WDYTYA – Sean Hayes

seanhayesSean Hayes is the next person to investigate their ancestors on Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA). Sean is best known for his role as Jack McFarland on the sitcom Will & Grace, for which he won an Emmy Award, four SAG Awards, and one American Comedy Award, and six Golden Globe nominations.

Sean’s father left the family when Sean was just 5, and they’re currently estranged. His father and his siblings were placed in an orphanage when at least one of their parents was still alive. Sean’s grandfather died at an early age on Chicago’s skid row. Going back another generation, Patrick Hayes came to the US from Ireland in 1901. Patrick’s father, also Patrick Hayes, was arrested for assault at the age of 21 and served time in a prison in Ireland under hard labor.

Not all family history is pleasant and this sure sounds like it will be an interesting journey for Sean and everyone watching this episode. WDYTYA airs Sunday, March 29th, at 10 p.m. (eastern and western time) on the TLC channel.

Kodak History Notes – Super Glue

This is the first of an occasional series about Eastman Kodak; highlighting the best of the history of comapny, the failures and the forgotten (or maybe secret) history. In this case, it is of an invention that is all of those.

Dr. Harry W. Coover, Jr.

Dr. Harry W. Coover, Jr.

What most everyone calls Super Glue was invented by a Kodak employee. In 1942, during WWII, Harry W. Coover Jr. was searching for something to make plastic gun sights out of. He and his team tested cyanoacrylates but found that it would stick to the molds.

Then in 1951, (then Doctor) Coover, had Fred Joyner at Kodak’s research laboratory in Tennessee, test cyanoacrylates for use as a heat resistant canopy on jets. The 910th compound was placed on two lenses on a refractometer to test how clear it would be. Joyner then discovered he could not separate the lenses. Dr. Coover knew that the compound would be useful as a great adhesive. As he was the team leader, Dr. Coover received the patent on the new adhesive.

In 1958 Kodak started selling the adhesive compound as “Eastman #910″ (later “Eastman 910″). During the 1960s, Kodak licensed the formula to Loctite, who distributed it under the name “Loctite Quick Set 404″. In 1971 Loctite created a similar adhesive they called “Super Bonder.” Loctite quickly gained market share, and by the late 1970s it was believed to have exceeded Kodak’s share of the market.

Then in 1980, National Starch and Chemical Company purchased Kodak’s glue formula and eventually became known as “Permabond.” You can still buy the “Eastman 901″ but it is less known than other super glues.

In 2004, Dr. Coover was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama. Doctor Coover held a total of 460 patents. He died at age 94 at his home in Kingsport, Tennessee on March 26, 2011.

Old News – Littering

This article is both old and current. It is about people littering their town’s streets.
The ad has a movie that is being shown in 3 parts. They means that there are 3 reels of the movie but it those days they only had one projector so each reel had to be changed by the operator while the audience waited. The war movie had a total running time of only 35 minutes. Click on the ad for a larger view of it.


Fairport, NY
Thursday, March 256, 1915


There are many people who are thoughtful for the appearance of their own home places, yet who are absolutely careless as to the general appearance of their town.

Comparatively few persons, who have any sense of cleanliness ar all, would litter up thir own home grounds by throwing refuse out of the windows. Yet the same people will scatter paper bags and other waste matter about the streets of their town. Then they complain against the local officers if the place is not kept in a neat condition.

Most people also feel some pride about keeping up home places. They will take pains not to run over grass bankings, and will scrupulously follow paths. But when they go downtown they will cut corner, gradually wearing down plots of grass, and give the village an unfinished and run down air. No matter how much money a town spends to keep its public ways in good shape, it will never have a neat and tidy appearance unless its citizens co-operate. People should feel a positive sense of shame in throwing away anything that would make their streets look unattractive.

In some places boys and girls are trained to pick up waste paper that is flying about the streets. With a lot of youngsters active in that way, not merely to remove evidences of other people’s disorder, but not to make any of their own, it is astonishing how a town’s appearance can be transformed.

Allowing public streets to remain in a disorderly condition must hurt the reputation of a town. In these days of automobiles a town receives visitors constantly from far and near, Residents of other cities come in a critical spirit. They are quick to see evidences of public disorder, and they bear away the news that this or that town is dirty.

Spring is the time for cleaning up. Let us all resolve to keep the streets neat this season!

Top Songs of 1965; #6

Supremes-stop-loveThe next song to go all the way to the top of the record charts in 1965 was “Stop! In the Name of Love” by The Supremes. It was the groups fourth number one song in a row. It was written by the Motown team of Holland–Dozier–Holland. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Rock & Roll Group Vocal Performance,but it lost out to “Flowers on the Wall” by the Statler Brothers

The Supremes will be back again in 3 months with another number one song.

Download (for a small fee) songs by The Supreemes from Amazon.com.

Top Songs of 1965; #5

eightdaysaweekThe Beatles are again back on the top of the record charts in 1965 with “Eight Days a Week.” The title is attributed to two sources. One is Ringo who often said odd phrases. The title may also be from an over worked chauffeur that once ferried The Beatles while on tour. Both explinations have been given by Paul McCartney. The song was first released as a single in the US (see picture) on Feb. 15th. It was later on the album “Beatles VI” that was released on June 14th.

Eight Days a Week” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for 3 weeks (Feb. 28 – March 20). It was on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of March 7 – 20.

The Beatles’ songs can only be downloaded from iTunes. There is a link on The Beatles official website.

WDYTYA – Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon and her daughters. (TLC)

Angie Harmon and her daughters. (TLC)

Angie Harmon is the next celebrity to investigate her roots on Who Do You Think You Are” (WDYTYA). Angie was on the TV series Baywatch Nights from 1995 – 1998. She then played Abbie Carmichael on Law & Order from 1998-2001. Since July 2010, she has been on the TNT crime-drama Rizzoli & Isles, playing police detective Jane Rizzoli.

On this episode, Angie discovers her 5th great grandfather, Michael Harmon, came to America from Germany as an indentured servant. Michael ended up fighting in the Revolutionary War after completing his servitude. He was one of the soldiers that was stationed at Valley Forge, PA during a very cold winter. Michael got involved in a protest for basic rights for soldiers of food, clothing and shelter. Angie visits Philadelphia’s Free Library, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the park at Valley Forge to get more information. She also visits Kentucky where Michael went on to become a well to do land owner. That land is still owned by a member of the Harmon family.

WDYTYA airs Sunday, March 22nd on the TLC channel at 10p.m. (eastern).

Old News – Charlotte Annexation

A couple of articles about the City of Rochester absorbing the Village of Charlotte which was originally in the Town of Greece.


Rochester, NY
Tuesday, March 16, 1915


This is election day in Charlotte, its last election day as a separate municipality if the newest annexation bill becomes law. It is not different in all respects from preceding elections at the Port of Rochester.

Two propositions are being voted on. One relates to the construction of a sewer and laterals in Chestnut street. The other caries with it permission for the Guilford Bluff section to use the new Beach avenue sewer by paying 25 per cent, of the cost of enlarging it. It is though both propositions will be carried.

All was quiet at Charlotte according to an up-to-the-minute bulletin at 2:45 o’clock. It is probable that one of the biggest votes ever polled in the lake port will be cast. The total enrollment is 675, at 2:30 o’clock 398 had voted.




Will Not Become Effective Until Next Year, But School Obligations Will Be Assumed.

>ad-1915-03-16Contrary to a published account of the Charlotte annexation bill introduced in the senate last night by George F. Argetsinger, which intimated that that the bill did not emanate from administrative sources. Mayor Edgerton said this morning that the bill was purely an administrative measure. Although Mr. Edgerton was evasive and non-committal on the existence of the measure when asked about it yesterday, he was quite ready to admit its origin this morning, after it had become a matter of public record in the senate.

Besides providing for the annexing of the entire village of Charlotte, and the Charlotte harbor, the bill takes in the river from bank to bank including 150 feet on the east side to the R. W. and O. and including the boulevard. The portion on the east side of the river is to be added to the Seventeenth ward, while Charlotte is to be constituted the twenty-third ward.

Effective Next Year.

According to the terms of the measure, the annexation will not be effective until January 1, 1916, but the bill provides that the taking over of the school property and obligations in districts 4 and 10 shall be effective immediately and stipulates that after the enactment of the law no assessments for these shall be levied by the town or school districts, no bonds issued except through the authority of the mayor, no indebtedness in excess of $500 contacted, no conveying or transferring of the property by the town, and no contracts let for after January 1st.

In other words, the city if the law passes, will immediately assume all the authority in the school districts of Greece, which are affected by the annexation, although the new territory will not pass within the city boundaries until after January.

A specific provision on the bill is that no street car corporation shall charge more than 5 cents for a continuous ride within the limits of the city of Rochester, Inasmuch as the Charlotte cars run over the Charlotte boulevard, this provides for five cent fares to the lakeside, as the bill further specifically provides that transfers must be issued from all lines to the Charlotte cars.

City to Assume Debt.

The enactment of the law will mean that the city of Rochester will assume all contracts and all indebtedness of the village of Charlotte and the annexed school districts in Greece, which will amount to about $62,000, with means for paying off $21,500 of that amount. This does not include a $35,000 bond issue for the paving of Beach avenue, which is to be assessed against the abutting owners.

The Kodak Park district, St. Barnard’s seminary, Holy Sepulchre and Riverside cemeteries, St. Ann’s Home for the Aged and all other property on either side of the Charlotte boulevard from the present city line to the Charlotte line will remain in the town of Greece.

American Pickers Coming to NY State

american-pickersThe History Channel series American Pickers, about two guys traveling around the country is looking for “rusty gold” in New York State in April.  Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are interested in leads to people with a large collection of what some call junk and others others call collectables. They are on the hunt for interesting characters with interesting and unique items. Some of what they look for: vintage bicycles, toys, unusual radios, movie memorabilia, advertising, military items, folk art, vintage musical equipment, vintage automotive items, early firefighting equipment, vintage clothing, pre-’50s Western gear. They’re not on the looking for agricultural items, tools, glasswear or country primitives.

The production company for the series has sent press releases to local newspapers in Canandaigua, Utica, Lake George, Poughkeepsie and Riverhead on Long Island asking for names of people with a large collection to be explored. They are not interested in retail establishments nor flea markets.

If you have any of the above item or want to refer someone to Mike and Frank, e-mail your name, number, address and description of the collection and photos to: americanpickers@cineflix.com, or call 1-855-old-rust.

WDYTYA – Josh Groban

josh-grobanThis Sunday (March 15th) on Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA) musician Josh Groban is searching for information on his ancestors. He ends up going to Germany to find out why his 8th great-grandfather, Johann Zimmerman, left Germany. Zimmerman was a singing teacher and a Deacon of his local church. At the same time he was authoring under a pseudo-name books on mathematics and astronomy that ran counter to church teachings of that time. This episode airs at 10 p.m. (eastern time) on the TLC channel.

Josh’s new album “Stages” will be released on April 28th. It features songs from famous movies and musical theater shows. Josh is also the only artist who has had two albums appear on the Billboard top 20 best selling albums list in the past decade.

Old News – St. Patrick’s Day (2 of 2)

This set of articles about St. Patrick’s Day includes an article about the British royals handing out shamrocks on the day in 1915. They still do this. In 2014 Princess Kate was the member of the family giving out shamrocks as shown in the picture..


Friday, March 12, 1915

The Wearing of the Green

Irish Guards Are Decorated With the Shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day.

Princess Kate in 2014

Princess Kate in 2014

With the improvements in the relations of Irishmen and Englishmen, due to the enactment of the home rule law. the unifying influences of the fighting side by side in the Boar war and the great European struggle and other causes, the Irish shamrock is in a fair way to take its place with the English rose in the esteem of men and women on the eastern shore of the Irish channel. No longer is the shamrock “forbid by law to grow on Irish ground.” And it displays its pleasant green now on Patrick’s day in London and Liverpool and Edinburgh as bravely as in Dublin and Cork.

On March 17 the Irishmen in the British army ass sprigs and bunches of shamrock to their customary badges. The men of the Irish guards, one of the crack regiments of the army, are especially distinguished, for they wear shamrocks presented to them by members of the royal family. For many years Dowager Queen Alexandra, widow of King Edward VII and mother of King George V, has presented specimens of Ireland’s floral emblem to the officers and men of the Irish guards. There is n fear that the guardsmen. although serving in the British army, will ever forget their national festival. St. Patrick’s day fro them begins with a church parade and distribution of the queen’s shamrocks. Shortly after midday they sit down to a substantial dinner, and the afternoon is devoted to a Gaelic football match–this in time of peace. War, however, works many changes.

Of course everything connected intimately with the regiment must be adorned with the trefoil. The flags are decorated, the drums ring out more clearly because they wear the green, and the regimental mascot, a noble Irish wolfhound, bears proudly in his collar a generous bunch of shamrock.

Ireland’s Stirring Song.

The origin of the unofficial anthem of Ireland, “St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning,” is most obscure. The earliest known copy appears in Rutherford’s “Country Dances.” published in 1749, but it is said to have been played by the Iris pipers at the battle of Fontenoy in 1745 and was probably current for some time before this. The tune is found attached to various rollicking old English songs.

St. Patrick an American Money.

Very few people know that for a long time copper pennies bearing the effigy of St. Patrick circulated and were legal tender in the land that is now the United States of America.

At the time the Confederation of Kilkenny levied troops and sent out ambassadors it also coined money, and some of the subsidiary coins found there way into the colony of New Jersey.

Mark Newby took to that colony a large quantity of Patrick’s halfpense, as they were called, and they were made legal tender in 1682.

Some specimens of these coins are preserved by the Kilkenny Archaeological society. On one side of them St. Patrick, wearing a miter and carrying the crozier, is represented as holding up the “seamrog” as the emblem of the Trinity. On the other side is a representation of a king playing a harp.