Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, the early years

Leonard Nimoy, best known for his portrayal of Mr. Spock on Star Trek, passed away today.  

He was born in 1931, so the first instance of him in the US Census would be 1940.  The census has him listed as a female, the Grand Daughter of his maternal grandfather, Samuel Spinner.

Year: 1940; Census Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1661; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 15-129 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.
Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.

He made the local paper during WWII, learning about water purification.

The Boston Herald - February 21, 1942
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He wasn't just a science nerd.  He also had a thing for language.

The Boston Herald - February 28, 1946
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You have lived long and prospered.  Now rest in peace.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Tape A Concert - Make A Mint

I was recently listening to Elton John's 11-17-70 and wanted to find out a bit more about it.  It was an album that performed live in a studio and broadcast on the radio.  Tapes were made into the album that was released in April of 1971.  Several bootlegs of the show were available.  Which made me wonder what they were and what the quality was.

That led me to do some research in some newspaper archives. yielded this interesting look at bootlegging from the Trenton Evening Times, June 13, 1971.  The image of The Stones' boot album is rather blurry.  I'm assuming that the microfilm of the paper was of poor quality.  I added a clear image that I found at

Since the ad for Hal's Stereo Sound Center appeared on the same page as the article I thought it would be fun to look at what was available at the time.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

My blogs

It was time to pull all of my blogs together.  You know, a one stop shop for all things Mark.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

30 or so years

About 30 years ago I met Mark Cramer at the Perkins School of Piano Tuning and Technology in Elyria, Ohio.

He flew into Knoxville to tend to some piano business.  We met for dinner and spent hours talking and catching up.  We could have spent many more.

Twin sons from different mothers?

Since his lovely wife, Cheryl, didn't join him on this trip, he was Caroline's date.

If you squint really hard and use a lot of imagination you'll see a photo of Edison on Angie's phone.

Thanks, Mark, for taking the time to look me up and suggesting we get together.  We shouldn't have waited 30 years to do this.

If you need a piano tuned, I'd highly recommend contacting Mark at Note: This service is primarily for potential clients in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ralph G. Ringey

Ralph G. Ringey is my first cousin, twice removed. I never met him because he died 17 years before I was born. He enlisted and served in the Air Corp.  He died in action in Italy.  Here are some newspaper articles and documents that give a bit of a look into his young life.

In 1940 we find Ralph living with his folks in Pittsfield, Mass.  He's a student.
1940 Pittsfield, Massachusetts City Directory

War has come and he enlists.

Then he weds.
Springfield Republican - February 15, 1944
Typical news story of the time.  Local boy makes good.

Berkshire Evening Eagle - June 16, 1944

This story ran three days after Ralph died.

Berkshire Evening Eagle - October 20, 1944

Springfield Republican - November 1, 1944

Plattsburgh Press-Republican - November 7, 1944

In the following article I have not included the names of all 60 War Dead, just the group of names that includes Ralph.
Boston Herald - August 24, 1948

Berkshire Evening Eagle - September 17, 1948