This blog is dedicated to the memory of Jackson DeForest Kelley. Known as DeForest Kelley, or 'De'. We love and miss you De.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Cooper Arms Building
This is the Cooper Arms Building in Long Beach, California. Photo taken by me. The Cooper sits on the corner of Ocean Blvd and Linden Avenue. DeForest lived in the basement of this building and worked here as an elevator operator circa 1939/1940.
Long Beach is a nice city, but right now it's damp. It's been foggy for about the last few weeks. But it has beautiful sunsets. De used to go swiming in the ocean, but nowadays I wouldn't recomend it.
Oh God, here in my dressing room with the door shut, I am alone with Thee...Can not an actor be God's man? Convention classes me and my fellows among the loose and thoughtless. So Thou art my secret. I triumph inwardly to find Thy presence and taste the mystic joy of Thy friendship. While the world suspects not, Thou teaches me subtle ways to resist despair, to master my passions, to heal unworthy weakness; the rare medicine of Thy presene is for me, to, as well as for the cloistered monk or meditating scholar. Teach me to be great among the many who are content to be called great. Let me be an unusual person because of that simplicity of heart and lovableness of nature that I learn from Thee. Dr. Frank Crane (printed in "From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley" by Terry Lee Rioux) DeForest Kelley carried a clipping of this prayer in his wallet all his life.