Happy Birthday to a Friend for Life!

baba_99_stillThe Friends want to say “Happy Birthday!” to Mrs. Mildred Huehn Schwagerman Mandeville, who is turning 100 years young on June 21, 2009 (pictured here on her 99th birthday last year).  Mrs. Mandeville has been a member of the Friends for many years, and served on the Friends’ Board at one time.

She collected and enjoyed many older books about the Pacific Northwest, and flying.  One of her favorite books is “The Egg and I”  by Betty MacDonald, a humorous autobiography detailing the trials and tribulations of  life on a rustic chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in the 1940s.

Mrs. Mandeville was also the editor and publisher for a number of years of various editions of “The Used Book Price Guide:  an Aid in Ascertaining Current Prices:  Retail Prices of Rare, Scarce, Used and Out-of-Print Books.”  What a resource those guides must have been for book collectors and book sellers in the days before that information was readily available over the Internet!

 And, while we’re not going to say that becoming a Friend will mean that you’ll live to 100, we’d love to have you join the Friends today! 


49 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to a Friend for Life!

  1. Happy Birthday Mrs. SChwagerman.
    Betty MacDonald has so many fans all over the world.
    There is a Betty MacDonald Fan Club with members in more than 20 countries.
    There is a CD and DVD with Betty and her family avaiable.
    A real treasure.
    Tell me how I can send you a CD or DVD!
    I will!

  2. Happy birthday from a current Board member. When I read about you loving “The Egg and I”, I had such a strong memory about how I loved that book as a child. It brought me into a new and wonderfully funny world quite different from being a child in a large city (Los Angeles). I hope to have the chance to meet you one day soon.

  3. Happy Birthday from Betty MacDonald Fan Linde.

    I’d love to send you a special Betty MacDonald Surprise,
    a CD/DVD with very witty Betty MacDonald and her wonderful sister Alison Bard , who got the same talent as her famous sister Betty MacDonald.
    You’ll enjoy these two ladies very, very much. I enjoy them all the time and so do many fans all over the world.
    Included are many very interesting biographical stories.

  4. Happy Birthday dear Betty MacDonald Fan!!
    I’m so delighted to find someBetty MacDonald Fans here.
    I recently heard Betty MacDonald’s wonderful voice and laugh for the first time. ( DVD by Betty MacDonald Fan Club)
    Betty MacDonald is wonderful in her books and in this DVD.
    The State of Washington can be very proud.

  5. Happy Birthday dear Mrs. Schwagermann.

    Betty MacDonald is a beloved writer all over the world.
    When I visited the very beautiful State of Washington in 1996 I really met the most wonderful people in the world.
    I’ll never forget visiting with Betty MacDonald’s really brillant and so very funny sister Alison Bard all the places and houses where the Bard family lived. I only wished more Betty MacDonald fans had the opportunity to do this.
    I’d like to say Thanks A Million for these delightful memories.

  6. Dear Wolfgang Hampel,

    thank you so much for the wonderful idea to interview Betty MacDonald’s unique family and her very nice friends
    Your interviews and biographical books and stories are my favourites and I hope you will continue your outstanding work.
    Wolfgang, I’d like to meet Mrs. Schwagerman and many other Betty MacDonald Fans in Seattle and on Vashon Island.
    What about a Betty MacDonald meeting? I’d love to see you all.

  7. What a great site!

    Happy Birthday dear Mrs. Schwagerman.

    There should be an event where Betty MacDonald Fans could meet each other in Seattle and on Vashon Island.
    I’d like to congratulate Mrs. Schwagerman in person.
    I’m from Switzerland. Count me in, please.
    I want to ask Wolfgang Hampel a question: How did you get the chance to interview all these great people? I tried several times to interview Alison Bard, but she refused.
    You got the opportunity to meet her and the other members of this outstanding family. Tell me your secret, please. Anyway – dear Wolfgang Hampel, you did a very great job and it’s really fascinating to listen to the stories
    of the beloved writers Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard and
    the unique Bard family.

  8. Happy Birthday dear Betty MacDonald Fan!

    This is a dream – visiting all the places where Betty and her family lived.
    Frank, Wolfgang Hampel interviews lots of artists and writers.

    Visit the site

    Wolfgang Hampel Founder of Betty MacDonald Fan Club and Betty MacDonald Society


    I enjoy the Betty MacDonald CD and Betty MacDonald Biography very often.
    Yes, we should have a Betty MacDonald Meeting in Seattle.
    I’ll be there.

  9. Happy Birthday to dear Mrs. Schwagerman from Austria.

    There was a fascinating TV report about Wolfgang Hampel and Betty MacDonald Fan Club.
    I’m totally delighted to listen to Betty MacDonald and her sister Alison Bard on CD. I hope the Betty MacDonald DVD is available soon.

    How much I’d love to see Betty’s and the siblings’ houses, places and Vashon Island.

  10. Congratulations, dear Mrs. Schwagerman and all the best wishes.

    Let’s support Betty MacDonald Fan Club to organize a
    Fan Club meeting in Seattle.

    A dream would be to meet Betty MacDonald’s and Mary Bard’s family.

    Hurry up with the new Betty MacDonald DVD, please.

    Wolfgang Hampel should continue his outstanding research. More interviews, please.

  11. Best wishes for Mrs. Schwagerman from France!

    I’ve read Betty MacDonald books many, many times.
    The same thing is with listening to the Betty MacDonald Fan Club CD and reading the Betty MacDonald Fan Club books and stories. When are you going to publish more interviews and stories? Hurry up, please. I can’t wait.

    Tell me more, please about the Betty MacDonald Conference. I’m very interested in attending!
    Let’s all meet in Seattle and on Vashon Island!

  12. My best wishes to our very special Betty MacDonald Fan from Rome, Italy!

    I never visited the State of Washington but as i’m deeply in love with Betty MacDonald’s and Wolfgang Hampel’s books and interviews it’s time to see Betty’s paradise.

    When can I order the new Betty MacDonald DVD?

  13. Dear Mrs. Huehn Schwagerman Mandeville,

    I hope you had the most wonderful birthday ever.
    All the best to you from Sweden!
    Our family and friends like Betty MacDonald’s books and all the Betty MacDonald Fan Club Items especially Betty MacDonald’s and Alison Bard’s interview.
    They are our favourites.
    One of our goals is to see everthing Betty described in her books. So we want to come.
    Thank you so much for organizing a Betty MacDonald Event.
    I can’t wait to see the new Betty MacDonald DVD!

  14. I’m sending Mrs. Mandeville best wishes for her Birthday.
    I love Betty MacDonald’s and Alison Bard’s audio interviews
    and also the biographical books and stories by Wolfgang Hampel. I would like to attend a Betty Event with two of my friends who love Betty MacDonald the same as I do.
    Perhaps we could meet some members of Betty MacDonald’s family. I’d die to meet Alison Bard who is really so very witty and funny. Every time I listen to Alison Bard interviewed by Wolfgang Hampel I can’t stop laughing.
    Thank you so much for your great work.

  15. My dream would be to meet Monica Sone, Mrs. Mandeville, Wolfgang Hampel, Alison Bard – Betty MacDonald’s beloved sister – and all of you, of course.

    As much as I enjoy Wolfgang Hampel’s fascinating books and stories about Betty MacDonald’s life, his interview with wonderful Alison Bard is my top favourite. I can listen to it over and over again and never get tired because Alison and Wolfgang had tons of fun with each other.
    Do me a favour, please. Wolfgang Hampel and Alison Bard should repeate this at the Betty MacDonald Event. Every time I’m listening to this interview I realize that it’s pure Bard magic.

    Alison Bard – brilliant sister of Betty MacDonald and Mary Bard
    Alison Bard Fan Club and Alison Bard Society

  16. A Betty MacDonald Museum would be great.
    I love this idea. All Betty fans worldwide should meet in Seattle and discuss this. I guess there are many Betty MacDonald Collectors and they could contribute to a fascinating exhibit.

  17. My family, friends and I adore Betty MacDonald’s and Alison Bard’s recorded voice and wonderful laughfrom the Betty MacDonald Fan Club CD. We can’t stop laughing about these two very funny and charming ladies. The comments in the biographical books and stories by Alison Bard and Monica Sone are very witty and wise.
    A dream would come true to meet Alison and Monica in person.
    I know many Betty fans in my country, the Chech Republic who would like to come to Seattle.
    There should be a Betty MacDonald Museum.

  18. Betty MacDonald Fans from all over the world should contribute to found a Betty MacDonald Museum and a Betty MacDonald Monument.
    Betty MacDonald Fan Club will do it and Betty MacDonald really deserves it.

  19. I support the Betty MacDonald Museum and Monument project. Let’s do it. Betty MacDonald shared her gift of golden laughter with the world. It’s time we do something for this unique author. My God! Betty MacDonald’s sister Alison Bard is so cute. Her adventures with Betty and Mary
    are really delightful. Thank you, dear Wolfgang Hampel for this interview. I hope more will come soon. I heard that there are so many more interviews with you.

  20. I support these projects. The State of Washington can be very proud. Betty MacDonald is unique.

    Betty MacDonald is the best writer – very funny, intelligent, very wise. What a lady! I can read her books a million times and have to laugh out loud every time.

    It’s sad that Betty MacDonald’s wonderful sister Alison Bard never wrote a book of her own but she is really so cute in this interview.

    Wolfgang Hampel’s books and stories are very well done and our family and friends enjoy them so much. Thank you for all your excellent research! We all hope, dear Wolfgang, you can continue your great work. Please do!

    Thanks a lot!

  21. Hello dear Betty MacDonald Fans,

    I just visited the Betty MacDonald Fan Club Page
    and found two messages from Betty Fans.
    We also have some depressing weather here. The sky is so grey but Linde is right if you receive mails like this everything is ok.
    I will do the same as Faith does. Drinking coffee and reading Wolfgang Hampel’s wonderful books. Afterwards
    I’ll listen again to the interviews. The sky is grey but who cares if you have unique storytellers like Betty MacDonald and Wolfgang Hampel. Thank you so much for your great work! Not to forget Betty MacDonald’s witty sister Alison Bard.

    I’d like to make a long boring message short. I’m very interested in a Betty MacDonald Meeting. Count me in!

  22. Good morning,

    November is my less favourite month.
    What can I do to change my mood?
    I’m reading Betty MacDonald’s or Wolfgang Hampel’s books or like now I’m listening to Betty MacDonald’s sister Alison Bard. Alison shares so very funny and witty stories with us
    that I have to laugh all the time – whether I want or not.
    I just have to. She is terribly witty. What I adore is that you can feel that Alison Bard and Wolfgang Hampel had lots of fun. I can imagine sitting in Sydney’s house in the University District drinking lots of coffee and listening to these wonderful storytellers.

  23. Alison Bard is a word painter in this great interview with Wolfgang Hampel. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy this interview and the biographical books and stories written by Wolfgang Hampel. I hope more interviews, books and stories will be published in the future. I would be happy to meet you in Seattle and on Vashon Island.

  24. I hope the Bard house in the University District is still there when we meet each other in Seattle.
    Alison Bard describes family life in such a wonderful way in this interview with Wolfgang Hampel. My family and I would like to see this house and the other places where Betty MacDonald lived. Alison tells many delightful stories about the houses in Laurelhurst and on Vashon Island.

  25. Dear Betty MacDonald Fans,

    I saw a television report about Betty MacDonald and guess who are the contributors of it:
    our dear Linde Lund and Wolfgang Hampel.
    Thank you so much for all your great work.
    My family, friends and I love you both!

  26. Dear Betty MacDonald and Monica Sone fans,

    Today Betty MacDonald’s good friend Monica Sone celebrates her 91th birthday. Betty MacDonald described her as Kimi in The Plague and I.

    Monica Sone is author of Nisei Daughter.

    Happy birthday dear Monica Sone!

    I adore Monica Sone’s comments in Wolfgang Hampel’s Betty MacDonald biography.

  27. Bonjour, I’m Arlette,

    Happy birthday, dear Betty MacDonald Fan Club founder Wolfgang Hampel.

    Wolfgang Hampel’s success story began in 1983 when he founded Betty MacDonald Fan Club with 4 fans. In 2011 we have members in 30 countries.

    Wolfgang Hampel visited all the places where Betty MacDonald and her family lived.
    He interviewed Betty MacDonald’s and Mary Bard Jensen’s family and friends.
    Betty MacDonald’s very witty sister Alison Bard Burnett is beloved all over the world because of Wolfgang Hampel’s unique interviews.

    The international Betty MacDonald Fan Club members tremendously enjoy Wolfgang Hampel’s fascinating Betty MacDonald and Ma and Pa Kettle biography, his satirical poems and very witty interviews but also his brilliant friends.

    Betty MacDonald Memorial Award winner, author and journalist Wolfgang Hampel, meets the most wonderful personalities, for example our Betty MacDonald Fan Club honor members, outstanding authors and artists Monica Sone, Darsie Beck, Gwen Grant and Letizia Mancino.

    If you dream – dream BIG! Wolfgang Hampel’s big dream came true because of his unbelievable strength and huge energy.

    2010 was the most successful year in history of Betty MacDonald Fan Club with three international Betty MacDonald Fan Club Events in Oslo, Stockholm and South Africa.

    2011 will be even more successful.
    The international Betty MacDonald Fan Club ribbon is growing every day.
    Betty MacDonald Guru Wolfgang Hampel is especially delighted that we’ll have the first Betty MacDonald Fan Club Wedding in 2011.
    More Betty MacDonald Fan Club honor members and international Betty MacDonald Fan Club meetings will follow.

    Wolfgang Hampel is currently working on a biography of artist, singer and writer Eva Vargas. Good luck and a million times good health!
    We are looking forward to listen and read Wolfgang Hampel’s interviews, stories, poems and biographies.

    Thanks a Million for founding Betty MacDonald Fan Club and all the activities in the past and future!
    Wolfgang Hampel shares his oustanding comical talent and brings lots of joy and golden laughter to all of us.

    Have the most wonderful birthday ever, dear Wolfgang Hampel!

    All our love in the name of Betty MacDonald Fan Club members in 30 countries


  28. Whidbey Island artist and poet Perry Woodfin is Betty MacDonald fan club honor member.
    Perry Woodfin’s book and artwork are outstanding.
    We especially enjoy Perry Woodfin’s Betty MacDonald poem.

  29. Happy birthday dear Wolfgang Hampel!
    Wolfgang Hampel is the founder of Betty MacDonald fan club and Betty MacDonald Memorial Award Winner.
    All the best in the name of Betty MacDonald fan club fans and Betty MacDonald fan club honor members from 40 countries around the world.
    Wolfgang Hampel is very delighted that we have Betty MacDonald fan club research teams in 5 continents now.

  30. Howdy.
    I know this is kinda off topic however, I’d figured I’d ask.
    Would you be interested in exchanging links or
    maybe guest writing a blog article or vice-versa? My blog goes over a lot
    of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other.
    If you might be interested feel free to send me an email.

    I look forward to hearing from you! Great blog by the way!

  31. We’ll celebrate Betty MacDonald’s birthday in March.
    There is a Betty MacDonald Contest. Take part, please.
    We’ll have lots of fun.

  32. Howdy.
    I know this is somewhat off topic but I was wondering if you knew where I could locate a captcha plugin for my comment form?
    I’m using the same blog platform as you and I am just having trouble locating one? Appreciate it!

  33. Happy birthday dear Betty MacDonald in the name of many Betty MacDonald fan club fans in 40 countries around the world.

    Have a nice day and let’s celebrate Betty MacDonald’s birthday!

  34. Happy Easter dear Betty MacDonald fans.
    We have a special Betty MacDonald Easter Egg for you.
    Betty MacDonald Memorial Award Winner Wolfgang Hampel is working on a new Betty MacDonald biography.

  35. We are going to present one of the most important Betty MacDonald items we’ev ever got in our history. Come on and join us, please. Betty MacDonald fan club got thousands of members in forty countries.

  36. Alison Bard Burnett’s son and Betty MacDonald’s favourite nephew, Betty MacDonald fan club honor member, artist and author Darsie Beck celebrated his 70 th birthday yesterday.
    Happy birthday dear Darsie Beck.

    Best wishes to you and your family!

  37. The Betty MacDonald fan club project Betty MacDonald’s life in letters is the most interesting one. Many Betty MacDonald fans from all over the world donatet the most interesting Betty MacDonald items.

  38. Betty MacDonald’s friend author Monica Sone passed away two years ago.
    So many Betty MacDonald and Monica Sone fan club fans miss her so much.

  39. It’s a very special day today. It’s Betty MacDonald’s and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s birthday
    Visit Betty MacDonald fan club blog, please. You can win the most fascinating Betty MacDonald fan club items.
    Happy birthday dear Betty MacDonald and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle in the name of many fans from 5 continents and 40 countries around the world.

    Linde Lund

    Betty MacDonald fan club

  40. Dear Betty MacDonlad fan club fans,
    if you are interested in attending an international Betty MacDonald fan club meeting 2015 we would be very happy to hear from you.
    Betty MacDonald fan club founder Wolfgang Hampel and Betty MacDonald fan club research team are working on an updated Betty MacDonald biography. Love, Linde Lund

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