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That's a really young picture of Walter Brennan, when he had lots more hair.  He was my mother's boss's first cousin.  Billy Connery, who was a Congressman from Lynn, MA between 1923 and 1937 (his death), was Walter's cousin and neighbor.  Their mothers were sisters.  They lived a couple of miles from each other.  Before Billy went into pollitics, he was an actor too, traveling with a George M. Cohan theatrical company and being stage manager for theaters locally.  Did you know Walter had run a pineapple plantation in Central America, among his other trades, before he came to Hollywood?  Lawrence Quirk, the Hollywood writer, has a lot about him in his books. Larry Quirk was their nephew.

 

Billy, BTW, was the author of the wage and hour bill of 1938 (it was signed after his death; it established the minimum wage and the 40-hour week); and was the congressman who put the guard on the Tomb of the Unknowns (when it was still the Unknown Soldier's tomb) in 1926.  My mother said he had been to an event in the Amphitheater at Arlington Cementery, and came into the office furious because he'd seen two girls sitting on the tomb with their legs crossed, getting their picture taken.  "That will never happen again," he said.  They put in the bill that afternoon and it was passed unanimously.  The original hours were in daylight and the guard was gone when the cemetery closed in the evenings, but it was extended to 24 hours during World War II.

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What interesting photos!  First we get Yul Brynner and Eugene Mazzola-bet he’s heard plenty of oil jokes-really looking like the father and son they played.  Then there’s Woody Strode in a scene from Sergeant Rutledge showing us in that one pose what his character was all about.  Sinatra and Welles are the real “odd couple”.  Finally the young Walter Brennan plus all that info about his family and why we working folks and veterans should be grateful to then.  Good work everybody! 

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And let us not forget the picture of that dude with the big ears and thin mustache stride that cool old Harley-Davidson motorcycle down there too, wouldbestar! 

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Yul Brynner, both young and with hair!! What a weird looking guy! He certainly did the right thing by shaving his head and getting old. :)

 

I guess Fred here must've missed my mentioning the other day of how "we all go through those gangly years" after you posted those pics of James Dean in the late-40s, eh Joe?! ;)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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DARRYL HICKMAN is 83 today

 

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LAIRD CREGAR  (1913 - 1944)

 

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ANN DORAN  (1911 - 2000)

 

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JOE E. BROWN  (1892 - 1973)

 

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HAPPY BIRHDAY

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ROBERT FULLER is 81 today

 

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RICHARD EGAN  (1921 - 1987)

 

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Birthday boy William Powell was in a relationship with Jean Harlow for two years before her death and paid for her funeral, costing $30,000. For many years Powell made sure fresh flowers were always present at her grave.

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