1. His favorite meal was chicken noodle soup, but the noodles had to be flat, not round.

2. He was obsessed with crime and criminals. He had friends in the police department who would call him up if there was a murder or a robbery and they’d let him ride along in the police car to the scene of the crime, and he’d hang around and observe as they did their work. 

3. He hated to wear top hat, white tie and tails. This image was born when he was a child performer in vaudeville with his sister Adele, who was older and taller than him, and because he was supposed to be the man, they decided to put a top hat on him to make him look taller.

4. He picked up skateboarding in his late seventies and was awarded a life membership in the National Skateboard Society. At 78 he broke his wrist while skateboarding in his driveway and was so embarrassed about it that he didn’t want anyone to take a picture of him for as long as he was bandaged up.

5. If he wouldn’t have become a dancer, he would have liked to be a professional golfer.

6. He was an amazing drummer and kept a drum set in his bathroom.

7. He was home-schooled by his mother and only visited public school for two years while living in New Jersey. After his first week there, he could skip a grade.

8. He was good friends with David Niven, Clark Gable, Randolph Scott and James Cagney.

9. He was really self-conscious about his disproportionately large hands and would always curl them while dancing.

10. When he saw himself on the screen for the first time, he said: “Gosh, I look like a knife!” 

11. Second Chorus (1940) was his least favorite of his movies.

12. Kim Novak, his co-star on The Notorious Landlady (1962) gave him a Siamese cat as a gift and he named it Caryle, after her character’s name.

13. Though generally mild-mannered he liked to destroy furniture and throw handy things when he lost his temper.

14. He loved to watch soap operas, his favorites being Guiding Light and As the World Turns and he would call his housekeeper if he couldn’t see the show to find out what had happened.

15. He hated mushy love scenes and rarely kissed on-screen. 

16. He really suffered the fact that he didn’t have a good head of hair.

17. His legs were insured for 75.000 dollars each, a huge amount of money at the time.

18. He had a reputation for being the worst celebrity to interview because he was extremely shy and reserved and refused to talk about himself or share anything about his personal life. In his earliest interviews, he stuttered.

19. He loathed social dancing. 

20. When starring on Broadway as a young man, he used to rollerskate up and down Park Avenue at night, trying to avoid the press who might have spotted him during the day.

21. His wife Phyllis died of cancer shortly before he was supposed to begin filming Daddy Long Legs in 1954, and he was so distressed that he offered to cover any financial losses out of his own pocket if they would shut down production. Eventually he was persuaded to do the movie, but in between takes he would often retrieve to a corner and weep, which is why in some of the scenes his eyes appear swollen and red.

22. He had restless legs syndrome, and even wiggled his toes when he slept.

23. He didn’t exercise.

24. Michael Jackson dedicated his autobiography Moonwalk to Fred.

25. Fred Astaire died of pneumonia on June 22, 1987, on the anniversary of his Easter Parade co-star Judy Garland’s death (June 22, 1969).

Perfect World - Chapter 1

Summary: You have been hunting with Sam, Dean, and Cas for a while, but once you turn 30 you’re torn between loving Dean, wanting out of the hunting business, or just continuing on through life with the boys.  Something unexpected happens that turns your entire world upside down.  How will the Winchesters and Cas handle it, and will anything ever feel the same again?

Perfect World Masterlist - Introduction

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Bright and early the next morning, you were dressed in your fed suit and headed to the local diner for some breakfast.  The three of you hoped that in a community this small, the local gossip would be as good a source as any.

The three of you sat at a booth, the boys across from you, as your waitress came to take your order. You and Sam both got an egg-white omelet with spinach and tomatoes, while Dean got the loaded breakfast.

Sam put his nose in the newspaper he had grabbed while you looked around.  A couple men sat at the counter, seemingly on their way to work. You listened as they spoke.

“Shame for Kevin, man. He’s pulling his hair out over Darlene. He’s got no idea what to do with those kids without her.”

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The Georges

The other day I found out that Lafayette named his only son after George Washington. Georges Washington de La Fayette. This immediately became my new favorite fact.

It also led me on a search to find out if there were other founding family members named after other important people of the time. The highest concentration of this seems to be in the Jefferson family. Thomas Jefferson’s daughter was apparently named both after her own mother and after Martha Washington. Martha Randolph, among her other kids, had three sons named James Madison Randolph, Benjamin Franklin Randolph, and Meriwether Lewis Randolph (born a year after Meriwether Lewis died). One of Sally Hemings’s sons was also named James Madison, so I guess he was a pretty popular guy at the Jefferson house.

I went down the wikipedia rabbit hole for the Washington household and discovered a wonderful possibility. Bear with me here.

Martha Washington had four kids with her first husband, Daniel Parke Custis. One of these kids, John Parke Custis, lived to marry and have kids. He married Eleanor Calvert, had seven kids with her (four of which survived), and then died in 1781. Eleanor kept her two older kids with her and remarried, going on to have 16 more kids (yikes).

The younger two were adopted by George and Martha. Eleanor Parke Custis was 2 and George Washington Parke Custis was only a few months old.

So now we have two George Washingtons living in the same house. Apparently the younger George was nicknamed ‘Wash’.

Fast forward a few years. The Reign of Terror is happening in France, and it’s bad news for the Lafayette family. Many are imprisoned, a few are killed. Little Georges manages to avoid all this. He goes to America to attend Harvard in 1795, and stays there for two years. While he’s there, he’s a house guest in the Washington household, both in Philadelphia and at Mount Vernon.

In 1795, George Custis was 14. He went to school in Philadelphia for some amount of time. Which means that at any given time between 1795 and 1797, there could have been THREE GEORGE WASHINGTONS in the SAME HOUSE. None of which were biologically related.

I am delighted by this possibility.

anonymous asked:

what was jefferson like as a grandfather

Very cool.

Thomas Jefferson had a total of twelve grandchildren to survive to adulthood. Eleven of the twelve were born to Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha, and Thomas Mann Randolph Jr. who served as Governor of Virginia. Martha’s younger sister, Maria, gave birth to her only surving child, Francis Eppes.

  1. Anne Cary Randolph (1791–1826) 
  2. Thomas Jefferson Randolph (1792–1875)
  3. Ellen Wayles Randolph (1796–1876) Named after her deceased older sister (born in 1794 and died 1795).
  4. Cornelia Jefferson Randolph (1799–1871)
  5. Virginia Jefferson Randolph (1801–1882)
  6. Francis Wayles Eppes VII (1801- 1881) The only surviving child of Jefferson’s youngest daughter.
  7. Mary Jefferson Randolph (1803–1876) 
  8. James Madison Randolph (1806–1834)
  9. Benjamin Franklin Randolph (1808–1871) 
  10. Meriwether Lewis Randolph (1810–1837) 
  11. Septimia Anne Randolph (1814–1887) 
  12. George Wythe Randolph (1818–1867) 

Thomas Jefferson enjoyed private time with his family. He never remarried after the death of his wife and their surviving family- daughters, Martha “Patsy” and Maria, and their twelve children- became his refuge and comfort. At the age of 73, he began bringing his grandchildren to Poplar Forest. Two of Martha Jefferson Randolph’s eleven children, Ellen, 19 years old, and Cornelia, 16, spent the most time at Poplar Forest and cherished the days with “Grandpapa.”

Grandfather Jefferson had an impact on every one of his grandchildren. Their pursuit of education, public service, farming, and family is evident in each or their lives:

  • Anne (January 23, 1791– February 11, 1826): Thomas Jefferson’s eldest grandchild and the daughter of Patsy Jefferson Randolph was born at Monticello. Ann died of complications following childbirth five months before her grandfather, on February 11, 1826,4 and was buried in the family graveyard at Monticello.
  • Thomas “Jeff” (1792—1875): born at Monticello, was the eldest son of Martha Jefferson Randolph and the eldest grandson of Thomas Jefferson. His education was supervised by his grandfather. Randolph soon took over the management of his grandfather’s affairs and displayed an aptitude for finance. Randolph became a member of the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia, where he later served as Rector. Among other public offices, Randolph served six terms in the Virginia House of Delegates, where he supported the gradual emancipation and deportation of slaves. Too old to fight during the Civil War, Randolph nevertheless was given a colonel’s commission in the Confederate army, and in 1872 he served as chairman of the National Democratic Convention.Thomas Jefferson Randolph died at Edgehill following a carriage accident on October 7, 1875.
  • Ellen (Eleonora) (October 13, 1796-April 30, 1876): Was the fourth child born to Martha Jefferson Randolph. An accomplished scholar, particularly in languages. Ellen often accompanied Jefferson on trips to Poplar Forest. She was considered the belle of the family and traveled to Richmond, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Philadelphia, where she was popular with her grandfather’s old friends, as well as young gentlemen. Married to Joseph Coolidge in the parlor at Monticello in 1825. Her husband’s business interests took him to China for long periods, leaving Ellen to single-handedly manage the family. It is unfair to say that Thomas Jefferson had a favorite granchild, it is possible that he enjoyed Ellen’s company the most; she was clearly his intellectual heir despite never attending college; for her part she called her grandfather her “earliest best friend”
  • Cornelia (1799-1871) : Born at Monticello and never married, Cornelia was an avid student of her grandfather’s, She learned mechanical drawing from Jefferson and practiced by creating renderings of architectural plans for the University of Virginia. excelling particularly in drawing; taught at a school teaching drawing, painting, and sculpture; tried to prevent the family’s financial situation; buried at the Monticello cemetery. 
  • Virginia (1801-1882): was born at Monticello. Virginia spent much of her childhood at Monticello and occasionally accompanied her grandfather on trips to Poplar Forest. Virginia shared an affinity for music with Jefferson, who bought her a pianoforte from Boston though he could barely afford it. After a youthful romance and long engagement with Nicholas Philip Trist the two were married at Monticello. Virginia and Nicholas’s sisters helped to run the school for young ladies. After her husband’s death in 1874, Virginia lived with one of her three children until her own death in April 1882.
  • Francis (September 20, 1801 - 1881): was the only surviving child of Jefferson’s daughter Maria Jefferson Eppes. In spite of the demands of the office, his grandfaterh took a keen interest in Francis, and the two of them became very devoted to each other. Jefferson became actively involved in Francis’ life. Eppes spent much of his time at Monticello, where Jefferson sought to inspire in him a love of learning. 1829, he became one of the founders of St. John’s Episcopal Church. He was a delegate to the convention when the Episcopal Diocese of Florida was founded in 1838 and served as the secretary of the Diocese for many years.In 1833, Governor William P. DuVal selected Francis as a justice of the peace. He served in the office for six years, striving to bring order to the wild frontier territory. Francis’ wife died in 1835 after the death of their sixth child. Nowhere is Jefferson’s influence on Francis more apparent than in his determination to found an institution of higher learning in Tallahassee. In April 1836 he and his father-in-law, Thomas Eston Randolph, were among a group of men who petitioned the Congress for the establishment of a seminary in the area. The petition failed but Francis was undaunted. Later he would appeal to the Florida Legislature. In 1851, the Legislature passed an act authorizing the establishment of two institutions in the state, one east and one west of the Suwanee River.In 1854, a proposal to locate the western school in the City of Tallahassee was presented to the Legislature and failed to pass. This time the legislature passed the act for the western school to be in Tallahassee. Governor James Emilius Broome approved it on January 1, 1857. This marked the founding of the predecessor of the Florida State University.  Francis died on May 30, 1881, is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando, Florida.
  • Mary (1803-1876): was born at Edgehill on November 2, 1803.1  She spent much of her time at Monticello and occasionally accompanied her grandfather Thomas Jefferson on trips to Poplar Forest. Never marrying, Mary lived at Edgehill, later the home of her older brother Thomas Jefferson Randolph, where she helped her sister-in-law Jane to supervise the household. Mary and her sister Cornelia also visited their other siblings, often serving as nurses during times of sickness. She remained there until her death on March 29, 1876.3
  • James (1806-1834): was the first to ever be born at the White House. Second son of Martha and Thomas Randolph; first child to be ever be born in the White House; graduated from the University Jefferson created; was considered quiet and gentle natured; lived alone and never married; died in his late 20s at his older brother Jeff’s estate.
  • Ben (1808-1871): A delicate child, Benjamin was educated by his mother and sisters and at Mr. Hatch’s school. He was a student at the University of Virginia but the family’s financial difficulties soon caused him to leave college. He soon was back at the University studying medicine. He had been elected three times as the University’s prize essay writer. The Jefferson Society also elected him as a member, and Dr. Dunglison considered him best in his class. Dr. Randolph was a strong supporter of secession and the Confederacy during the Civil War. Benjamin suffered a severe illness and he never fully recovered. Dr. Randolph died on February 18, 1871 and was buried in the graveyard of Christ Church, Glendower, near Keene in Albemarle County.
  • Meriwether (1810-1837): born at Monticello and named for his grandfather’s secretary, the explorer Meriwether Lewis. Randolph studied law and moral and natural philosophy at the University of Virginia but chose to pursue a career on the western frontier. He worked briefly as a clerk for the Department of State before being appointed Secretary of the Arkansas Territory by President Andrew Jackson 
  • Tim (Septimia): Was probably the most widely travelled of the grandchildren; moved with her mother to Boston after her grandfather died, and to Havanna, Cuba after her mother died where she married a Scottish doctor. After visiting Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Scotland, they settled in New York until her husband died. She retired near Edgehill, Virginia and later near Washington, D.C. where she stayed until her death.
  • Geordie (George) (1818-1867): Was born at Monticello and named for his grandfather’s law teacher. George served in the United States Navy and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia.George eventually rose to the rank of Confederate Brigadier General and was nominated as the Confederate secretary of war but constant conflict with Jefferson Davis and Randolph’s own poor health led him to resign. Randolph died of tuberculosis at Edgehill on April 3, 1867, and was buried in the family cemetery at Monticello. 

In a quote from his granddaughter Ellen Randolph, “We saw, too, more of our dear grandfather at those times than at any other… He interested himself in all we did, thought, or read. He would talk to us about his own youth and early friends, and tell us stories of former days. He seemed really to take as much pleasure in these conversations with us, as if we had been older and wiser people.” and later in her life said“After dinner he again retired for some hours, and later in the afternoon walked with us on the terrace, conversing in the same delightful manner, being sometimes animated, and sometimes earnest. We did not leave him again until bed-time, but gave him his tea, and brought out our books or work. He would take his book from which he would occasionally look up to make a remark, to question us about what we were reading, or perhaps to read aloud to us from his own book, some passage which had struck him, and of which he wished to give us the benefit. About ten o’clock he rose to go, when we kissed him with warm, loving, grateful hearts, and went to our rest blessing God for such a friend.”

When Jefferson’s younger daughter Maria died in 1804, her only son, Francis Eppes, was two years old. Jefferson committed himself to Francis, whom he called “the dearest of all pledges,” and took an avid interest in his education. As a teenager, Francis visited Poplar Forest during breaks from New London Academy, located just three miles away.

He used to also organize races on his grounds for all of his grandchildren. 

Democratic Socialism Has Deep Roots in American Life
If the political pundits would look around, they would even discover a significant number of prominent U.S. democratic socialists at work in a variety of fields. These and many other democratic socialists, among them Bernie Sanders, have played an important role in American life.

How else could they miss the existence of a thriving Socialist Party, led by Eugene Debs (one of the nation’s most famous union leaders) and Norman Thomas (a distinguished Presbyterian minister), during the early decades of the twentieth century? Or the democratic socialist administrations elected to govern Milwaukee, Bridgeport, Flint, Minneapolis, Schenectady, Racine, Davenport, Butte, Pasadena, and numerous other U.S. cities? Or the democratic socialists, such as Victor Berger, Meyer London, and Ron Dellums, elected to Congress? Or the programs long championed by democratic socialists that, eventually, were put into place by Republican and Democratic administrations–from the Pure Food and Drug Act to the income tax, from minimum wage laws to maximum hour laws, from unemployment insurance to public power, from Social Security to Medicare?

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