Con Man Movies and The Real Guys Who Inspired Them

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  Chameleon Street What does a Houston Oilers wide receiver, a physician at Henry Ford Hospital, a lawyer in Saginaw, a first year medical student a Yale University, and an All-Star football player from the University of Michigan Have in common? Give up? I will tell you. They are same person. That’s right you heard me correctly they are all…

The Mystery Of Sandy Island

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Sandy Island. An Island the size of Manhattan,  discovered in 1876,  had disappeared.   During the  25  day  expedition led by Maria Seton, a young scientist from University of Sydney,  to the Coral Sea aboard the Australian research vessel,  the RV Southern Surveyor.They noticed several maps showed a long black island where the onboard map showed nothing, but open sea. Maria…

Cmdr John Mape KIA

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In 1966,Cdmr John Mape took off from the aircraft Carrier, the USS Ticonderoga in another combat run. Piloting the  Douglas Attack Sky Raider (A-1H) Cmdr Mape and leading  “Mape’s Apes”  of the Attack Squadron 52, Carrier Air Wing 5, was to take part in Operation Rolling Thunder. During this operation the Ticonderoga’s air group delivered over 8,000 tons of ordnance in…

Ivanhoe’s Black Balls

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The Ivanhoe reservoir in In Los Angeles is actually a part of the Silver Lake reservoirs.  The Ivanhoe reservoir is separated from Silver Lake by a spillway. The lower lake was named after the 1906 Water Board Commissioner at the time, Herman Silver, and the upper boy was named after the Sir Walter Scott Novel, Ivan hoe.  Both of the…

Walter Potter’s Whimisical Taxidermy

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Walter Potter (1835 -1918), the son of the proprietors of the Bramber, Sussex pub, the White Lion, became a taxidermist at the tenderage. His first attempt at taxidermy was preserving the body of his own pet canary.  At the age of 19, after perusing an illustrated book of children’s rhymes his sister Jane showed him, he created the diorama “The…

The California Academy of Sciences

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The California Academy of Sciences is not only among the world’s  largest  natural history museum, it is a pretty awesome place to visit.  The Academy has a long and varied history that includes helping out during World War 11 (they repaired and fixed the US Navy’ optics). It houses a rainforest dome, Steinhart Aquarium, Africa hall, Planetarium. There is Foulcault…