Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mystery Person

Let the Games Begin. Who is the person in the unusual pose?

23 comments:

  1. Al Jolson?

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  2. J Edgar Hoover
    Pam

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  3. Welcome to the game.

    Pope George . . . not Al Johnson

    Pam

    Not J.E.H.

    The game continues.
    PJM

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  4. Actor Paul Muni? He starred in a movie called "I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang". Kind of resembles him, but I don't know.

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  5. Ha! No one is getting is.

    It is not Curly Lambeau

    PJM

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  6. There is only one correct answer possible and it is in my possession: The subject is, of course, Billy Sunday. Jim Smith

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  7. Jim,

    WE HAVE# A WINNER. Billy Sunday, one of the first big time tent revival preachers. At the time it was said that he had spoken to more people than anyone who had ever lived.

    Good job.

    PJM

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  8. Well done Jim. I didn't have a
    clue with this one.

    Good photo PJM.

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  9. I would like a new rule with the Mystery Person contest. if anyone guesses within one hour, then another contest must be started. What am I to do with my entire Saturday if my day is over with a quick correct answer.

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  10. Billy was also a major league ball player early in the 20th (or the late 19th century). Before there was any money in it, anyway. In fact in that pic of him posted today, which is characteristic of his very physical style of sermonizing, he looks like he's winding up to make a pitch. Jim Smith

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  11. He's all probably made a pitch or two right there - I understand that's him coming out of the White House in 1920.


    Years later in the 60's Sinatra used to sing about him in the song Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)-- "The one town Billy Sunday couldn't shut down".

    Billy was a very big supporter of Prohibition.

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  12. Ross: White House in 1920? I doubt it. Maybe some other year. Wilson was still President and not only wasn't he seeing many people (slowly recovering from that bad stroke the previous Fall, Wilson was a very dour fellow. He wasn't the kind of guy to suffer fools gladly, even famous ones.

    "Elmer Gantry" was loosely based on Billy Sunday. Jim

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  13. Ross, Jim,
    The picture was taken in front of the white house, and taken on 2/20/1922
    PJM

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  14. Jim-


    I stand corrected - Wikipedia's caption on the photo is incorrect, they have it February of 1920, when it should be 1922. And due to the popularity of Wikipedia that's what's splashed all over the internet as opposed to the Library of Congress

    Billy was invited to the White House by Woodrow, but that was earlier in 1915.

    Wilson was dour but he was a politician which may have accounted for their meeting. And by many accounts Wilson had a bit of a megalomanical streak in him, he thought he was ordained by Providence to be President.


    This all must have made for some interesting dinner conversation.

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  15. I think it's pose of Japanese "KABUKI"

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  16. Corrected that Wiki date. Love your blog PJM.

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  17. Those looked like great days. I wish I had lived in that era, before the depression.

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