Legendary Locals of Middletown, Connecticut (Paperback)
 
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Legendary Locals of Middletown, Connecticut (Paperback)

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    Although the town benefits from a position on a major navigable waterway, Middletown's success is primarily due to the energy, creativity, and diversity of its people. These include James Riley, whose autobiography detailing his trials as a white slave......more

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Although the town benefits from a position on a major navigable waterway, Middletown's success is primarily due to the energy, creativity, and diversity of its people. These include James Riley, whose autobiography detailing his trials as a white slave in Northern Africa showed millions of Americans the evils of slavery; Max Corvo, who helped the World War II Italian underground defeat the fascist regime; and Christie Ellen McLeod, longtime chief pathologist at Middlesex Memorial Hospital. Middletown can boast of athletes such as Helen "Babe" Carlson, a tremendously strong competitor who participated on men's baseball teams; Willie Pep, who, while going for the world featherweight title, had a record of 134 wins and only one loss; and Corny Thompson, who sparked the University of Connecticut basketball program's rise to national prominence. More notables include Allie Wrubel, a prolific songwriter and Academy Award winner for his song "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah;" Vivian McRae Wesley, a teacher, reading director, and leader of Middletown's African American community; and Francesco Lentini, who was born with three legs and appeared in every major circus and carnival.

Author:
Hubbard, Robert
Series Title:
Legendary Locals
Genre:
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
Audience:
General/trade
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
127
Language:
English
Publisher:
Arcadia Pub
Publish Date:
04/14/2014
Copyright Year:
2014
ISBN:
9781467101202
Height:
9.25 in
Wdth:
6.75 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.86 lb
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