Jimmy Roy Terry

May 8, 2015

I just had dinner with my dear 92 year old friend Jimmy Roy Terry…we have known each other since the 70’s as he and his gorgeous wife were close friends of my Uncle Sumner…..

Jimmy’s life has always TOTALLY intrigued me as he basically grew up financially quite poor….his mother took in laundry …was married to the ne’er do well father of his

…..he was a Rich playboy who fell for Jimmy’s Mom’s Gorgeous looks…

was an alcoholic and a gambler…..she sent him back to his mother in (I think Texas)….as he was useless…

and on her own raised Jimmy Roy and his dear sister …Georgia who passed away WAY too early ……

Jimmy grew up in the oil town of Taft California….

and did EVERYTHING a boy could do to help the family….

had a paper route…

became a roustabout in the oil fields back in the 30’s (I think)….

he owned one of the first record stores in Taft….

owned one of the first movie theaters….

was an actor…a producer..and Director…

accompanied the Contessa Lilly Giriinni (sp?)….. back to one of her estates in Italy every summer…filmed movies in Spain etc etc

knew very well Marlon Brando and his roommate the Very Talented Wally Cox.. in Manhattan….

roomed (in Manhattan) with the oh so handsome actor  Bill VanSleet (sp?) ..(a friend of my first lover Paul Millard)……and Phyllis Gates…later the Mrs Rock Hudson….

bought Oscar Meyer’s house from him in Palm Springs…

started the Jim Terry’s Gourmet Fudge Company …that at one point had 11 outlets….it still goes on today….under the name of the two gay guys that bought it….

he was a VERY close friend of Busby Berkeley’s ….and owns the rights to his life and wrote a book about “Buzz”….who only had11 people at his funeral…one being Jimmy who organized and paid for the service……

“Buzz” had lost most of his money to his 5 wives….and with his money so went his “friends”……as has been true of Jimmy also…..

seems once you become old and less wealthy ….you become no longer a “friend”….

I just ALWAYS love Jimmy’s stories…I have heard so many of them over the years…but love to hear them again….

How as a young boy…the kids would follow the iceman’s cart (who delivered blocks of ice for “Iceboxes”)…

as ice chips would fall off …it was like picking up ice cream in the summer ……..

We talked about my upcoming retirement…and my moving to Palm Springs….Jimmy said well don’t be too hasty in buying down there…the best months to buy are in the summer…and you can ALWAYS have a room with me….and I mean it…..

well it touched me….and I would actually love to be able to come up and go out to our favorite cheap dive “El Coyote”…that he has been going to since the 50’s (I think)…it opened in 1931…and owned by the same family…….

Jimmy is such a Treasure….and I am blessed to know him…he always brings a smile to everyone he encounters…he JUST has that GIFT as my dear friend Michelle does…..

when he walks up to El Coyote…we pass strangers…..Jimmy always says to them…”You know I just LOVE the Chinese food they serve here”……

the staff all LOVE him….as he always tells them they can take the rest of the day off with triple pay……

Jimmy is a Rare, Rare Light….someone only once in a Lifetime that passes one’s way…..

If you find a Jimmy Roy…grab him by the knees …and hold onto him for the rest of your Life……..

I Promise……….

You WILL be a Better Person for it!!!

2 Responses to “Jimmy Roy Terry”

  1. Richard said

    Love it once again, and it is so very true–I have a friend that I met at my Grandmother’s when I was 5, still a great friend, always so interesting Hugs R&R

  2. Diana Skrah-Devers said

    Robby, Thanks for the loving tribute to my dear Great Uncle Jimmy!

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