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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:03 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"friends that made him"

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lee will join in shortly, I am sure.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:09 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Greetings everyone. Here we go. I should light the fruit hat in celebration. Freddie would SO laugh at that.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

HaHa...ah, the fruit hat. I am laughing already at that.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hello Thor and Lee, I didn't join in the last thread because by the time I noticed it, it was already larger than the Torah....

Thanks for this thread, it's better than any biography written by a journalist!

OK you have to tell us all what the fruit hat is!

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I only found the previous thread yesterday. I was up, literally, all night reading. I finally found the last page, read that it was all over and was terribly disappointed until I read further to realize this would take its place. Perfect timing.

I am mostly at a loss for words over my amazement and joy in Mr. Arnold's kindness and openness. Freddie found an intelligent and loyal friend.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lee was the creative source behind the whole making and displaying of the fruit hat. I will let him tell you about that.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Welcome SinkingIsland,
Thanks so much for the kind words. I am glad you found our new thread.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey MiracleSteinway.
Not to start with a story about me, but here goes. #1 Freddie’s got a huge kick out of the fruit hat. I brought it with me the last time Thor and I visited the Garden Lodge together, and put it on after dinner one night when we went up to say goodnight to Freddie. I had it left over from when I use to direct Singing Waiters on Cape Cod. It was my version of the fruit hat Carmen Miranda wore in The Lady with the Tutti Frutti hat.......except that mine lit up. I had to attach the girl singing to a 20 foot extension cord, as she re-enacted the song before amazed diners. It was upgraded to a battery pack for the visit to London in 91. I’ll try and find a photo of Ms Miranda on line to post. Then, when I have the guts, I’ll post one of me in it. HA!

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And Welcome miraclesteinway ! Glad to have you participate.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't really feel like asking anything right now, but I would like to say that it's really fantastic that you guys are doing this. I'm sure this thread will bring lots of joy to dozens (or, hopefully, hundreds) of people.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Welcome Sheldon, (or are you young Sheldon...lol),
Thanks so much for your support. When you do have a question, don't hesitate to ask.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks Sheldon. This COULD be a spectator sport, though chime i at any time.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 20:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi Thor and Lee....and Welcome to Lee!

It's great to have the opportunity to talk to you both. I have a question that may have got a bit lost on the last thread.....so here goes: Freddie once said in an interview that he was petrified of being alone. It was a snippet of an interview and he didn't elaborate. I'm curious whether you got that impression with him, or whether you'd have any ideas as to what this was about. I always thought creative people have to be alone to create, lol. That said, he also said in an early interview that he locked himself away to write.

Thanks! :-)

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 21:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have a question, it's a bit silly.

Did you ever visit Karaoke bars with Freddie and did he ever sing in them? Were they even a thing then?

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 21:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

SmokyQuartz.
Hi, and thanks for the question.
It's my opinion that petrified is a strong word, but if he actually said it I guess it was in his vocabulary. There wasn't that much of an opportunity for him to be completely alone, so solitude might have been cherished from time to time. Perhaps, in this interview, he was referring to having that number one person in his life, as in a significant other. I don't doubt that his childhood was filled with lonely moments, as he was away at school, and not around his family as much as most people are through their childhood. I'm confident that a situation like that can make you more aware of those around you throughout your life.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 21:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hey miraclesteinway,
Oh no, Freddie would never want to do karaoke. In New York, he wanted to be a "musician named Fred." His voice would have betrayed him in that endeavor.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 21:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thor.......could you JUST imagine had Freddie done that? What a hoot. I DO think that was a great question. Keep em coming MiracleSteinway,
Imagine him doing a 30's standard or something?

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 21:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That would have been fun for sure, but it would not have been Freddie at all. He never sang for or with his friends when he was off-stage.

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Posted: 10 Dec 17, 21:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks Lee for your response, petrified is a strong word and I'm going on memory, but as I recall, Freddie wasn't saying it with strong emotion, rather it seemed to be just used descriptively, for emphasis.

The interview is on You Tube somewhere and if I ever come across it again I'll link you to it. :-)