Entries by Jack Crutchfield

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry (1902 – 1920) Kevin Barry was the First Irish Republican to be executed by the British since the Easter uprising of 1916 in Ireland. His execution caused outrage in Irish opinion and brought the tension to a fever pitch. His execution also precipitated a dramatic increase in violence as the Irish War for […]

Gloria Stuart

Gloria Stuart (1910 -2010) Gloria Stewart( she changed it to Stuart) was an American actress and artist. Most people remember her now as the iconic “Old Rose” in  the movie  “Titanic”, but she had been acting since about 1932. Kate Winslet is a stunner of course, but I think Gloria could have held her own […]

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) Norma Jean Baker was an American actress, singer, and model. She is so Iconic, I could go on for days about her so let’s just say this: She was so beautiful, it takes your breath away(take a look at pictures of her without makeup or just relaxing) and yet had […]

Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla ( 1856 – 1943 ) Nikola was a Serbian American inventor and futurist that is best known for his contributions to the design of Alternating Current (AC). He was visionary and a lot of his research  achievements were so complex, We still can’t figure out today. Here is an example: In 1898 he […]

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin

Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin ( 1805 – 1871 ) A French Magician, he is widely considered the father of modern style conjuring. So good was he as an entertainer that Napoleon III used him to prove French magic was powerful and quell a rebellion in French Algeria. His real name was Jean Eugene Robert, and when […]

Doc Holliday

Dr. John “Doc” Holliday ( 1851 – 1887 ) A Gambler, gunfighter, and a dentist, he skirted both sides of the law throughout his life. One of the most famous characters of the American west, no doubt. Doc is mostly remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp, and the shootout at the O K Coral. The myths […]

Leslie Nielson

Leslie Nielson ( 1926 – 2010 ) You remember him as a brilliant comedic actor, but Canadian born Leslie Nielson was in over 100 films and  150 Television programs in his career, many of them dramatic roles. “Forbidden Planet” and “The Poseidon Adventure” were two great roles for their time. He is forever Frank Drebin, […]

Edward Trelawny

Edward John Trelawny ( 1792 – 1881 ) An Adventurer, Trelawny seems to have stepped out of on of Byron or Shelley’s Poems. A contemporary and friend of both , he made the arrangements for  both of their funerals. He lead an incredible life, was a biographer and novelist in his own right, but seems to […]

Salvatore Guliano

Salvatore Giuliano ( 1922 – 1950 ) “Turiddu” was his nickname, and he was a Sicilian bandit and folk figure. His life has a lot of mystery because of all of the misinformation, but it is still an awesome story. If you have ever read “The Godfather” novel, you’ll know what a masterpiece it is. […]

Phil Lynott

Phil Lynott ( 1949 – 1986 ) Founding member of the band “Thin Lizzy”, Phil Lynott was born in England, but raised in Ireland, and considered himself to be Irish. If you aren’t familiar with their music, I’ll bet you remember the song “The Boys are Back in Town”, it’s a standard of seventies rock, but […]