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“Shoeless“ Joe Jackson

“Shoeless“ Joe Jackson (1888 – 1951) Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson was a Major League Baseball player, know today as one of the eight Chicago White Sox players banned forever from MLB for his role in the 1919 “Black Sox” Scandal. Here is where it gets sticky: In the fixed World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, all eight players […]

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison (1943 – 1971) James Douglas Morrison, the Lizard King, was an American singer, poet, andsongwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist for The Doors. An enigmatic performer with a genius IQ, he was as unpredictable as they come. After reading about Arthur Rimbaud’s life , he sometimes said he was going to drop out […]

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde ( 1854 – 1900) Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, born in Dublin, Ireland, was an Irish Writer and Poet. He was one of London’s most popular playwrights in the 1890’s, and today is remembered for his epigrams, his plays, the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, as well as his scandalous lifestyle and refusal to conform. “The […]

Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger (1979 – 2008) Heath Andrew Ledger was an Australian actor and director. Incredibly gifted, he was a star at 20, and gone by age 28. His roles in The Patriot, Monsters Ball, Brokeback Mountain, to name a few, are priceless. His performance in The Lords of Dogtown is also so good sometimes you forget it’s him. […]

Alvin York

Alvin York (1887 – 1964) Alvin Cullum York is someone to know about, if you don’t already….. One of the most decorated soldiers of WW1, he lead an attack on a German machine gun nest, taking 32 guns, killing 20 german soldiers, and capturing 132 others. The heroism occurred during the Meuse-Argonne offensive in France. Originally a Pacifist, […]

John Dillinger

John Dillinger (1903 – 1934) John Herbert Dillinger was the most notorious gangster of the depression era. Decades after the era, the first major book about the era was titled “The Dillinger Days”. He robbed 24 banks and 4 police stations( for the weapons). His crime spree lasted about a year and covered four states and he escaped […]

Chang and Eng

Chang and Eng (1811 – 1874) Chang and Eng were conjoined twin brothers whose birth place and condition became the basis for the term “Siamese twins”. (Siam was the name off the current country Thailand at that time). They were joined at the sternum, and their livers were fused. Of course, someone tried to make […]

Chris Kyle

Chris Kyle  (1974 – 2013) Christopher Scott Kyle was a United States Navy Seal and the most lethal sniper in the history of the U.S. Military with 160 confirmed kills, and another 95 “probable” kills. His autobiography, “American Sniper” was made into an incredibly powerful movie starring Bradley Cooper. After four tours of duty, being […]

The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen)

The Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen (1892 – 1918) Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, widely known as the Red Baron, I could write a book about him….. A german fighter pilot in WW 1, he is considered the top ace of the war, being officially credited with 80 combat victories, and of course, always the reports of unconfirmed […]

Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp (1848 – 1929) Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp was an American legend. Much of the story is steeped in shadows, and a lot not true. There was a gunfight on 10/26/1881, 3 men were killed, Virgil, Morgan, and Doc Holiday were all wounded in varying degrees. The whole fight lasted about 30 seconds. So many stories have […]