The Christine Jorgensen Story

Christine Jorgensen

These days, everyone is having their sex changed. Bruce becoming Caitlyn wasn’t that big of a deal, but back in the early 1950:s, things were different. So different, in fact, that it would require a trip to Denmark for a man to become a woman.

Christine Jorgensen was a person who was born a man and was the first person to become widely known in the United States for having sex reassignment surgery. Today I have her story!

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Ouija Board, Lego and Mr. Potato Head

Toys from the past

Imagine an old man who does a podcast. He decides to travel down memory lane and talk about the toys of his youth. Will the younger listeners roll their eyes and listen to something else?

On today’s show I am going to talk about three toys that were incredibly popular in my day; Ouija Boards, Lego and Mr. Potato Head. I am sure that anyone over the age of 40 has played with some or all of these at one time or another.

So, I wish happy holidays and happy New Year to all. I hope all your dreams come true.

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Matthew Hopkins – Witchfinder General

Matthew Hopkins, Witch-Finder General

Once upon a time, an elderly woman with one leg was minding her own business when a group of people bust into the shack she called a home and accused her of being a witch!

She is stripped of her clothes and forced to go without sleep for days. This is the first horrible action of Matthew Hopkins, the man known as the Witchfinder General, on the 140th episode of Sunday Morning Coffee with Jeff.

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The Burma Shave Story

Burma Shave

A struggling family business came up with a new product, a brushless shaving cream, hoping to turn things around. Still they were on the verge of failure. Then a new marketing gimmick turns things around and gave millions of drivers something to read. Today I have the story of Bruma Shave!

And, as a added bonus, the story of the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO)

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The Murder of Julia Wallace Podcast

Murder of Julia Wallace

An insurance salesman goes out on a call from a mysterious man to a location that doesn’t exist. When get gets home, he finds his wife brutally murdered. After a police investigation, he is charged with the crime, found guilty and sentenced to death. Today we have the story of the gruesome murder of Julia Wallace.

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Lana Turner and Murder!

Lana Turner

She was only 14. Her mother was one of the biggest stars on Hollywood. One night she grabbed a sharp knife from the kitchen, ran upstairs, coming face to face with mom’s abusive boyfriend. Today we have the story a Lana Turner, her daughter, a gangster, and a future James Bond!

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The Story of Louis Le Prince

Louis Le Prince

The year was 1890. A 49 year old artist and inventor named Louis Le Prince was about to become world famous for his invention. He boarded a train in Dijon France on the way to Paris. He never arrived and no one ever found out what happened. This is the story of Louis Le Prince!

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The Tale of Leaded Gasoline

leaded Gasoline

Back in the early days of gasoline-powered automobiles, engine had a problem with knocking. The answer, the oil companies thought, was to mix highly toxic lead into the gas. This poison came out in the exhaust and into the air, the air that kids breath.

Lead is a highly poisonous substance. According to the Mayo Clinic, in adults, is can cause things like high blood pressure, Joint and muscle pain, difficulties with memory or concentration, headache, Abdominal pain, mood disorders, reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm, miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth in pregnant women and, of course, death. For children, is can cause things like, developmental delay, Learning difficulties, Irritability, Loss of appetite, Weight loss, Sluggishness and fatigue, Abdominal pain, Vomiting, Constipation, Hearing loss and Seizures. And for 60 years is was added to automotive fuel

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The Flannan Isles Lighthouse Mystery

The Flannan Isles

On the 20th of December 1900, the lighthouse tender Hesperus approached the Flannan Isles with supplies for the lighthouse. When they approached, they new something was wrong. There were no signs of the three-man crew. The island was search. The men were gone and they were never seen again. This is the story of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse mystery.

Missing were 43-year-old James Ducat, a married man with four children, and who had been on Eilean Mor as the lighthouse was constructed. He would be the Principal keeper. The second assistant was the married 28-year-old Thomas Marshall and the third man was an occasional Keeper, 40-year-old Donald McArthur. McArthur was an old soldier who was filling in for the first assistant keeper William Ross who was on sick leave.

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The Tale of Soapy Smith

Soapy Smith

His name was Jefferson Randolph Smith II. He was born in Newnan, Georgia on November 2, 1860 and he would be known as Soapy, one of the most notorious con men in the old west. From the Shell Game and Three-card Monte to a fake telegraph and investments, if there was a way to take advantage of people, Soapy was involved. Today I tell his story!

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