So I wanna hear what your family can make as their claim to fame? I have 3 things. My great-grandpa was offered a contract by the New York Yankees. He sported a 96 mph fastball (it didn't get passed down) but he never made MLB. Also, i am related to Conway Twitty (he is my grandmas cousin. her last name was Jenkins. go look up his real last name). She was also related to Richard Burton. So technically, I was related to Elizabeth Taylor by marriage. How about your families, Mgobloggers? Let's here it.
OT: Your family claim to fame
My grandma always used to tell me I'm distantly related to Abraham Lincoln. Who knows if that's true.
Although I haven't verified it, the family story on my mom's side is that one of my ancestors was in Lincoln's security detail. Soooooo, yeaaahhh, um, sorry about that.
Clay Aiken is my 3rd cousin... nope can't take this post back now.
Your third cousin has a beautiful voice and should have won his season.
I stand by this post.
My great uncle pitched a 1 run game against the Tigers when he was with the Army team (during the Korean war)...and lost 1-0
My grandfather played high school football with George Gipp. Yes, the Gipper was a Yooper. Years later that same grandfather put up a few bucks to help keep the Packers alive. The share certificate is still in the family.
My dad was a scottish orphan and my mom's family comes from a two goat village in some mountain. Suffice to say, they had the best looking goats this side of Beirut, though.
My uncle played high school baseball with Tom Seaver and my soon-to-be-uncle was an All-Big 8 cornerback for Nebraska in the mid-60s. Also, one of my ancestors (actually a great-grat-great-great uncle, plus or minus a few greats) was General Joseph Wheeler, who was a Confederate cavalry commander and later a general in the Spanish-American War. Among the men in his command were General Leonard Wood, Lt. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt and Lieutenant John Pershing. If you've seen the movie "Rough Riders" he is portrayed by Gary Busey, which should give you some idea of what kind of person he was.
Edit: I left out one that I found out recently. My grandfather owned a manufacturing company that specialized in ladies' undergarments, and as a result he was the original manufacturer for Victoria's Secret. The guys who started the company came to him with their designs, and he told them he didn't really understand how to make what they wanted because he was used to making things for old ladies but he realized their potential, so he teamed them up with some of his young staffers who were fresh out of college and soon his factories were cranking out the original Victoria's Secret line.
My father wrote the last song played at Rick's every night. (At least while I was in AA - not sure what they play now).
And they played the Gambler by Kenny Rogers (written by Don Schlitz). Same song?
That's the one. Earned him his first Grammy...more importantly it's the last song played at Rick's.
But a quick question. How does the son of a country musician from North Carolina become a Michigan fan?
Till I read this one. My mother taught the guys who started the Brown Jug how to cook pizza (back when the it was really the Brown Jug, and not just another company property). Which reminds me that my Grandmother was friends with Mike Illitich's mother in law, who was very worried her daughter was just marrying "some pizza guy". My Grandfather was in the Ford Mansion the night Henry Ford died. My brother teaches me a lot about Michigan Football.
On the topic of songs, my father wrote a parody to "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" called "The Wolverine's Headed to Pasadena," which sometimes plays on 104.3WOMC in years that we have gone to the Rose Bowl.
My grandfather was the first player ever to letter in two sports (football and baseball) at Michigan State. He was also fraternity brothers with Frank Kush. He was drafted to play baseball for the Red Sox but decided to get a real job because the pay back then to be a ball player was so low.
Frank Kush is my great uncle.
My grandfather on the other side played for the Tigers. Quit to join the Navy. Ended up coaching/recruiting for Navy. He recruited Roger Staubach.
I am also related to William McKinnely. Somehow.
My grandpa was a first-alternate on the US 1936 Olympic swim team. He was obviously in Germany for the olympics that year. Never was able to meet the guy unfortunitely.
you're referring to Jesse Owens, right?
Nope, I was never able to meet my Grandpa. He died 5 years before I was born due to complications from a perforated liver that was the result of a car crash 40 years earlier.
My cousin tackled Mike Hart in high school.
Impossible didn't Lloyd say he thought he was never tackled in high school?
I think that was Fred Jackson..
I played against Mike in HS (he was a sophomore...) and I missed him entirely 4 different times.
Also, my dad was the first non-medicine major to attend medical school at Oklahoma (did his residency in AA)
I tackled (read was run over by and he tripped over me) Javon Ringer and intercepted a pass thrown by Todd Boekman in highschool. Michigan so should have offered me a schollie.
I had a similar experience with LaVar Arrington in HS. He ran me over, and I managed to hold on to an ankle. I also used to see him around the track invitational circuit in Western PA. I've never seen someone that big move that fast.
I've traced my family roots back to about the mid 1700s in every direction hoping to find some cool facts...I got nothing. I come from a long line of shoe makers, farmers, and middle class workers. My mom's family just came to the US in the early 1950s though, so we havent' been here long enough to really do anything noteworthy in this country. My grandpa was part of the underground movement against the Nazi's though. You won't see his name in the history books, but as a teenager, he did a lot to disrupt their activities in his home country.
My wife's family however, I have traced to the Royal families in England, even to Leif Ericson. Other famous people in her tree are U.S. Grant, Jimmy Carter, FDR, JFK, the guy who played Moff Tarkan in Star Wars, and Gene Roddenbury the creator of Star Trek. Needless to say, I am extremely jealous of her pedigree with so many cool things.
Where did your grandfather live in Europe? My mother's family also came to the US (from Polans) after WW2; and both her parents were in the resistance.
Charles Manson is a distant cousin. Not sure how distant but my great grandma knew the connection. Can't really ask her. Same with Ricky Skaggs.
fought on the wrong side of World War II
Distant cousin of mine is a holocaust survivor.
My grandad's uncle through marriage won a Nobel prize in physics.
The details of my life are quite inconsequential... very well, where do I begin? My father was a relentlessly self-improving boulangerie owner from Belgium with low grade narcolepsy and a penchant for buggery. My mother was a fifteen year old French prostitute named Chloe with webbed feet. My father would womanize, he would drink. He would make outrageous claims like he invented the question mark. Sometimes he would accuse chestnuts of being lazy. The sort of general malaise that only the genius possess and the insane lament. My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon, luge lessons. In the spring we'd make meat helmets. When I was insolent I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds- pretty standard really. At the age of twelve I received my first scribe. At the age of fourteen a Zoroastrian named Vilma ritualistically shaved my testicles. There really is nothing like a shorn scrotum... it's breathtaking- I highly suggest you try it.
Are you serious? posted at the same exact time!
Which one of you is mini-me?
(And yeah, I almost thought of putting this up too...)
Ok, I'll prove my stupidity. What is this from..?
Do I make you horny Waggles? Yeah!
with the hangover references, I will give you Austin Powers (can't exactly remember which one though, but I think it was the first).
Ha, much appreciated. Those are movies I've always meant to see but just never gotten around to it..
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
and my grandpa was in the secret service.
descended from HW Longfellow.
My grandfather and Jim Tressel's mother are first cousins. I'm not sure what that makes him to me but oh well. She is buried in my home town of Ada Ohio. Dont judge me.
the former coach of your hated rival, a man who resigned in disgrace.
That would make you 2nd cousins once removed. Your parent and Jim Tressel are 2nd cousins. Since you are on a different generational level that adds in the "once removed".
It also makes you partially evil.
...is Winston Churchill.
My family can stake 3 somewhat interesting claims. In no particular order:
Patrick Henry- He of "Give me Liberty or Give me Death" fame
Bernie Boland- Tiger Pitcher who once fanned Babe Ruth 3 times in a game with his wicked 12-6 curve.
My Granfather- Said to have survived nearly 14 years on only Gin/Tonic.
why mention the first 2 when number 3 is quite an impressive feat?
My great uncle was a starting halfback for the Idaho Vandals (which was a terribly exciting discovery for my Vandals-obsessed friends and I), my 3rd cousin is the dad from Seventh Heaven, and I'm distantly related to everyone in the MacBean clan from Scotland, including the actor Sean Bean, the actual King MacBeth, and this winner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sawney_Bean).
They're one of the founding families in Houston. When they originally settled the area they had well over 600,000 acres. My grandfather would visit his relatives, one a local Houston politician gave GHW Bush his start in politics. Part of the Crawford ranch is land we sold to them. The family moved to Houston from Arkansas by ox-caravan just after the Mexican American War because it was better land and a bit cooler. Before Arkansas they had made stops in Georgia from their first landing back east. The first Goolsbys came from the English immigrant John Gouldsby who came to James City via Lincolnshire in the 1660s. In England the name Goolsby, or Goulsby, or Gouldsby, or Goldsby comes from the town of Goulceby in the wolds of Lincolnshire. The name Goulceby is derived from the Viking name Colchesbi which means "farm of Kolkr." The Golkesbi family predates the Norman invasion of 1066. My fathers family are aboriginal Scots and my Grandfather is the first generation American on that side of the family.
My uncle is the original Batman, before passing the deed down to my cousin.
My mother, after a car accident, has the esophagus of a goat as well as the foot of a large gorilla named "M’bili", who passed away in the San Diego zoo.
My great-grandmother was the prostitute of a Russian frog farmer, who later had an affair with the current President at the time, John F. Kennedy. She later went on to have another affair with his son, John F. Kennedy Jr. Unfortunately, she perished on a flight to Martha's Vineyard.
I was born in-between the two Berlin walls (yes, there was actually two walls with a passage in between).
My 3rd cousin, twice removed, is Denzel Washington.
My father owns the record for the heaviest midget in the world at 113 lbs 2 ounces.
My sister was the original owner of the restaurant chain "Five Guys" and was the first director of 'Passion of the Christ: Redux" featuring Tim Tebow as Jesus Christ and Oprah Winfrey as Mary.
I am a distant relative of Conan the Barbarian.
We must be related. Sounds familiar
we are connected through our second cousin twice removed....Suge Knight!.....
Descendant of John Adams
Distant Relative of Princess Diana
Father's side: Great grandfather was an engineer for GM, grandfather was an engineer for IBM (and published a paper later used by Boeing to make the landing gear of the 747, among other things), father is a civil engineer for Hazen and Sawyer. My great-grandmother and both paternal grandparents each have at least one UM degree. My grandparents are self-made millionaires who help fund my education and still retain the frugality of their Great Depression upbringing, and still ask how the team/Detroit is doing every time I see them. My nana is a feminist and custom ordered a pink Mercury, which is now in my possession.
Mother's side: Back in the 1700s or so, my great-great-great (times a lot) grandfather and his sons won a title (it translates to "Duke" or "Baron"), a crest, and lands from the king of Hungary for "the quelling of a peasant rebellion." Much later, the Nazis saw fit to seize our manor, and it was never returned to us after the war. It is now essentially a state park. By the early 50s, my grandmother's family had to flee to the states due to pending communist revolution. Also, my great-grandfather was a jeweler and made signet rings featuring our crest for his daughters and granddaughters. We still have a huge copy of the family tree dating to the great-grandfather who was awarded our title. There are countless stories to be told about my grandmother and great-aunt's transition (or lack thereof) to American life. Long story short, they think they're the Gabor sisters. My grandmother's first husband (my grandfather) was also on the Gold Train during WWII. He later divorced my grandmother on the grounds of being gay, yet is still the most politically conservative person I know.
Nice Ninja 250 in your avatar. My wife has a green one. (Not a knock, it's a really fun bike to ride.)
Fredric Conklin was JFK's doctor following the PT-boat disaster and pinned the medal on JFK's chest.
This is actually somewhat relevant to this board because this is the same Fredric Conklin who was captain of the 1911 UM Football Team and an assistant coach under Yost in 1912.
His nephew was my grandfather Fred Olds (my avatar) who played at Michigan 1937-1939 and blocked for Tom Harmon.
I'm quite certain that I'm the only one here that can claim this: my wife is the princess of South Korea. Or, to be more exact, King SeoJong The Great is my wife's great (x 350 years) grandfather. He is the most famous king in Korea and the creator of modern Korea, including the Korean alphabet. His palace is the main cultural attraction in Seoul and they have a "changing of the guards" ceremony daily while wearing the traditional uniforms of the times. My son loves to go there and imagine that these guards are his to command.
Secondly, Chris Webber dunked on me in high school.
My great uncle has a navy Nimtz super carrier named after him: The USS Carl Vinson. This is the ship that buried Osama Bin Laden at sea. Dude, my uncle baried Bin Laden. Bitches, I win!
Have we checked with CRex?
My family are direct descendants of Henry Clay whose considered by most historians as the Greatest/Most Influental Cngressman Ever. He also was a major party candidate for President four times, but lost easily ever single time.
I went to Michigan.
descendant of alexander graham bell
my sister and brother-in-law are filmmakers... no big hits, but it's always fun to see their films or projects they worked on get press.
And wondered "how the f--k did they track it back THAT far...?"
My dad is responsible for creating the hubcaps (the small ones) that police use for their cars.
the bastard son of Horace G. Prettyman
You were the biggest regret in my life.
Well... You and losing to Cornell back in '89.
I am a distant relative of Sacagawea. That's right, my family is on money.
The Declaration of Independence - Charles Carroll of Carrollton
My Grandfather was stationed on the very first nuclear submarine
My dad met Wernor Von Braun
My Aunt was the first softball All American at Michigan. That's about it. There was one somewhat big time general in the civil war but nothing huge.
Edit: Also my family (way back in the day obviously) used to own part of what is now central park in NYC.
I went head to head with Mark Ingram a couple times in high school. Pretty cool watching all of his accomplishments from then, moving forward.
Ha, Mark is my cousin.
Ha nice man. Dude is a stud.
I'm a direct descendant of Benedict Arnold.
Haters gonna hate.
What up my brotha, I am too. What does that make us like 9th cousins?
Nice! Then we're family. I'm sure you're a very very good looking person.
My family holds the record for most people to go to West Point. In my direct line, I would have been 7th generation West Point but I went to Michigan instead. Oops.
My grandpa's cousin was Richard Pryor. They grew up together. The stories he would tell us about their childhood are hilarious. I am also related to Terrelle. In fact, he looks like a younger version of my grandpa. I am also related to singer Otis Redding, and "Roots" author Alex Haley. My great grandfather's cousin used to watch over a young Elvis Presley while his parents worked in the cotton fields in Mississippi.
All of the above (well, except Terrelle) were entirely awesome, but Otis Redding was a particularly strong musical inspiration for me when I was starting out in music.
My dad, in college, designed the "Neighborhood Watch" logo (the one that looks like an eye). It was a marketing project, and he never saw a dime. Also, in his teens/twenties, he would take a boat with his friend and Kurt Vonnegut to go drinking at some bar in the Hamptons. Vonnegut, he said, knew how to have a few drinks.
My great-uncle is in the Warren Commission Report. This is the commission that investigated the JFK murders; turns out he was best friends with Jack Ruby (Oswald's killer) when they were in the Air Force/Corps in WWII. The report talks about how they used to carouse and go to bars/strip joints.
My uncle sued George Harrison and won. As a Beatles fan, this always bums me out.
My second cousin is in the band The Bravery.
Apparently, my mom's side had achieved some sort of noble status in Russia (barons, I believe) but they made a quick exit when the whole "bolshevism" thing reared its head.
My great uncle onmy mothers side managed both the beatles and the rolling stones (at seperate times obviously). She and her friends got front row seats to many a concert and even went to a few parties with the beatles after the concerts. She wasn't a huge fan of the stones so they didn't bother going to parties with them.
General Robert E. Lee is my great, great, great, great, great, great-grandfather.
that means your ancestors include "Light-Horse Harry" Lee and Martha Washington (but not George Washington).
i was reading to see if posting this would be interesting enough because of how many greats go before the Grandpa part in my family. my mom has some family tree stuff that shows Grandpa General Robert E. Lee in my family! i have also come into some stuff on my Dad's side that could help me get started to see where i come from! i am open to suggestions as to how best go about finding out this info!? i have heard that The Church of the ladder day saints (seventh day adventists) have a huge stockpile of info on geneology?
Go BLUE! Beat Western
My dad is an Olympian. He competed in Judo...
Abraham Lincoln is a distant relative. I heard Ben Franklin is too but I can't trace that.
My family owns the only textiles business in Cleveland. There were others, but we bought them out.
I am a relatively well known name in Louisville, KY. I've been doing traffic and news reports for over 3 years here. People know my name by looking at it.
And... I got nothing for the third one yet haha
My grandmother always says we are related to Mark Twain (Samuel Clemons). Also my wife's step grandfathers niece walked in graduation with Kevin Koger...
My dad can beat up your dad.
My Dad's hotter than your dad..
I feel awkward now.
My great uncle once made the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs.
....but who can't, with this?
Does that make you one of Skywalker's grandkids? (Geeking up the thread....) Guess you could figuratively be a Wookie...
My cousin is Clint Hurdle, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
That's all I have sports wise.
My uncle is Jon Scieszka, he's a famous children's book author. His two most notable books were "The Stinky Cheese Man" and "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs." He has a million other books but those are the two most famous. He actually was also selected to be the first ambassador of the Library of Congress for children's books. I was a pretty popular kid when I told the kids in elementary school who my uncle was.
Awww I had both of those. Hilarious books. Stinky Cheese Man is a rascal.
I could go on and on here, but keeping it local (so to speak), I have two siblings that played varsity sports at UMich.
My Uncle Rico (back in '82) could throw the pigskin a quarter mile.
(Sorry if already posted hundreds of times.)
Other than the fact I used to bullseye whomp rats in my T-16 back home, I've got nothing.
My friend's dad, however, used to be a lawyer in the Navy, and A Few Good Men is based on him.
Another friend's dad saved Lil' Wayne's life when he shot himself as a kid, and he's referenced in a song.
My family's pretty boring, though. I've never looked up to see if there's anything interesting.. Y'all know an easy way to do that?
Go to Ancestry.com and sign up for the free trial. My daughter and I did it for a class project of hers and within two nights we had traced some relatives back to 1600. All you need to know is a couple of generations and you will probably find other people's family trees that you are connected to.
It was funny because my daughter sat at one computer tracing my mom's family while I sat at another tracing my dad's. In one night she made over 150 connections while I made about ten.
We ended up printing the results and sharing them with the family at Christmas and it was a big hit. Once your tree is large enough, they have a feature that will tell you famous people you are related to.
...how they measured your grandpa's fastball at 96 before they used radar guns?
Actually my first thought was that was absolutely not true, because no one threw 96 mph fastballs back then. My second thought was how they would have been able to track that without radar guns.
Rate=distance/time. They knew the distance between the catcher & mound, so they timed it from hand to glove. They used innovative stopwatch technology, I'd guess.
in Australia. He was a rower. He was part of a four w/out cox. If you watched the movie Social Network, when the two arrogant Harvard guys went to England to row in the Henley, they met Prince Albert, who's nephew, I believe was Jack Kelly, a famous rower. My dad says Jack Kelly never beat him head-to-head.
My dad has also won over 30 World University and Pan-Am Games gold medals. My dad is now 82 and held the record for the best singles time in the Masters division at the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston for over 10 years, I believe.
Me, I have done nothing famous, except, I am my son's dad.
My Grandpa's uncle (I think that's how it goes) is Tigers Great Charlie Gehringer. (dad's side)
I am quite distantly related to Bill Clinton [not sure how it all works out]. (mom's side)
This 6'1" white dude guarded LeBron James in the 2002 State Semi-Finals and managed to hold him to 32 points... At least I held him to his average haha! (good to see he's an ass-hat now).
is my great great uncle and my family owns brunos itlalian restaurants in billings, mt. My oma on my mothers side was made to build bombs in Deutschland till the factory got bombed. She hitchhiked home and meet a gi and fell in love and move to fairhope al. The gi she meet was from grand rapids and is responsible for my love of all things related to the university of Michigan.
My brother was on Jerry Springer. Not joking either.
As long as he wasn't with your sister or mother that's cool
It was actually before his show became trashy. Springer used to be a serious show. It was a show on kids with cancer.
Proud to say that my Grandpa was a punter under Bennie Oosterbaan for 2 years back in the day. He broke is jaw on punt coverage and didn't play after that but still pretty cool - at least to me.
So I'm not sure who's going through and moderating every comment in this thread as "Offtopic," but if anyone in my family played under a great like Oosterbaan, Yost, Crisler, or Schembechler, I'd be so happy.
My Grandpa (dad's side) was the 2nd man down the (man-made) Huron River - he was in the back of the canoe, the topographer was in front. He also was a B-17 Gunner in WWII but never saw action. He enlisted at 17 and after he was done with training the war was over.
My Grandma is a Holocaust survivor - she left Berlin at age 7-9 in 1939, spent a year in Sweden and met up with her parents in London for the Blitz. Her whole nuclear family made it out just fine and she just celebrated her 83rd birthday. Her dad fought for Germany in WW1.
My "claim to fame" my freshman year of high school I played against (former Bruin and current Maple Leaf) Phil Kessel. It was probably the best game of my life I had made about 50 saves and my team had 4 shots (the Madison Capitals were damn good). With 3 minutes left in the game it was 0-0, and that team was undefeated on the year. Anyway at 3 minutes left their team got a penalty shot adn Kessel took it. The story would be great if I stopped him on a penalty shot, but he burned me. We lost 3-0, but years later it's cool that I played against an NHLer
It doesn't have a date for the death of Gerald Ford. Very telling....
My great great grandfather was the Detroit City Planning Commissioner around the turn of the century. He wasn't the great one who built Detroit into the modern Metropolis in the 1920s, but the corrupt, shitless drunkard they had to clear out of the way so that guy could get in. He used to pal around with the Detroit Tigers as kind of a booster (except Ty Cobb -- none of them hung out with Cobb).
The older generation still tells Harry Prenzlauer stories once in awhile but the same stories are so different from each other I don't know what's fact or fiction anymore. What I do know is the box of stuff that's left from him is way less interesting than what you'd expect a dude who chummed around with Sam Crawford et al. to have. Like a champagne bottle that's just really old, and an old tobacco tin, and a boxing award there's no way was his.
There's another ancestor who built Port Huron. Way down the patrilineal line (follow the last name) there's a guy who might have been the first Fisher to come to America during the War of 1812 -- a British sailor who jumped ship in Sault Ste. Marie (where my grandpa's family was from).
"Myles Standish proud..." -REM
As a kid I always thought this was cool. Once you learn the history of the Mayflower, well, not exaclty a source of pride. Stupid historical facts.
I've got nothing right now, but I'm pretty sure my son will be president of the United States after an All-American football career at Michigan. Not sure if he'll win the Heisman yet.
The Team, The Team, The Team.
I am your father's brother's nephew's cousin's former roommate but it makes us absolutely nothing.
In all seriousness I am related to the Arguello family line. Former Governor of California, kind of founder of Los Angeles and former owners of Rancho Tijuana until the Mexican government just kind of took it. So technically I guess my family owns Tijuana not that we'd actually want it back at this point.
- A Great Great Uncle of mine was a designer of the Titanic, but was held off of the voyage by a family commitment.
- My cousin is a prominent architect in Chicago (architecture manager for Alinea, and others I would assume :P )
- I know the Thompson family (of which Thompson street is named after)
I'm related to John and John Quincy Adams as well as the first Princess of Wales.
EDIT: Living in Texas I forgot this might mean something - Bob Evans was my cousin and one of the other founders of Bob Evans is my great uncle.
I have a cousin in Cleveland
Check and mate
Wilt the Stilt hit on my mom on a plane in the 70's. Much did he not know my dad was sitting behind her. It didn't work out so well for Wilt. Wilt was too lanky to handle my 6'3" dad, LOL. They didn't fight but I would put at least $3.50 on my dad. (Tree Fitty for the loch ness monsta)
My uncle intercepted a pass off Joe Namath in a high school game.
My uncle intercepted a pass off Joe Namath in a high school game.
Wasn't everybody in that era?
Nice one MWolverine! Touch with an "e" and an accent aigu!
My Dad was a child hood friend of "Bullet Bob Hayes" which is one of the reasons I started liking the Cowboys when I was really young. They also ran track together in high school at Gilbert High in Jacksonville,Fla. My dad was a very good football player but did not make it following injury. I would not have been around had he made it...so the world is a better place for it...
Will add more later as I confirm the other stories.
My Cousin is Madame Curie, she was my grandmother's first cousin.
My uncle scored four touchdowns in one game.
at Polk High School?
My grandfather was an astrophysicist who worked on the first smart weapon in WW II, the proximity fuze.
Then, after looking at artillery craters for all of WW II, he went back to astronomy, and realized that the craters on the moon were caused by meteoritic impacts. Everyone thought he was a loon back then. Apollo 11's samplings on the moon proved he was right. Now he is considered the father of modern planetary geology and, until his death last year at age 98, the world's leading authority on the moon. As one of his peers said, he got "so much so right so early."
He played on the UM tennis team as an undergrad, has 4 degrees from UM (BS, MS, PhD and an honorary doctorate). He was a professor at Michigan, Penn and Northwestern.
He also endowed the first chair in UM's astronomy department.
Most importantly, he attended at least one football game in Michigan Stadium every year from the year it opened until the year he died (he did not make it to a game in 2010).
He's my own personal hero.
On my mom's side I am related to both Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. And though I don't admit it much these days, Al Gore is a distant cousin. We both have Tennessee roots and are related to the first governor of Tennessee John Sevier.
On my dad's side I can claim relation to Jim Henson through marriage.......MUPPETS!!!!!
your family for the invention of the Internets then
that Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett were related.
Do you know what their relationship to each other was, AF?
But they aren't related. I had my grandmother email me our family tree and they are from two distinct branches. In fact, if my history is correct, they never even met. Boone was around 50 years old when Crockett was born, and they always lived in different parts of the country.
My great-uncles started Lafayette and American Coney Islands in Detroit and basically started the Greek immigrant rush to Michigan.
My grandfather was a violinest in the DSO and was pretty well respected violen teacher after he retired. My uncle on the same side of the family went out to California to become an actor and had bit parts in Outbreak and The American President.
I'm not good with all that 2nd, 3rd cousins' uncle stuff. Played in the Golden Age of Baseball.
From Baseball Almanac...
When Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers were coming to Cincinnati for the first series of the 1948 season, Litwhiler, then in his seventh big league season, was called into the office of Warren Giles, president of the Reds.
Remembering the meeting with Giles, Litwhiler explained, "I'm wondering, 'What happened?' You don't get called upstairs unless you're getting traded or sold, or something like that. When I got there, the mayor of Cincinnati and a representative of B'nai B'rith were also there.
"Mr. Giles said, 'You are a college graduate, and I believe you will agree that Jackie Robinson should play major league baseball.'
"I said, 'Yeah, if he can play baseball, that's fine. I wouldn't want to see anyone come in just for reasons of color or race. But if he can play, let him play.'
"Giles said, 'We thought you'd feel that way. We want you to pose for a picture with Jackie, who's coming a day early. That will let people know the Cincinnati Reds welcome him.'
"I agreed to have the picture taken, and the photo ran in the papers the day before the first Dodger game. We got to be friends after that.
The photo shows Litwhiler and Robinson smiling and looking at a poster sponsored by the Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee. The poster shows several white boys and one black youth, with the batter saying, "What's his race got to do with it? Can he can pitch?"
Given his Pennsylvania Dutch upbringing, his basic sense of fairness, and his educational background,Litwhiler, who admitted taking "a lot of flack from a few of the players over the picture," had no qualms about his friendship with Robinson.
He played 11-1/2 years in the bigs and coached several college teams among them Florida State and (unfortunately) Michigan State. In the hall of fame at Bloomsburg University, Florida State, and MSU.
A "motherfucker", that's messed up. But I can see the reason for the fight.
He finished #2 in his class. Mom's cousin is a former Secretary of State. There's a few pro athletes (past and present) on my mom's side as well. Second and third cousins. One has 6 rings! Huge fam on mom's side! She has 14 siblings.
My great-great-great (many times repeated) grandfather signed the US Constitution. Going back six hundred years before that, we rolled into England with William the Conqueror.
So we went from being badasses to being poncey bureaucrats. (looking in mirror) Yeah...that's about right.
My dad is first cousin to Mark Messner. I have no idea what that makes my relation to him, but my dad always said that when Mark and his brother would get into wrestling matches, it felt like the house was going to collapse.
My father was captain one year in the 1970's, then coached throughout the 80's. He was a decent player. But kids at school ask me if he was all american or won a heisman, I just tell him what my dad tells me "I sucked."
One of my great-something-grandfathers was with Cadillac on the expedition that founded Detroit. My grandma once had the family tree done (like, way done, into some major detail) and there are names all over it, great-something-uncles and whatnot, like Gratiot and Beaubien.
I am somehow related to Buffalo Bill.
Thomas Hooker was one of the founders of Harvard. His house was located on what is now Harvard yard. He then founded Connecticut. Then there was General "fighting" Joseph Hooker from the Civil War who lost to Lee at Chancellorsville. FDR is also distant in the tree.
As for me, I once got into a fight with Ric Flair in a bar in Battle Creek and almost one with Thunder Dan Majerle (they started both) over a pool game but me and my boys where bigger than him and his boys so he wisely backed down.
Oh, and Brian once referred to me as a "12 year old" from sackcarr on one of his posts during the Christian Wilson recruitment.
what bar did this happen at? do you live in Battle Creek? back when i was 19 i was a bouncer at a night club/bar in Kzoo where we did an after underground fight night with Dan Severn and his boys against some local yocals who thought they might have something for "The Beast"
GO BLUE beat WMU
It was next to the arena. Poncho's or something.
Hillbilly Jim body slammed me in a bar in atlantic city, just to show how strong he was. I'm 3 bills +.
Hillbilly Jim?! Memories of WWF events at the Joe Louis Arena in the 1980's come to my mind. Thanks :)
My family is related to me.
i'm a direct descendant of the Baal Shem Tov ("Master of the Good Name"), the guy who founded Hasidic Judaism. He was supposed to be a direct descendant of King David.
If the King David part is true, then I'm Jesus' cousin.
This would feel a lot cooler if I wasn't an atheist.
Steelworking, industrial engineering, and coalmining. Post-c.1960: newspaper writing/art, MDs and veterinarians, engineers, lawyers, and one ferocious Wolverine (that's me).
i am open to suggestions as to how best go about finding out this info!? i have heard that The Church of the ladder day saints (seventh day adventists) have a huge stockpile of info on geneology?
This is mostly correct. It's Latter Day saints. The ladder-day saints are entirely different. And they are Mormon, not Seventh Day Adventist. The archives in Salt Lake City are enormous and a huge resource for people doing genealogical work.
My mother likes doing that sort of stuff and has taken numerous trips to SLC to further her research. They collect family bibles which often have very accurate family trees in them.
If you want to know if you are related to someone, just go ahead and assume that you are. You and I are related. You and a chimp and a dolphin and a rat and a jellyfish are also related. You just have to go farther back for each one of those things.
When you are thinking about generations, think about the power of two. You're Gen Zero...so 2^0. You're parents are the first...2^1 = 2. Your grandparents are the second generation...2^2 = 4. And so on and so on. A generation is about 20 to 25 years. So, 20 generations is only going back 400 to 500 years. So we're talking ROUGHLY about the time of Jamestown, yes? My relatives weren't at Jamestown, but they reached the new world shortly after. That's cool, huh? Except that there 2^20 people between me and that guy 20 generations ago. 2^20 is about a million. Me and 1,048,575 all get to make the same claim. : \
You (and me) and a chimp are more closely related than a mouse is to a rat. So...if you are really interested in genealogy, it's a good way to find out how your family got here, what they did, who lived and who died. It's a time consuming hobby, but it beats the crap out of hanging out on Facebook or watching reality shows. (it is NOT better than hanging out Mgoblog or watching porn, however).
Start slow and start small if you're really interested.
My father singled off of Jim Kaat in college and I singled of of Jim Abbot in high school. Let it be said my family can hit major league pitching (ok, before they made it to the major leagues, but who really cares).
I am a direct descendant of Noah and before that, Adam.
My father is one of the non-Jews saved by Oscar Schindler.
My dad (now 87) was a B-24 crewman whose left wing was hit by three dud anti-aircraft shells while flying a resupply mission for the 101st and 82nd Airborne near Arnheim, Holland in September, 1944. (A bridge too far).
I always thought the odds of three dud shells in succession was an unbelievable coincidence. When I saw Liam Neesom say "not a single piece of live ammunition will leave this factory" I had a moment of recognition. When I asked my dad about it, he said it was the first thought he had when he saw that scene. I've since confirmed that among a wide range of armaments, Schindler's factory turned out that kind of AA.
Maybe it's coincidence? But I prefer to be grateful.
I'm related to Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan on my mom's side. He 'accidentally' flew from NY to Ireland when his flight plan called for him to fly from NY to Long Beach, CA. True story.
Darth Vader is my father...NOOOOOO
On a serious not, going back to the original poster, if your grandad had a 96mph fastball back in the 20's/30's/40's ..... I think he would have been the hardest thrower in the history of baseball at that time, no?
After inflation that's like a 94,000 mph fastball. That's crazy. He would totally dominate. Raburn could probably hit him, though.
I am a direct descendant of Zilpah, Jacob's sister Leah's slave.
Or was it Abraham's sister.
I'm part French Canadian. Since not that many French colonists actually settled down permanently in Canada (only around 5,000 did over the whole 150-year period), and as those who did were very, very prolific, I'm more or less related to the whole lot of them. Deitan Dubuc FTW!
Welp, looks like we're related.
Rudy Tomjonovich came off the bench for my dad in high school.
My Gramps on my dad's side made the football helmets for Michigan... so I'm kind of a big deal. He did other stuff too, but thats all I really care about.
I had five uncles serve active duty in WWII. My grandmother had one of the very few five star door hangers in the US.
BTW, they all came home from the war.
I'm a division manager! People are scared of me! I DRIVE A DODGE STRATUS!
My grandfather got his doctorate from UM, served in WWII and was part of an Army Corps Engineers squad that shot down a plane using carbine rifles from telephone poles in northern Africa. (have the pic to prove it) He then went on to found numerous AA chapters across Michigan, co-founded the head start program in Toledo, and then served as the head of the Department of Health until his retirement.
Or - we are direct decendants of Daniel Boone.
An ancestor on my mom's side was in the Boston Teaparty. There's no official list but we know it's true, because hooliganism still runs in the family (my grandfather was a politician and it doesn't get more hooligan-ish than that).
On her side of the family, a relative has been in every war since the French and Indian.
On my dad's side, his dad donated the first calf from Michigan to the Heifer Project. And his family have been pacificsts going back to ... before the French and Indian War.
I did the flooring in the locker rooms!
I went to the space capsule to do my thing and when I came back in to work, everyone was standing around talking... Bo walked through and I missed it. I did get Chris Perry to sign my print though. haha
One of the ceramic guys put Ohio State real big on the cement board before he installed the tile. I blame him for the last 10 years.
is HOFer Charlie Gehringer- UofM grad and Detroit Tiger!
My great uncle was Los Angeles Times sportwriter, Jim Murray. Always liked when he visited, he had the best stories.
My grandmother also claims that our family is a distant relative of Mary, Queen of Scots.
My 2nd cousin played keyboards for Sting recently:
Grandfather was in the resistance during WW2 and later came to the US and wound up working on the Saturn V rockets.
Not my family but a family friend is related to Ross Ryan, the former Michigan punter.
My great, great, great, great grandfather founded the first successful manufacturing business in Columbus, OH, an iron foundry specializing in agricultural implements.* He was also the inventor of the five-cent handshake and was the controversial figure at the center of the famous early athletic scandal, Plowgate.
*That part's true.