#710 Grasping Mussolini


Benito Mussolini  was named for Benito Juarez of Mexico, because his socialist father felt it would give his son character.  Strong willed, and intelligent, when his father was told by the nuns that his son had academic promise, Signore Mussolini told his son to beat his teacher up, lest she encourage the boy to be … Continue reading #710 Grasping Mussolini

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Olympic Ralph Lauren


Ralph Lauren is a on a roll.  Last year he designed the first lady's dress for the inauguration.  This year he created the USA Olympic Team's couture (our header image is an illustration). Born Ralph Lifshitz in the Bronx, New York on October 14, 1939, he grew up there on Moshulu Parkway, itself a creation … Continue reading Olympic Ralph Lauren

JFK : A delayed birth certificate


The JFK Presidential Library says that all health and birth data for JFK are  closed.  Here is his delayed  birth certificate that states he was born at home, but it was created when he was 26 years old.  Astro.com gives a 15:00 time based on Jack's "memory" and is rated an A by Lois Rodden.  … Continue reading JFK : A delayed birth certificate

HMS Victoria and Battleship Camperdown meet in Tripoli


This is a historical chart from Alan Leo's "Modern Astrology: the Astrologer's Magazine." The Ascendant is at 15 Scorpio and ruler of Scorpio is Mars and now also Pluto. Pluto was still an asteroid in Leo's time having not been discovered for another 35 years. It carries the symbol of "Carefulness" or as E. C. … Continue reading HMS Victoria and Battleship Camperdown meet in Tripoli

Shades of Grey: artist Aubrey Beardsley


Biograph: Aubrey Beardsley was an Art Noveau 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 at the age of twenty-five. If Samuel Morse Whistler, a famous American … Continue reading Shades of Grey: artist Aubrey Beardsley