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28 Oct 1929 – Roerich’s Shrine

On Manhattan’s socially outworn Riverside Drive, a skyscraper-Museum, dedicated to one man, was formally opened last week. The man was Professor Nicholas Constantinovich Roerich, famed Russian painter-writer-explorer-philosopher. The brick skyscraper, designed by Architect Harvey Wiley Corbett, uniquely graduated in tone from deep purple at the base to white at the top, symbolizes “growth,” houses more than 1,000 of Professor Roerich’s exotic paintings, is dedicated to international culture, world peace. Present at the dedication was the Professor himself and his two apple-cheeked sons. His audience wandered through the museum, marveled at the “Hall of the East” in which 100 ritual lights burned before a Tibetan shrine. The audience included turbaned Indians, grave Chinese, eager U. S. intellectuals, a brown woman with gems fastened in her nose, a plump white woman wearing a jingling Colombian Indian costume. Kermit Roosevelt dropped his eyes against curious stares. Natacha Rambova, white turbaned and weighted with gold invited the avid to her studio. Esoteric prattlers shook the Professor’s hands and looked for cheese wafers to nibble. There were no refreshments.
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17 Apr 1935 – ZUNILDA MANCINI, Respondent, v. S. GEORGE ULLMAN, Appellant.

Mancini v. Ullman [Civ. No. 10065. Second Appellate District, Division One. April 17, 1935.]
COUNSEL Arthur C. Fisher for Appellant. Herman Tepp, Ivan L. Hiler and Jay J. Stein for Respondent.
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OPINION Conrey, P. J.  Appellant having filed his opening brief, respondent now moves to dismiss the appeal of defendant, or affirm the judgment, upon the ground that the questions upon which the decision depends are so unsubstantial as not to require argument. The record is presented in a printed transcript which contains the judgment roll, together with a bill of exceptions in which there are no specifications of insufficiency of the evidence to sustain the findings.
[1] On several dates (January 23, 1928, April 12, 1929, and April 28, 1930), respondent, who resided in the city of New York, paid to appellant sums of money, in all amounting to $6,900, all solicited and received as part of a fund to be used for the construction of a monument in the city of Los Angeles, to commemorate the name of Rudolph Valentino. Appellant actually used for that purpose, only $2,000. The court found that his representations to respondent, by means of which he obtained the money, were knowingly false. The transcript begins with an amended complaint, and does not show the date of commencement of this action. However, we accept as presumably correct the statement of counsel in his brief, that the action was not commenced until October 23, 1933. But the facts shown by the findings are sufficient to excuse the failure of respondent to discover the fraud until May, 1933, when she promptly employed an attorney, and demanded repayment of the money sued for in this action, and then filed her complaint. [6 Cal. App. 2d 224] There is, therefore, no merit whatever in appellant’s contention that the plaintiff’s right of action is barred by the provisions of sections 338 and 339 of the Code of Civil Procedure; nor in the further defense based on the ground of laches of the plaintiff in delaying the commencement of her action.
[2] There is no substantial basis for the claim of appellant that the court erred in allowing plaintiff to amend her amended complaint to conform to the proof. Appellant argues that the points of amendment did not conform to the proof. But the trial court thought differently, and in the light of the findings we must assume that the court’s ruling on this matter was supported by the evidence. There was no miscarriage of justice in the rendition of judgment against appellant.
The judgment is affirmed.
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1920 – Stolen Moments St Augustine, FL

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8 Mar 1925 – Where Rudolph was when the lights went out

While on the subject of temperaments have you heard the news of Rudolph Valentino’s tiff with Ritz-Carlton Pictures? Well it seems that Rudy was right in the midst of making “The Hooded Falcon” making it just as he jolly well pleased and under the supervision of his own hand-picked director, when J.D. Williams, president of Ritz-Carlton, thought he ought to have something to say regarding the expenditure of something like $500,000 of his own hard cash. First of all he requested that Mrs. Valentino hie herself to the sidelines and confiner her helpful operations to merely looking on and keeping quiet. When Mr. Williams took exception to Rudy’s choice of Alan Hale as the director he declared that Mr. Hale was not experienced enough to look after the destinies of a film which was estimated to cost it producers half a million dollars. So the Valentinos walked off the set in a huff. According to the latest reports they are passing the time in luxurious
idleness at Palm Springs. They are not going back to Hollywood until some spirit greater and more omnipotent than J.D. Williams moves them. In the meantime, Adolph Zukor and Famous Players Lasky who have contracted for hte release of Valentin’s pictures, are pacing the rugs in their majogany paneled executive chambers, wondering if ever there had been a spoiled child more incorrible than this boy Rudolph.
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24 Apr 1988 Secret to Manhood May Lie in Rudolph Valentino’s Ring

Franklin Mint is selling the secret to manhood. Or at least copies because the original stays where it is. The secret to manhood as implied by its ads is a ring worn by Silent Film Star Rudolph Valentino. The mint a mail-order firm in Franklin Center, PA is selling copies of the ring for $295.00. “Rudolph Valentino” one magazine ad reads “His name is synonymous with self-assured style”. Off and on the screen. And his taste in jewelry reflected an undeniable confidence in his own masculinity. “Now, for the first time, the ring that he actually wore has been recreated from the original now in the permanent collection of the prestigious Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum, Rochester, NY. In 1967, the ring was purchased for $1000, in an auction in Portland, Maine, and the museum will not say what the piece is worth now. In any case, the ring has never been displayed though in might be included in a 1990 exhibit on American Heros of Pop Culture. The ring is made of hammered platinum with an oval setting of black star sapphire, which has an intaglio of two Greek warriors, one standing and one on a horse It is a huge affair more than 1 inch from front to back, more than 1 inch from side to side, and close to an inch from top to bottom. The copy replaces the platinum with silver and the sapphire with black hermatite. But at least you can get your own copy in any size you want. Museum records say the ring was made in Italy in 1925. Valentino bought it that year and reportedly wore it in three movies “A Sainted Devil” “Cobra” and “The Eagle”. He died in 1926 and the ring was bought by James Perkins a Portland Sea Captain. Strong bought it from Perkins estate which was auctioned when his widow died. In 1967, Margaret Strong bought the ring to go with her Rudolph Valentino Doll.

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