Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mystery Man

Finally it is Saturday and Mystery Person contest. This is where I waste your valuable day off. Ready, Set, Go!

47 comments:

  1. Welcome back to the game, Heather. Unfortunately your entry is not a winner.
    PJM

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  2. Sorry Heather, you must be rusty after several months away. Another non-winner.
    PJM

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  3. One more guess, then I have to leave for awhile....is it William Ashley?

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  4. Heather, your latest entry is not correct.
    PJM

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  5. Is it Eliphalet Remington?

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  6. David,
    Ha! Not a correct entry.

    Perhaps I will win this week!
    PJM

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  7. Is it Ned van Duzer's cranky old uncle Herman?

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  8. Joe,
    Nice try. Nope we still do not have a winner.
    PJM

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  9. Hain't got a clue this week. But he looks not very robust,like he might have chronically ill. And he has the hair and the eyes of a poet. However he made his mark it was indoors, sitting down.

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  10. On the contrary, PJM, from my observation here, and research, it appears that we do have a winner, who will prove to be you.

    I'm guessing today's is a photo from your family or friend's album, and exists (existed) no where else?

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  11. Joe,
    No it is a known, famous person.
    PJM

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  12. Hello PJM

    Might this perhaps be Christian Sharps.

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  13. Okay, I'm back....How about Hiram Maxim?

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  14. Hmmmm PJM must be napping - can't blame him, it's a good day for napping.

    The photo might also be William C. Church.

    I think I'll go take a nap too...

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  15. Sorry for my delay in responding . . . I was in fact napping.

    It is not Benjamin Henry

    And not Maxim

    And not Church.

    Ha! I go to sleep and still you all do not find the answer.

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  16. Is it Jim Bridger?

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  17. I think you should give us a clue....

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  18. Heather! You should know by now, no clues will be given.
    PJM

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  19. So, we are all barking up the wrong tree......

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  20. I think he looks like Walt Whitman
    Pam

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  21. Another incorrect guess.

    Hmmm . . . a few more hours and I win.
    PJM

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  22. Just got home from a long day at work... I will guess Confederate General John Bell Hood. Final Answer. Lifeline?

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  23. An aged Robert E. Lee?

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  24. Looks like you won this time.

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  25. CONTEST CLOSED

    I Win!

    There was no correct entry in 24 hours.

    The person was:

    The Railroad Magnate Mark Hopkins

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  26. Mr. PJM,
    Congratulations!

    (Famous and everything, sure enough.)

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  27. Congratulations! The first win, as long as I have been following you at least.

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  28. Congrats, PJM! Things are improving for you - a tractor soon will be yours if things continue in this fashion!

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  29. The Mystery Photo is bad for my health! I'm going to have to lurking on Saturdays.

    Since I can't check the contest until late morning at the earliest, the contest is usually over but I enjoy reading the impressive guesses and repartee. I'd like to play but I can only lurk most of the time.

    I think this is PJM's second win, and the second time I had an opportunity to research and venture a guess. As in the previous case, I learned a fair amount in the process, but struck out. Again. I was surveying 19th century literature, politicians, inventors...nada.

    The best chance to have guessed this person would be to have a connection to SF or knowledge of railroad history. And I actually had a tangential RR pursuit when I looked up Webb C. Ball on a hunch.

    I think a common and important aspect of both of PJM's wins is that the photos were formal portraits, absent of almost any external context. Some of the best guesses have been derived from such incidental clues. Absent those clues, the game seems to be a lot harder.

    I don't want to admit how much time I spent yesterday (compulsively) hoping that my next hunch provide the answer. So, for the sake of time management and my mental health, I'm going to leave the game to the "pros" and wait till Sundays to check the game.

    Good luck all!

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  30. Congrats on your win, PJM. Enjoy your triumph to the fullest because you won't win again for a very long time(if ever!). LOL!

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  31. Thanks go to Nate for sitting this round out and giving PJM a chance.
    I like you winning PJM but I like when Nate wins and foils your plans.

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  32. Oh sure, take Nate's side. I am sure he was playing. Sitting in front of his keyboard, quivering at the brilliance of my selection, and unable to muster the courage of even a guess. Yes, that is what happened. I defeated Nate. Oh yes, I defeated Nate.
    PJM

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  33. Heather,
    Well said!
    :)

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