I stayed around the house all day. We called Shirley + told her the decision about Murray. She seemed to feel it was reasonable. Dick went to see a Mr. Chisholm about pools in a tract (learned from Marlene later that they had a bad record of paying.) The girls did grocery shopping for me and I fixed another batch of meat balls for dinner. I read + took a nap. A Mr. Corcoran called + has 2 pools for Dick but wants to see him. Dick raised Marlene to $2.00 an hour. He also told Richie + George Jr. that they can draw $100.00 a week against commission. I’m not too sure how I feel about that. I want Dick to run this business and I don’t like him talking over company policy with the kids. Blah, Blah, Blah. Jack + Joyce arrived at 5:30. Jack pretty smashed + Joyce pretty annoyed. She’d gone to the Valley bar + played the machine there + won $50.00. I’m afraid maybe they are in trouble with their marriage + I hate to see it. Repeat Blah Blah Blah and it’s none of my business. Dick not here til after 6. Jessie put red contact paper stars on “the Intrepid Traveler” + it looks very dashing. She was in rare form this afternoon + evening. Outlined for the gathering various methods of selling pools – the rich relative gambit the best. Also a hysterical tale of going to a March + getting out at the Rush Hour in Columbus. She’s a very funny girl. We played a little poker after dinner. Bed about 10 o’clock. We gave the girls $70 for their trip to the Grand Canyon tomorrow. Wendy brought over a sleeping bag for Winnie + gave them a big tarp to put in the ground. Winnie is worried about Mather. I wonder if she’s right. I set up about 7 interviews for Tuesday.
Dick off early – I tried to send a telegram to Susan Enelow for hours couldn’t do it as Western Union was busy. Finally got them at 9:30. Wrote Sue a birthday card with a $10 check. Jimmy Judge over + I asked him for dinner. I went to the Hacienda to pick up some keno tickets. Played 21 + lost – went to Safeway + got groceries. Home + fixed meatballs + garlic bread. Paid Vet’s bill. Took the girls to Circus Circus. Were there about 3 hours. Lost there too. Our keno ticket never won so much as a nickel Played all afternoon. Home. Called Mary + asked her to send Jessie’s letter on. Heard about Elizabeth’s funeral which sounded sad. Dear Elizabeth + Dear Henry. We had dinner out in the den (Jessie + Mardi’s bedroom) Jimmy in rare form + the two older girls were captivated. Not too certain how Winnie felt. Dick went to bed pretty soon after dinner. Jimmy played 21 with the ladies. Winnie went to bed pretty soon after Dick + the four of us stayed on + played til 11:30 Jessie very lucky. Funny evening. Jimmy had 3 or 4 drinks which seemed a sort of record for him. I think he was captivated in turn.
George Jr. over + told Dick that Murray has been seeing Bill Palmer every week. Dick is going to get rid of Murray + I think he’s right.
Dick very nice in A.M. (6 or so) the 4 am beef right out of his head. Guess he was asleep. Woke next at 8:45 when Jess was at the door + ready to go. Dick was in the John + had overslept too. He left immediately – Jess, Mardi + Winnie left with Newman at 9. Called from Boulder City at 9:45 – they had to pick him up this afternoon as the place is closed. Carol Whitmoyer said the dog is about 2 years old. I wrote out a command invitation to the Company meeting at the store on July 7th and right after Wendy came I left in the Carmen Ghia to meet Bill Rehn – Got there at 10:40. Talked with Bill. Xeroxed invitations to be given out with pay checks. We discussed Direct mailing project. Then went over the financial statement with Shirley Not too good. But them again, not as bad as it could have been. Dick + I went to the Golden Nugget for lunch + them over to Nevada national for lunch where we talked with Harold Hanson. Gave him our statement and my most recent one ($650,000 – market value). We may have done some business. He’s away for 3 days in early next week but will call on his return re a dealership. Back to the store briefly. Then to Bank of Nevada where I deposited check from Family Affair. Mailed commission to Leon + garbage bill. Went to Bank of Las Vegas to deposit $200 + chatted with Ralph Sheer – discovered George Jr. had taken all the papers away with him last night after trying to sell a pool to Ralph’s roommate. Called the office Safeway + shopped – home. Girls locked out with a very groggy Newman. Had loved Boulder Dam – I wrote Rich Ware. Jess wanted to try selling pools – I thought fine but Dick said No. We had barbecued hamburgers, corn on cob outside. Called Mary – Sue’s birthday tomorrow Dick not feeling well. Funny evening though. Paul Prokag [?] called. Wanted to bring film over + I said no. Got very on the defensive (I did.) Girls out for a ride down strip. Bed early.
Elizabeth’s funeral today. Was up early. Paid Exterminator bill – sent for dog tags. Woke Jess + Mardi to see if they wanted to go to “Breakfast at the Blvd.” They didn’t. Did some laundry. Put out garbage – blah blah blah. Had to wait around the house for a delivery of tile. Didn’t come til 12:30. Vic came by + then went + brought me a piece of 3/8″ rebar – the kind Paul fell on. am going to try to find a cap that will fit it. Had a call from Cornelia diBruin about the service guild (she’s Review Journal) Bill Muir + Denny were over. Jessie + Mardi went to meet Winnie while I washed my hair. [crossed out letter] Winnie looks wonderful – has lost weight and is becoming very pretty. I called Carol Whitmoyer in Boulder City about getting Newman fixed. The girls will drop him off tomorrow. Called Annabel after Bill Carlos called me with 2 girls to interview on Tuesday. [crossed out letter] Went down to the office for the meeting but Murray had had to go out to look at a pool with Paul Young so I went down to the R.J. and talked with Cornelia diBruin. Liked her told her to get in touch with Bill Fain for more details on the guild. Back to the office. Had meeting. It appears that Murray has been having his car paid by the company – drawn against his 1% of the gross. That was unknown to either Dick or me and It’s upsetting. We’re losing money at the rate of $10,000 a month. Murray Young on commission + I hope to hell he starts selling pools I came home + fixed the Roast – girls helped with salad. Dick back at 7:20. The girls very gay but Dick having none of it. Wants me down at the office. Later in the night he woke me up to tell me Newman (whom I’d left in) had knocked the garbage over + dragged it all around the kitchen. Wanted me to take him to the pound. I couldn’t get back to sleep + am writing this at 4 am. I feel very sorry for myself right now. Dick has his new teeth + they look awful.
Early up. Dick off at 7 after several calls. I called Daddy to tell him about Elizabeth. He felt badly as we all do. Then Hilary + asked her to let Coco know. And Mather. Told him I was expecting Winnie tomorrow. Also Newcomb spoke with Larry + gave him the address of the funeral home – Mary said all Elizabeth’s best friends are out of town so I think flowers from all of us will make Henry feel just a little bit better. I called Roseland Fronfier + had flowers sent from us. I wrote Jim Brown and I wrote Timmy returning the $10 he’d lent me – All the house info for Jim and alot of comments on the tape for Timmy offering to have it redone so that he can show the letter to Mike Dutton. I paid the Lookout mortgage. Saw Paul’s brother-in-law Steve who said Paul could use cigarettes. Visited briefly with the girls and then left the house a little after eleven. Went to the DesVaux on Lane D’Or to collect two payments – $4,169.00 WOW they were very pleasant. Went to Bank of Las Vegas + deposited $200 Went to Wonderworld + played the machines – Lost. Daisy has to go to a specialist next Friday about a node on her vocal chords. Went to Bank of Nevada + deposited $450 Cashed a check for $50. Went to the hospital to see Paul. He’d left Went to the landmark and after losing I won. Came out about $25 ahead. Went to the library + took back Alice’s book. Went to the Shop + Bill Rehn said he’d set up some interviews with the R.J. about our job finding effort. Asked him about what he felt his salary should be + he said $75 which I thought very reasonable but all we can possibly afford. We’re having a meeting tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock of Shirley, Murray, Dick + me. Went by Alice’s to giver her Daddy’s book + they were going out. Had quick drink went to the store for groceries + to lose my winnings. Came home. fixed scrambled eggs + cheese soufflé for [crossed out word] dinner. The girls at the movies. We talked alot + have made up our mind that Murray is going to be cut to $100.00 + put in the field to work on commission. He’ll be able to make more money + I think we’ll be way ahead.
Elizabeth died last night
I went to pick up Jack who was suitably penitent about yesterday’s [crossed out letter] escapade. He + Dick left about 7 o’clock Mary called to tell me that Elizabeth died last night. a massive coronary. Henry lost. I felt so badly because I hadn’t seen her this last weekend – just too damn tied up in my own selfish affairs. Mary said she’d know the details + to call tonight. I wrote a quick note to Karen Broman + sent the yarn – Went by post office to mail everything. Was at shop at 9:30 + blew up at Murray for not saying where Dick was yesterday. was very chilly with Bill Muir understood later he was concerned because I was angry with him. Dick wanted me to go tell him I wasn’t. I said I was but it would pass. We had some kids in right in the beginning – an Anthony Enos interested in construction. Dorothy made an appt for Dick with Dr. Lamb. She didn’t feel he ought to get a plate made without seeing a dentist. (Beside the fact that it’s illegal.) Dick came in + talked with her – he’d already made an appt. with John Woods at 1:00 + although he listened he’d also made up his mind. Dorothy was very funny today after I talked with Bill Rehn about advertising He talks long but I think he’s very with it despite that. Came into the office + learned that Paul Rogers had just been impaled on a 5 inch steel rod at the edge of a pool. As it developed, Thank God, it only slightly punctured a lung + he’ll be all right quite soon. Also since going on an hourly salary yesterday he’s covered. But oh Lord how awful. I went to the Landmark tower for a couple of hours to escape + only lost some money. Grand. Home at 6:20. The girls had done the shopping + were not hungry. Dick + I had to go out to see the Dwyers at whose
accident pool the accident had happened. They were very nice people with a very legitimate gripe. The dig has taken 7 days + is not yet completed. Everything is a mess. Dick said he’d see to it personally tomorrow. Went by Jack + Joyce’s + left a main drag. Hylander upset and a few other customers. Came home + ate some soft food + went to bed.
A day + a half – or something – Dale + Bill Muir over at 7 – Jack shortly after -[crossed out letters] Dick got dressed + left with them about 7:30 or so. Was going to call me at 10:30 about meeting at a bank re financing. The girls up as I left to get groceries. Bought $38.00 worth + played the slot machine for $10 more. Back at ten. Jess + Marty helped me unload the car + put things away. We talked a bit and their plans are really incredibly flexible. As Jess wanted to stay over + see Winnie I decided that was fine + they could entertain her for a little. We played 21 for an hour and a half + then after a sandwich I went back into the library. Too appalling so I lay down with a book for a bit. Mean time Paul had come around looking for Jack – they were supposed to work together today. 3 or 4 calls for Dick I called the office same number of times + no word of Dick at all. After a short nap I started in on my desk. Got all my tax papers put away – the files cleaned out and this year’s files started. Paid Am. Express, phone service, Hayes, S.A.G – Sent in Chem Bank approval forms + wrote for Smith Alumnae Register. The girls went to the bookstore + bought me Tom Wolfe’s book “Electric Koolaid Acid” – I’d done a batch of laundry + Jess ironed for me. [crossed out letters] Still no word from Dick. Shirley told me not to come down for the meeting unless [crossed out letters] she called. On a chance I called Joyce + the boat was missing + Bill Muir’s green car was in back of the house. Shirley called back at 5 to say Murray had just told her they were out at the lake. I said I thought they all ought to be docked – Dick home at 7:30. Had lost his teeth water-skiing, Ashamed to see the girls – Oh God – What to do I just hope this shakes him up enough to straighten out. The girls + I had a pleasant evening – showed photographs + talked alot. Dick slept – Bed about 11 o’clock.
Up about 8:30 or 9:00. We tried to call the house but couldn’t get through. I made reservations for us on Western at 1 o’clock. Finally called Jack + Joyce who said they’d notify the girls. Cleaned up Leon’s kitchen. Had coffee + grapefruit juice with him + filled a bag full of goodies – 3 boxes of cookies, a cherry pie, a bottle of wine – candies + god knows what all else. We left at 11:20. Glorious trip to the airport until we hit the last turn off – Bumper to bumper all the way. Sightseers which just didn’t seem possible. We made the plane with no time to spare Had a bloody Mary on the plane which I thought was a mistake but blah blah blah blah. Came home + found the car which Dick had left in a 15 minute zone last night still there with only a ticket to show for it Talk about luck. On the way to the house Dick talked again about my giving up my “outside projects + concentrating on the business.” It really doesn’t seem fair at all to me. Came home + Jessie + Marty here + full of all they’d been doing. Dick went out to get a bottle of vodka + didn’t return for an hour or so. Had stopped at the Airline Bar for 3 unnecessary drinks. I gave Jess + Marty $10 to go to Circus Circus + have dinner + I took a nap. Got up about 6 + fixed a little supper Dick up later + had some soup. We sat outside with several drinks – Cooled down to 90° and a very high wind. We moved the lounges out behind the library + sat there + talked. Bot got a little hot under the collar – Dick telling me to either work in the business full time or stay out of it completely. I telling him to stop drinking so much and get down to the business of running the show. All ironed out eventually. The girls home about 10 – had loved Circus Circus + had gone to see “Airport.” Bed about midnight –
Up at 7:00 – Room service – coffee, juice + toast – Packed + took off at 8:40 + up to Lookout Mt. The house looked just great I thought + I enjoyed Carolyn + Jim. I think it’s all going to go perfectly smoothly. $250 of the monthly $350 will apply to the [crossed out word] purchase price for the next 6 mos + at the end of that time we’ll go into escrow. Asking price $37,500 which will bring me out about even. I left them at 10:45 + headed out to Mary’s. Was there in half an hour. Debby + David + I piled into the back seat + Mary + Les drove us to the races. David very entertaining. I put about $24 on Daily Doubles + $6 on the first race. Leon’s horse in the 1st + in the 2nd. Daily Double paid $81. By the time the day was over at 6:30 I was $6 ahead + I had $19 for Leon. Didn’t get to his place until almost 8 o’clock after stopping for bourbon fresca + cigarettes. Dick called at 8:30 + was angry that I hadn’t called. Jess + Marty off to see “Z.” Dick sounded a little tight – said they wouldn’t be there when I got in tomorrow morning. They were going out to the lake I said first I thought they could wait til I got in then when Dick said it would be too late I said I’d take a later plane – He got annoyed + I passed him over to Leon. Next thing I knew Leon said Dick was going to call him back if he could get a plane to L.A. Leon told me to call my horoscope number + a voice said “Partner needs ego building, encouragement.” So when Dick called back + told Leon he didn’t have time to catch the plane I grabbed the phone + told him to come on and come on he did. Was with us two hours later. Leon gave him a bit of a talking to on the basis of behaving like the boss and demanding + getting the necessary respect. The only thing that upset me was that I’d been away 2 days + it was too much. I don’t think that’s quite fair but it’s something we’ll have to work out and right now I guess Dick needs alot of support in the business.
Up at 5:30. Dick called at 5:15 and I was so rock-sound asleep I hardly remember talking to him. 2 alarms and a wakeup call helped. The thermos of coffee helped most of all. I’d forgotten tooth paste + had to brush my teeth with hotel soap. No help. Mouth tasted terrible as I made my way out to the valley. Dick Cobos the makeup man gave me some berocca drops and a stick of cinnamon gum and I began to feel human. New hair dresser – Carmen. Jean the wardrobe woman very nice. The kids as always cute and it was a good good day my scenes went smoothly and at the end the director Charles Barton told me it was “always a pleasure” working with me. Leon came out + had lunch with me. He drove his own car + I’ve never been so flattered. Went to say goodbye + thank you to Virginia Martindale but she was out of the office so left word with Lionel Thompson. Bill Demarest not working today + by the time I was through the 3 sons people were shooting a difficult scene so I didn’t see anyone. Went back to the hotel for a quick nap + then on to Timmy’s. Had a really very good time with him. brought a half gallon each of vodka + bourbon. Listened to his tape which I thought was excellent with the single + all important reservation that the “background music was too loud. Told him I’d pay for a new tape + would write him a letter to that effect which he could show Mike Dutton (whom I think I might know.) Leon called with selections for the races tomorrow. His hunches. Had meant to get some from Timmy but I left at 11:45 + there wasn’t time. We’d called Dick at the start of the evening + he said it was 130° by our thermometer in the back yard. He was taking Shirley + the guys to the Landmark. When I got back to the hotel I saw Bill Overfeldt the sunglasses man + had one drink with him. Bed at 12:45
Busy Busy Day. Dick off early. I wrote diary + made plane reservations. Paul Rogers by + talked with him about working by the hour. Later talked with Shirley. Told her to keep the $2,000.00 owed me but not to mention it. Called Alice to say I couldn’t make the “Breakfast Club” today. Called some of my interview kids. Called Jim Brown + Timmy [crossed out words] about L.A. Washed dishes. Did four or five loads of wash including yellow bedspread + green blanket. Paid Nevada Power, Mr. Mendoza + Florist bill – Mailed Alaria papers. Worked on lines all day long as I did chores. Lucky thing as the phone rang at 4 o’clock and a gay little voice said “Auntie P! Hi!? It was Jess + a friend, Marty McLeery in North Las Vegas. I was completely thrown + told her so. Had to go out + do shopping so told her not to come to the house til 5:30. Went to cleaners, Drugstore Safeway + got back by 5. Jess + friend sitting on porch swing. Told then they could stay in the den on the couches. Had to pack + get together wardrobe for L.A. Discovered my bone shoes were beyond repair + Dick who’d just come back raced me over to the B’way + bought me a new pair – perfect. Home + had a drink and a sandwich + got off somehow. As a matter of fact, felt a little better about leaving Dick with the two girls to keep him company. Met a pretty little girl on the plane named Luane Wallace. Ended up by giving her Leon’s phone number although I told her that he wasn’t taking anyone. Picked up my car – a mustang + drove to the Roosevelt. Talked to Leon + called Mary – Talked with Debby + then Mary who came in as I was about to hang up. Went down to the bar for a drink + got involved in bizarre conversations with an ex-producer, an ecologist and a merchant of sunglasses. 4 or 5 old fashioneds later, I went to bed at 1 a.m.
Up at 6:15 – made sweet rolls Dick up pretty painfully Jack over + I asked him about John Carpenter – He’d never gone near Highlander’s pool. But he’s working for Paradise Pools now + they’d called the office about Poolbrite equipment Oh Hell. They left (Dick + Jack) at 7:00) I did dishes + futzed about. Called Dorothy Beagle about Bill Brown + her son has a group who’s looking for a guitarist. I called Juvenile + spoke with Donetta Webb, Donald Jones + Mr. Crawford all of whom promised to get one of their kids to an interview on Tuesday. I called Penney’s about Charlie Banks + Mr. Dwiggens is away. His secretary, Mrs. Dougherty is handling the interviews. Dick home + we made love. Later I called Mrs. Dougherty + talked with her about Charles. She said she’d see him + asked if I could get him there at 3:00. I said I’d try + called his home. Got his sister who said she’d tell him. I left for Dave’s office at 11:40. Got there at noon plus. He notarized the Alaria quit claim deed and we talked about the situation. If John does make trouble we can make trouble. I talked with Mary about jobs for kids + she said she’d keep an eye out. She can use a gardener once a week. I went to meet Dick at Duffy’s at 1:30. He + Murray there + had been since 1 o’clock. Paul not there + the guy they were supposed to meet they didn’t know. Finally got straightened out – a Fred Doyle who’d eaten + was about to go home – Paul showed about 2:15 having over slept! liked Doyle. I left + went to the mint where after gambling all afternoon I came out $4.00 ahead. This after going way down. Went to office for meeting. Dick had forgotten to tell Shirley + Murray had to take his daughter to the hospital. Talked with Bill Rehn about advertising. Went home + fed the dogs. letter from Rae O’Dell with chart. More adoption papers. We went to Cecil’s palace – Came home + Dick cued me through my lines over + over. Talked with Charlie Banks + he’s going to see Mrs. Dougherty at 11 tomorrow. I’d called her + changed the appt. Winnie called + is arriving on July 2nd. Alot to get done..
Made quite a few phone calls this a.m. + left the house at 9. Went down to the shop + looked at the photographs from the master pool brochure. Chose one of a pair of jolly old folks lolling about looking happy. Talked rather briefly with Bill Rehn who didn’t ever get to see the photo before it went in. Arranged the “office”. Dorothy arrived a little before ten. Charles Banks a really engaging Negro kid came in first + while I was interviewing him Richard Baldridge came in + Dorothy took him. Some guys came in with pool equipment + Charles leapt to his feet + offered to help them. The first time that’s happened. I really liked the kid. Will call Penney’s for him + failing that I’m going to try an ad agency. Next came Steve Guess whom I liked also, although I didn’t feel he was quite as outstanding – in fact not at all outstanding. Just a nice kid. Wants yard work. Brent Paton never showed. Long talk with Dorothy + I’ve gotten to like her. We closed up about 12:30. Was over at the office when John (Bill) Brown appeared. His big thing is show business! Wants to play guitar. Is currently self-employed so I suggested he contact the various agencies in town + try for auditions. Went to meet Joyce at the Landmark, had a little lunch + looked over the script. Played Keno + won $2.50 all afternoon. However broke even at Black Jack + on my way out I bought a roll of quarters + hit four bars for $250! WOW. Came home, Dick home a bit later – really smashed. Going to have John Carpenter put away, buried, killed. Called Jimmy Judge. I told Dick if he did I’d have to leave him + that would kill me. We couldn’t live together with something like that I cried + called Dave Abbatangelo who said to come in tomorrow at 11:30 + we’d start an injunction (evidently John had loused up another job!) Jimmy Judge over + said “I think Patience is right – do it legal” – A pretty grim evening. Dick falling on a bed etc. “On the wagon” tomorrow. The worst is Dick on the phone cocktails – started with sitting in a bar at 9:00 am this morning.
All slept in a bit – Dick off in a huff (?) without vitamin at 7. Daddy up at 9:00. I wrote diary, paid phone bill. Dorothy Beagle called + I said I’d stop by this afternoon. I called the adoption people + said we were still interested – Our case worker Janet Owens is now Janet Bubnis – she got married. Wendy came over for her check + said goodbye to Daddy. I called Alice Turner + spoke with Clesse. Got their son-in-laws name + had Daddy sign his book for him. While Daddy packed I made some calls – tried to get Mrs. Bradley at probation couldn’t get her. Called Joni Marie – not working. Called Mike McShea + spoke with his Father who’s got him going to school for programmed learning which sounds good. Daddy wanted to get a couple of bottles for Dick so we went to the store + got vodka bourbon and some gin for Daddy’s trip to Denver (“Uncle Alston is a little strict. Maybe strict isn’t the word so much as parsimonious!”) Came home + Druscilla called from the office – Scott back – London + England a fiasco. Drue + M.J. had sent flowers hoping I’d hate them as they were sick of getting them!! Funny. She said hello to Daddy. I fixed sandwiches for lunch + a final martini for Daddy. Dick back at 2 Winnie called! To wish me Happy Birthday a month late + to ask me how to fix steak!!! She leaves for San Antonio tomorrow + I suggested she might come in for a few days after. We went to the airport + put Daddy on his plane. The first unhappy moment of his whole visit. Just hated to say goodbye to him. Dick off to the office + I went to Dorothy Beagles – got a whole batch of new applications + discovered a new probation officer – George Bubnis!!! If that’s Janet’s husband it will help a great deal. Pleasant time with Dorothy – home – called J + J. made calls for interviews. Early bed – Ed Kulick over + Dick out of bed + into the vodka. I got a little frosty.
Dick gave Daddy a pair of slacks, shoes + a hat for Father”s Day + they were a perfect fit. I felt mainly the worse for last night’s multiple martinis. We left here about 10:30 for Willow Beach. Stopped by a job in Henderson – Mr. Homewood of Taylor Steel – a charming Scot. We stopped at every possible place along the way looking for water skis. Finally found them in Boulder City. Got to Willow Beach about 12:20. Piled into J + J’s boat + started down the river. The “new” motor couldn’t get up over 5 mph – and the heat was killing. Had to be about 1:30. Fished for a few minutes. Too hot to eat. Had some beer Discovered late on our way back ( + that was only because I said I was dying of heat – Daddy was being stoic) that Dick had a bottle of vodka up forward. It annoyed me to pieces but It got passed around then so maybe it was better. I stuck to beer. Stopped at the Gold Strike on the way back + came home at 5:30. At 6 pm in the shade it was still 112° – here Dick over to help J + J whose air conditioner had gone out!!!! Lord. Had more to drink + came home + fell asleep in his chair. We had soup + sandwiches for dinner + all fell asleep by 9:15 _ Hate the thought of Daddy’s leaving. Despite the hellish heat of today’s outing I think he’s really had a good trip.