At a Varner
Reunion Marvin Young and Marvin Shaw. You will have to click on it to see the facial expressions. It looks like Marvin Shaw (sitting) is in deep thought and is about to make an important point. And Marvin Young (standing) is saying, "A camera! Smile!"
Thursday c1947. Right to left: My
grandmother (daddy's mother)Minnie Victoria Tyson (1879-1948) and her sisters
Lela Octavia "Aunt Tade" Tyson Carr (1886-1957), and Annie Alice Tyson
Tade's head crocked back and looking at Minnie disapprovingly. Tch tch.
On our rambling today
I got to see several people I haven't seen in a while:
(1) Craig Southern, son
of Larry and Linda Bates Southern. I have known Larry and Linda since Waterman Street
Grammar school. Craig recognized me before I recognized him, usually I am the invisible
one. I enjoyed talking to him;
(2) Gary Price. Gary and Anna are cousins to the
same cousins but are not related to each other. Figure that one out. Gary and I
know many of the same people in Marietta and know some of my Hunter cousins (that grew up within the Marietta City Limits) better than I do, Gary is head of a unique local organization Something like
Jews For Christ, although he grew up as a Christian. I don't know if he is a
preacher or rabbi;
(3) andMary Housley. I knew Mary in high school when she was Mary
Dupree. Mary and I talked about our grandkids. We mildly worship them. After she walked off I realized I
didn't take her picture. I supposed I was too dazzled after she hugged me.
of THE UNRULY LIFE OF WOODY ALLEN, An Unauthorized Biography by Marian Meade.
I think I
have seen all, or almost all, of Woody Allen's early movies. I think they are fantastic. They are slapstick, profound, wise-cracks
with a Jewish accent, and hysterically funny.
movies became a little dryer, less slapstick, but still profound. About
then I lost my grip on keeping up with
his latest movies. As a film maker, his
quality is rated up with the best, such as Hitchcock, Wilder, Fellini, and
Bergman. In fact Federico Fellini and
Ingmar Bergman are his heroes.
I thought he
was a great insightful person. Then I
read his unauthorized biography by Marian Meade. She popped my bubble.
him out to be a self-centered scoundrel.
She tells of his demanding and snobbish ways. He also used people but essentially appeared
to not like people. He didn't give
autographs when asked and when in elevators with other people he would turn
around and face the wall.
I said Ms
Meade made him out as not liking people.
That is not entirely true. According to her book he liked young underage girls. In fact, he had a fling with his wife Mia
Farrell's adopted orphaned daughter Soon-Yi Previn. Soon- Yi was born in Korea and was adopted by
Mia and her then-husband Adre' Previn.
Soon-Yi and Woody, after their affair married.
won and was nominated for many awards but had never been to the ceremonies that
hand them out. One time his excuse was he
couldn't let his jazz band down (they play on Sunday nights at Carlyle Cafe in
Manhattan). I admire that.
goes into detail about Woody's relation with his ex-wives: Louise Lasser (in
sitcom-soap MARY HARTMAN, MART HARTMAN), Diane Keaton, and Mia Farrow. (and
points out that many of Woody's movies are autobiographer, sort of. In the movie MANHATTAN Woody is having an
affair with a teenager who has to deal with homework, book reports, etc. And in HANNAH AND HER SISTERS every member of
Mia Farrow's family could be pointed out.
As one member of the family said it was like watching a home movie...
some of them, even played themselves.
analyzes each of his movies and his dealings with the movie studio heads.
interesting thing about the book it is about like the "Kevin Bacon 6
Degrees Game". He, through his
movies, or through one of his wives has dealt with just about everyone in
Hollywood. Example: Mia Farrow's mother is Maureen O'Sullivan
a.k.a. JANE, TARZAN'Ss mate.
I think the
book was very good and dug deep into Woody's mind and private life.
after reading the book I still think Woody Allen is a moving making genius, I
also have a lower opinion of him as a person.
But on the other hand, I feel sorry for him because his privacy was
invaded. A CATCH 22.
Back in the
old days E.C. Publishing Company made a KILLING on horror comics such as TALES
FROM THE CRYPT, HAUNT OF FEAR, SHOCK,
THE VAULT OF HORROR, and more. I said,
"make a killing", get it?
after a while the grownups had a rebellion of about the horror comics. Doctors testified, congress had hearings, and
finally the comic industry said instead of making laws restricting them, they
would be their own watch dogs... or foxes.
lines were done away. Less bloody and
violent stories were the new trend.
Publishing Company's new line was IMPACT.
The artist, George Evans, was good with E.C. War and air warfare. About the only "impact" I saw in
this story was slamming the door. The cover art, by the way, is by Jack Davis.
At the doctor's office
the other day in the waiting room I did not notice the people already sitting.
One man mentioned he used to be a carrier and said he delivered part of Canton
Road. I perked up and looked at him. I remember him. I could not recall his
name but I remembered his nickname "Fire Chief". He was called Fire
Chief because he was a Marietta Fireman before coming to work for the Marietta
Post Office. Finally I remember his name is Jim. He is the only carrier I know who was shot at by a
patron and later another patron held a shotgun up to his head and ordered off
his property when Jim attempted to have the man sign for a certified piece of
Thursday. Henry Paul Prance (1910-2000)
c1914. Anna's father. Paul lived all his life in the
Blackwell/Noonday area of north Cobb County.
He was the oldest of his siblings; three brothers and one sister.
As a young
man one of his first jobs was with Franklin D. Roosevelt's work program the
he worked at Veach Wholesale Grocery as the manager for the rest of his work
career. When he retired Veach Grocery
stopped being a business.
loved farming. He had a cow, pigs, one
free range chicken, and a large garden
that produced edibles and beautiful flowers.
He grew up on a farm and I think wanted to continue that way of life.
married twice, first to Alzia Evelyn Kemp, and secondly to Marie Foster.
He and Alzia
had three sons, which unfortunately, they died before he did. The lived to be middle age men, but Paul
outlived them. They are Jimmy, Tommy,
He and Marie
had one daughter, Anna.
c 1925. Teenager Paul slipping up behind his aunt Lilla Wright