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And now, another
exciting episode in the
September 17, 1951 – Monday
This entire week is devoted to "Drums of Death" and "Ghost Wolf," with "Drums of Death" (working title "Black Magic") taking the lead.
During the investigation, Dr. Bergere offered to take Kent to the government laboratory at Port Au Prince so Dr. Simon Girarde, a government chemist, could analyze a substance on the handkerchief left behind by William Johnson. Dr. Girarde’s analysis revealed three substances on the handkerchief: cocoa butter, burnt sienna, and something that sounds like “bolomania.”
But I’ve always wondered… just what on Earth is Bolomania?
Over the years I used Google and a number of other search engines, to seek out an answer to that question. But nothing ever came up. And not only has it been a mystery to me, but it’s been one to Jim and many other “Superman” fans as well.
I tried a couple different spellings… nothing. The word always seemed to have a foreign flavor to it, and so I tried using variations that other languages typically use. Again… nothing.
Recently I tried searching yet again. But this time I spelled it “bolemania” (using an “e” instead of an “o”). A number of pages of hits appeared on my computer screen… and there there was one on the second page that caught my attention. It referenced a book entitled The A To Z Of American Theater: Modernism, published in 2009:
There was an interesting passage on page 298 of the book, the last sentence in particular: “…bolemania, a dark powder for making you look dirty or very foreign and dark.”
Voila! A seventy-year-old mystery solved. This has to be the substance Monsieur Le Docteur found in his laboratory analysis of Johnson’s handkerchief! What a relief.
September 17, 2021
"Like The Only Real Magic -- The Magic Of Knowledge"