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An original colored pencil on linen board 22 x 30 inches by June Pauline Zent
This drawing features my youngest daughter Adieren Roark. The setting is Helen, Georgia, USA. The river runs right through the center of the town.It is very picturesque and made to resemble an old German village. If you get a chance it is worth a visit.
Before he left for California he said, ” Promise me that you will not believe anything that you read or anything that is said about me until we talk and I tell you that it is the truth. I will do the same for you; that way no one can come between us.” I promised but he did not keep this vow. We talked about when the movie was finished he would come home and we would take a vacation together. He had bought a house in California which bothered me. He said,” It’s just a house, my home is in Jupiter.” We talked about building a home together in the future and he told me about an exciting dream involving me that he had the night before. I said; “You must have a very good imagination.” He laughed, ” I do honey, I do.”
It was a record cold winter in South Florida. We actually had freezing temperatures for over a week. It was strange to see ice sickles hanging from palm trees. He worried about the electricity failing and kept calling. I reassured him that I had gone out and bought more blankets and we would be fine. I said,” You are busy and you don’t need to worry about us.” That angered him and he raised his voice. ” I want to worry about you, thank you very much! Don’t tell me not to worry.”
The cold passed, February arrived and we were approaching Valentine’s Day. Naturally I had nothing to give him except the second drawing of Mike and Gen’s hands so I mailed it to California. I had previously hinted that I wanted another little silver football to hang around my neck on a chain like when we were ” going steady” as kids. He didn’t take the hint, instead he called early Valentine’s Day morning and asked if I watched The Mike Douglas Show. Of course I usually did. He said, “Watch it this morning” So I tuned in the channel and waited.
It started out as usual but then Mike announced that Tammy Wynette would be today’s guest. When she entered the set he asked her questions about her beach home in Jupiter and talked about having dinner there recently. Then he mentioned her huge fireplace and a painting hanging over the mantel referring to it as the ” most touching piece of artwork” that he had ever seen.” My God! he was talking about They Walked Together and went on to explain that Burt Reynolds had given it to her for Christmas. I very nearly passed out when he spoke about me: giving my name and stating that I would be a guest on his show very soon.
Just the idea that Buddy would do this for me was overwhelming and so exciting that when he called to get my reaction I stuttered trying to talk. But a short time later another call from Buddy’s attorney friend Bobby Collins was disturbing. He wanted to make another appointment to discuss plans for management of my artwork. I was still so excited that I blurted out how thrilled I was with Buddy’s Valentine’s gift. “You mean Mike and Tammy talked about your artwork on the show? Did he mention your name?” He was obviously shocked and speechless for a few seconds when I said, ” Not just that , he is going to have me as a guest on his show!”
I was a little uneasy at his reaction expecting him to offer congratulations but he said again, “He actually gave your name and an invitation for you to be on the show? ” Yes, yes, and isn’t it exciting? I am so thrilled that Buddy has done this for me!” At that point he had to take another call not mentioning the appointment that he had talked about. But I was to learn later why his reaction was only shock.
I will tell you all about it in continuing Ten. Hope to see you here!