great-grandpa-ellis

Podcast: Play in new window | Download      In this episode, I discuss the loss of a spouse affected three of my great grandparents differently because of their location and sex in the early Twentieth Century.      Both of my great grandparents on my father’s side lost their spouse before their children were grown. The […]

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the-shadow-1933

     During the Golden Age of Radio, the Shadow was a crusading crime fighter named Lamont Cranston.  In this 1933 English film produced by Real Arts Productions, the Shadow is a villainous murderer and blackmailer.  The film opens up with the Shadow demanding payment from a famous lawyer.      The Shadow promises to expose the […]

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jem-mace

      On November 30, 1910, reports came from England that former World Heavyweight Prizefighting Champion Jem Mace had died at 79 years of age.  Mace was world champion from 1860 to 1862 and again from 1866 to 1876.  After reportedly earning a million dollars in a career that spanned 1857 to 1909, Jem Mace died […]

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hooded-fantomas

Juve vs. Fantomas (1913) is Louis Feuillade’s second film adaptation of the popular crime series by Marcell Allain and Pierre Souvestre. Rene Navarre plays the role of Fantomas and his many aliases. Edmund Breon portrays Inspector Juve. George Melchior plays the role of Jerome Fandor, a young journalist, who assists Juve in his investigations of […]

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beckmann-looney-incident

Podcast: Play in new window | Download      In this episode, we’ll discuss the dangers St. Louis Police Officers have faced through history including the deadliest night for the St. Louis Police which might surprise you.      Two of my friends recently launched websites, Legacy Marks and Church Hacker.  If you want to intentionally learn, […]

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stanislaus-zbyszko

     On January 10, 1910, recently arrived Polish wrestler Stanislaus Zbyszko took on Charlie “The Kid” Cutler in a best two-out-of-three falls match.  Cutler had been a boxer in a troupe run by John L. Sullivan before transitioning to wrestling.  While Cutler was extremely tough, Stanislaus Zbyszko had been wrestling since his youth.  Zbyszko would […]

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