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Art Bell as a Father, according to son Vincent Pontius

 
Captain Zero
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Art Bell as a Father, according to son Vincent Pontius
"According to Pontius’ mother Sachiko Toguchi, when they married she was 22 and Bell was 20. They met in Japan, where Bell served in the Air Force, and moved back to the States after marrying. Vincent Michael Bell was born in 1965, in Newark, N.J., but the trio moved back to Okinawa when Toguchi grew homesick.

The marriage lasted only a few years. Toguchi says that after she gave birth to Vincent’s sister Lisa, Bell told her he was leaving."


"I have no memory of him whatsoever,” says Vincent Pontius. “The first time I ever saw him was on the Larry King show, after my sister had found him.” "

wtf

"“He told me he thought he could [be a husband and father], but he couldn’t do it,” says Sachiko Toguchi during a phone interview from Camp Hill, Pa. “Having two kids, a wife, he was not up to it. It was too much for him. I think he was [caught between] being a boy and a man.”"

hiding

"Bell, for his part, acknowledges fathering both Vincent, whom he calls “Michael,” and Lisa during a phone interview with PW. He declines to talk about why the relationship ended. “That was 40 years ago,” he says. “I’m not sure what purpose it serves.”

Toguchi was left to take care of two small children on her own. When she remarried about two years later, her new husband adopted the kids, freeing Bell from any legal obligations. Bell started living the life that made him famous."


Art Bell, selfish Prick.
Poor Asia Rain, or whatever he'll end up calling her.
Maybe "Next".

[link to www.philadelphiaweekly.com]

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It was too much for him. I think he was [caught between] being a boy and a man.”"

How many males thru out time have been in that spot?
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“That was 40 years ago,” he says. “I’m not sure what purpose it serves.”

It serves to acknowledge he abandoned his children. He was a deadbeat father who treated his own offspring, and woman he was supposed to love, like trash to be thrown out. It speaks to the kind of person he is. Irresponsible people often don't grow out of it, for if they did grow out of it, they would do something to set right the things they fucked up before.
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He is only a radio show host. He doesn't preach values, so who should care?
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07/22/2007 09:46 AM
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He is nothing more than a salesman that can spin a good line of bullshit.It took me a couple of years to figure him out. I haven't listened in years. Ever since he went into complete denial about BushCheney being complicit in 911, if not the perpetraitors.
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Remember Art's diatribes about his being tough?

"I'm the sort of neighbor who moves right in and makes you move!", or

"It's time to start slitting throats"?

Bullshit!

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He ran away from a 4 foot Japanese woman and 2 babies.

hiding

Now his son Vincent Pontius (who Art calls "Michael") contacts him and does an acticle, so Art quits and runs back to the Philipines. I guess he doesn't want Airyn (who he calls Air-in instead of Irene) to find out that he has abandonment and child support issues.

Women to Art Bell are just sex toys, and kids are an unfortunate consequence. Remember Art bragging on air about Airyn's birth? "We jumped in the shower together one last time before the birth!, he he he". One last poke before she popped.....

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What a douche! He can't even lower himself to call people by their real name. Even family. That's the kind of man Art Bell is.

rant

P.S. hey Shredder! How's it hangin'?

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Art has another son, Art Jr., who is gay and maybe 23 Yrs. old now. Who is his mother? Art Jr. had an affair with his Highscool teacher when he was 17. Teacher got 30 yrs. in prison.
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It was too much for him. I think he was [caught between] being a boy and a man.”"

How many males thru out time have been in that spot?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 270585


Many "males" have been put in that position throughout history, but the real MEN in that group took care of their responsibilities.
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It was too much for him. I think he was [caught between] being a boy and a man.”"

How many males thru out time have been in that spot?


Many "males" have been put in that position throughout history, but the real MEN in that group took care of their responsibilities.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32062



Agreed. If anything, he is the one who put his wife and children in a shitty position.
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He should come clean before he dies, in the least
to clear his conscience, (if he has one that is) and pay cash settlements for his irresponsible actions from the past.
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His son was molested from the ass.
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Art Bell's 4 (or is it 5?) Asian Wives and his kids:

1-Sachiko Toguchi, divorced. Children: Vincent Pontius, Lisa Minei.[10] These children were not acknowledged publicly until July 2007.
2-Sukiyaki Sakamoto Kyo Bell, divorced. Children: Art "Scooter" Bell IV.
3-Vickie L. Bell married. married 1981 div. 1991
4-Ramona Bell, Aug.1991 – January 5, 2006 (see below)
5-Airyn Ruiz, April 11, 2006 – present. Children: Asia [11]

This is from wikipedia:

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

One thing that has dogged Art are the stories of child abuse regarding various members of his family.

tomato

It came to a head when his son, Art Bell the 4th, was diagnosed with HIV-AIDS following a consentual homosexual relationship with his school teacher in Pahrump. Charges were proffered against the teacher. He was convicted for passing on the HIV virus, but the sex was consentual. If you look up the case on the Nevada justice system you can see this.

"Retirement #2: In April 2000, Bell again retired, but offered no details other than expressing intentions to "resolve a family crisis." Mike Siegel was left in charge of the program. It was later explained he had left to deal with the aftermath of a sexual assault against his son. Brian Lepley, a substitute teacher, was convicted of sexual assault and attempted transmission of HIV and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years.[13]"

Later a Toronto radio station said that Art was a molester, apparently confusing the story of Art Bell the fourth's sexual relationship with the teacher with his father. Art Bell sued the station, but there is no record of a settlement.

Vincent Pontius in his Philadelphioa weekly article also mentions that the kids were victims of abuse after Art Bell left them on Okinawa.

"Issues? Pontius had them. Trust issues. Abandonment issues. He always needed to be in a relationship. He just couldn’t maintain one. Both he and his sister say they were sexually abused in the years after their birth father left. (The person they allege preyed upon them isn’t named anywhere in this article because no criminal charges have been filed.) Only the last few years have brought him any peace. "

[link to www.philadelphiaweekly.com]

What a mess!

Art never even paid child support.

hiding

He never acknowledged his kids on air or publically. And when Ramona made Art let hr mother say Happy New Year to her knitting circle, you could tell Art was uncomfortable with the situation.


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Follow up. Art sued a US station according to a post by Art himself on Rense.com:

[link to www.rense.com]

"As our family was working through this trauma in private, an event beyond all bounds of decency and humanity occurred. On December 9th of 1997, just a few months after my son's ordeal, my own began. Ted Gunderson, a retired FBI agent, along with David Hinkson and the assistance of others, aired a broadcast which - incredibly, absolutely incredibly - accused me of committing the very same crime my son had suffered, child molestation. The program further stated that I had paid to cover up an indictment in Nye County, Nevada, my home. It further urged listeners to call me "on air" and ask if I had been indicted. Of course, these accusations were entirely false. But, never the less the calls poured into my open line unscreened program, asking if this was true. I had no choice but to block out all these calls and keep my silence for fear of my son's situation becoming public. This broadcast was made on WWCR, world wide shortwave radio, in Nashville, Tennessee. This station has been described by newpapers and civic minded organizations as one of the country's leading broadcasters of hate radio. The individuals, WWCR and its sister-station WNQM, have allowed to broadcast over the airwaves, include a man who wrote a book entitled "The Hitler We Loved And Why" and another man who stated over the airwaves that Jews are the children of Satan and that African-Americans are "mud people".

In addition to broadcasting these proponents of hate and violence, this radio station has consciously decided not to spend money on a delay switch, not to conduct a careful background check of the people it places on the air and to allow individuals to say almost anything they want in foreign languages without having staff on duty who can even understand what they are saying."

The Toronto radio station followed this up with a joke on air that Art sued them for:

"No matter how hard I have tried to set the record straight, my torment and that of my family continues. Recently, a radio host in Toronto, Canada opened his morning show with the words "I am Art Bell and I molest little children". All of this sent me into a psychological tailspin. I felt I had been dealt a blow I might not recover from. Still I continued my nightly broadcasts as best I could."

Psychological tailspins or not, you'd think that even this series of events in 2000 would make Art willing to make contact with his first children, who were themselves molested.

Art Bell, what a mess.
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it always shocks people to find out that the personality in media is not that same person in "life"

bump 4 Pahrump
Peace to all
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I don't miss Art at all. He plays too many games. I like George better. He's coming around. He knows that Bush is evil, and that he's behind our bad fortune.

Hope Airyn takes him to the cleaners. But he probably had her sign a prenup to get 3000 bucks if she leaves, and goes back to the Phillipines with her girl in tow. Never to marry again.

Anyway, her name looks like Erin. Her parents didn't understand English.
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Who cares whether he was a mature man 40 YEARS AGO AT AGE 22?
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Check out the Fantastic Forum and how they appologize or their idol's latest fall from grace:

[link to www.fantasticforum.com]

Here's Art's reply to his latest running away:

"Hi all!

Yes, I have Retired. I will still do 15 shows per Year. Airyn and Asia are doing very well indeed and we are very happy

I hope my extended Family ( all of you)
understand that I simply felt it was time.
Life is very short and I want to spend
the time I have with my Family and my
Hobby.

I have not decided to remain here
in the high Desert or return to Manila,
only time will tell.

At the very least we will make a trip early
next Year to the Philippines so the Family can see Asia.

I will try to keep in touch here from time to time. Thank every last one of you for the support over all these Years.

Art Bell"


[link to www.fantasticforum.com]
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When I read about Art's two children from his first marriage, that he never acknowledged, it just made me sick!

This person told his audience he had "always been honest with them." Remember that?
Well now, we see that is not true. I guess he felt like those children he abandoned were as good as dead. Or, maybe he hoped it.

Most Americans look down on people like Art, and for good reason. Dead beat fathers are the cause of many of America's ills.

As a person who's father, like Art, chose not to acknowledge her, I have had my share of feeling unloved. A child always wonders why Daddy left and never calls or writes, to even see about their welfare. It hurts BIG TIME. And, the wound never heals.

I imagine this was one item in Arts life he KNEW he couldn't talk his way out of. So, he did what he does best....he ran. Meaning, he retired.

When I searched to find my birth father in 2000, he had died. But I found he had married five times and had three other children he abandoned.

I contacted my grandmother, his Mom, and told her I would like to write to my father to get to know him, back in 1972. She passed on my letter to him, and he said he had a new wife and a new life and she had the impression he had never been married before or had any children.
You see folks, people like my father and Art, find it inconvenient to have kids. Oh, they do nothing to prevent them, they just leave when they appear.

For those sorry folks who feel Art has just made some mistakes and should be forgiven by all of us......I wish that they could have lived in my shoes, when I was a kid, and cried my eyes out because my father never loved me. I wish they could feel the heart break I had when my birthday arrived, and I went to the mail box a dozen times, to see if there was a card there, from my father...only to be disappointed every single time. I wish they could know the feeling of having no one to walk them down the aisle on their wedding day. I am now 59, and I now know that the pain my father caused me will be with me until the day I die.

Go ahead and defend Art if you want. But you have no idea of how it feels to not have your father EVER acknowledge you or want to have a relationship with you.
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Great reply Nancy.

I too had an abscent father. Luckily I had some great uncles (my dad's brothers) who kept an eye on me and spent time with me. My mother never remarried, and I was not a victim of child abuse, but considering the alternatives, my uncles were a pretty fair replacement.

My dad never coughed up to help my mom or me and my siblings. He wasn't there for graduations, weddings and funerals. I met him when he was dying of cancer. He was not interested in us, but I felt I had to see him before he left the world.

It was emotionless. I didn't see the resemblence between him and me. I didn't get any answers or emotional feedback.

Some people are just selfish assholes.

I also heard that he had a second family that he abandoned. I have yet to meet these half brothers and sisters, and I don't really want to. Some people like Art Bell just create heartache and unease where ever they go.
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Everyone
This is Vincent Michael Bell...Art's first son from the article "LOST IN SPACE". Let's set the record straight
folks. Art jr. is not gay and Art did not have an "affair" with his teacher. even if the sex was consentual and legal...far as Iam concerned anyway you look at it the teacher used his power to manipulate a teenager. this teacher is a pedophile. Art was underage. the teacher got what he deserved. prison is where he belongs, for the rest of his life. art jr. is after all my brother and if need be I'll defend my kid brother's reputaion no matter what happens. so, all you mofo haters you've been warned!!!
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family is so over rated. my parents separated then divorced when i was 4. it was like pulling teeth to get my father to
see me afterwards. i go years without speaking with him.
so. he's only human. just because he made me doesn't mean he should be obligated to hold my hand through life. we all have what we need in ourselves to make it in life.a close nit family morality breeds a robot sheep mentality in the population. it trains kids to latter grow up and also do what they are told by a parental society.

it'd be ok to have a notorious or famous parent though, (i guess).and maybe some extra drama thrown in for good measure. it's more exciting than the dull life some of us
have to live because our parents decided to be responsible
instead.
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family is so over rated. my parents separated then divorced when i was 4. it was like pulling teeth to get my father to
see me afterwards. i go years without speaking with him.
so. he's only human. just because he made me doesn't mean he should be obligated to hold my hand through life. we all have what we need in ourselves to make it in life.a close nit family morality breeds a robot sheep mentality in the population. it trains kids to latter grow up and also do what they are told by a parental society.

it'd be ok to have a notorious or famous parent though, (i guess).and maybe some extra drama thrown in for good measure. it's more exciting than the dull life some of us
have to live because our parents decided to be responsible
instead.
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LOL to your douchebag reply.
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You know, I've always been a little suspicious of Art since the details of Ramona's death were reviled.

I thought the conditions, as described by Art were a bit odd. Even more odd was the speed at which Art remarried, and then quickly left the country, almost as if to avoid extradition?

Yes, it is pure speculation, but if you think back to that time, and looks at it with today's eyes, it might make you wonder.

Along with that, it is interesting that every time Art gets involved in some controversy, he "retires", until his ego gets the better of him.

just some food for thought
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We fought the Japanese back in WW2, along with what they did during that war. Get off of it. Perhaps life is not as pleasant as some other people think, and the rose-colored glasses are slanting your own bias and prejudices.

Afterall, the guest on that show talk about what they want to talk about for free, and if you do not like the comedy sometimes, then just turn it off.

As to the hate-mongers in this Country, I have been through that, and they still operate in this Country. Unethical actually probably unmoral is really what they are, and yes sometimes things happen that you do not understand at the time. And sometimes it is other people who really will not or do not communicate. It takes two to have an argument, and what made some other people think that they are superior to others?

And who makes you think that way that you do?
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I still wonder who drove him out of his Condo in the highrise, out of the Philippines and back to Pahrump, after he erected his own antenna on the roof of the highrise?
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wow never knew that about art bell....the least he can do is take care of them all...he owes them at least that much now...even if they want nothing to do with him he should look after them all now...not like he can't afford it. Time to pay the piper for sure
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Anonymous Coward. You are a total horse's ass. Why don't you try to go get a life somewhere, scumbag?
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"Bell, for his part, acknowledges fathering both Vincent, whom he calls “Michael,” and Lisa during a phone interview with PW. He declines to talk about why the relationship ended. “That was 40 years ago,” he says. “I’m not sure what purpose it serves.”

Art Bell, selfish Prick.
Poor Asia Rain, or whatever he'll end up calling her.
Maybe "Next".

[link to www.philadelphiaweekly.com]

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What a fucking selfish jerk asshole. I despise that man.

What purpose does it serve? He should ask his abandoned children how it felt. Selfish ass motherfucker.

Wife killing asshole. I hope you rot in Hell. You do not deserve another child. You married one.
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bump

because Art Bell is such a slime ball
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bump

because Art Bell is such a slime ball
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Yes he is.
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The news of Art Bell's uncared for, unprovided for and abandoned children in Japan is indicative of sociopathic behavior. Also indicitive of this is his ability to marry woman and leave them, with the exception of Ramona which begs certain scrutiny. Leaving Ramona would have posed financial restraints previously not encountered with his other divorces. Art made his money while married to Ramona, and from what people say, Ramona was a big part of the financial picture in terms of communicating with sponsers and the like. It stands to reason that unlike previous marriages Ramona would have gotten paid, and even owned a portion of the show Coast to Coast regardless of who hosted it.
A motive, a sociopath, and a death, oh my!!!

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