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David DeWitt…

21 Oct

David DeWitt lives in Snohomish, WA in the USA and is the Administrator of this blog. Nearing the ripe old age of sixty on April 20, 2008 – he is not quite ready for his pipe and slippers, and a rocking chair in front of the fireplace… though, it doesn't sound all that bad, either…

He says he spent the first few years of his interest in Errol Flynn going to University libraries and looking through their “card files” for hand typed entries of what materials contained the name Flynn, Errol – and in the magazine stacks he found original articles and reviews – publicity stills, movie ads and anything he could physically lay hands on about Flynn…

He spend five years waiting for an answer to his ads in Antiqarian Bookstore magazine's hoping to get a nibble about uneathing a copy of  Errol's hardcover novel “Showdown”. He got no replies, and didn't find the book until his wife happened to spot it on the shelves of a cafe on Whidbey Island. “Those books are not for sale,” she was told by the cafe owner – “they are just decorations… but,” he told her, “since it will be your husband's “best Xmas present ever”, well, I will sell you the book for whatever price is inside the jacket – $4.00.” She would have paid $500. for it on the spot… and that Xmas is still talked about in the family!

There was no internet in those days… and David felt quite alone in his “Flynn Detecive work” until he bought his first computer and went online. Then the world opened up and he realised how many fans there were worldwide who were just as curious about the dear old Swashbuckler as himself…

Through Yahoo chat groups he met many others who have spent decades thinking, researching and writing about Flynn or just Remembering Errol and enjoying his films and books, his radio shows and his unique story… in Flynn's case, familiarity did not breed contempt through the years but understanding and compassion for a complicated, amusing, talented, intelligent, tortured old Tassie Devil… and if anything, he developed a deeper fascination about Flynn's real life as well as his reel life…

That curiosity continues to this day, some thirty years later and like any good Flynn Detective he has drawn into his circle of investigators the Author's on this blog who are themselves much more qualified Flynn Detectives than himself, more talented, intelligent, and better looking… so they tell him.

And it is all true, every word of it…

— David DeWitt

 
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