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Hearst Castle

San Simeon
April 3, 2010

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A little glorification of William Randolph Hearst is, I guess, justified by the guides who lead you through this unmatched collection of priceless treasures. Marion Davies is politely referred to as his "sweetheart" and no one mentions Citizen Kane.

Certainly there was no discussion of his egging on the Spanish-American War to sell newspapers.

All in all, a flattering picture that left Ellie re-evaluating things I must have said at one point. Walking out of the IMAX biopic, triumphant music in our ears, she asked, "I thought you said he was a really bad guy!"