every time I go to a familiar place to seek something new. this weekend in Palm Springs I went to a small cemetery in downtown. I touchd the tombstones of architect Albert Frey & one of the original Keystone Kops -- Chester Moorten. but the real reason I was there was to honor this silent screen star:
he was a handsome man known for his smile & his hair. I've written about him before. he died before I got to his city. so this is as close as I'll come.
before putting the family house on the market I took this picture of part of Mom's doll collection:
I need to find good homes for the dolls. those which I got Mom during my travels I'm keeping but there are just too many for me. if you are a real collector let me know. I'm willing to give you a doll for the price of postage.
hard to believe he's been gone 20 years. I wrote to Johnson in the summer of 1977 inviting him to contribute to the catalog for Ira Joel Haber's retrospective at Kent State which I was editing. he sent a piece which we used. I returnd the original art to him per his instruction. this is the only piece of his I own:
when the University Libraries got rid of its card catalog in the early 1990s I got the idea of selecting some cards to send to the authors for signatures. as a fundraiser for Special Collections we sold the cards. among those I purchased was this one with Johnson's signature backwards & snaking from front of card to rear.