• R.I.P. Beth Day Romulo, 98, in Nov. 2022 (nonfiction writer)

    From Lenona@21:1/5 to All on Fri Jun 23 08:24:18 2023

    Veteran journalist and author Beth Day Romulo, widow of former United Nations General Assembly president Carlos P. Romulo has died, her granddaughter, Maritina, announced on Facebook on Friday...

    (with photo - maybe from the 1960s?)

    Beth Day Romulo, the widow of “The Great Diplomat” Carlos P. Romulo, has passed away. She was 98 years old.

    Born on May 25, 1924 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.A., Beth was a writer and journalist. In 2015, Beth launched her autobiography, The Writer, the Lover and the Diplomat, which focused on her marriage with Carlos.

    Prior to meeting Carlos, Beth had already carved a name for herself as an accomplished and well-known journalist.

    In a column for INQ, Ruel S. de Vera describes how they first met as married couples:

    “General Carlos P. Romulo and Beth Day Romulo were already individually famous when they met in 1957; she interviewed him for a Reader’s Digest article. Nothing romantic happened then; they were both married to other people and became good friends.
    But when they met again in 1972 , they were widower and widow, fell in love and married. But that’s just the beginning of a new story.”

    During the book's launch in 2015, then-Consul General Mario de Leon Jr. succinctly described the relationship between Beth and Carlos—by comparing it with the U.S. Bases in the Philippines.

    “The negotiations over the bases were protracted just like the relationship between CPR and Beth Day Romulo. Unlike the U.S. bases, she came to stay in the Philippines even after he died.”

    In 1993, during an interview with renowned Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy, Beth recounts a familiar Filipino trait:

    "This country could very much use what you have to offer. I don't know if you are familiar with this, but there is a great tendency for people here not to work together or cooperate. They say if you have a basket of crabs and one reaches the top, the
    others pull him back down again. Here, too, when someone is doing a good job or becoming prominent in some endeavor, there is a tendency for people to attack him. I don't know how you overcome that."

    Of course, she was talking about crab mentality.

    In 1977, the Baguio College Foundation awarded her with an honorary degree in humanities. The Philippine Women's University honored her with he same recognition two years prior in 1975. For many years since 1986, Beth served as a columnist and associate
    editor for the Manila Bulletin.

    (a video follows the end)

    (with a drawing of Romulo)

    First half:

    ...On the website of the Romulo Foundation, where she served as board member, Beth was memorialized as someone whose principal goal is to “attempt to build a better bridge of understanding between the United States (her country of birth) and the
    Philippines (her adopted country).” “I love them both — and often wish they knew one another better,” Beth said.

    Beth is Elizabeth Jane West Feagles, born on May 25, 1924 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. According to the website, her mother called her “Betsy” and by her mid-20s, she wrote under the professional name, “Beth Day.”

    “Her family moved to Oklahoma City when she was in her early teens. She took up residence in Manhattan on her own in 1968, after having lived in Hollywood and upstate New York with her first husband, Donald Day.” In her later years, Beth earned an
    icon status” as Mrs. Romulo, wife of the country’s most eminent diplomat, public servant, and international thinker, who became the first Asian to hold the position of president of the United Nations General Assembly.

    “(Beth) spent exactly half her life — 49 years — living in Manila, choosing it as her home even after Gen. Romulo died in ’85. At the same time, she maintained her flat in Manhattan, a city she adored and also considered home.”

    Beth would also prove to be “a persuasive, tenacious, and able advocate for the Philippines, particularly in international affairs, challenging those who regarded her whirlwind romance with the 75-year-old diplomat with suspicion.” She also “
    demonstrated her love and utter devotion in her lavish care of the General, who proposed marriage just three months after their first date as widow/widower in 1972.”...

    (book covers)

    I have one book of hers - "Hey, I'm Alive!" (1964 - co-author Helen Klaben)

    "Personal story, interwoven with autobiographical sketches of the twenty-one-year-old girl who was marooned forty-nine days in the Canadian woods in January of 1963, when the plane piloted by Ralph Flores crashed."

    (12 Kirkus reviews - one is of "Sexual Life between Blacks and Whites: The Roots of Racism," with introduction by Margaret Mead, 1972)

    (review of "Inside the Palace: The Rise and Fall of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos," 1987)

    (reader reviews)

    About "The Little Professor of Piney Woods" (1955):

    "This is the story of Professor Laurence Jones whose courage and invincible faith created a miracle of hope and education for the forgotten Negro communities of Mississippi. It is the story of a modern Booker T. Washington and of the Piney Woods Country
    Life School which he created against tremendous odds."

    Little Professor of Piney Woods: The Story of Professor Laurence Jones, Messner, 1955.
    Grizzlies in Their Back Yard (also see below), Messner, 1956.
    Glacier Pilot: The Story of Bob Reeve and the Flyers Who Pushed Back Alaska's Air Frontiers, Holt, 1957.
    No Hiding Place (also see below), Holt, 1957.
    A Shirttail to Hang To: The Story of Cal Farley and His Boys Ranch, with preface by J. Edgar Hoover, Holt, 1959.

    This Was Hollywood: An Affectionate History of Filmland's Golden Years, Doubleday, 1960.
    Passage Perilous, Putnam, 1962.
    (With Helen Klaben) Hey, I'm Alive, McGraw, 1964.
    (With Tom Pyle) Pocantico: Fifty Years on the Rockefeller Domain, Duell, Sloan & Pearce, 1964.
    (With Frank Wilson) Special Agent, Holt, 1965.
    (With Helen Margaret Liley) Modern Motherhood: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn Baby, Random House, 1967, revised edition, 1969.
    (With Louanne Ferris) I'm Done Crying, M. Evans, 1969.

    My Name Is Dr. Rantzau, Fayard, 1970.
    (With Jacqui Schiff) All My Children, M. Evans, 1971.
    Sexual Life between Blacks and Whites: The Roots of Racism, with introduction by Margaret Mead, World Publishing, 1972.
    The Philippines: Shattered Showcase of Democracy in Asia, with introduction by husband, Carlos P. Romulo, M. Evans, 1974.
    The Manila Hotel, National Media, 1979.

    Perspective of a Diplomat's Wife, Foreign Service Institute, 1981.
    Aspects of Cultural Reporting, Foreign Service Institute, 1982.
    (With husband, Carols P. Romulo) 40 Years: A Third World Soldier at the U.N., Freedom House, 1986.
    Inside the Palace, Putnam, 1987.
    (With Romulo) The Philippine Presidents, New Day Press, 1988.

    (With husband, Donald Day) Will Rogers, the Boy Roper, Houghton, 1950.
    (With Jessie Joyce) Joshua Slocum, Sailor, Houghton, 1953.
    Gene Rhodes, Cowboy, Messner, 1954.
    America's First Cowgirl, Lucille Mulhall, with introduction by Charles Mulhall, Messner, 1955.
    (Under name Elizabeth Feagles) Talk Like a Cowboy: A Dictionary of Real Western Lingo for Young Cowboys and Cowgirls, Naylor, 1955.

    (With Liley) The Secret World of the Baby, Random House, 1969.
    The World of the Grizzlies (based on her adult nonfiction book Grizzlies in Their Backyard), Doubleday, 1969.

    Life on a Lost Continent: A Natural History of New Zealand, Doubleday, 1971.

    "Also author of television plays The Man Nobody Wanted and No Hiding Place, the latter based on her book of the same title. Contributor of articles to periodicals, including Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, Reader's Digest, Catholic Digest, Parents,
    Redbook, and New York Times Magazine. Assistant editor and columnist, Manila Bulletin; contributing editor, Asia Inc. Day's books have been translated into French, Italian, and German."

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