By Rolland Spinout, CPW News Service
Ferlinghetti received his undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill, a Masters from Columbia University in 1947 and a Doctorate from de l'Université de Paris (Sorbonne) in 1950. He met Selden Kirby-Smith the granddaughter of General Edmund Kirby Smith (Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Giada Diano, Writing Across the Landscape, p. 115), the last Confederate General to surrender in the Civil War and the officer in charge of the Confederacy’s Trans-Mississippi West. They married in Duval County, Florida in 1951 in that apparent bastion of Southern sentiments named for William Pope Duval the first civilian governor of Florida and father of Burr Duval who died alongside James Walker Fannin the cousin of Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph. The Ferlinghettis divorced in 1976. That was over a century after Morse's telegraph line that was going to run alongside the first transcontinental rail line across the Great Southwest which with William Walker's failed annexation of Southern California and Baja and the approaching advent of Alfred Nobel's invention, Dynamite in 1867, two years after the Civil War, provided the China Traders the impetus to dream higher....through the Rockies and avoiding the Southern lowlands. Morse's invention followed the Russell's old Pony Express route through the Rockies to San Francisco where William Tecumseh Sherman and George Bragg had worked together in pre-Civil War California to secure the rail head for Leland Stanford and the "Big Four". The Union Pacific contracted with Western Union for Morse's telegraph technology. Morse's early chief financial officer prior to the Civil War was Benjamin Brown French, the Scottish Rite Mason at the White House who initiated Andrew Johnson, Lincoln's successor as the first SR President.
RS: The "Yellow Rose of Texas"? What was her name? And her sister?
BKG: Nope. I'm talking about the "Twin Sisters".
RS: They were twins?
BKG: "Nope. The two brass cannons that turned the tide of battle. Deadly little bitches!"
Also in Cincinatti where Alphonso, a founder of Yale’s Skull & Bones along with William Huntington Russell, China Traders extraordinaire along with Caleb Cushing who negotiated, as any San Francisco China Town resident can tell you, the Wanghia Treaty, is the Spring Grove Cemetery. HOWL!
But I’m moving far afield of this mind expanded trip….suffice it to say that Selden’s grandfather was holding on to the dream that the South would control the rail route from Savannah to San Diego which William Tecumseh Sherman’s work in San Francisco in the 1850’s and then his demolition of the South’s rail head from Atlanta to Savannah which insured that Caleb Cushing, the Huntingtons, Russells and Tafts….the Brahmins….would control the flow of imports from Baghdad to Boston.
The Order makes a fine living as fight promoters and from a left/right dialectic that will, in time, push its confused victims to self-medicate in various forms and ways before brain death. Same for those who drink coffee at City Lights. Light, dark and shades of gray…..meaningless for someone whose mind has been freed from all of that. But I’m no Mormon and I refuse to give up coffee! But I do ask that Mr. Guzman in Peru who gets $6500 a year for his 60 tons of coffee that makes Starbucks over $10 million will soon get paid fairly and I'm not talking that "fair price" b.s. of 20 cents a pound. You want to stop the border problem then change some of that crap!
You can argue that Guzman's family of six doesn't need $60,000 a year. They'll be like the Doughboys after WWII and not stay down on the farm pickin' cotton, plantin' corn or coffee, but hey, so they take their excess to the local city or Lima and go into mechanical and electrical engineering and invent a new product using Bolivia's lithium in its batteries and the world is a better place. Maybe one will be like Henry Ford with an eighth grade education but makes a car that runs on solar power or hydrogen fuel because of their deep appreciation of ubiquitous, clean water. San Francisco's Bechtel may not be happy it lost Bolivia's "water wars" but screw them! HOWL! HOWL! HOWL! HOWWWWLLLLLLL!