“Valentino the Unforgotten” ~ Review

A few years ago, Tracy Terhune, author of “Valentino Forever” and facilitator of the yearly Valentino Memorial Service at Hollywood Memorial Cemetery, re-published “Valentino the Unforgotten” by Roger Peterson, a rare book whose few remaining copies are almost never available on the open market.

Roger worked at the cemetery in the 1920’s and 30’s and details, through personal observation and letters he received during that time, what profound effects visiting Rudy’s crypt often had on people. He also reports on instances of communication, Rudy speaking from Beyond, primarily in dreams, to some of these same individuals, as guide, mentor, teacher.

Because my work is based on the premise that Rudy and, indeed, all those in spirit, can and often do communicate with us in a variety of ways, I found many of the letters to be particularly poignant as their authors share how Rudy, his essence, made an impact on them.

This book is both treasure trove and time capsule. Written with profound respect for Rudolph Valentino and his memory, Peterson includes, among other things, excerpts from “My Diary,” quotes about Rudy from his peers, and three analyses of his personality based on handwriting, numerology, and astrology provided by experts in those fields.

Among those, I think you will find the handwriting analysis to be an especially interesting read. In terms of numerology, Rudy is a seven, the sum of 5+6+1+8+9+5, his birth date. The astrologer uses a 3AM birth time to calculate Rudy’s chart, and the internet gives his birth time as both 3AM and 3PM depending on which website you consult. In visiting Museo Valentino in Castellaneta, I discovered that his birth certificate, on display there, shows a 10:03AM birth time. This means his ascendant is 2 degrees Leo. Leo rules the heart and love is what Rudy always exuded, on screen and off. The rising sign speaks to how we interface with the world.

On top of all these goodies, we also are treated to many wonderful photos, of Rudy, and those who came to visit after his passing.

“Valentino the Unforgotten” is a loving tribute to a star that will never stop shining. A must-read for any Valentino fan, it is available on Amazon.com.

Wayne Hatford

 

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