Friday, January 8, 2010

Wow. Just....WOW.


Twenty points if you can name this man. I was researching my course materials for the upcoming American Dream class and he was a logical subject to explore. He's obviously from a period before my time, so I used the Google machine and read a bit.

Wow.

I discovered that he was accused of acts that shed a totally different light on his work. The common popular culture references to him that I've seen never mentioned this behavior. Maybe I lead a sheltered life. But I'd be curious to know if any of you knew about his background.

Mystified? I'll give you a few days to see if you can figure it out. Then I'll post the details. I can't wait to find out if my students are aware of this.

8 comments:

phd in yogurtry said...

I got nothin. And not without several unsuccessful google attempts. And one attempt to peek at the name of the photo - you sly devil ! :)

Kathy Amen said...

Random guess: Horatio Alger?

Fantastic Forrest said...

pd in yogurtry - you know what they say: cheetahs never prosper.

Kathy - random, my foot. You've got your twenty points. Congratulations! I want to know how you knew. Please reveal your secret!

Darlene said...

First time to your Blog. I had my husband guessing, as he is really good with people and facts from the past. Looked up several names, but cannot identify this individual. Checked out John Wilkes Booth, Jesse James and Frank James. May come back to this later.

mommapolitico said...

Had no idea, but now I want to know the scoop! Fun post - can't wait to hear the good, bad and the ugly on Horatio Alger! You class sounds like a blast - is your syllabus online somewhere? What's your reading list? Lucky school to have you there, FF!

lisleman said...

with the trend of naming kids unusual names I wonder if Horatio will make a come back. Maybe after you finish giving this class you could post your lesson plans/notes online somewhere.

Maureen said...

hmmm... never heard of him. i wonder if that's bad...

A Tired Wife said...

All this time I've been screwin' around - not commenting on people's blogs - I've been writing my own great American porn novel and darned if ol' Horatio didn't already use the title I had in mind.

Ha Ha ... just kidding. Missed you much!