In response to the February 1 cover story “Daddy’s Girl: Inside the house and heart of Doris Duke,” Win and Hildegard Straube wrote from Hawaii about Duke’s estate, Shangri La: “In her garden here she kept a wild leopard as a pet, and one day one of her guests, the actor Jim Nabors (who is really a neighbor, or almost neighbor at a nearby beach that you can see from her house) was visiting with her, strayed into the garden, and suddenly faced the leopard.” Nabors made it back to the Duke house, but he was “thoroughly shaken,” relate the Straubes.
Melinda Sherwood, formerly a reporter at U.S. 1, later the business editor at the Princeton Packet, and now the senior manager of marketing communications at Hillier Architecture, also responded to the Duke story:
“I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading the story on Doris Duke. It really showcased the wide range of tools available to journalists to tell a story: research, interpretation, intuition, imaginative license (how Doris Duke might have felt in Martha Graham’s presence, for example), and tact.
“Doris Duke is a perfect example of how women’s contributions are all too often overshadowed by titillating tales of scandal, excess, and eccentricity (most likely perpetuated by male storytellers more interested in these things than in the complexity of their subject matter). Doris Duke’s legacy may not be as concrete as her father’s, but her lifelong philanthropy, intellectual curiosity, and curatorial skills distinguish her from other rich heiresses (a certain hotel heiress comes to mind) and ought to earn her the right to be remembered as something other than just ‘daddy’s girl’.”
Karen Linder wrote, worried that we had not received her January fax about a February 9 talk scheduled by the Kingston Greenways Association. It was not listed in the February 1 issue. “As we get more response from U.S. 1 than from any other newspaper source, I am hoping that it will be able to be put into next week’s issue, so that we at least have one day of publicity for the event,” wrote Linder, who is a scientist at Bracco Research on College Road East.
We replied: We did enter the meeting in our events database, and we invited Linder to check it online (www.princetoninfo.com). Usually we can print up to 9 or 10 days of the day-by-day calendar, from Wednesday through Friday of the following week, but we did not have the space last week.
The talk by Mark Demitroff, “Subarctic New Jersey: An Antithesis to Global Warming,” will be held at the Laurel Avenue School (at the corner of Union Street) in Kingston on Thursday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m. Call 609-514-2416 for more information. Day by day listings start on page 16.
Event planners, please note: If you can E-mail us a photo, perhaps a headshot of the speaker, that may draw additional attention to your listings. And we invite you to check www.princetoninfo.com to confirm your entries. The basics of each event are there, and we are often are able to use more details in the newspaper.