Rectifying Prince Charles of Wales, Duke of Cornwall & Duke of Rothesay


On November 14, 1948, the Prince of Wales was born in Buckingham, sometime in the evening. Princess Elizabeth was just 22 & in labour for 30 hours during which time his father gallantly played squash with his private secretary in Buckingham’s indoor courts, until the baby’s head was crowned and then rushed to the spot. That was probably a good use of nervous energy as … Continue reading Rectifying Prince Charles of Wales, Duke of Cornwall & Duke of Rothesay

Defrocking Cardinal Theodore McCarrick


Theodore McCarrick was an Archbishop Emeritus of Newark New Jersey and part of the College of Cardinals that elected the current pope. “The story ” related by a priest to Rod Dreher of the American Conservative and author of how Dante Can Save your Life, was that “McCarrick had a habit of compelling seminarians to share his bed for cuddling”.   These allegations did not … Continue reading Defrocking Cardinal Theodore McCarrick

#220 Jackie Coogan aka The Kid is Uncle Fester


John Leslie Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984) was an American actor and comedian who began his movie career as a child actor in Charlie Chaplin’s film classic The Kid (1921).  This made him one of the first child stars in film history.         Later on he sued his mother and stepfather over his squandered film earnings and provoked California … Continue reading #220 Jackie Coogan aka The Kid is Uncle Fester

#344 Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch


Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch is credited with the man who ended the War to end all Wars — World War i in the Allies favour.  He was born on October 2, 1851 in Tarbes, France.  Tarbes is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the Occitanie region of southwestern France and the capital of Bigorre. It has been a commune since 1790.  Tarbes was known … Continue reading #344 Field Marshall Ferdinand Foch

Reading New Orleans’s DA Jim Garrison


Jim Garrison was born four and half years after President John Kennedy and about a thousand miles away, but as a quirk of fate would have it, they became intertwined through the President’s murder. In late 1960’s he became quite a cause celebre because of his speculation that Oswald did not fire the gun, and so was not the lone gunmen, but instead someone killed … Continue reading Reading New Orleans’s DA Jim Garrison

Wonderful Ann Sothern


Biograph: download Ann-sothern‘s chart Her real name was Harriette Lake.  She took Ann from her mother and Sothern from the great Shakespearean actor, E. H. Sothern.  I happened to catch her last night on a Alfred Hitchcock Present TV program with John Cassavettes called “Waters Edge. “ She was a solid actress, a good comedienne — she was best friends with Lucille Ball and in a … Continue reading Wonderful Ann Sothern

Shades of Grey: artist Aubrey Beardsley


Biograph: Aubrey Vincent Beardsley was an Art Nouveau artist who died at the beginning of the 20th century from tuberculosis on the French Riviera. He had gone there to help improve his weak lungs, but it was too little too late, and he died shortly after arriving. He was born August 21, 1878 at 11:22 am in Brighton. He had a younger sister Mabel. Both … Continue reading Shades of Grey: artist Aubrey Beardsley