" be forgot, and never ."
| There’s been
a lot of talk about William Rotsler within Memory Hole lately, mostly because of Michael
R. Bernstein’s in-progress Rotsler art archive. This caused me to look into my file of
unused Rotsler’s, and assure myself that they are all rather applicable to my in-progress
memoirs. I’m going to continue to hold them in reserve for that purpose.
I did the next best thing I dug up a Rotsler portfolio I published in 1965. It was in my on-topic fanzine SaFari, for FAPA in February 1965.
There is an editorial credit: "I hope (the artwork) turns out if they do, it will be solely as a result of the tender, loving care of Juanita Coulson, with an assist from Buck ."
I wrote a special memory
piece named "Just My Bill
." for Dwain Kaiser about my years with Rotsler,
only I’m beginning to suspect that Dwain’s suppressing it completely.
Here is an example of a typical Rotsler party invitation at the peak of his perfection. This is dated November 1, 1969 and features Paul Turner (at left) and William Rotsler with two unnamed party guests.
To have known Rotsler was to
love him. There was no room for equivocation. I knew he loved me long before I could even
discuss with myself the possibility that I loved him as well. I’m retarded in some
directions. I don’t think I ever told him, but I’m positive he knew. I loved him. I love
him still. Somewhere inside of me, Bill lives forever.
--Earl Kemp, December 19, 2000
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