Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Teacher was known as Gundella, the good witch
The fruits of my hour or two with the Detroit News and Observer microfiche files at the local library produced quite a bit of new information, for me anyway. Besides the biographical sketch, which is very helpful for the larger picture of who she was as opposed to what she accomplished, the mention of books in progress and for future publication will help in compiling a bibliography.
Yes, I'm a little obsessed with putting it all together at this point. Considering that I have almost no personal interest in the occult other than as a curiosity, am not a witch by any means and am about as far from being a spiritual being, the intrigue seems a little odd even to myself but is fun to investigate nonetheless. I've even considered writing a book on her but that seems like a huge task that I'm not sure I'd be capable of bringing to completion considering that I've never written one and am an outsider to the field she was renown in.
Besides the Minnie Quay reference and the noting of "The Witch in the Kitchen" publication, which I'm not sure ever came to be, I also found a mention in her Livonia Observer obituary of a Halloween cassette she released called "Ghastly, Gruesome, Ghostly Tales" which was produced by Ron Rose Productions. Luckily, the company is still in business and I contacted them and received the expected response of "I'm sorry, but that was quite a long time ago." Which it was but he also pointed out that her family should have the master tape and also that she was a good friend of Detroit Public Television, which I did not know but makes perfect sense. You never know, maybe they could help out with some video footage!
As for contacting the family, I have contacted one of her sons recently but did not receive a reply. I also contacted a friend of hers who mentioned her by name on his website but got no reply from him either. I suppose it is a bit of an intrusion, no matter how polite it may be, so I'll not bother any more people with inquiries and let them contact me if they wish to do so. I welcome the intrusion.
from the Detroit News/Free Press July 12, 1993