Tuesday, August 26, 2014

87th Annual Valentino Memorial Service - August 23, 2014

88 Years ago, this was the headline that stunned the world.  On the first anniversary and every year since, on August 23rd the Valentino Memorial Service has been held. 

This is the cover of the Valentino Memorial program that is given to each attendee.

The inside of this years Valentino Memorial program, listing the line up of speakers/singers

 Tracy Ryan Terhune Emcee of the 87th Valentino Memorial, welcomes everyone

A video was shown of Castellaneta as it looks today

Michael Di Giuro tells of his several visits to Castellaneta and the Valentino Museum

A tribute to Marvin Paige, who passed away last November. Marvin was on the Valentino Memorial committee and every year brought items from his collection for display.   We had a tribute video in his memory as well as a "Reserved" seat where he sat every year, with a rose across his empty seat.  Marvin Paige will be missed.

Allison Francis read three poems from Valentino's own personal copy of "Daydreams' the book of poetry that was published in 1923

The Valentino Memorial Tribute Video 2014 was a HUGE crowd favorite.  The song used was "With One Look"  from the Broadway musical Sunset Blvd  This version was sung by Michael Ball.

The Wegter family wrote two songs in honor & tribute to Rudolph Valentino exclusively for the 2014 Valentino Memorial Service.   Rex, Laura, Rachel & Seth Wegter performed both songs to the delight of the entire audience.  

  Garrett Bryant reads a vintage newspaper article regarding an auction preview held in Falcon Lair. It also mentioned the off duty police officer guarding the glass case that the Valentino "slave" bracelet was displayed in. 

 "A Last Look at Falcon Lair"  a video produced with never before released video footage of the interior of Falcon Lair before it was demolished.  The photo above was showing the front doors in close-up.

Falcon Lair had no greater champion than Christopher Riordan.  Christopher was the key-note speaker for the 87th Valentino Memorial and he shared his heartfelt remembrances of Falcon Lair.  His association to the estate goes back 54 years.

Valentino Memorial committee member Stella Grace closed the 87th Valentino Memorial by leading the audience in reciting the 23rd Psalm from the Bible.  It was printed on the back of the program.

 In closing of the 87th Valentino Memorial,  Tracy Ryan Terhune thanks everyone including the speakers, singers and all those who attended this celebration of the life and legacy of Rudolph Valentino

 The 87th Annual Valentino Memorial audience - August 23, 2014

Afterwords the crowds viewed the display of estate items from Falcon Lair. 

Flowers for Rudy on August 23, 2014.  I brought 2 dozen roses which are pictured here


  1. Exceptionally moving. I've never heard anything so ridiculous as those crackpots who say that this wonderful memorial is in bad taste. They are of course the polar opposite of all the people who attended on Saturday: nasty and uncaring, their future will remain the same as their past in that no matter how much they protest, no matter what they say or write in their overpriced tomes and twopenny blogs, they will never succeed the way we have because only one word tops their agenda--HATE. I am yet to see anything that these people write or say or boast which does NOT include attacks on us, while we ignore them, and for this reason they will always remain the silt on the riverbed, ignored by the media in its every denomination, their only audience each other.

  2. I was a first time attendee. I was amazed at the number of people who came to a service that was done in the best taste with the right amount of decorum. I enjoyed it thoroughly and will be coming back again next year.

  3. It is a great ceremony, not only well attended but beautifully organized. Imagine - it's 2016 now, so 89 years! Amazing.