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Victoria Liss
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« on: April 02, 2017, 01:16:18 am »


APRIL 1, 2017









APRIL 1, 2017


The Official “Dark Shadows” News Online Updates by Email Posts

The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters by Postal Mail

Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates

An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM


Marcy Robin – ShadowGram

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766


Each ShadowGram News Update is posted FIRST through the free ShadowGram Group List at and each Update post is then dispersed to other social media. Joining the Group is free. Directions for doing so follow and also are later in this Update.


You can join the SG Group / List directly now:  at:


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SHADOWGRAM Update Number 398

APRIL 1, 2017




Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,


ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS), provides the following news in this ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows News Online Update "Bulletin."




BETSY (Victoria Winters #2) shares with SG about her new book, “Forever Is Not for Everyone.” In this evocative historical biography, she personally explores how her father’s death in the waning days of World War II impacted her life – even though she was only 3 years old at the time.


She tells SG: “It is listed on in both a printed and a Kindle version. Also,

if any DS fans wish to buy an autographed copy of my book, they can send me a note with a check for $20 (the cost of the book + postage/padded envelope) with their name and postal address, as well as the person to whom they would like the book autographed.

Please have them address it to me at:


Betsy Durkin Matthes

Peter's Pride Publishing

P.O Box 452

Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965


She also shares that “I am not taking any profit from this book, as it is dedicated to my father, who was a paratrooper and a gliderman, and who was killed in World War ll. All the money that I receive is going to support the Museum of Aviation Foundation as well as the 325th Glider Infantry Association.”


FOREVER IS NOT FOR EVERYONE  by Betsy Durkin Matthes

---- Kindle Download Edition – $9.99


---- Paperback Book Edition - $15.95


Sample Reading: Chapters 1-3:


File Size: 11773 KB

Print Length: 245 pagesTop of Form

“Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download.”


Amazon description: “As a World War II historical biography and present-day memoir, “FOREVER IS NOT FOR EVERYONE” illuminates the story of one daughter’s search for the forgotten life of her deceased father, a war hero she never got a chance to know.

“Fatherless at the age of 3 and armed with a lifelong desire to uncover the past, a telephone conversation with a total stranger propels her forward on a journey to the invasion beaches of Normandy, France, to a picturesque hill town in Belgium, and to a fateful crossroad in a remote area just over the German border. Encountering along the way heroes of the past and the present, she ultimately finds herself in the midlands of England, as her father’s representative, addressing attendees at memorials honoring regiments of the 82nd Airborne who were billeted there during war.

“This is a story of loss, self-renewal, and undying love. It is a source of genuine inspiration to all those contemplating such a journey for themselves.”


“About the Author: Betsy Durkin Matthes is a former actress, singer, dancer, and lyricist. She appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in daytime dramas, national touring companies, and in over 100 television commercials. She also had 13 songs recorded by major artists including John Parr, Cissy Houston, Stephanie Mills, and The Manhattans. As a returning student, Betsy graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 1996 as Class Valedictorian with a degree in International Studies and Women s Studies. In 2006, she turned her talents to the subject of men's clothing in her first book, ‘Dressing the Man You Love: A Woman’s Guide to Purchasing, Coordinating, and Caring for His Classic Wardrobe.’ She is a lifelong advocate for refugees and women's rights, and a former pilot.”


SHADOWGRAM welcomes and invites fans to please share any publicity materials, reviews, articles, etc. regarding BETSY DURKIN’S book with SHADOWGRAM.

Please use the postal- or e- mail addresses above/below.





JIM (Gerard Stiles) shares with SG about 3 articles covering his life and career. As SG has reported over the years, Jim is not only a TV/film/stage actor, but also an accomplished photographer, talented musician, and rights activist.


He is very involved in causes that support human and legal rights of Native Americans, the wonders of our natural environment, and the ever-changing, never-static flow of people across the country who live, travel, and work on the land.


Below are links to the articles about Jim, followed by details about his many interests, causes, and activities.



Published in Cultural Weekly by Alexis Rhone Fancher – December 2016



Published in Cultural Weekly by Alexis Rhone Fancher – Feb. 16, 2017



by Herbie Pilato



Jim often focuses his camera on evocative images that capture close-up people of multiple backgrounds and livelihoods at work, play, and rest, plus bridges, common objects, buildings, surrounding countryside, and more. His close-up portraits reveal each unique individual and the indelible marks of life’s impact on humans and nature alike.


He’s stayed on Native American reservations and homelands, sharing and chronicling their lives and heritages with his camera. He recently spent a few weeks at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, supporting ongoing protests with the tribes and many others in opposition to the planned Dakota Access Pipeline.


At DS Festival events in NY, Los Angeles, and San Diego, Jim and his guitar have performed live onstage, presenting a range of traditional country-western songs. Many in the audience sang and clapped along.


In 2014, Jim asked ShadowGram to help with a very personal project: His “Wanderlust” trip. SG reported frequent details about his Go Fund Me campaign to raise monies for him to travel that summer by Greyhound Bus from Los Angeles to Montana and back. Thanks to wonderful support from DS fans and others, the effort succeeded.


During Jim’s 2 months’ travels, his camera and online posts chronicled what he saw and did in detail and specific images: distinctive views of individual people; the expansive vistas of sky and land; intimate pictures of an isolated, dilapidated barn or a cowboy’s dusty boots leaning against a wooden fence post, and more. Stepping into the intense world of local and professional rodeo enthusiasts brought Jim’s vivid portraits: the exhilarating competitions, behind the scenes activities, the lives and camaraderie of the people, animals, equipment, and their surroundings


Jim continues to explore with his camera, revealing people, places, objects, and more that he sees in the vast and the close-up worlds around him. SG thanks him for sharing.





SEAVIEW TERRACE (CAREY MANSION) is the familiar “face” of the original daytime DS’ “Collinwood.” Located along the rocky Atlantic coastline in Newport, RI, the rear of the house is actually the iconic view of the Collins Family home.


The 2017 Netflix movie THE DISCOVERY shot extensively in and around the house and grounds. Starring Robert Redford and Rooney Mara, the sci-fi fantasy premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It debuted on Netflix 3-31 and is available for streaming.

Netflix offers people to “join free for a month”:  or call 866-579-7172.


Netflix publicity: “A scientist whose proof of an afterlife caused a rash of suicides forges ahead with his research, while his disapproving son falls for a troubled woman.” Also: “Now that the afterlife’s been proven to exist, people are killing themselves in droves. Seems like a good time to fall in love.” The movie is “cerebral, dark, mind-bending, romantic, understated.”


TODAY SHOW 3-20 interviewed Redford. His reaction to the script: “I loved it for a whole bunch of reasons. It was out there. It made you think and it explored new territory. When you were a kid, didn’t you ever wonder what was out there but that you would like to know about?” His character “realizes what he’s done” and “the consequences” because people worldwide are committing suicide to reach the realm of the afterlife. Yet “he can’t take responsibility for this because he can’t correct things.” Redford’s personal view: “What I like about it is that you don’t know ((what an afterlife may be like)) until you get there or don’t get there.” The premise is “fascinating. What else is out there that we don’t know about, that we are curious about? We’d like to know but we don’t. The curiosity is there, and that’s what this film feeds on. “


A special premiere was held in Newport 3-30. SG thanks SG contributors Gaye McNown and Nina Ogle, who share: Director Charlie McDowell says he is “paying attention to the fact that the house is drawing its own audience of DS fans.” So SG joins him in encouraging all “to please spread the word for every DS fan to watch this movie!”


Please also share with SG any online or in-print reviews, interviews, articles, etc. relating to THE DISCOVERY. Please send items to SG’s e- or postal- mail addresses below.



**** The ShadowGram Updates premiere-announce and report the latest confirmed DS information FIRST through the free ShadowGram Group List at


To be FIRST to directly receive each ShadowGram News Update in your inbox:

 --- If you’re already a Yahoo member, go to the website. Find the GROUPS tab on the main page. Click there, type   Shadowgram   in the Search box, and click again. It will take you to the Group. Continue from there.


--- If you’re not already a Yahoo member of the ShadowGram Group, please go to

Then follow the steps to become a Group member.


If you prefer, you can request an invitation, which makes it even easier to receive each Update as it is posted. For an invitation or more information, please send your request with your full name and full email address to   Marcy Robin  at


Once you join the Group or accept the invitation, you will receive the breaking-news Updates via email as they are posted. You also can see past news developments as they happened by reading recent Updates at the ShadowGram Group page at


**** This - and every Update – is posted FIRST to the ShadowGram Group at, then to a number of DS Facebook groups, and dispersed by interested fans to various lists, boards, websites, groups, blogs, pages, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc., in individual personal emails, and other online / print communications.


PLEASE always include ShadowGram's complete e- and postal- mail addresses and subscription information in all of your online sharing. Thank you.




--- Each complete SG print newsletter provides in-depth reports, confirmed and official details, photos, DS personnel’s own comments and messages for SG readers, publicity and media coverage, exclusive materials, official advance information, and more.


To subscribe / renew to the ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Newsletters:


--- US & Canadian First Class subscriptions: $12.00 for 4 issues, $24.00 for 8 issues.

 ---Overseas subscriptions: US $20.00 for 4 issues, US $40.00 for 8 issues.


Please send subscription / renewal payment by check or money order, made payable to:


Marcy Robin

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766



Subscription/renewal payments also can be made via PayPal to:


Each SG Published Newsletter features confirmed news and information provided directly from the DS cast/crew about their projects and activities, Dan Curtis Productions, the DS Festival, Big Finish Productions, MPI, special events, and others involved in DS today. The print newsletters feature exclusive and behind-the-scenes photos, premiere announcements, messages to the fans from the DS personnel, detailed reports, publicity materials, media coverage, updates for DS guest/fan gatherings, plus all the definite DS news and plans.


Fans everywhere always are encouraged to please share any DS-related materials you find at any time. These can be on-air, in print, and online, international, nationwide, or local, including media publicity and mentions, photos, articles, reviews, interviews, commentaries, etc. Fans attending personal appearances or performances by the DS cast always are encouraged to please share with SG their reports, photos, video footage, program books, local publicity, plus media articles, interviews, reviews, etc.


All such items can be hard copies (photographs, newspapers, magazines, program books, flyers). You can email photos and articles at high resolution or send materials via postal-mail. Please always include your full name and the complete name and date of the source.


Please send all items to ShadowGram’s postal- and/or e- mail addresses below.


You will be named as a Contributor in the published SG newsletter. You also may receive a complementary Contributor's Copy for major donations of photos, video footage, information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, publicity, assistance, etc. Thank you in advance for your support and sharing.


All information is important to ShadowGram. Subscribers of all ages are across the US and beyond. I directly send complimentary copies of every issue to many of the DS cast/crew, whom I’ve known and worked closely with for many years. They share with me their news, photos, and messages to the fans for SG’s readers. They also enjoy learning about their DS colleagues in SG's pages.



SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the recognized * Official * "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is provided to me by the show's cast, crew, and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series and 1991 TV series. Established 38 years ago in April, 1979. ShadowGram has always worked closely and directly with the DS personnel, the DS Festival, and related individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc. All their news is provided to you through the SG Online Updates and the SG Published Newsletters.


Please see complete subscription information above and contact addresses below. For more information or questions: Please email or send SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) to the following e-mail or postal-mail addresses.


Thank you.


Marcy Robin / ShadowGram

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766

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