Ken Zimmerman Jr. Historian and Writer Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:23:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 48617568 Snake Kinney Kills Rival Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:23:28 +0000 thomas-snake-kinney     Thomas Kinney would be elected a Missouri State Senator before his untimely death in 1912.  The 43-year-old State Senator was responsible for several pieces of legislation, which benefited the poor and working class in Missouri.  Prior to his service, however, St. Louis knew a different Thomas Kinney.      Tom “Snake” Kinney was how Kinney was known in]]> 0 15218 Evan Lewis Maims Wrestler Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:23:02 +0000 ed-strangler-lewis-prime     As the wrestler jumped off the mat, he grabbed the referee by the lapel with his good arm.  “Why didn’t you stop it?”  As Referee Siler tried to pull free, Duncan Ross’ seconds grabbed him and pulled him away.  The man told Ross, “He can’t stop it.  You have to submit.”      Ross screamed, “I’m out of]]> 0 15207 Passing the Torch Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:23:30 +0000 trey-me-rolling     This week my oldest son Kenneth turns 20 years old.  Besides finishing school, Kenneth’s biggest focus is the martial arts.  He is particularly passionate about teaching self-defense.      Over the years, I have trained 14 nieces and nephews plus all three of my children in the martial arts.  Last week, the first member of the third generation]]> 0 15203 Passport to Suez (1943) Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:23:34 +0000 warren-william     On August 19, 1943, Columbia Pictures released Passport to Suez (1943).  Warren William plays Michael Lanyard, the Lone Wolf, for the final time in this film.  The film opens in Alexandria, Egypt, where Lanyard has just arrived.  Lanyard meets up with his old friend Johnny Booth, a successful cafe’ owner.  However, Lanayard’s real purpose is a mission for]]> 0 15185 A Day in Judge Cady’s Court Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:23:38 +0000 four-courts-building    On September 15, 1887, a muscular man stood in the First District Police Court listening to Judge Cady.  As he looked out between eyes almost swollen shut and a busted lip, he waited to see if justice would be done.  It was as Judge Cady told the beaten man, “$10 fine for disturbing the peace.  $100 for resisting]]> 0 15195 Lewis Takes Title Back from Munn Thu, 06 Jul 2017 10:23:35 +0000 ed-strangler-lewis-wrestling     On the same day Joe Stetcher wrestled Stanislaus Zbyszko for the recognized version of the World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship in St. Louis, Ed “Strangler” Lewis challenged “Big” Wayne Munn for his disputed Michigan-Illinois World Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.  Lewis dropped the title to Munn in February 1925.  In April 1925, Zbyszko defeated Munn in a famous double-cross.  The match between]]> 0 15071 Caleb Enters Manhood Mon, 03 Jul 2017 10:23:42 +0000 caleb-new-york     Caleb, you turn 18 this week meaning my baby has become a man.  I don’t normally feel old but it does make me realize time is flying by.  You continue to develop into an independent young man charting your own way.  You will do well in life as long as you stay true to your principles.  Challenges are temporary.]]> 0 15178 Detective Desmond Stops Jail Escape Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:23:56 +0000 desmond-1904-heroics     On the morning of Wednesday, July 8, 1885, the Coroner’s Clerk Jimmy Spaulding rushed into the Police Court at the Four Courts building.  Spaulding announced one of the jail inmates waiting in the holding pen had just escaped.  While most of the members of court sat stunned, Detective Billy Desmond jumped to his feet and rushed out of]]> 0 15169 Evan Lewis’ Stranglehold Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:23:27 +0000 evan-lewis-paperback     This post was formally a podcast broadcast in 2015.  In this episode, I discuss what Evan “The Strangler” Lewis’ hold would be called today.      Update – All three of my kids have milestone birthdays this year.  Caitlin is 21, Kenneth will be 18 and Caleb will be 16.  The old man is a proud papa of all]]> 10222 The Phantom (1931) Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:23:01 +0000 guinn-big-boy-williams     On November 1, 1931, Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures released The Phantom (1931), a low-budget thriller.  The film opens with a death row inmates escape from the prison on the day of his execution.  After he jumps from the prison wall to the top of the train, a plane with a rope ladder picks up the prisoner.  While the]]> 15162