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Let's liven this place up...please read this and respond!!

Postby Elise Anderson Cash » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:12 pm

Hi everybody!
Okay, as you all might have noticed, this board is slowing down and I've been thinking about what we can do to liven things and and also get to know each other better. This is for those of you who don't mind sharing something about yourself, I know that we have some members who would rather stay anonymous and we understand that. What I propose is a little "share time". For the most part we know a bit about each other but we do have plenty of newer members who might have missed out on our details that we may have divulged. I'm not asking for social security numbers or your Zodiac sign, but instead if you feel like sharing where you are from, if you have a family, and most importantly what got you interested in Dorothy.
Okay so I'll start although by now I think you guys all know more about me than you ever wanted to, I've been a bit of an open book on this forum, but this is a topica that is still raw to me emotionally. So here I go:

Hi, my name is Elise and I live in North Carolina, I am a research scientist, married with one son who will be off to college in the fall. I am already suffering serious pre-empty nest syndrome and soon will be stalking my own son as he goes off to college. I have 4 horses, 3 dogs, and I live in the country so I can enjoy all of these animals that I have. I'm a huge basketball fan, probably because I live in the land of the best college basketball teams in the country (Carolina, where Michael Jordan played in college and where I also attended, and Duke, which is about 10 miles from Carolina). And last but not least, you all know how I found out about Dorothy, I was lucky enough to meet her the day she moved into the Clarkson house in L.A. across the street from my house. She intrigued me from the second I met her and I was lucky enough to be her little buddy until her tragic death. I miss her every day.

So enough about me, if you feel comfortable please post and lets get to know each other!!! WE need some bonding going on here!!
Love you guys!
Elise
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Postby Friedel » Tue Nov 20, 2007 12:35 pm

Hello Elise, I think yours is a great idea to get to know each other better.
I am 30, I live in Sunderland England, I first read about Dorothy when I was about 10 years old and my interest in her grew bigger over the years.
Unfortunately, I am an only daughter. I love traveling, music, scuba diving, I speak English, Spanish, French and Italian . i love animals, I have a beautiful red tabby cat at home. I love japanese and Mexican food. My Zodiac sign is Gemini. :wink:
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Postby MaverickDRfan » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:38 pm

Hey y'all! Am back for a bit and love this idea! I hope it catches on.

My name is Brett, and I'm from Dorothy's homeland of Canada...the plains of
Canada...not Vancouver. I also was lucky enough to meet Dorothy on a cross-country promotional tour the playmates did for Playboy. I keep thinking...she looked very similar to how she looked on the Carson Show...very few other pics show that. But I'm blessed to have seen her...and heard that voice...will never forget it.

Have played many sports...except basketball (sorry Elise)...but I was too short on one end for that. But perfect size for rodeoing and playing baseball and of cours...our official sport...hockey.

No pets...although I'll soon be moving to a place where I can get one or two...

Enough for now...but am looking forward to learning about all you others. Hi to the ones I have got to know a bit. And thanks for all you've done...you know who you are.

Take care...hopefully talk to you soon. Miss chatting with you Elise :-) Hope everything's good wit you. Your little man is all growed up! You done good!

Brett
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And think not of what we are missing, but what we are gaining...
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Keep it up!!

Postby Elise Anderson Cash » Wed Nov 21, 2007 5:59 pm

Good job guys, keep it up, slowly but surely. Its about time we stop acting like strangers and embrace the wonderful group we have here (and bill and I and our "spies" will continue to keep out the bad seeds). Gald to see Brett post its ben a while cowboy! I'm going to get him though for the basketball comment, but its okay, we only grow bball players worth their salt in NC anyway (ask Michael Jordan!!), except for the ONE famous player from Canada (ever, hehe) But, I must give credit where credit is due. After having been bucked off of at least a hundred horses myself(not on purpose mind you), we have to show Brett respect for climbing on a darn bull KNOWING he's going to get thrown off. although potentially we both suffer from serious brain injuries so I don't know how serious you can take either of our posts, LMAO!!
I'm off for a couple days for THanksgiving holiday, come on and surprise me guys and fill this forum up, lets hear from you!!
Blessings on this special holiday
Elise
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Postby Donna30 » Thu Nov 22, 2007 2:09 pm

My name is Donna, Im 32 ( well I will be on Nov 25th ) I live in New York and work for the TSA at Laguardia airport. I have been a Dorothy fan since 1995. I saw an article done about her in Entertainment Weekly Magazine called centerfold murder. That was the only article back then I had and saw of her, about a year later I went to the library saw Peter's book and was taken back at how different she looked from the picture of her in the centerfold article to the ones in Peter's book. She seemed to look different in alot of pictures, The centerfold article one (shes in New York at south street seaport with PB), to the way she looked in they all laughed to the way she looked in Skatetown USA.
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Nice to meet y'all !!

Postby unicornrising » Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:50 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! to my fellow Americans and have a great day to the rest of the world!

My name is Cynthia and I work as a personal chef. I also make and sell all- natural soy candles. I currently live in California. I would really love to live somewhere else, like in the shadow of a great mountain range (California, just isn't all it's cracked up to be folks! :lol: )

I just finished volunteering at my local Salvation Army for their annual Thanksgiving dinner. I had some spare time so I thought I would check this board and see if anything was shakin', it's been a long time since I last posted and lo and behold- people are talking to each other again. YAHOO!!

I first met Dorothy way back in 1978 through Playboy. It was her very first appearance in the magazine and the search was on for the"25th Anniversary Playmate". I vividly remember seeing her picture for the first time, she was wearing a teeny-weeny little red bikini and I have been head over heels in love with her ever since. When her August 1979 pictorial debuted and I saw THOSE pictures of her that really sealed the deal for me. We both came from the same time and era. I grew up in the great Pacific Northwest of the USA, she in British Columbia, Canada. Very much the same in terms of the natural beauty of the land and we both came of age in the seventies. Lots of fond memories from that time.

Dorothy is a spectacular natural work of art and blessed with that marvelous capacity to make herself at home in your heart... instantly! She truly is a Godsend and something we can all cherish... forever. I know I will! Love ya, lady! :)
"Hopelessly devoted to Dorothy"
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Postby Good Dog » Fri Nov 23, 2007 1:43 am

Hi. My name is Gregg and I live in Chicago, IL. I was 17 when I saw Dorothy in her very first Playboy appearance in January 1979 (The Great Playmate Hunt). I remember thinking "This girl better become a Playmate." She did, of course. In August of that same year. And I was thrilled. I have been a devoted fan ever since. Not like I ever had a ghost of a chance, but I never met Dorothy and am almost glad I didn't. Later events would've been too much to bear for me if I ever met this special woman in person. It was hard enough as it was.

I consider myself a premier Dorothy collector having spent close to $20,000.00 on my collection over many years. I work closely with Steve, the creator of the Dorothy Stratten website and am the unofficial "buyer" for the site. Steve already had a tremendous site before I met him many years ago. But I am happy to have contributed much since. Including the Appointment Book, the 23D Series and most of the Scrap Book page. As well as many, many other pictures. While much of my vast collection is not on the site due to various special reasons, we both work hard to preserve Dorothy's memory and present all possible for fans like you to enjoy. A special joy for me was contributing many pictures to the A&E special on Dorothy and I was listed in the credits along with Steve and others.

I do not post often on this site because I'm not very good at such things. And quite frankly, I have encountered much trouble having done so in the past with this and other message boards. I know that Bill and Elise work hard to keep this a safe environment and they are very good at doing so. But they can only control this forum. Not what happens outside of it. For those reasons, I prefer to remain in the background. Besides, it's just my nature. I'm shy.

Nevertheless, I love this site and consider it a perfect compliment to Steve's site in sharing our mutual love for Dorothy. I visit it often and I enjoy reading the special and wonderful comments from each of you. Please keep it up!
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Postby William » Fri Nov 23, 2007 2:20 am

Ok, I'm Bill (duh!)....I'm 36 living outside of Dallas, TX, and I'm currently helping people spend their hard earned money as a stock broker. I'm not married, and have no plans for kids...but perhaps a dog is in my future...and time will tell what else :) There's a very special lady in my life, and I'm enjoying life while I wait to see what happens there. Nothing in life worth having is easy, and this certainly isn't..

Other than that, I lead a pretty mundane life. I work, sleep, go out with my friends, and travel when I can. I also like doing stuff on the web. I follow my home sports teams (well, my original home, having been born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), and I am a Green Bay Packers fanatic!! I love music (have been playing the guitar for about 17 years), and I'm a movie enthusiast.

I don't think I really need to get into how I became a Dorothy fan, because I do believe that's been covered elsewhere on the forum. But I am happy that we have a little place here on the net where people can share thoughts and memories of Dorothy Ruth. I enjoy talking with you guys, and I hope over time, more people will join the discussion.

Good thread, Elise :)

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! (ok, ok, so I'm a little late, lol. Nothing unusual there :)
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Postby Donna30 » Sun Nov 25, 2007 12:04 pm

Just to let everyone know, Steve added new stuff to his site.
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Postby davetom » Mon Nov 26, 2007 1:54 pm

Great Article on Steve's Site,

I will write about myself later.

Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving.

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Postby theotherlondon » Mon Nov 26, 2007 6:33 pm

Hi my name is Paul, Dorothy died on my 18th birthday. But
before that I always like Dorothy.
My brother and his friend met her in a elevator when she was
in the East Coast of Canada to do a afternoon talk show.
Wish I knew which one it was.
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This is great!

Postby Elise Anderson Cash » Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:38 am

Thanks so much guys for writing in, I hope it makes eveyone feel a little more of a kindred spirit around here. I know we have a few "ghost writer" on here because some people have reason to hide their identity. So to those of you who do not want to put that information out there about yourself, I encourage you to just write in and tell us how you got interested in Dorothy, anything you have collected of her, why she touches your heart, etc. Anything personal you want to add is up to you, I just would love to hear from all our members and get this place going again!! I have made lifelong friends on here (and possibly lifelong enemies with some of our more psycho visitors, especially on the old forum) but you guys know how closely I guard the sanctity of D's memory. I don't see anyone else who knew her doing that so I feel that its my responsibility for some strange reason. I want this thread to help get our "lurkers" to register and post, I mean do all realize that we have hundreds and hundreds of people reading this but never posting? If they know this is a good, warm, safe place, maybe they will feel compelled to write in.
Love from Elise
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Postby Good Dog » Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:00 pm

Hi Dave,

I am glad you liked the new article on Steve's site. It is from the Detroit Free Press dated 2/7/84. It was a mess before I cleaned it up for Steve to publish it. Here's what it looked like:

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As you can probably see, I enjoy working with Photoshop.

It is the first article that I've read in a very long time that actually had something new to say, rather than rehashing Bogdanovich or Theresa Carpenter. That's probably because Mr. DeLisle knew Dorothy and so he wrote an original article for once.

Anyway, I am glad you enjoyed it. I was thrilled to get it in a batch of the same old clippings.

I'd like to comment on something Donna said. She said:
She seemed to look different in alot of pictures.

I agree wholeheartedly. Dorothy's beauty, it seems to me, is almost elusive. She has a quality to her that I can't explain. She has different "looks". Seriously, she can look like different people sometimes. Does anyone know what I mean? It goes beyond makeup, hair, dress or weight. It's her face. And these different looks are very distinct. There's not that many of them and they are repeated. I'm familiar enough with her to know the chronology of many of her photographs, so it's not time or age either. She can have a certain look once, then in a picture taken over a year later, have that same look, while in-between have different looks. Perhaps it's emotion. It's strange and intriguing.

Anyway, after reading Donna's post, I had to say that. Because I've been saying it for years and never heard anyone else voice the same thought.

I probably should've posted this on the Everything Dorothy page instead of on this Welcome Forum/Announcements page. Sorry.
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Postby William » Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:37 pm

That's something I've noticed as well. Dorothy was only 20 when she was taken from us, and looking at many of her pictures, it's hard to believe she was that young. Yes, I know makeup, lighting etc can make somebody appear older, but Dorothy could project the sweet, girl next door look one minute, then appear completely alluring the next. Dorothy was a natural beauty, and the camera loved her.

Sometimes when I'm browsing the net looking for information on Dorothy (I often surf looking for new tidbits....things to include here, or hopefully something Steve might put on his site), a lot of people dismiss Dorothy. Some actually say that if not for the very public way her life ended, she would not be remembered. I think just the opposite is true. It was not wishful thinking on Hef's part that Dorothy would be the first major star to emerge from Playboy. Her beauty was classic, her personality endearing. Dorothy was very serious about honing her acting skills, and I think that in time, she would have been a major hollywood actress. Don't all great actors have to work on their craft? I mean Brando, Pacino...all the great ones did workshops, and learned how to become great. They didn't just walk in front of the camera and instantly achieve greatness. Dorothy was not given time to get better. But she would have been. Regardless, she is remembered and greatly loved for the person she was. ;)
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Re: This is great!

Postby William » Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:48 pm

Elise Anderson Cash wrote: I want this thread to help get our "lurkers" to register and post, I mean do all realize that we have hundreds and hundreds of people reading this but never posting? If they know this is a good, warm, safe place, maybe they will feel compelled to write in.
Love from Elise


Elise is right. If you look at the bottom of the page when you first log in, it shows the most unique users that are on the site at one time. The record thus far has been 35 people. Well, we don't have 35 active members--yet. But I do know for a fact that we get many people reading the site.

It's unfortunate that in the past, some have come to boards dedicated to Dorothy and been treated poorly. Given that, I would be hesitant to post, as I'm sure many are.

If you are considering posting here, but have had reservations about doing so because of some things in the past...please feel free to join us. We are vigilant in making sure that the forum is moderated, and that people are allowed to speak without others exhibiting unruly behavior. We cannot watch the forum 24/7, but Elise and I are quick to react, and if an issue does arise, the members of the forum are quick to let us know.

So, please join us ;) The more the merrier. Dorothy was a very special lady, and we are here to honor her memory!
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