The question mark is I’m still not sure. It was long ago and far away (my favorite 40’s song)...and my sister Sallee is sadly gone...she might have remembered.
I may have mentioned in an earlier post that I was taking a ride with my friend’s Dad out to a small creek we liked near my Effingham, Illinois home.
The father drove into a bumble bee nest....and not knowing just what to do..I panicked and got out and ran. The bees zeroed in on me.
I was stung over twenty times and it really hurt.
Mom and Dad took me to the doctor and then home where I insisted that they let me sleep on a nice cool screened in patio rather than in my bedroom. I was there about five days I think before I could even move a little bit. And I would only eat red raspberries!
For companionship I had seen this actress’ picture in a magazine and I cut it out and pinned it up on the wall where I could see it all the time. I think it was Miss Peters...who (I didn’t know it then ) had an even worse mishap from a discharged rifle that paralyzed her and basically ended her career. Anyway the brown eyes and hair reminded me of my first “crush”...my cousin Jerry in St. Louis so I liked it.
This was all going on at the height of the polio epidemic and the Doctor making a couple of house calls (remember those?) thought my immunity had dropped and I might have had a very light touch of THE polio disease. After I got better he told my parents that IF I did get a touch of polio and was fine now...that meant I would never become afflicted with that terrible disease again. Who knows. The vaccine had not been developed yet.
I found Susan Peters pic(s) on a wonderful movie star website and here it is:
I also was able to identify a great old motion picture actor who gave me my first California driving test. See next post on that!