Harry Houdini Born March 24, 1874

Harry-Houdini_Water-TortureHarry Houdini AKA Erik Weisz was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest Hungary.  His parents were Mayer Samuel Weiss a rabbinical lawyer and Cecilia Sterner.  Erik was the fourth of seven children.  The family moved to the United States in 1878 and settled in Appleton Wisconsin where his father got work as a Rabbi.

The position of Rabbi would not last long and the family found themselves living in poverty in Milwaukee.  At this …

Johann Sebastian Bach Born March 21, 1685

BachJohann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685.  Both his mother and father died in less than a year of each other when Bach was ten.  From this point on Bach was raised by his brother Johann Christoph.

At the age of 15 Bach was sent to join a  church choir in Luneburg Germany where he would become a much praised boy soprano.  It was here he would learn both the violin and the …

The Feast Day of Saint Joseph March 19

St_JosephNot very much is known of Saint Joseph or Joseph of Nazareth.  All of the information we have is found in the Gospel of Luke and The Gospel of Matthew.

The Gospel of Matthew tells us in the lineage of Jesus that Joseph’s father’s name was Jacob.  It is believed Joseph was born somewhere around 90 BC in the town of Bethlehem.  Since Joseph was of the lineage of David it is not much of …

Ash Wednesday and Lent

lent-wordcloud_2Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent a time of penance fasting and prayer for Catholics and for some Protestant denominations.

Ash Wednesday is the opening day of Lent on this day some Christians receive ashes on their forehead as a sign of penance.  With the ashes the Priest may say “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel”.

The tradition of receiving ashes …

Bruce Wayne Born February 19, Spotlight On Batman

BruceWayne-BatmanBruce Wayne born February 19.  Bruce Wayne is the son of Physician Thomas Wayne and his wife Martha.  Martha Wayne was a member of the prominent and wealthy Kane family.  Thomas Wayne’s family reaches back as far as the founding of Gotham City.  It was at that time that the Wayne family fortune began to build and continues to build to this day under the guiding hand of Bruce and Lucius Fox.

When Bruce was …

The Phantom Of The Opera On Broadway January 26, 1988

PHANTOM-articleLarge(PCM) The Phantom of the Opera did not get its start on Broadway.  The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical opened On The West End London, at Her Majesty’s Theatre on October 9, 1986.  The West End is London’s equivalent to New York City’s Broadway.

The Phantom however has a much longer history than that.  The Phantom of the Opera was a French novel by Gaston Leroux and was published in 1910 soon drawing a worldwide audience.…

Edgar Allen Poe Born January 19, 1809. Quoth The Raven Nevermore.

edgar-allan-poeEdgar Allen Poe was born on January 19, 1809 to a married couple of traveling actors in Boston.  Soon after his birth both of his parents passed away.

Before reading this we must cast away our preconceived notions of the life of Poe.  For many years it was taught that Poe was an alcoholic, a drug addict and a madman.  The thought being that could some one write such bizarre works like the Tell Tale …

Appreciate A Dragon Day, January 16th

dragon-rider-1-1680x1050The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Flight of Dragons, The Dragon Riders of Pern, How to Train a Dragon and Harry Potter are all books and films that explore dragons in one way or another.

Appreciate A Dragon Day is a day set aside to celebrate this cultural icon

Dragons have been part of culture and mythology for hundred if not thousands of years.  Appreciate a Dragon Day is the …

The Black Dahlia Mystery

The Black Dahlia Mystery

Elizabeth Short was a 22 year old actress whose body was found on January 15, 1947 in a vacant lot in Leimert Park, a suburb of Los Angeles California, brutally murdered.

As far back as the 1800s the press have given names to unknown murderers or murders, Jack the Ripper and The Boston Strangler are two examples of murderers.  Little Lord Fauntleroy and Little Miss Nobody are names the press …

Spotlight On Superman

Many SupermenSuperman was brought to life by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in the mid 1930s.  He made his first public appearance in Action Comics Number 0ne dated June of 1938.

Superman was born as Kal El on the planet Krypton to Jor El and Lara. Jor El was one of Krypton’s leading scientists and as such was an important member of the Science Council, the body of people who ruled the planet.

Though no one …

General Tom Thumb born January 4, 1837

tomthumb1P.T. Barnum had already made a name for himself as a showman before he discovered Tom Thumb.  Barnum had toured the country with a woman who claimed to be George Washington’s nurse and was well over 100 years old.  On that tour he was able to take in about $1500.00 a week, and with that profit Barnum bought a building in New York City that was a museum that had not done well.

Barnum didn’t …

December 4, 1872, The “Mary” Celeste Found Abandoned

MCElesteOn December 4th  1872 the crew of the Dei Gratia was 400 miles off the shores of the Azures when a crew member spotted a ship that seemed to be adrift.  The Captain, David Morehouse recognized the ship as The Mary Celeste which had left New York several days prior to Morehouse’s ship.

The captain tried to hale the Mary Celeste several times without success and so a crew was sent investigate.  What was …