Friday, February 21, 2014

What Price Fame -- Chapter I: A Professor Becomes Useful

Bonnie, 16 years old

 Dear Readers,

In a letter written on Jan. 8, 1961, Bonnie wrote about having an idea for a play.  This reminded me that many years prior, she had hand-written and bound a small book on her own, and I think you'll enjoy reading it.  Bonnie was 16 years old and the year was 1936.  You will see her 1st grade photograph, "the author as a child" and I have no idea why she chose the pen name, Rita Kiles.  Today, enjoy Chapter I and others will be posted daily along with a few photos of B and Bonnie in their teen years.

Tomorrow, some thrilling moments?


  1. Very exciting! I too wonder what inspired her (lovely) nom de plume, and all pen names for that matter. Kay was a popular girl's name at the time, which likely could have factored in, but beyond that it, it is a mystery indeed.

    The immense wealth of family treasures you share with us never ceases to thrill, delight and engage me, dear Ann, and Bonnie's first book is no exception. Thank you for sharing this fantastic element of your mother's life with us.

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Thank you, Jessica! I appreciate your kind comment very much. I love this little book.

  3. I love this book. It's such a fun insight into Grandmommy's teen self. :)

  4. I've been combing the yearbook for clues as to who these characters might be:-)


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