Each day we bring you one stunning little glimpse of history in the form of a historical photograph. Enjoy!
Is this William Carney?
Heather,No, it is not William Carney.Was that really your best effort?Sometimes I wonder why I even bother with this contest.PJM
Is it J.W. Curtis?
Karen,Welcome to the game. While I am pleased you are playing, I am sorely dissapointed that your entry is no better than Heather's.Your entry is WRONG!Only I know the identity of the Mystery Person!Ha!PJM
Goodbye, New Year's resolution!
Ha, Nate is in the game this morning.Watch, my friends, as this new year brings humiliation and embarassment to him, as he is unable to win this contest. What a great way to ring in the new year, by defeating the Evil Nate Maas.PJM
What about George Washington Carver?
What about George Washington Carver? I believe he invented Peanut Butter.However, the gentleman pictured is NOT George Washington Carver.Please feel free to ask about any other inventors of food products, but please remember that this is the OPOD mystery person contest where you are supposed to figure out who is in the picture.PJM
Now this is why I love the Saturday contests - you make me laugh right out loud!
It's the first time no one has guessed the mystery person when i'm here, but i've NO IDEAAAS :(
Heather,Thank you for sharing with the world your present state of tickledness.With the giggle out of the way, we would request that you get back on task and figure out who the Mystery person is.Remember, this is a contest, Nate is doubtlessly feverishly working, and if you have a chance you must stay on task.PJM
J-E,Welcome to the contest. You could just throw out the random name of an old black person . . . that apparently is what Heather is doing this morning.PJM
Is it William Still?
My first guess here would be Alexander Augusta, A doctor during the Civil War
Karen,It is not William Still. Don't get discouraged given that this is your second WRONG entry. There is no limit on how many times you can enter, even though maybe there should be.PJM
Charlie B.Weldome to the contest, and it looks like you are following in the footsteps of Heather and Karen, and just throwing out names. Your entry is not correct.I alone know the identity of the Mystery Person.Ha, I will defeat you all this morning.PJM
UPDATE:I must step away from the computer for five minutes and go out to Chickie Town. This being a Gentleman farmer is hard work, especially with no tractor. I must feed and water the chickies and peacocks. The job of gentleman farmer would be much easier if I had the proper equipment. I will be back in five minutes.PJM
W. E. B. DuBois?
Mathan,I return from Chickie town only to find another incorrect entry. You too, are wrong!Chickies and peacocks are fed.PJM
You should have posted a picture of Garrett Morgan, inventor of the gas mask.....that, at least, would have gone along with your picture of the nurses in gas masks.
Heather,We must review the purpose and rules of the contest. My job is to pick the mystery person, and your job is to identify him. Perhaps in a future week we will have a contest where people suggest what I should have posted, but this week, the contest is for you to identify the person I chose, not the person I "should have" chose.PJM
I'm trying to imagine how having a tractor would make it easier to feed the chickies and peacocks.
Anon,If I had a tractor I could drive out to chickie town, instead of having to walk. If the chickies saw me come up on a tractor, it would increase their self confindece, knowing that a real gentleman farmer was at the helm of the operation, doubtlessly increasing egg production.PJM
Is our mystery person Jefferson Long?
Confederate soldier Anthony T. Welters?
Is it Buster McKinney?
Elsie,I regret to inform you that your entry is not correct. It is not Jefferson Long.Wow, lots of wrong answeres this morning.PJM
Mathan,Anthony T. Welters is not going to be a winner this morning.PJM
Karen,Do you really think I would pick a person named "Buster" as the mystery person?Please.Does anyone have a reasonable entry this morning?PJM
Daniel Hale Williams?Dan
Dan,Just because your name is Dan, does not mean that I go out and pick a mystery person named Daniel. I have warned you all in the past that guessing someone with your own first name is not a good strategy.Your entry is not correct.Nate is sure quiet this morning. Perhaps he does not have the courage to even muster up a try this morning. Poor pitiful Nate. What a bad way to start the new year.PJM
mjleggett,It is not Josiah Henson.Also, please note that the first letter of proper names should be capitalized. We take capitalization very seriousely here at OPOD, and would request future entries be formatted properly.PJM
As I must always ask, is this a relative of yours
Anon,Not that I know of.PJM
Nate's eldest son needed a ride to go shooting with his friends. Being a Gentleman Father is hard work, but I'm back.
Ah, is in not just like Nate to blame his lack of success, or should I say, total lack of success in today's contest on some domestic activities.Poor, Poor Nate. Time to face reality. You have been defeated by my superior intellect.PJM
Could it be Thomas Jennings?
Oh boy, when you break your resolutions, you do it in style!
Kristine,It is not Thomas Jennings.However, I do like the name Kristine, and perhaps in the future will have a mystery person contest where the person is Named Kristine, with a "K".PJM
I believe it is Allen Allensworth, your Highness
Pam,PJM is most impressed with the capitalization, formatting and "Your Highness" salutation.With all that said, PJM must inform you that your entry of Allen Allensworth is not correct.PJM likes to be called "Your Highness".PJM
I'll guess the Rev. William Mack Lee.
Dan,It is not Matthew Gaines.Note to Self:Hmmm . . . OPOD readers appear to fall apart when mystery person is black. Perhaps reflects lack of cultural diversity and awareness on part of OPOD readers. Perhaps should try to further exploit this weekness in the future.PJM
The Evil Nate Maas has once again foiled my attempts at this contest. He has correctly identified the Mystery Man as William Mack Lee.William Mack Lee was Robert E. Lee's Slave. Robert E. Lee freed him before the war, but William Mack worked as Robert E. Lee's cook throughout the Civil War. William Mack much loved Robert E. Lee. William Mack said in all the years of service to Lee, Lee only scolded him once. Robert E. Lee had a pet chicken in the Civil War named Nellie. Lee would enjoy a fresh egg every morning from the chicken. Once, when low on supplies, William Mack cooked the chicken for a group of generals visiting Lee. Lee was upset that William Mack had killed his chicken, and really got onto him.Once again, Nate has defeated me. This only strengthens my resolve. Next week I will humiliate him.PJM
I hope you teach your students how to spell weakness.Dan
It's nice to see the old PJM back. Looking forward to many happy returns!
Good going, Nate. I tried my hitand miss technique, wouldn't workthis week.
PJMOn the subject of tractors, I sympathize with you. I too have been trying to justify buying one for several years. I do however own a Kawasaki Mule which is quite handy for things like chicken/peacock food transportation. Ijust wish I had bought the larger one with a power dump bed.Dan
Dan,Oh yes, I have always wanted one of those Mules. I would want it with the little dumper on the back, and a flashing light on top. All my neighbors have one, and ride up and down the street in them. Here, people use them around town to go get the mail and so forth. So far, Mrs. PJM does not see it as a needed item.PJM
Congrats Nate! I thought I knew quite a bit about African American history - my youngest daughter is Black and I've purchased many books over the years of famous Black people and events to read with her. I'm humbled to find out I don't know nearly as much as I thought I did. I kept getting side-tracked by the very interesting information I would stop to read during my research this morning. Thanks PJM for another great contest!
PJM Three years ago I wrecked my motorcycle and did extensive damage to the bike and myself. One of my friends asked if I was going to get anothe bike, I said I would either get a bike or a mule. My wife went the next day and bought me the mule...Dan
Thanks Ray, hit-and-miss is often not a bad technique. Thanks also Heather. I think that is one of my most difficult struggles with the mystery person - if something interesting catches your eye, it's hard to keep searching.
Dan,Ah, brilliant strategy. I should buy a motorcycle, wreck it and almost kill myself, and then Mrs. PJM would see the tractor as a safer alternative. Might be worth a try.PJM
Rev. William Mack Lee was R E Lee Slave and was Free. Rev. William Mack Lee stayed with Lee as a cook throughout civil war. Rev. William Mack Lee Built 5 Churches after the death of R E Lee
I think I agree with Nate, when you decide to break a resolution, you do it with style. Silly me, I thought you were going to dial down mean this year. Some of your responses to your players seemed to cross the line.Perhaps because we cannot see your tongue in your cheek.While I don't play, I do follow and enjoy your blog on a daily basis.Mike P.
Please PJM, don't "dial it down". We who are regulars know and love your tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. Visitors quickly come to learn it's all in jest. What really amazes me is how you manage to get us all to expand our knowledge on a Saturday morning. I had no intention of spending my morning searching the internet, but the more I searched the more interested I became, and I know I'm not alone. Now, if you can do that with adults who work hard all week and consider their weekend time "precious", I can only imagine the enthusiasm you generate with your young students. Please, keep doing what your doing and in the manner in which you have been doing it.