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Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: July 13, 2020 06:34PM
Nothing stands out for me.

No time limit on the lineage.



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: July 13, 2020 06:57PM
How distant?

The Vilna Gaon for me, but that's hundreds of years ago.
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 13, 2020 06:58PM
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pRICE cUBE
Nothing stands out for me.

Me, neither. And I hope that it stays that way.



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: testcase
Date: July 13, 2020 07:07PM
Adam


(Eve's husband)


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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: rgG
Date: July 13, 2020 07:16PM
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Adam


(Eve's husband)


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Eve, Adam's better half. grinning smiley





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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: July 13, 2020 07:19PM
How recent? My dad supposedly traced us back to a cousin of Sir William Wallace (assuming nobody cheated over 700 years).



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 13, 2020 07:31PM
My wife's uncle was Tiburcio Carias Andino, he was president of Honduras from 1933-1949, creating the National Party in the process. He would be their FDR.

The best I can offer up for me was from 350 years ago - Marie Grandin (1651-1715), she was a Filles du Roi (King's Daughter). That made her one of 768 women who King Louis XIV of France sent to help colonize New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673. I can only imagine what Quebec was like when she arrived only 50-60 years after it was founded.

Closer in time would be my father, James Alfred Thompson, he was on the first bobsled down the 1932 run at Lake Placid, NY. His army group built the run in advance of the Olympics. In 1937, he was a Sitdown Striker against GM in Flint, Mi to become a founding member of the United Auto Workers.



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: steve...
Date: July 13, 2020 07:41PM
i have a distant cousin who was chained to a truck in a Mad Max movie. I've never met him.


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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: July 13, 2020 07:49PM
Carmen Miranda is a 3rd cousin once removed.



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 13, 2020 07:51PM
....'Turner & Hooch'........related to Hooch.......



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: July 13, 2020 08:00PM
[Struck]

...Had second thoughts about putting this one out there.







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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: p8712
Date: July 13, 2020 08:06PM
12% of us should be related to Genghis Khan
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: July 13, 2020 08:09PM
My aunt did genealogy research and determined we're somehow related to a founder of the green bay packers. I assume most of the state can make such a claim.



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 13, 2020 08:19PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
How recent? My dad supposedly traced us back to a cousin of Sir William Wallace (assuming nobody cheated over 700 years).

My partner's family on her dad's side are Wallaces. William Wallace's clan, and more recently Bigfoot Wallace. Texas Ranger [en.wikipedia.org]

Now, I'm adopted, so no effing idea. But my "family" on dad's side, believe it or not, Torvald the Lustfull, Viking pillager king. And several that came over on the Mayflower. Might be some crossing over of family tree branches in the 1600s. Mom is a direct descendant of Governor John H. Mickey of Nebraska. We have a very large sterling tea service from the governor's mansion with the Nebraska seal on it. And I have an invitation card for when his daughter Mary Nain Mickey, the sponsor and christener of the USS Nebraska BB-16, built here in Seattle. Part of the Great Fleet.



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: hal
Date: July 13, 2020 08:20PM
Marty Sklar was my father's cousin. He was one of the top people at Disney. He started as editor of the newspaper that was published and distributed on Main St Disneyland and rose to be the guy in charge of the parks worldwide. He was an awesome guy. Once I made him tell me the whole story. It took over an hour and it was really amazing.

I remember going to his place as a kid in the late 60s and he would entertain the kids by showing Disney cartoons in the garage. A movie projector and a screen. This was 20 years before everyone had a VCR in their home - my friends didn't believe me when I told them.

[en.wikipedia.org]

oh, and I have a cousin that had a recurring role in Babylon 5.

Our grandfather was one of the top people in the world of tobacco, but he wasn't famous.

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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Golfer
Date: July 13, 2020 08:21PM
Johnny Appleseed (Chapman) is supposedly an uncle on up the line somewhere.
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Spiff
Date: July 13, 2020 08:23PM
Cool about the Babylon 5! I remember that character.

I am certain that I am seven degrees away from Kevin Bacon...
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: tronnei
Date: July 13, 2020 08:36PM
Related by marriage: My wife's great-uncle (her dad's uncle) was Chief Justice Warren Burger. I had a couple of chances to meet him but I missed it both times. I had my father-in-law get him to sign some stuff for me:

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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: davemchine
Date: July 13, 2020 08:58PM
Does booze running during prohibition count? They did a little time.



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: July 13, 2020 09:01PM
The Bucher Meetinghouse at Elizabethtown College in PA is named for my great grandfather.
This foreign boy has deep PA Dutch roots.
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: July 13, 2020 09:11PM
Alexander Hamilton is the only one I know of.



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Cary
Date: July 13, 2020 09:23PM
My great great Uncle - Sir John Monash
General Sir John Monash, GCMG, KCB, VD; 27 June 1865 – 8 October 1931) was a civil engineer and an Australian military commander of the First World War. He commanded the 13th Infantry Brigade before the war and then, shortly after its outbreak, became commander of the 4th Brigade in Egypt, with whom he took part in the Gallipoli campaign. In July 1916 he took charge of the newly raised 3rd Division in northwestern France and in May 1918 became commander of the Australian Corps, at the time the largest corps on the Western Front. The successful allied attack at the Battle of Amiens on 8 August 1918 was planned by Monash and spearheaded by British forces including the Australian and Canadian Corps under Monash and Arthur Currie. Monash is considered one of the best allied generals of the First World War and the most famous commander in Australian history.

He has a statue in Melbourne of him on a horse. When we were kids, and we played Monopoly, we all wanted the horse playing piece because of that.

My great grandfather - Wilhelm Fliess
Wilhelm Fliess was a German Jewish otolaryngologist who practised in Berlin. He developed highly eccentric theories of human biorhythms and a possible nasogenital connection that have not been accepted by modern scientists. He is today best remembered for his close personal friendship and theoretical collaboration with Sigmund Freud, a controversial chapter in the history of psychoanalysis.

My brother-in-law - manages U2, Madonna and others.
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: vicrock
Date: July 13, 2020 09:23PM
Not exactly famous - but Uncle Henry was known for his 8 wives (not all at once) and was known at the lodge as Henry the 8th
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: July 13, 2020 09:30PM
Uncle who was a lead chemist on the Manhattan Project.

Even among the various distinguished and honored and award-winning ones, he's acknowledged to have been the most important. He saved the world.
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: Don C
Date: July 13, 2020 10:04PM
Dad was honored by Baraboo, WI as the "six million dollar man" because of the money he had a hand in acquiring for the hospital, the Methodist Church, the Baraboo Housing Authority (has a low income apartment building named for him), and the Baraboo Development Corp. Probably some other organizations that were better off because of him. He may have had an impact on the early growth of the Circus World Museum on the grounds of the Ringling Bros Circus.

Important guy in a small town.
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: Z
Date: July 13, 2020 10:15PM
One of my uncles got us back to Charlemagne...
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 13, 2020 10:22PM
....Neanderthal man......



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: July 13, 2020 10:32PM
Oh, my mom semi-confirmed that my grandfather was at least partly the basis for the sawmill manager in Twin Peaks by saying the show was trash and refusing to watch it (even though Snoqualmie Falls was 150 miles away, and the location Agent Cooper identified* seems to be Metaline Falls, Eastern WA).

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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 13, 2020 10:36PM
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 13, 2020 11:08PM
I had an uncle (no joke) who wrote a book, some would say THE book, on quantum mechanics. Interesting in no small part for the fact that he was a bio/organic chemist, and not a physicist.

And one of my nephews is slowly but surely making a mark as a filmmaker. He's got a documentary which is currently at #5 on iTunes list of documentaries. I haven't seen it myself yet, but I've heard it's good and the reviews seem to agree.




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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: lost in space
Date: July 13, 2020 11:30PM
The most interesting person I knew was my wife's late father. He was a physicist; taught at Kansas University for decades. One of his summer research projects was to find the temperature of the moon's surface using red shift, back in the 60s. He was almost finished when Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. He was also an accomplished violinist, playing from the age of 6 until a stroke at the age of 92. He was an avid birdwatcher and traveler. When the weather was bad in Kansas, he and his wife went down to the apartment they kept in Mexico. He designed and built a synthesizer for a violin. Late in life as a widower, he went blind, but still entertained. He was the kindest man I ever met, and was the quintessential absent-minded professor.







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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 14, 2020 12:01AM
My lineage is well enough known that none of us would ever attempt to write or publish under the family name. Some have published under pseudonyms but never achieved more than the fact they actually became published.
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Buzz
Date: July 14, 2020 01:05AM
My great, great grandfather was also the great grandfather of one of TV’s greatest, if not the greatest, detective.....

Should be royalty around here for inspiring perhaps Leader’s most anticipated line during almost every MacWorld Expo he presented at....

So how good of a detective are you...? Can you name the famous line?
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: GGD
Date: July 14, 2020 03:29AM
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So how good of a detective are you...? Can you name the famous line?
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: July 14, 2020 07:31AM
Had a Revolutionary War relative who operated a ferry taking anyone who could pay, British or Continental soldier, like the guy in the film "The Outlaw Josie Wales"
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: Mike Sellers
Date: July 14, 2020 08:35AM
John Lennon...immigrated here in the early 1700s. Yeah, not THE John Lennon but who knows?

We all go back to the same pair of monkeys at some point.
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: July 14, 2020 09:11AM
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davemchine
Does booze running during prohibition count? They did a little time.
Ha! This is awesome. I've always had a fascination for the non-violent rule breakers. I'd rather have a connection to one of those than the politicians/actors.

Both my parents were single children, so no direct aunts, uncles cousins. 23andMe says the lineage is mainly Swede and northern European with a lot of action across that North Sea.



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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: Beam Me Up Scotty
Date: July 14, 2020 09:50AM
I think I have everyone beat here. This is my second cousin:

Greg Scarpa

[en.wikipedia.org]

"Gregory Scarpa Sr. (May 8, 1928 – June 4, 1994) nicknamed The Grim Reaper and also The Mad Hatter, was an American capo and hitman for the Colombo crime family and an informant for the FBI. During the 1970s and 1980s, Scarpa was the chief enforcer and a veteran hitman for Colombo boss Carmine Persico. Scarpa committed three murders in 1991 and is suspected to have committed a minimum of 80 murders from the early 1950s to 1992. He was sentenced to life in prison in 1993 for murder, and died in prison on June 4, 1994. Scarpa is believed by the FBI to have murdered 100 to 120 people."

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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 14, 2020 10:10AM
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 14, 2020 10:19AM
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Does booze running during prohibition count? They did a little time.


My uncle (with Dad's assistance on occasion) ran booze from Canada across the lower tip of Lake Huron during prohibition. I forgot about that until your post.



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: July 14, 2020 10:21AM
Walt Disney is (was) a distant cousin. There’s a family tree chart at the Disney Family Museum, and surnames do line up.
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: July 14, 2020 10:38AM
Chevy Chase, MD was founded by my ancestor with a land grant from the Baron of Baltimore. His grandfather arrived in the New World as an indentured slave in 1632.

I have the linked ancestor's autobiography somewhere. My aunt has his battle sword from the civil war. His troops loved him because he was careful and didn't get them slaughtered.

[en.wikipedia.org]

My dad is well known in the field of Flood prediction for his seminal work on the Missouri river flood in 1972 (I helped him with some of his field work and analyses), and his scientific proofs that the current (and still) flood control methods make floods worse. His 1973 paper gets cited all over the place.

Dad's brother's work on fossil organisms is cited in a variety of studies that helped prove plate tectonics. He did a lot of work in Canada and the Outer Hebrides. Entirely coincidentally he had more red hair than his brothers, his wife is a red head, and all four of his daughters are red heads. They were often mistaken for locals in the islands. My cousins had quite the scottish burr when they came back after a couple of years.

And my grandfather is famous in a small part of Long Island for saving the Shinnecock Indian territory from a rapacious developer who tried to steal it from them in the 60's. He rallied the locals and got the whole corrupt scheme involving local government officials overturned. The tribe made him an honorary chieftain for it, and he would attend their annual ceremonies in his full outfit. Which went back to the tribe upon his death.


And finally there was a poorly known outlaw in the Oklahoma territory who was probably related, who robbed a few stages and then worked as a school teacher. And was known for shooting the clock in the schoolhouse because it annoyed him. I can relate to him when the alarm goes off in the morning.
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: July 14, 2020 10:45AM
Wife is related to James Madison's (4th US President) wife Dolley.

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My dad is well known in the field of Flood prediction for his seminal work on the Missouri river flood in 1972 (I helped him with some of his field work and analyses), and his scientific proofs that the current (and still) flood control methods make floods worse. His 1973 paper gets cited all over the place.

Would he be cbelt2?
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: July 14, 2020 10:54AM
My Great Great Grandfather was the mayor of McKees Rocks, PA. There are two streets named after him and his wife, Frank and Lilly. He was also the owner of a regional wagon manufacturing business.



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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: chopper
Date: July 14, 2020 11:22AM
My like 7 times over grandpa was a drummer boy in the Revolutionary War. Left France with Lafayette at age 14, stayed on here in the USA, went on to work a whaling ship then a cabinetmaker on the east coast. His wife was given a revolutionary war spousal pension.
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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: rz
Date: July 14, 2020 11:26AM
I have a cousin who is an actor. He was in a soap opera for a few years and has had a few movie roles. My wife's mother's family are descended from a very famous "wild west lawman". Same last name.

My dad basically invented something that's probably in a lot of your houses. He didn't become rich from it (but his company made a LOT of money from it), but he was given a substantial bonus. After his passing, I was able to estimate it was probably in the mid six figures.
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: July 14, 2020 11:34AM
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RgrF
My lineage is well enough known that none of us would ever attempt to write or publish under the family name. Some have published under pseudonyms but never achieved more than the fact they actually became published.

You share a relation with that heavyweight? Wow, I can understand the pseudonym in that case.
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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: timg
Date: July 14, 2020 11:35AM
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NewtonMP2100
....Pocohantas [ .15% Native American ]......

You're related to Elizabeth Warren? Congrats!



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Re: Who is your most famous or interesting relative?
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: July 14, 2020 11:37AM
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RgrF
My lineage is well enough known that none of us would ever attempt to write or publish under the family name. Some have published under pseudonyms but never achieved more than the fact they actually became published.

Now you have us really curious, RgrF! Can you at least give a hint to the type of notoriety it's related to?



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Re: Who is your most famous, infamous, or interesting relative?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: July 14, 2020 01:13PM
I am 6th cousins with John Rockefeller IV. Which, if you know your math and genealogy, makes me 999,999th in line for the $$. We do share the middle name though it'll die with me as nobody on our branch has it anywhere and my late great aunt was the last with it as a surname.
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