A savvy friend of mine has solved the mystery of the blue plastic Monkees ring and its proximity to the iron cross in our disgusting basement. He did so by plugging the words “Monkees” and “Nazi” into the google machine. Apparently our house was previously owned by Hungarian actor Oscar Beregi Jr. He is seen below on the left, in a scene from either an episode of Hogan’s Heroes or Judgement at Nuremberg, and on the right, in one of The Monkees shows called “The Prince and the Paupers.”
Although I am fascinated to know how he came to be living on the West Coast of Canada in a falling down building with a little old lady who loved books, I feel like we have all the answers we need.