This blog is dedicated to the memory of Jackson DeForest Kelley. Known as DeForest Kelley, or 'De'. We love and miss you De.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The Long Beach Main Post Office
This is the main post office on 3rd and Long Beach Blvd. (address: 300 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach) Designed by Louis K. Simon, it was built in 1934 in a starved-classicism architectural style. (photo by L.Hamner 2008)
De and Carolyn would have visited this location many times as it was (and still is) the closest post office to every location they ever lived at in Long Beach. The buildings surrounding the Post Office have certainly come and gone but this building has stayed mostly the same. Carolyn sent De many letters during the war. De sent dance tickets and newspaper clipping home to his mother, Clora Kelley: "Ma, Scrapbook!" (source-From Sawdust to Stardust by Terry Lee Rioux)
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.