The Liberation Army Dance Circle

©Renee 2013

The dance is sort of a cross between the chicken dance, and a meandering lane that is so wandering and surprising that you slow down to take it all in as you walk. This dance is slow, and it goes into a circle. I hope you have your good dancing and walking shoes with you.

We will start here:

The Black Liberation Army (BLA) was an underground, black nationalist militant organization that operated in the United States from 1970 to 1981. Composed largely of former Black Panthers (BPP), the organization’s program was one of “armed struggle” and its stated goal was to “take up arms for the liberation and self-determination of black people in the United States. ” The BLA carried out a series of bombings, robberies (what participants termed “expropriations“), and prison breaks.

The Black Liberation Army gained strength as Black Panther Party membership declined. By 1970, police and FBI pressure (see COINTELPRO), infiltration, sectarianism, the criminalization of the Black Power movement (including long prison sentences and the deaths of key members, among them Fred Hampton, at the hands of police) had significantly undermined the Black Panther Party. This convinced many former party members of the desirability of an underground existence, including the assumption that a new period of violent repression was at hand. BLA members operated under the belief that only through covert means, including but not limited to violent acts, could the movement be continued until such a time when an above-ground existence was possible.

The conditions under which the Black Liberation Army formed are not entirely clear. It is commonly believed that the organization was founded by those who left the Black Panther Party after Eldridge Cleaver was expelled from the party’s Central Committee. A fallout was inevitable between Cleaver and other Panther leaders after he publicly criticized the BPP, among other things accusing Panther social programs of being reformist rather than revolutionary. Others, including black revolutionary Geronimo Pratt (AKA Geronimo ji Jaga), assert that the BLA “as a movement concept pre-dated and was broader than the BPP,” suggesting that it was a refuge for ex-Panthers rather than a new organization formed through schism.

Some accounts of the Black Liberation Army argue that the BLA grew out of the BPP and its original founders were members of the Party. The organization is often presented as a result of the repression on the BPP and the split within the Panthers. It is said to have formed after the collaboration of several Black revolutionary organizations and consisted of the Black underground which came to be collectively known as the Black Liberation Army. Assata Shakur, in her autobiography, asserts “… the Black Liberation Army was not a centralized, organized group with a common leadership and chain of command. Instead there were various organizations and collectives working together and simultaneously independent of each other.


Fred Hampton had a son, Fred Jr. with his girlfriend Ms. Johnson* NOTE*


Close was born in Greenwich, Connecticut, the daughter of Bettine (née Moore) and William Taliaferro Close, a doctor who operated a clinic in the Belgian Congo and served as a personal physician to Congo/Zaire President Mobutu Sese Seko. Her parents came from prominent families. Her father was a descendant of the Taliaferros of Virginia; her paternal grandfather, Edward Bennett Close, a stockbroker and director of the American Hospital Association, was first married to Post Cereals‘ heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Close is also a second cousin once-removed of actress Brooke Shields (Shields’s great-grandmother Mary Elsie Moore was a sister of Close’s maternal grandfather, Charles Arthur Moore, Jr.)


Note* Bettine** Bett, Brett, Britt, Bettina, Betina etc..*

KellyMoore Paints offers the highest quality paints with unlimited color selection preferred by homeowners and professionals since 1946.*

Mary Tyler Moore was born in the Brooklyn Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, to George Tyler Moore, a clerk, and his wife Marjorie (née Hackett). Her father was Roman Catholic and her mother a Catholic convert. Mary was the eldest of three siblings., and their home was in Flushing, Queens. Her maternal grandparents were immigrants from England. Her paternal great-grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tilghman Moore, owned the house which is now Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum. Moore’s family moved to Los Angeles when she was eight years old. She attended Saint Rose of Lima, a Catholic school in Brooklyn, followed by St. Ambrose School (Los Angeles) and the Immaculate Heart High School (Los Feliz).


George Tyler Moore, a clerk, and his wife Marjorie (née Hackett)

More on Hackett and  Pierce-Percy-Percival, Gardner, Sutton etc.. familiy here:

And here:

His wife as well, friends of theirs from Ghana:

See online pics of Helena Fathia Rizk, Kwame and Shirley-WEB in library of DuBois*

Cullen/ DuBois:


*NOTE* GILL/GILlette, Roche etc..,_Baroness_Fermoy

*Bunny Mellon’s daughter married Viscount Moore*Note WALKER*

Known as Bunny, she is the eldest child of Gerard Barnes Lambert, Sr., a president of Gillette Safety Razor Co. and a founder of Warner-Lambert (Warner-Lambert is now part of Pfizer, following a 2000 merger). One of her grandfathers, chemist Jordan Lambert, invented Listerine, although it was her father who commercialized it. Her mother was the former Rachel Lowe. She had two siblings: Gerard Barnes Lambert, Jr. (1912–1947; married Elsa Conver, former wife of Angus D. Mackintosh); and Lily Cary Lambert (1914–2006; married William Wilson Fleming and John Gilman McCarthy).

Mellon’s parents divorced in 1933, and in 1934, her mother re-married her former brother-in-law, Dr. Malvern Bryan Clopton, the widower of Gerard Lambert, Sr.’s sister, Lily Lambert Walker. In 1936, Gerard Lambert, Sr. also was re-married, to Grace Cleveland Lansing Mull, the former wife of John B. Mull and a daughter of Henry Livingston Lansing.

Forbes Magazine has been unable to put any sort of definitive number on Mellon’s net worth since much of her fortune is tied up in trusts, but it is apparent that she is both extraordinarily wealthy and very private. In 2011, it was revealed that she had lost US$5.75M to investment adviser and convicted Ponzi scheme operator Ken Starr. Her attorney, Alex Forger, said: “She’s well off, but assets are not liquid.” She maintains homes in Antigua, Nantucket, and Oyster Harbors on Cape Cod, but two apartments in Paris and a townhouse in New York City were recently sold. Her main residence, Oak Spring Farms, a 4,000-acre (1,600 ha) estate in Virginia, has its own 1-mile (1,600 m) long airstrip for her Falcon 2000. She amassed an extraordinary collection of works by artist Mark Rothko, having purchased many of his 1950s works directly from his New York studio. One of the works, Yellow Expanse, is considered one of the greatest works that remains in private hands.

Mellon has long been known for her maximum discretion and minimum exposure. In a rare 1969 New York Times article, she proclaimed that “nothing should be noticed”.

Rachel Lowe Lambert married Stacy Barcroft Lloyd, Jr. in Philadelphia in 1932. Lloyd served in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. They divorced in 1948. They had two children:

  • Stacy Barcroft Lloyd, III
  • Eliza Winn Lloyd (died May 7, 2008; married and divorced Viscount Moore) In May 2000, Eliza was hit by a truck while crossing a Manhattan street and suffered a severe brain injury. She became quadriplegic and unable to speak. She spent the remaining eight years of her life under round-the-clock care at Oak Spring Farms.

Lambert and Lloyd became close friends of banking heir and art collector Paul Mellon and his first wife, Mary Conover, who died of an asthma attack in 1946. After she divorced Lloyd, Paul and Bunny were married on May 1, 1948. By this marriage, she had two stepchildren, Timothy Mellon and Catherine Conover Mellon (later Mrs. John Warner and now known as Catherine Conover). Together the couple collected and donated more than 1,000 works of art, mostly eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European paintings, to the National Gallery of Art. The couple also bred and raced thoroughbred horses, including a winner of the Kentucky Derby.

In his autobiography, Reflections in a Silver Spoon, Paul Mellon wrote movingly of the warmth his wife brought to Oak Spring Farms, on the National Register of Historic Places. The couple decided to move out of the property’s stately brick house, designed in 1941 by William Adams Delano, whose neo-Georgian mansions were much favored by Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and other plutocrats of that era. They commissioned New York architect H. Page Cross to design Little Oak Spring, the much cozier farmhouse, completed in 1955, where Mellon still lives.

Lambert/ Davis:

Sir Crispin Henry Lamert Davis, OBE (born 19 March 1949, England), is the Chairman and Director of StarBev Netherlands BV. He was previously chairman of the board and the chief executive officer of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, and he is a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline PLC. Sir Crispin has also served as the chief executive officer of Aegis Group PLC from 1994 until 1999. He was a board member at Guinness PLC, and the group managing director of United Distillers from 1990 to 1993. For twenty years, he served at Procter and Gamble, in senior positions in the United Kingdom, Germany, and North America.

Davis earned a bachelor’s degree from Oriel College at Oxford University. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2004 for services to the information industry. Davis and his wife, Anne, have three daughters.

He is the brother of former McKinsey & Company managing director Ian Davis.

Gray/ Graham/ Davis:

Kelly Gray was the original face for the company owners /her parents:

St. John Knits International Inc., commonly referred as St. John, is an upscale American fashion brand that specializes in women’s knitwear. The company is best known for its classic styling and extensive use of primary colors. A St. John’s garment can be identified by its knit-in hem (most companies use sewn-in hems). The garments especially appeal to executive women or women in positions of authority, due to the use of gold buttons reminiscent of military or nautical officer clothing. The moderately heavy knits are flattering to women ‘of a certain age’ or over 40, and accentuate their good features. The St. John Sport line contains slightly trendier, more youthful styles appealing to women in their 30s. All lines feature cruise wear in the winter.

St. John was founded in 1962 by Robert and Marie Gray.

The original face of the brand was model Kelly Gray, the daughter of the founders. Following Gray, supermodel Gisele Bündchen became the new face of St. John. Beginning in Spring 2006, Angelina Jolie became the new face and spokeswoman for St. John. In 2010, St. John announcee that they are replacing Jolie with British supermodel Karen Elson. After a three-year campaign as the face of the company, St. John has announced that they are replacing the actress because Jolie’s fame has “overshadowed the brand.

Industry fashion
Founded 1962
Founder(s) Robert Gray and Marie Gray
Headquarters Irvine, California, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people Glenn McMahon, CEO
Robert Gray
Marie Gray


* Shakir/ Auchi/ Auchincloss (so Close)*


Shaw Bazz, Shabazz, Sanders, Little*

*Little, Lil, Liddell, Lydle,Lyttle, Lyle, Lilly etc..*

Bell, Little:,_Brown_and_Company

*NOTE* Harrison, Gray*

Charles Coffin Little (25 July 1799 Kennebunk, Maine – 11 August 1869 Cambridge, Massachusetts) was a U.S. publisher. He is best known for co-founding Little, Brown and Company with James Brown.

Little arrived in Boston early in life.] He entered a shipping house and around 1826-1827 worked with booksellers Hilliard, Gray, Little & Wilkins in Boston, along with William Hilliard, Harrison Gray, and John H. Wilkins. He worked there until 1837, when he formed his partnership with James Brown under the style of Charles C. Little and Company. Little and Brown had previously been clerks, and were later partners, in a bookstore in Boston founded in 1784 by Ebenezer Battelle. The name of Little and Brown’s firm was subsequently changed, due to the admission of other partners, to Little, Brown, and Co.


NOTE*Parker/ Rothschild:

Parker/ Bowles:,_Duchess_of_Cornwall

Back to Parley P. Pratt:

Whitney family:

Pratt & Whitney is a U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer with global service operations. It is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). Pratt & Whitney’s aircraft engines are widely used in both civil aviation (especially airlines) and military aviation. Its headquarters are in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA. As one of the “big three” aero-engine manufacturers, it competes with General Electric and Rolls-Royce, although it has also formed joint ventures with both of these companies. In addition to aircraft engines, Pratt & Whitney manufactures gas turbines for industrial and power generation, marine turbines, and rocket engines. The company has over 35,500 employees (2009) supporting more than 9,000 customers in 180 countries around the world.

Born William Payne Whitney
March 20, 1876
New York City United States
Died May 25, 1927
Manhasset, New York United States
Occupation Investor
Racehorse owner/breeder
Religion Protestant
Spouse(s) Helen Julia Hay
Children Joan, John
Parents William C. Whitney &
Flora Payne

William Payne Whitney (March 20, 1876 – May 25, 1927) was a wealthy American businessman and member of the influential Whitney family.

The son of William C. Whitney and Flora Payne, and younger brother to Harry, he was known throughout his life by his middle name.

Payne Whitney attended Groton School and then Yale University. There, he was a member of Skull and Bones, Delta Kappa Epsilon, and captained the Yale rowing team. In later years, he helped finance the team, including donating funds to build a dormitory for the crew. After graduating in 1898, Whitney then studied law at the Harvard Law School, receiving his Bachelor of Laws in 1901.

In 1902, he married Helen Hay (1875–1944), the daughter of then-United States Secretary of State (and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom) John Hay. Their Stanford White-designed house at 972 Fifth Avenue was a wedding gift from his maternal uncle, Oliver Hazard Payne. The couple also had an estate, Greentree, in Manhasset, New York. Their son, John Hay Whitney, also served as the Ambassador to the U.K. Daughter Joan, an avid sportsperson, was the first owner of the New York Mets Major League Baseball team.

In addition to a substantial inheritance from his father, Payne Whitney inherited $63,000,000 from his uncle, Col. Oliver Hazard Payne. Amongst his many investments, Whitney had major holdings in banking, tobacco, railroads, mining and oil. He was a member of the board of directors and/or an executive officer of several large corporations, including the City Bank New York, and the Great Northern Paper Company, and the Northern Finance Corporation.

Throughout his life, Payne Whitney was involved in philanthropic work for a variety of causes. A trustee of the New York Public Library, in 1923 he gifted the library $12,000,000.

A horse racing enthusiast in the tradition of his father and brother, Payne Whitney’s Greentree Stable, named for their Long Island estate, was a very significant racing and breeding operation for thoroughbred horses.


Miller and RHODES here:

And another McKim:,_Northern_Cape

Kimberley is the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. It is located approximately 110 km east of the confluence of the Vaal and Orange Rivers. The city has considerable historical significance due its diamond mining past and the siege during the Second Boer War. Notable personalities such as Cecil Rhodes and Barney Barnato made their fortunes here, and the roots of the De Beers company can also be traced to the early days of the mining town.

Barnato died in 1897 in mysterious circumstances; records state that he was lost overboard near the island of Madeira, whilst on a passage home to England.. Although some have wondered if this were suicide and suggested that the Jameson Raid had had a major impact on him and left him severely depressed, his family vigorously rejected that theory, saying that it was totally out of character for a man who had been a pioneer in the rough-and-ready days of emerging Southern Africa. His body was recovered from the sea and is buried at Willesden Jewish Cemetery, London.

The theory regarding the suicide of Barnato has also been tied to sinister later events. One of his heirs, Woolf Joel was shot and killed in his business offices in Johannesburg by a con-man named Karl Frederick Kurtze who went away with the name of Ludwig von Veltheim in 1898. In the trial for murder, von Veltheim hinted that he was supposed to be orchestrating a plot to kidnap Paul Kruger, President of the Transvaal Boer Republic, that Barnato and Joel were backing. The murder stemmed from blackmail against Joel, but von Veltheim claimed he was only seeking his promised payment. As a result von Veltheim was able to get an acquittal from a Boer Jury (possibly due to anti-British and anti-Semitic feelings towards the deceased). It was suggested by Brian Roberts, in his book The Diamond Magnates, that Barnato may have been approached by von Veltheim too, and unsettled by his physical threats and the possibility of exposure.

His will divided up his considerable fortune between his family, amongst which was his sister Sarah and her husband Abraham Rantzen, great-grandparents of TV presenter Esther Rantzen. Another beneficiary was his son, Woolf Barnato, who used part of the multi-million pound fortune he inherited at the age of two, to become a pioneer racing driver in the 1920s, one of the so-called Bentley Boys.

Woolf Barnato’s daughter Diana Barnato Walker died in 2008 at the age of 90. She was the first British woman to break the sound barrier.


NOTE* Walker again*

Note* Cohen, Watkins, Safra, Wolfe, White*

Cecil John Rhodes PC, DCL (5 July 1853 – 26 March 1902) was an English-born South African businessman, mining magnate, and politician. He was the founder of the diamond company De Beers, which today markets 40% of the world’s rough diamonds and at one time marketed 90%. An ardent believer in British colonialism, he was the founder of the southern African territory of Rhodesia, which was named after him in 1895. In 1964, Northern Rhodesia became the independent state of Zambia and Southern Rhodesia was thereafter known simply as Rhodesia. In 1980, Rhodesia, which had been de facto independent since 1965, became a recognised independent country, renamed Zimbabwe. South Africa’s Rhodes University is also named after Rhodes. He set up the provisions of the Rhodes Scholarship, which is funded by his estate.

Historian Richard A. McFarlane has called Rhodes “as integral a participant in southern African and British imperial history as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln are in their respective eras in United States history…. Most histories of South Africa covering the last decades of the nineteenth century are contributions to the historiography of Cecil Rhodes.

De Beers is a family of companies that controversially dominate the diamond, diamond mining, diamond hops, diamond trading and industrial diamond manufacturing sectors. De Beers is active in every category of industrial diamond mining: open-pit, underground, large-scale alluvial, coastal and deep sea.[1] Mining takes place in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Canada.

The company was founded by Cecil Rhodes, who was financed by Alfred Beit and Rothschild. In 1927, Ernest Oppenheimer, a German immigrant to Britain who had earlier founded mining giant Anglo American plc with American financier J.P. Morgan, managed to wrest control of the empire, building and consolidating the company’s global monopoly over the diamond industry until his retirement. During this time, he was involved in a number of controversies, including price fixing, antitrust behaviour and an allegation of not releasing industrial diamonds for the US war effort during World War II.

Lets go back again to Barney Barnato:

Barnato died in 1897 in mysterious circumstances; records state that he was lost overboard near the island of Madeira, whilst on a passage home to England. Although some have wondered if this were suicide and suggested that the Jameson Raid had had a major impact on him and left him severely depressed, his family vigorously rejected that theory, saying that it was totally out of character for a man who had been a pioneer in the rough-and-ready days of emerging Southern Africa. His body was recovered from the sea and is buried at Willesden Jewish Cemetery, London.

The theory regarding the suicide of Barnato has also been tied to sinister later events. One of his heirs, Woolf Joel was shot and killed in his business offices in Johannesburg by a con-man named Karl Frederick Kurtze who went away with the name of Ludwig von Veltheim in 1898. In the trial for murder, von Veltheim hinted that he was supposed to be orchestrating a plot to kidnap Paul Kruger, President of the Transvaal Boer Republic, that Barnato and Joel were backing.

Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger (10 October 1825 – 14 July 1904), better known as Paul Kruger, and affectionately known as Uncle Paul (Afrikaans: “Oom Paul”), was State President of the South African Republic (Transvaal). He gained international renown as the face of Boer resistance against the British during the South African or Second Boer War (1899–1902).

Kruger/ Krieger:

Shirley Temple Black (born Shirley Temple; April 23, 1928) is an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, and former U.S. ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She began her film career in 1932 at the age of three, and in 1934, found international fame in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents. She received a special Juvenile Academy Award in February 1935, and film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid-to-late 1930s. Licensed merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes, and clothing. Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence, and she left the film industry in her teens. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid-to-late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22. She was the top box-office draw four years in a row (1935–38) in a Motion Picture Herald poll.

Temple returned to show business in 1958 with a two-season television anthology series of fairy tale adaptations. She made guest appearances on various television shows in the early 1960s and filmed a sitcom pilot that was never released. She sat on the boards of many corporations and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for United States Congress, and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star. Temple is the recipient of many awards and honors including Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Shirley Temple was born on April 23, 1928 in Santa Monica, California. She is the daughter of Gertrude Amelia Temple (née Krieger), a homemaker, and George Francis Temple, a bank employee. The family was of English, German, and Dutch ancestry. She had two brothers, George Francis, Jr. and John Stanley.

Black was born in Oakland, California in 1919. Black graduated from Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and Stanford University (class of 1940). His father, James Byers Black, was president of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Black attended Harvard Business School for one year, and left to enter the Navy in 1941.

He served in the Navy during World War II, as an intelligence officer in the South Pacific, and again during the Korean War as an intelligence officer. After WWII he received his MBA from Stanford in 1946, and then in the late 1950s he lived in Hawaii and worked as an executive for Castle & Cooke and Dole Pineapple companies. By the end of the Korean War he was a lieutenant commander.

From 1952 to 1957, he was an executive at the Stanford Research Institute (now known as SRI International) and with Ampex Corp from 1957 to 1965.

In the 1960s, Black gravitated to what would become the bulk of his life’s work—aquaculture and oceanography. He co-founded a hatchery for oysters and abalone and later created Mardela Corp., a fishery and hatchery company headquartered in Burlingame, California, which conducted ventures such as catfish and salmon farming. He later served as a consultant on maritime issues and served as a regent for Santa Clara University.

He was married to the legendary former child actress and diplomat Shirley Temple from December 16, 1950, until his death from myelodysplastic syndrome on August 4, 2005, at his home in Woodside, California, at the age of 86. They had a son Charles Alden Black Jr. and a daughter Lori Black.

Charles Alden Black
Born (1919-03-06)March 6, 1919
Santa Monica, California
Died August 4, 2005(2005-08-04) (aged 86)
Woodside, California
Alma mater Stanford University
Harvard Business School
Employer United States Navy
Castle & Cooke
Dole Pineapple
SRI International
Mardela Corp. Pacific Gas and Electric Company, commonly known as PG&E, is the utility that provides natural gas and electricity to most of the northern two-thirds of California, from Bakersfield almost to the Oregon border. It is the leading subsidiary of the PG&E Corporation.PG&E was founded in 1905 and is currently headquartered in the Pacific Gas & Electric Building in San Francisco. Shirley Temple Black (1950–2005) 

In the 1850s, manufactured gas was introduced in the United States as a means of lighting and gasworks were built in the larger eastern American cities. The gas industry was still unknown in the West, however, and in San Francisco, street lighting was only available on Merchant Street in the form of oil lamps.[3]

Brothers Peter, James and Michael Donahue took an interest in gas manufacturing while running the foundry that later became Union Iron Works, the largest shipbuilding operation on the West Coast. Joseph G. Eastland, an engineer and clerk at the foundry, joined them in gathering as much information on gas making as they could find. In July 1852, James applied for and received from the Common Council of the City of San Francisco a franchise to erect a gasworks, lay pipes in the streets and install street lamps to light the city with “brilliant gas.” The council specified that gas should be supplied to households “at such rates as will make it to their interest to use it in preference to any other material”. The Donahue brothers and Eastland incorporated the San Francisco Gas Company on August 31, 1852, with $150,000 of authorized capital. The company became the first gas utility in the West. Its official seal bore the inscription “Fiat Lux“—let there be light—the same slogan later adopted by the University of California. There were 11 original stockholders, and the three Donahue brothers subscribed for 610 of the 1,500 shares.

The original location for the gas works was bounded by First, Fremont, Howard and Natoma streets south of Market, on the then shore of the San Francisco Bay. Work on the plant started in November, 1852, and it was ready for operation only a few months later. On the night of February 11, 1854, the streets of San Francisco were for the first time lighted by gas. To celebrate the event, the company held a gala banquet at the Oriental Hotel. Gas lighting quickly gained public favor. In the first year of operation, there were 237 customers. That number more than doubled the next year to 563. By the end of 1855, the company had laid more than 6 ½ miles of pipe and 154 street lamps were in operation.

The growing popularity of gas light led to the establishment of competing gas companies, including Aubin Patent Gas Company and Citizens Gas Company. These smaller companies were quickly acquired by the San Francisco Gas Company. However, one rival provided serious competition. The City Gas Company was founded in April 1870 by the Bank of California to compete with the gas monopoly held by the Donahue brothers’ operation. City Gas began operation in 1872 and initiated a price war with the San Francisco Gas Company. In 1873, the companies negotiated their consolidation as a compromise and the Bank of California gained part ownership of “the most lucrative gas monopoly in the West. On April 1, 1873, the San Francisco Gas Light Company was formed, representing a merger of the San Francisco Gas Company, the City Gas Company, and the Metropolitan Gas Company.,_Jr.

James Paul Donahue, Jr. (1915—12/6/1966), known professionally as Jimmy Donahue, was an heir to the Woolworth estate and a noted New York gay socialite.

Jimmy Donahue was born the second son of James Paul Donahue, an Irish American whose family had made a fortune in the fat rendering business, and Jessie Woolworth Donahue, one of three daughters of Frank Winfield Woolworth, the founder of the Woolworth retail chain.

He was the nephew of Edna Woolworth (1883–1917), and by marriage Franklyn Laws Hutton (1877–1940), a co-founder of the brokerage firm E. F. Hutton & Co..

A high school dropout, who attended the Hun School at Princeton, and Choate, from which he was expelled at age 17, Donahue was the first cousin and confidante of Barbara Hutton (November 14, 1912 – May 11, 1979), an American socialite. Following his expulsion from Choate he took tap dance lessons with the tap dance master Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

Although openly acknowledged as gay, Donahue claimed he had a four year affair with Wallis, Duchess of Windsor, the wife of the Duke of Windsor, the former King of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms, who was born Prince Edward in the 1890s. However, Donahue was notorious for his inventive pranks and rumor-mongering…

NOTE* Watkins and SHERIFF*

Beulah May Annan (November 18, 1899 – March 10, 1928) was an American suspected murderess. Her story was the inspiration for Maurine Dallas Watkins‘s play Chicago in 1926. The play has been adapted into a 1927 silent film, 1975 stage musical, and 2002 movie musical (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), all with that title, and a 1942 romantic comedy film, Roxie Hart, named for the character Annan inspired.

Next, ATTA*

Kofi Atta Annan (pron.: /ˈkfi ˈænən/; born 8 April 1938) is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, from 1 January 1997 to 31 December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for his founding of the Global AIDS and Health Fund to support developing countries in their struggle to care for their people.

Walter H. Annenberg headed the Annenberg Foundation until his death in 2002. Leonore, his wife, ran it until her death in March 2009. Since then, the Foundation’s trusteeship has been led by Wallis Annenberg and three of her children: Lauren Bon, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and Charles Annenberg Weingarten.

  • Chairman of the Board, President and CEO, Wallis Annenberg
  • Vice President and Director, Lauren Bon
  • Vice President and Director, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten
  • Vice President and Director, Charles Annenberg Weingarten

John Randolph Hearst (1909–1958) was an American business executive and the third son of William Randolph Hearst.

He married Gretchen Wilson, who later married Woolworth Donahue (Jesse (Woolworth) Donahue’s son).

He was said by some to have the most executive talent among the sons of William Randolph Hearst, and like his brothers worked for the Hearst Corporation.

Any question of his rivaling the non-family executives who constituted a majority of the trustees of his father’s will, however, was rendered moot by his untimely death. He left four children, including John Randolph Hearst, Jr., a company executive and director who represented this branch of the family among the trustees.

Campbell Soup heiress Dorrance “Dodo” Hamilton has enjoyed a life of wealth and glamour: a debutante coming-out splashed in the “New York Times”, summers in Newport, and years as the face (and hat!) of the Main Line. In the waning days of Philly high society, we need “Mrs. H.” more than ever.

MISS LOIS CAMPBELL WEDS IN GREENWICH; St. Louis Heiress, Daughter of Late James Campbell, Married to Elzez G. Burkham. CEREMONY ON VERANDA Rt. Rev. T.F. White Officiates as Sun Shadow Falls at Noon on Sun Dial In Grounds at Mullrick.

  • Special to The New York Times. ();
September 16, 1914,
 Section , Page 11

Patricia Campbell Hearst (born February 20, 1954), now known as Patricia Campbell Hearst Shaw, is an American newspaper heiress, socialite, actress, kidnap victim, and convicted bank robber. Her kidnapping case is held by many as an example of Stockholm syndrome.

The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, she gained notoriety in 1974 when she joined the Symbionese Liberation Army after they had kidnapped her. Apprehended after having taken part in a bank heist with other SLA members, Hearst was imprisoned for almost two years before her sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter. She was later granted a presidential pardon by President Bill Clinton in his last official act before leaving office.

Nancy Ling Perry was born in San Francisco to an upper middle-class family. She attended Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, where she was a cheerleader and a Sunday school teacher. In 1964, while in high school, she was a campaign worker for Barry Goldwater. While in high school, Nancy was also involved in Job’s Daughters (Bethel #16) and served as their Honored Queen. She began university at Whittier College. After a few semesters at Whittier, however, she transferred to the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley she majored in English.

Nancy Ling met African American jazz musician Gilbert Perry when he was working for a state employment office, and the couple were married December 26, 1967. Married for six years, their relationship was described as a “love-hate affair” which ended when Gilbert left Nancy.

Ling Perry worked as a topless blackjack dealer in San Francisco and went through a period of heavy use of psychedelic drugs and amphetamines.

 Symbionese Liberation Army police shootout

On May 17, 1974, Nancy Ling Perry, along with several members of the SLA, was killed at 1466 East 54th Street, during a shootout with the Los Angeles Police Department. As the their hideout burned, Perry and fellow SLA member Camilla Hall exited the back door. Police claimed that Perry came out firing a revolver while Hall fired an automatic pistol. Police shot them both immediately. Perry was shot twice; one shot hit her right lung, the other shot severed her spine. Hall was shot once in the forehead. Investigators working for her parents claimed that Perry had come walking out of the house intending to surrender.

Swartz(y) Black is covered here:

And finally:

Emily Harris (born February 11, 1947 in Baltimore, Maryland as Emily Montague Schwartz) was, along with her husband William Harris (1945-), a founding member of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), a leftist United States group involved in bank robberies, kidnapping and murder. In the 1970s, she was convicted of kidnapping Patty Hearst. In 2003, she was convicted of murder in the second degree for being the shooter in a 1975 slaying that occurred while she and other SLA members were robbing a bank in California. She was sentenced to eight years in prison for the murder.


Notable people with albinism:


And for our next post, we will cover Montague, such a royal name…..

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