3/13/03; pob 666, Ojai
Hope you've had a chance over now what is nearly a year to check out my pocket alternative to Erin Hay's Official website. Up since last Easter and coming into 1500 hits for the year, www.geocities.com/allyson_without_tears/ will shortly celebrate its First Anniversary. Leo Bourret has suggested your affection for it to me, but what would really put a buzz on my effort would be some first-hand critical assessment of it from you. I do understand your travels may keep you from seeing this note for a while, so in any case I know I might not hear from you too soon.
Something on my message board would be nice, and/or I am also enclosing a self-addressed. I only regret my fortunes thus far preclude my seeing you all at the Garland Festivals. While I otherwise do not have a lot of reason to actually phone you, I do envy the guys (Leo or Gordon) who come away from those claiming the ability to communicate directly with you or Margaret at the drop of a hat.
Of course I would happily settle for what I can get even with less advantage.
Best Wishes for the Easter Season,
Joe D, 3/13/2003
April 1st, 2003: We at AllysonPowell@yahoogroups.com
have all been treated to an invitation from 15-year old Davey
to view and join the Yahoo group cited below. Going there,
we find there is no access to group functions like adding links
or viewing membership. References particular to June are
(as she would say) “very slight:” a photo from Erin’s home
page and a prominent link to it. June is also referenced in
Davey’s Yahoo profile: you may check that one for yourself.
From: Joe Daurril <email@example.com>
Date: Mon Mar 31, 2003 5:40 pm
Subject: Allyson Without Tears
I believe the appearance of this site on your links list would be a
valuable addition to your advertised inventory. With regard to
reciprocation, you may have noticed my site is addressed primarily to
the work of June Allyson (with occasionally her late husband), and I
have ventured to your site only because she is your Star of the
Week. As that appellation clearly has a time limit, I cannot
therefore include a link to a cast of thousands that shortly will not
particularly feature her. I do truly appreciate the scope of your
effort at Golden Years, and hope you may feel likewise about those of
us who are content to deal with one personality at a time.
Author: needless to say, I do not seem to have been added to the Allyson entries.
Ides of January, 2003;
Thank you Jean, for your guestbook entry January 1st. I am also grateful
this month for the good correspondence with Maria and Marian,
and for the encouraging email from Bob Cohoon firstname.lastname@example.org
and Esther Luttrell http://www.screenwritersnews.com . Not having a church
calendar this year I can only suppose Christmas is over, and therefore
need to retire June’s Xmas splash to the sidelines. Till at least the next
Sunday, December 29, 2002;
I am pleased to report these replies from my correspondents on Why "Without Tears?;" conversations like these may also be the reason for my website.
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 15:02:44 -0500
Thank you for that thorough (and well written!) answer--and for replying
To answer YOUR question--I was reading Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD, which
is the source of a famous phrase, "Christianity without tears." I have
an on-going email correnspondence with a man in England who edits books
of quotations, so I mentioned it to him. He's putting together a
collection of PHRASES -- "more than a word, less than a sentence" --
that are widely used by people who may or may not be aware of a source.
So I went looking on line.
I found a lot of titles in which "without tears" means WITHOUT GREAT
DIFFICULTY: there are books and tutorials for everything from "Knitting
without tears" to "Greek without tears."
There are also, though fewer, sites that use "without tears" to mean
WITH A FOCUS ON JOY -- WITHOUT GETTING MORBID. Yours is an example of
this second type of use.
I'm going to report to Nigel on what I found. May I send him your name
and your message as part of the package?
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 19:19:35
Thank you for your letters, also for including Marian´s reply to you. It is most interesting and I really appreciated her talking about Huxley`s book ( O Admiravel Mundo Novo- this is the name of the book in portuguese). I am always looking forward to learning more and more so it is a real pleasure for me to be able to exchange ideas and when I have a duty I always ask, so that I learn a bit more. " Christianity without tears", the famous phrase in the book is great as it is "Allyson without tears", but suddenly I started to think about the real meaning of it, and I decided to ask you. So, thanks again.
About the " golfinhos", I thouht you might like the pictures and it was a way of thanking you for writing to me. " Sado" is a river not far from here where one can see dolphins yet.
Also, I would like to wish you a Happy Year 2003.
From: Joe J Daurril <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 14:50:54 -0500
Subject: Why "Without Tears?"
My dear Marian (and also Maria);
I have in the last two days received inquiry from each of you as to the
significance of the suffix on my Allyson website, viz ("Without Tears").
Yours are the first (in over 1100 hits) two such questions I have ever
received, and since Marian's was the first (and more conspicuous) I will
speak first briefly to Maria and then at somewhat more length to Marian.
The title is not meant, Maria, to suggest that I have some actual
knowledge of June's death and am here deprecating her or discouraging any
mourning of her eventual shuffling off. Allyson Without Tears is meant
to reflect my understanding and in fact festive celebration of her life,
and I hope what you find there supports that contention. I think we
might best measure the intent of a title at the time it was created, and
not how it may be analyzed later out of context. My site came up around
Easter 2002, and links to photos of June alive and well last October.
The idea for the title, Marian, actually came to me sometime after my
first reading of her co-authored autobiography. To put it bluntly, I
thought the book was clearly at first written for the ladies, and might
in its entirety send any audience into a severe fit of depression. That
was not the Allyson I expected, and hope she survives intact behind both
her book and also what is called her Official website. So Without Tears
is what would have called a re-write of her bio. The title is not at
first related at all to any particular movie of hers, but may be
interpreted as suggesting the Allyson we might see if she were ever out
from under who or whatever lately manages her life.
Please don't take this as my final declaration on the subject, but enough
for now. Also, if you have a moment, where did you find "[whatever]
Without Tears," prompting you to search on it?
ala Bourret (11/25/02)
I was truly pleased last weekend to receive Len Bourret's orientation pack to June's web world. Our website's seem now to reciprocate links to each other, and I am grateful that he has been the conduit according to which I'm told "TEARY-EYED June" LOVES Your WEBSITE!. (Conduits have not always been that kind to me.) I might as well mention that while I try not to disturb (aside from graphical style) the content of links I host, my "Author" section is where I do grant myself the privilege of editorializing on what I publish.
I must confess to Len that I am somewhat more critical of the post-Powell mythology than he, particularly where that involves any self-defining Angels. And while I first encountered June at an age and circumstance when boffing her was pretty much out of the question, I have noticed reports from fans that now seem to thrill on being on either end of her sexual experiences. Frankly, I continue myself not much to think about it. Inbound, let's say, on Calista Flockheart, would be a totally different matter ...
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 21:16:52 -0000
Subject: [AllysonPowell] Hello!
Well Ginny, there's your message Wed Dec 19, 2001 1:01 AM and then
five days later (around your birthday), its like the West Coast sank
into the Ocean. I started an Allyson ( + Powell) website about
Easter this year to signify my enthusiasm for them both. I do wish
Richard had lived longer: would have been better for us and I think
also for "Ella." My site is at [awot]: please join me there.
Don't mind the strange logon ID: I use any one of a dozen as the
notion grabs me. Do wish we might all have been together in (Grand Rapids)
this evening to celebrate the Judy Garland fest with June:
maybe next year.
Date: Mon, 27 May 2002 09:40
Subject: New and revised graphics (etc);
I do hope you enjoy our new Allyson SAC movie page, added last Thursday.
In its original configuration it was not displayable from Geocities, so I am employing a new graphics policy already retrofitted to earlier pages. These are now better scaled to entirely (almost) fit in my main display frame, they download more quickly, and regardless of how much shows they are completely saveable as my copywritten contribution to June’s legacy.
I have added a new “mid-air” pic to the Good News scenario, that I might expand to a small video (along with “After the Show”) in some later edition. I am also personally quite pleased with how well (I think) the story line shows in our Strategic Air Command. I live near MacDill, and local (of course also national) cable shows SAC at least 4 or 5 times every month - so its hard to miss. Two years after its release I enlisted in the Air Force, though at the time I felt no particular inspirational connection. It is also I believe a sad but curious footnote that Dick Powell was directing Temujin ( The Conqueror ) nearly while SAC was in production.
I have removed the guestbook entry pertaining to my 2001 deletion from “Official,” since I lately put it on my site in the first place to complete the sequence of three I did retain. Among the retained three, the Medea Redux entry for September 16, 2000 now offers redirection to my rendering of “Masters.” Casual readers might have thought I was currently having some difficulty with “Official,” which as far as I know I am not.
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 14:58:04 EST
Subject: Re: New June Allyson Website
DO you know of a way to contact her? I would really apprechiate it if you knew how to.
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 21:24:58 -0500
Yes Elizabeth (Virginia there is a Santa …) I would really appreciate knowing for certain how to do that myself. Best I can suggest is the POB that provides her autographs, and that is:
PO Box 666
Ojai, CA 93024
We may also hope she will eventually notice the Without Tears website, so going thru its Guestbook might help. Unfortunately that is the weakest feature of my emerging site: I know there are already 3 messages there that do not display. Working on it.
Good Luck to us all, and a Joyful Easter,
From: Joe J Daurril <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 22:05:43 -0500
Subject: pocket Allyson
There are probably two "policy" issues that bear on a viewer's ability to save the Without Tears graphics. The fact is that the images are separate and available, but your browser is not going to offer them to you, and that is its policy. So my policy first is to keep the images separate to facilitate their development in download, but I cannot cause them once there to be saved outside the aggregate.
The Official Allyson site, which you have visited, is the image warehouse and has gone thru the labor intensive effort of making a large picture and a small picture (for the catalogue) of almost each and every one of several hundred things. I am not going to compete with that. What I offer is selection and arrangement, for which I was fortunate enough to receive June's personal written approval on a previous venture.
But it is a nice picture. And I infer by your use of the singular, that you may have not noticed you (and I) may enjoy others of these by clicking the undimmed entries in Contents. Not much of a hardship there bro.
From: "tracey spence" <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Apr 2002 13:25:07 +0100
Thankyou for visiting my kathryn Grayson webpage. I am building an Ann miller on called www.geocities.com/ann_miller_twinkel_toes your website is very good. have you got Junes autograph?
Thankyou Lyndsylee Spence
To: firstname.lastname@example.org – [removed 2013-05-31]
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 14:55:56 -0500
Subject: Allyson portrait
Am presently using your Allyson portrait as the signature image in her new unofficial website at (here) as the best such photo I know of. I suspect of course that this might not but improve your chances of selling it, but am worried that when gone I will lose the link. So please keep me in mind if you happen to decide to change anything.
A very solemn and joyous Passover / Easter to you and yours,
From: email@example.com – [removed 2013-05-31]
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 18:34:45 PST
Subject: Re: Allyson portrait
Thank you for letting me know.
Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2002 12:07:26 -0500
Subject: New June Allyson Website
A Joyful Easter to you all:
Celebrate an extra small epiphany not available to many other folk this holy holiday: visit my developing new pocket website focused on June Allyson. Constructed from the male point of view and cosmopolitan rather than rural, I cannot promise June will ever see the site, but there is no hidden level of communication to it and no censorship based on what I personally might not understand.
See you there,