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from a clipping that someone sent me about this very fancy marriage
in Wheeling, West Virginia, and upon being duly wed, they immediately
took off for Capri and really never came back.
That's quite a big jump if you think of it. This must have been
around 1907, 1908. They first rented and then I guess they bought a
house, Villa Discopoli, a lovely house, and they lived there from
1908 till pretty much the end of the decade of the 1910s, close to
Till after the war?
Till after the war.
Did you ever ask your father why they left and went to Capri?
He thought Wheeling was a pretty terrible spot [laughter]
and I guess my mother went along with it, because neither of them
ever came back to stay. As a matter of fact, my father never came
back to stay in the U.S. except when he was pushed out during the
war, during World War II.
But going back to the early days, it was a pretty glamorous life
in Capri because what few people realize is that Capri has been
invaded by rather fancy people for now two thousand years. With
every generation, they complain about all these dreadful people who
arrive. Well, it's been going on for two thousand years. In fact,
Tiberius lived in Capri for quite a few years.
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