In the years 1959 to 1962 comedian and film star Peter Sellers began receiving attention and success for his role in I'm All Right Jack and The Mouse That Roared (1959) as well as The Road To Hong Kong(1962). These were the same years I became a Bahá’í(1959) and entered the pioneering domain for the Bahá’í community(1962). Sellers' international stardom was assured in his two films of 1963: The Pink Panther and A Shot in the Dark.1 That year, 1963, was particularly significant for the Bahá’í community. It was the year of that blissful consummation, the elapsing of the 1290 days fixed by Daniel in the last chapter of His Book2 and the election of the Universal House of Justice. -Ron Price with appreciation to 2Shoghi Effendi, God Passes By, Wilmette, 1957, p.151 and 1"Living Famously: Peter Sellers," ABC TV, 21 Jan.2007,2:00-3:00 pm.
You were getting more money, more laughs, more affairs, cars, marriages and fame--the Kingdom of God on Earth had only just begun. You welcomed it in--little did you know, little did anyone know, back then when I was a child, in my teens & twenties, playing baseball, trying to put it all together in school, life, romance--but without your fame, money, laughs, only one marriage and a few cheap cars. Peter, it all came so fast for you, for me and for all of humankind, too fast, too fast... that blissful consummation came and went and just about everyone missed it.
Ron Price 21 January 2007
married for 37 years, a teacher for 35 and a Baha'i for 48
Just some prose-poetic juxtapostions. Sorry for not responding sooner, but I only just saw your post today. I posted the item again because I forgot I had already posted it eight months ago. Like many things in life--and like much of the Pink Panther and dear Peter Sellers--I'm not going anywhere with this. Like much of poetry, it is left to the reader to go somewhere with it. Again,apologies for taking eight months to respond to your response and apologies, too, for posting this same item twice. Must be old age and I could not find it when I used the "search" box.-Ron Price, Australia -Ron Price, Australia