Robert was the son of Madeline and Raymond Orsini. Madeline is my father's sister. Because Robert's view of the Viet Nam War didn't match my very corporate father's, especially around the time of Thanksgiving, 1968ish (I was six or 7 at the time, getting use to body counts at dinner, understanding nothing about what I think was the Tet Offensive and never was able to see Bobbie, master model railroad designer, after that dinner...but oh what an image I have left of him in the theater of my mind...The Hero who put my always right father in his place without raising his voice much less a fist).
I know he settled in Woodstock NY but Aunt Madeline is not big on the person Robert details and even less on the details of the son who died of AIDS unbeknown to me and my brothers & sisters as all we got from Aunt M was Robert is quite ill. Robert needs surgery. Robert is going to loose toes. No he's not diabetic, yes he's been tested. No you can't go see him!
"Dad? Please take me and my older brother Jim to see Bobby," we plead to the same "NO! End of discussion," as we where concerned while working through our lives in a Catholic grammar school's early 7th - 8th grade. I talking the latter part of the '60's when dad's tried to shield his kids from the hippy radical views of Robert, my first real Hero in a very vulnerable period of life living as flesh and blood relative, pruned from our family over the morality of a war that nether fought directly in but had their respective and differing views.
Ray Sr. has passed and now Aunt M. isn't as social as she 'd been, so I am asking any in this wonderful community who remembers Robert or his work, his studio life, his private life to share your story's of him to me.
I'm trying to remember the person I only knew for an instant before he fades from the collective consciousnesses. Please help me with what ever you know if he touched your life in any way. The one snippet Aunt M. did let loose was the parties Robert through...Fascinating affairs of glorious opulence and grandeur.
Let us, please, discuss and celebrate the art and the artist, Robert Orsini!