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IT WAS AROUND 1954 THAT MY GOOD FRIEND ELAINE  KAPLAN GOT MARRIED TO CHUCK SANDERS.  I DIDN'T ATTEND HER WEDDING AS I WAS OUT OF TOWN VISITING MY PARENTS.  BUT I DID ATTEND HER WEDDING SHOWER ON THE SUNSET STRIP WHICH WAS HELD AT A SWEDISH RESTAURANT "A BIT OF SWEDEN. "  AS YOU ENTERED THE COMPLEX, TO THE RIGHT WAS A BOUTIQUE SHOP OWNED BY THE ACTRESS/WRITER ARLENE DAHL AND MOTHER OF LORENZO LAMAS.  I ALWAYS ADMIRED THIS TALENTED AND WELL-EDUCATED ACTRESS WHO CAME FROM MINNESOTA.  SHE IS NOW 86 YEARS OLD AND DIVIDES HER TIME BETWEEN NEW YORK AND WEST PALM BEACH.

AT ELAINE'S  SHOWER I MET MANY PROMINENT JEWISH PEOPLE WHO OWNED VARIOUS COMPANIES. HOFFMAN TELEVISION STANDS OUT IN MY MIND.  OF COURSE, MOST OF THE WOMEN WERE WEARING THEIR MINK STOLES THAT DAY.  THINGS LOOKED GOOD FOR ELAINE.

EVEN THOUGH ELAINE AND I LOST TRACK OF EACH OTHER,  I STILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR HER ON THE INTERNET.  I HAVE COME ACROSS THE NAME IN SEVERAL AREAS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA BUT HAVE NOT AS YET TRIED TO MAKE CONTACT AS I AM WORKING ON VARIOUS OTHER PROJECTS WHICH I STARTED LONG AGO. BUT, I WISH HER MORE GOOD LUCK.

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I HAVE MANAGED TO FIND ANOTHER FRIEND, HOWEVER, WHO WAS IN MY WEDDING.  SHE IS A WIDOW WHO LOST HER HUSBAND 12 YEARS AGO.  I LEFT A MESSAGE ON FACEBOOK SEVERAL YEARS AGO W/HER DAUGHTER WHO LIVES UP IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS AND IS ALSO A WIDOW.  I HAVEN'T SEEN THE DAUGHTER SINCE SHE WAS BORN AROUND 1954. BUT, I UNDERSTAND SHE IS STILL TEACHING. ANYWAY, MY FRIEND LIVES IN AZ WHERE SHE AND HER HUBBY RETIRED LONG AGO.  SHE, LIKE MANY OF MY OTHER FRIENDS, HAS TRAVELED ALL OVER THE WORLD.  A FEW MONTHS AGO WE MET IN ARCADIA, CA, WHERE SHE LAST LIVED IN CA AND WE MET FOR LUNCH IN MONROVIA AND TALKED ABOUT WHAT WE BOTH HAVE BEEN DOING ALL OF THESE YEARS.  AND, YES, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO TIME. NOW, SHE IS LOOKING FOR ANOTHER HOME IN CA AS ALL OF HER SIBLINGS, CHILD AND MARRIED GRANDCHILDREN ARE HERE.  HOWEVER, SHE WILL BE IN MAUI NEXT MONTH LOOKING IN ON HER BROTHER-IN-LAW WHO AS A SENIOR STILL HAS ALL OF HIS FACULTIES.  SHE TELLS ME THAT WHEN HER HUBBY PASSED AWAY, THIS PARTICULAR BROTHER-IN-LAW WAS OF GREAT HELP TO HER.  I THINK THAT IS COMMENDABLE.

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MY FRIEND FROM AZ SAID SHE WOULD BE IN CA DURING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS BUT WE HAVEN'T CONTACTED EACH OTHER YET.  I BELIEVE THAT I WILL TRY CONTACTING HER BY PHONE BUT I DO NOT FEEL LIKE ROAMING AROUND THE LOS ANGELES AREA TOO MUCH RIGHT NOW AS I NEED TO CATCH UP ON MANY, MANY IMPORTANT PENDING RESPONSIBILITIES.  IT SEEMS THAT WHEN THE END OF THE YEAR ROLLS AROUND, WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO PROPERTY TAX BILLS, INSURANCE BILLS, EXTENDED FAMILY DOINGS, ETC.  AND GET READY FOR THINGS TO COME WITHIN THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.  BUT, PERSONAL MEDICAL APPOINTMENT FOLLOW-UPS TAKE PRIORITY.  WE ALSO HAVE THREE MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM SERIOUS SURGERIES AND NEED CHEMO AND OTHER ATTENTION.  I KNOW THAT THE LORD HEARS OUR PRAYERS.





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