A good rule of thumb is never to sit across the table from someone called “Honest John” when he’s dealing cards.
But John French, a 19th century builder who did extensive work in Brooklyn — including the Brooklyn Academy of Music — came by his nickname, well, honestly. He was known by his contemporaries for “mixing mortar with conscience,” according to an article in the Republican Watchman of 1876. (more…)
50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
Franz Stangl, the former commandant of the Treblinka and Sobibór extermination camps, was arrested in São Paulo, Brazil.
The United States performed a nuclear test at a site in Nevada.
The movie version of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore was released.
Frank Sinatra and producer Jimmy Bowen won Grammy Awards for “Strangers in the Night.”
Actor George Eads of CSI fame was born in Fort Worth, Texas.
And on Shelter Island . . . (more…)
Sometimes a delicious snack is preferable to a full meal.
That’s something Patricia and Edward Shillingburg knew when they released their three volumes of “Dering Letters” early this year. (more…)