In my recent readings on Joseph Mankiewicz, I discovered the motive behind his elder brother’s use of the word “Rosebud” from Citizen Kane. I will simply post this statement as I read it from the book. I was enchanted to see where this word came from. Here is what J.L. said about the daunting experince of his brother, Herman.
Joe Mankiewicz: "It happened when he was growing up in Wilkes-Barre. Herman had always wanted a bycicle, and one Christmas he got one with
‘ROSEBUD’ printed on the frame and two days later it was stolen. Toward the end of his life, when he was drinking heavily, he’d often mumble ‘Rosebud’. He never got over it."
Wow. I never thought I would find that out in a million years! :o