattle. She was full of life and so very, very witty!

Thanks A Million dear Alison! You are always in my heart!!

All my love to you and your wonderful family!

Wolfgang Hampel

As Wolfgang Hampel wrote, Alison Bard Burnett was full of life and so very, very witty. 

Although Alison Bard Burnett never wrote a book of her own she is as popular now as her sisters Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard. 

Alison Bard Burnett's gift as a storyteller delights her fans in 40 countries. 

Alison Bard Burnett is word famous and in our hearts forever! 

CD and DVD interviews are different ones.

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

Alison Bard Burnett and other Betty MacDonald fan club honor members will be included in Wolfgang Hampel's new project Vita Magica.
Betty MacDonald fan club honor member Mr. Tigerli is so very busy now because of his private and many complicated political affairs

Mr. Tigerli is a winner and we know the winner takes it all. 

Mount Rainier National Park is a magical place.
Take care,


Vita Magica

Betty MacDonald forum  

Wolfgang Hampel - Wikipedia ( English ) 

Wolfgang Hampel - Wikipedia ( German )

Wolfgang Hampel - Monica Sone - Wikipedia ( English )

Wolfgang Hampel - Ma and Pa Kettle - Wikipedia ( English ) 

Wolfgang Hampel - Ma and Pa Kettle - Wikipedia ( French )

Wolfgang Hampel in Florida State University 

Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel 

Betty MacDonald fan club interviews on CD/DVD

Betty MacDonald fan club items 

Betty MacDonald fan club items  - comments

Betty MacDonald fan club - The Stove and I 

Betty MacDonald fan club organizer Linde Lund

    Brussels Hits Back At Trump For "Hellhole" Comments

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in New Hampshire, June 17, 2015. The politician has infuriated the city of Brussels after calling it a "hellhole."Dominick Reuter/Reuters
    Brussels has responded with dignified outrage after U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump described the city as a “hellhole”.
    “You go to Brussels. I was in Brussels a long time ago—20 years ago—so beautiful, everything’s so beautiful. It’s like living in a hellhole right now,” Trump told Fox.
    Belgians took to social media, posting delightful pictures of their city to show the Republican what he’s missing, using the hashtag #hellhole.
    Subscribe now - Free phone/tablet charger worth over $60Though some were less positive in their response:
    Brussels has struggled with its public image since the November 15 attacks in Paris, which are thought to have been partly planned in the city. The district of Molenbeek made headlines as a supposed hotbed of radical Islam.
    Brussels has since launched a PR offensive to dispel negative impressions of the city, with one campaign earlier in January allowing would-be visitors to call random locals and ask what life is like in the city.
    This isn’t the first European city Trump has enraged. After he claimed that parts of London were so radicalized that police officers feared for their lives, London’s police force said he “could not be more wrong.” U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron also criticized his comments.
    Writing for Newsweek in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day, Eva Schloss, holocaust survivor and Anne Frank’s stepsister, compared Trump to Hitler. “If Donald Trump become the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster,” she said. “I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism.”