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1350074.  Mon Jun 08, 2020 7:43 am Reply with quote

What links OJ Simpson, Sirhan Sirhan (Robert Kennedy's assassin), and the 1999 Simpsons episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday"?

The answer is former American Football player, Rosie Grier.

Being a giant of a man (6'5", over 20 stone) he played professional football in the US during the 50s and 60s, and when he retired he tried his hand in singing and acting, appearing in such shows as the Love Boat, The Man from UNCLE, and I dream of Jeannie, as well as minor roles in several films.

In 1968 he became a person bodyguard to Roberty Kennedy's wife during his presidential campaign, and after Sirhan Sirhan managed to get his shots off, Grier was able to tackle him and subdue him, and then had to protect him from people who wanted to hurt him immediately.

Grier was ordained as a minister in the 80s and has written books to inspire other people, and when OJ Simpson was jailed pending his trial Grier visited him in jail for a Bible session. During this visit a guard claims to have heard Simpson admit to the murder, and that Grier implored him to come clean. When this evidence was given in court the defence successfully argued that a discussion between inmates and clergy was protected and therefore inadmissable, so when the guard was put in front of the jury he could only claim that he heard a statement, but not what it was.

Grier continued appearing on a number of shows, and ended up appearing as himself on an episode of the Simpsons when Home and Bart and others get to go to the Superbowl.

Grier was also known for his hobbies of needlepoint and macrame, and has even released a book called "Rosey Grier's Needlepoint for Men".

1350093.  Mon Jun 08, 2020 2:43 pm Reply with quote

As shoehorns go, that was an interesting one!

1350098.  Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:31 pm Reply with quote

It occurred to me to wonder how a man came to be called "Rosey" in the first place. Just so that no one else has to waste 30 seconds of their lives looking it up, his proper given name is Roosevelt.

It must be assumed that Rosey Grier's own political positions do not echo those of the parents who named him Roosevelt, because he is a Republican who once considered running for Governor of California.

1350167.  Tue Jun 09, 2020 3:48 pm Reply with quote

Theodore Roosevelt, and all his branch of the family, were Republicans, though they'd probably be thought of as radical leftists by the current crop. Franklin D Roosevelt was somewhat shunned by that branch when he ran as a Democrat.

1364521.  Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:59 am Reply with quote

Resurrecting the weird S links, this one is about the "splitting o'hares", linking dog racing, Al Capone, WWII and Chicago's international airport...

We start with a gentleman from St Louis named Edward O'Hare, who married his sweetheart Selma in 1912 and they lived above his wife's father's grocery store and had 3 children.

To improve their lives, Edward decided to study law, and finally passed the Missouri bar in 1923 and joined a law firm.

He got work representing Owen P Smith, who recently invented the mechanical hare for dog racing, and even started operating dog tracks on his behalf. This work became very lucrative, and allowed Edward to move his family into a grand house with a pool and a skating rink.

Edward divorced his wife and moved to Chicago, and with his background in dog racing, it perhaps became inevitable that he got involved with Al Capone, and increased his fortune through his business dealings in Chicago.

One day Edward came home to find his son, Butch, sprawled on a couch reading books and eating banana layer cake and doughnuts. Deciding the boy was becoming lazy, Edward enrolled him at Western Military Academy.

Around this time, perhaps as a way to teach his son to live a good life or to help get him a position at the academy, Edward contacted the IRS and helped them convict Capone by pointing them to the book keeper and helping decipher the code within. He also tipped the prosecution that the jury had been rigged.

Edward was assassinated in 1939, a week before Capone was due to be released, his car was shot with a volley of rounds as he stopped at an intersection. His killers were never found.

His son, Butch, qualified as a Naval pilot a few weeks later, and as the US entered WWII he proved himself as a skilled and brave pilot. He was cited and awarded honours for various exploits, and he became the first naval aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honour when he single handed attacked a formation of 9 Japanese planes targeting air carriers and was able to shoot down some, while disabling the others sufficiently to stop them from achieving their mission.

Sadly Butch died as he led a pioneering night time mission to stop Japanese bombers from attacking US bases, leaving behind a young wife and a young daughter only a few months old.

His actions earned him several medals, as well as having a destroyer named after him. Perhaps the best known legacy in his name was that in 1949 Chicago decided to name their airport O'Hare International Airport, the seventh biggest airport in the world by number of passengers (2019 numbers).


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