Aline Countess of Romanones Message Board
Still a Fan posts on 1/24/2014 5:17:13 AM
No, Anita. You are confusing Pierre with Top Hat, who was Edmundo Lassalle. Pierre, according to the Countess, was a composite character. In her book, she also said about Pierre, "but he did exist."
Tracy Hans posts on 1/24/2014 4:58:13 AM
Hi! Lol Angela!
Donna, I can relate. I want the countess to know the influence she had on my life. I've never met her, but I have always wanted to.
I'm paying it forward. She inspired me when I was just 14. I had to do a report on a local author and I found her books. I was so intrigued and I wrote her. She wrote me back twice. I was so appreciative of these handwritten letters- she helped clarify concerns I didn't even know I had!
"Do not worry. With your obvious love of life, you'll find adventure wherever you go and whatever you do".
I still have one of her letters from, <gulp>, 27 years ago. At the end she had written "Please reach out to me if you're ever in Spain, or perhaps I will see you in Rockland".
What a sweet, sincere, and kind lady! It was centering. She was indeed right- life is an adventure for those in love with life.
Susan Milla posts on 1/24/2014 4:30:19 AM
Hello Robert Huddleston or Anita, How can I get a copy of the book about Edmundo La Salle? I am sure the Countess would love to read, as well as myself.
Anita Savino Fournier posts on 1/20/2014 4:20:51 PM
Pierre's real name(he is now deceased) was Edmundo LaSalle. There is a book written about him by his son-in-law, Robert Huddleston. Edmundo was a real "Dandy:!
Angela posts on 11/1/2013 3:31:45 PM
Donna, How lucky are you? Of course, had I been in that situation I would have been too shy to approach her outside of asking for an autograph! What did you ask her, and what did she answer? Mainly the juicy stuff, mind you. It would be neat if there were a compilation of interview highlights posted somewhere. I would have liked to ask her who Pierre was, you know, the good looking spy from before Luis came along! Ha, I wish she could say.
Donna posts on 10/18/2013 1:56:12 PM
I had the pleasure of meeting the Countess during a book signing event at the old terminal of the Pittsburgh PA International Airport. I was a huge fan, still am, and lucky for me the event was not well attended. I sat with her and she answered so many of my questions for nearly one hour. She was absolutely charming, lovely, classy and friendly. She was kind enough to take my address and she sent me an out of print first book. Due to things happening in my life , I failed to properly thank her. I am thrilled to have the chance to do that now. I hope that she gets this message and knows that I thank her and admire her very much. I was so lucky to have met her and I will always remember the time that she spent with me fondly. I wish her well, she has greatly influenced my life more than she knows. Her class and grace are something that I tried to emulate. Thank you and Best Regards, Donna Schake
Anita Fournier posts on 9/13/2013 10:06:33 PM
I also extend my condolences upon the death of your friend.
Angela posts on 9/12/2013 9:52:36 PM
Robert, my condolences. Also, I realized too late that I'd misspelled Lassalle. I agree with you completely about the reality of many young people not fully understanding the impact of WW2 on their lives.I can appreciate what I have by looking through the eyes of my parents, who along with their families and friends in Holland and Indonesia, suffered horribly during the war. I am 46, but feel even my peers are unconscious about anything that happened over 5 years ago. If we all stopped to reflect more often, we would all know how fortunate we are, regardless of any other negative things we have to deal with. Sacrifice deserves to be remembered.
Robert Huddleston posts on 9/12/2013 10:41:11 AM
Thank you Angela. This was especially appreciated having recently received word that one of my fellow combat pilots of the European conflict had died. I find it sad that so many young people have so little understanding as to the impact of the Second World War on their lives. That war was, and shall remain, the seminal event of the 20th century.
Angela posts on 9/11/2013 6:08:50 PM
Since today is Patriot's Day, I'm taking the opportunity to thank Aline, Edmundo Lasalle,Robert Huddleston and all other service members past and present who so bravely and honorably help keep the US and our allies safe. We can never fully know or appreciate all they do on our behalf, but can only convey our deepest gratitude. Thank you, with all my heart.
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