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Fri Sep 19, 2014, 09:48 PM

A familiar name came up on "The Roosevelts"

Just finished watching the final episode of "The Roosevelts" (i watched all seven parts online). My ears perked up at the mention of FDR's cousin, Laura Delano, who was with him in the last days of his life at Warm Springs, Georgia, and to whom fell the task of providing the details of his death to Mrs. Roosevelt when she arrived there (including the fact that also with him had been her long-time nemesis, Lucy Rutherford Mercer).

In the 1990s, I met, on many occasions, Laura Delano, who by then was known as Laura Delano Adams Eastman (her last marriage, prior to her coming out as a lesbian, had been to the heir of the Eastman-Kodak fortune). She was a regular in attendance, along with her partner, Ms. Bunny Diehl (whom she would introduce as, "my partner, the formerly straight Miss Bunny Diehl" at the Sunday services of the Episcopal Chaplaincy of Fire Island Pines, over which my friend, Fr. Craig Bustrin, presided and for which I often played piano. She was a wonderful woman, who spoke in the same patrician accent as her famous cousin and carried herself with all of the dignity and refinement as one would expect. And yet, there was not the slightest hint of snobbery about her. She was very warm, VERY funny and never took herself too seriously!

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Reply A familiar name came up on "The Roosevelts" (Original post)
markpkessinger Sep 2014 OP
NRaleighLiberal Sep 2014 #1
MissMarple Sep 2014 #3
NRaleighLiberal Sep 2014 #7
msongs Sep 2014 #2
markpkessinger Sep 2014 #5
Oldtimeralso Sep 2014 #6
ChiciB1 Sep 2014 #4
choie Sep 2014 #9
ChiciB1 Sep 2014 #12
navarth Sep 2014 #16
markpkessinger Sep 2014 #15
choie Sep 2014 #17
markpkessinger Sep 2014 #19
navarth Sep 2014 #8
markpkessinger Sep 2014 #11
ChiciB1 Sep 2014 #13
ReRe Sep 2014 #10
MannyGoldstein Sep 2014 #14
m-lekktor Sep 2014 #18
justiceischeap Sep 2014 #20
markpkessinger Sep 2014 #21
markpkessinger Sep 2014 #22
justiceischeap Sep 2014 #23
rooseveltcousin Mar 16 #24

Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 09:59 PM

1. The series just moves from strength to strength - just a remarkable 2 hours tonight.

All have been remarkable - the WW2 topic of tonight could have filled many hours, of course.

Watching the country rally, watching the brilliant political maneuvering - one wonders if this was just a unique point in history with unique people that couldn't be replicated if needed in today's climate.

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:26 PM

3. As with many other points in history, intelligent, honorable people step forward.

This has, more often than not, held true. It is because of our very complicated human nature. People step up all the time, it isn't always recorded. And it is hard to see if it happens around us.

I remain optimistic, we all should.

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Response to MissMarple (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:33 PM

7. well put. I am naturally optimistic but confess recent years test that.

but seeing the sort of hatred and opposition that FDR dealt with, and the darkness of that period of history, seeing how it eventually resolved does indeed give hope.

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:22 PM

2. someday there will be a series about the Bush family...yes THAT one lol nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:27 PM

5. "The Godfather XVII" perhaps?

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Response to msongs (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:29 PM

6. One Question

Will it be a comedy or fantasy?

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:27 PM

4. What A Wonderful Experience...

Yes, this documentary is simply "the best" and has me mesmerized by it's inclusiveness. Tomorrow, the sad end. I will miss watching!

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Response to ChiciB1 (Reply #4)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:39 PM

9. Me and my husband just finished watching episode 5 and were wondering...

does the documentary discuss the attempted coup which was stopped by Smedley Butler?

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Response to choie (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:57 PM

12. Don't Recall Hearing His Name...

But when he was told that the Corporations & rich would leave the country he said "I will miss them."

Just looked up Butler and reading about him it sounds like HE wanted to START the coup, not stop it. Hadn't heard about him before.

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Response to ChiciB1 (Reply #12)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 12:34 AM

16. Gen. Butler did NOT start the coup. He STOPPED it.

Might need to read elsewhere. Sorry can't provide links at the moment.

This guy was a hero.

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Response to choie (Reply #9)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 12:31 AM

15. The series doesn't get into that . . .

. . . although they probably could have made an episode about that incident alone! But the focus was more on the events that specifically shaped TR, FDR and ER, and how they responded to them.

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Response to markpkessinger (Reply #15)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 12:32 PM

17. That is really a shame...

How can you not cover that? If only to educate Americans, most of whom know nothing about that event. That's very disappointing.

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Response to choie (Reply #17)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 09:11 PM

19. It's a significant event, to be sure . . .

. . . but I don't think it had all that much direct impact on FDR.

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:37 PM

8. I've got to see that series. nt

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Response to navarth (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:55 PM

11. All seven episodes are available to watch online until Sept. 28

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Response to navarth (Reply #8)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:59 PM

13. And They Have CD's You Can Buy

I wish I could splurge and buy them, but just can't. Documentary is fabulous, I will miss them, as Roosevelt said.

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Fri Sep 19, 2014, 11:44 PM

10. The way you describe Laura Delano...

... in her latter years reminds me very much of my Grandmother. Thank you so much for your memories.

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 12:05 AM

14. I'm envious. Very!

 

I love brushes with history.

We used to spend time on Campobello island, where FDR had his summer mansion. While it *is* a mansion, it's quite a small one. Given how many folks it housed at once, there actually isn't much space - probably less, per person, than the average American home.

It struck me that to have such a house, FDR and family must have been warm people who greatly enjoyed the company of all. Sounds like Laura was made of the same stuff.

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 12:46 PM

18. I found a 2005 death notice in the NYT for Laura Delano Adams Eastman

your post made me curious so i googled her name! she sounded interesting. lucky you to have hung out on Fire Island!

btw, what an excellent documentary!


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C06E3DA1230F93BA1575AC0A9639C8B63

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 09:23 PM

20. I haven't watched it, I'm waiting to watch it in its entirety

I'm curious if they've yet touched on Eleanor's rumored lesbianism.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #20)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 09:50 PM

21. They only hint at it . . .

. . . in mentioning her very close relationship with Lorena Hickock.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #20)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 09:53 PM

22. You don't have to wait . . .

. . . All seven episodes are available to watch online at PBS' website.

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Response to markpkessinger (Reply #22)

Sat Sep 20, 2014, 10:45 PM

23. I'll have to see if it's on their Roku channel

Can't stand to watch TV on my tiny laptop.

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Response to markpkessinger (Original post)

Mon Mar 16, 2020, 10:06 PM

24. Wrong Laura Delano

Laura Delano Franklin Adams Eastman, who you mention knowing, is NOT the Laura Delano who was with FDR in his last moments. Laura Delano Franklin Adams was born in 1926 and passed in 2005. The Laura "Polly" Delano who was with FDR was born 23 Aug 1885 and passed 27 Jan 1972. She was the daughter of Warren Delano III and Jennie Walters. She never married. Laura "Polly" Delano and FDR were first cousins. I am a Roosevelt cousin and have extensively researched our family tree. Also, FDR's friend's correct name is Lucy Page Mercer; she married Winthrop Chanler Rutherfurd on 12 Feb 1920. Her married last name is Rutherfurd, not Mercer.

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