Dec 152014
 
Dale Van Every (1896-1976), author, screenwriter and producer

Dale Byron Van Every was the author of more than 20 books and movie scripts and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. He was born 23 July 1896 in Van, Michigan, served with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War 1 and died 28 May 1976 in Santa Barbara, California. In about 1957, he spent at least six […]

Dec 112014
 
Howard Baer painted at Chapala in 1941

Howard Baer, born 1906 in the small mining town of Finleyville, Pennsylvania, died in 1986 in the city of New York. Baer was a writer, painter, illustrator and cartoonist, whose first known solo exhibition in 1941 was a showing of paintings resulting from several months of work in Mexico, based in the town of Chapala. […]

Dec 082014
 
Bruce Buckingham's "Boiled Alive" (Dane Chandos)

Bruce Buckingham (a pseudonym of Dane Chandos, the first pseudonym of the writing duo of Peter Lilley and Anthony Stansfeld) was the author of two detective mysteries set in Mexico: Three Bad Nights (London: Michael Joseph, 1956; Penguin edition, 1961) and Boiled Alive (London: Michael Joseph, 1957; Penguin edition, 1961) Both novels feature a Mexican […]

Dec 042014
 

Artist David Holbrook Kennedy was the youngest brother of food-writer Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher. David Kennedy was born 19 May 1919, and educated at Lake Forest Academy and Princeton. In 1941, when David was 22 and his sister Norah 24, “Norah and David decided to go to Mexico for an extended stay. David had received […]

Dec 012014
 
Bruce Buckingham's "Three Bad Nights" (Dane Chandos)

Bruce Buckingham (a pseudonym of Dane Chandos, the first pseudonym of the writing duo of Peter Lilley and Anthony Stansfeld) was the author of two detective mysteries set in Mexico: Three Bad Nights (London: Michael Joseph, 1956; Penguin edition, 1961) and Boiled Alive (London: Michael Joseph, 1957; Penguin edition, 1961) Three Bad Nights introduces a […]

Nov 272014
 
Mexican artist Ernesto Butterlin (ca 1918-1972), aka Ernesto Linares

Ernesto Butterlin, aka Ernesto Linares or simply Lynn, was a Mexican artist active in the 1940s and 1950s. Ernesto’s parents and his two older brothers were all born in Germany and moved to Mexico in 1907, sailing first class aboard the “Fürst Bismarck” of the Hamburg-America line, from Hamburg to Veracruz. The family settled in […]

Nov 242014
 

Bruce Buckingham is the pseudonym of Dane Chandos, in turn the pseudonym of the writing duo of Peter Lilley and Anthony Stansfeld. The pair used the Bruce Buckingham pseudonym for two detective mysteries set in Mexico. James Gilbert Lilley, always known as ‘Peter Lilley’, lived from 1913 to 1980. He first visited the Lake Chapala […]

Nov 202014
 
Frederick W. Butterlin (ca 1905-?), photographer

Frederick (sometimes Fredrick/Friedrich) W. Butterlin was born in Cologne, Germany, in about January 1905, and was the middle of three brothers (Otto was older, Ernesto younger). Frederick was a well-known photographer and seems to have been the owner of what was almost certainly one of the first art galleries in Ajijic. Frederick had not yet […]

Nov 172014
 
Poet and master gardener Fred Lape (1900-1985)

Fred Lape, born at Holland Patent, about 10 miles north of Utica, New York, in 1900, spent several months every winter from about 1966 until his death in 1985, in Jocotepec on Lake Chapala. He died in Jocotepec on 1 March 1985, aged 85, and was interred in the local cemetery the following day. Lape […]

Nov 132014
 
German-Mexican artist Hanns Otto Butterlin (1900-ca 1960)

Han(n)s Otto Butterlin (or Otto Butterlin as he was usually known, at least in Mexico) was born in Cologne, Germany, 26 Dec 1900 and became an abstract and impressionist painter of some renown. He is the oldest of the three Butterlin brothers. Otto moved with his middle brother Frederick and their parents (Johannes and Amelie) […]