Top Songs of 1965; #7

It is another group that was part of the “British Invasion” of 1965 to go to the top of one of the record charts in 1965. Herman’s Hermits had the top spot on the Cash Box record chart for the week of March 28 – April 3. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart the song only make it to the #2 spot. “Can’t You Be My Heartbeat” was written by John Carter and Ken Lewis from Britain.

This would be just the first of a string hit songs for the group. They will be back again with two more top songs in 1965. The group eventually broke up in 1971. Peter Noone (“Herman”) eventually began touring by himself. He is busier now than ever. See his website  for tour dates and locations. Peter also has a program on SiriusXM (satellite radio) channel “60s on 6″ entitled “Something Good” after Herman’s Hermits’ hit song, “I’m into Something Good.”

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WDYTYA – Tony Goldwyn

Tony_Goldwyn_May_2014Next to explore their ancestors on Who Do You Think You Are? (WDYTYA) is Tony Goldwyn. Tony currently stars as the President of the US in the ABC drama Scandal. Way back in 1990 he was the villain in the movie Ghost. He even was voice of Tarzan in the Disney animated movie, Tarzan. Tony’s grandfather, Samuel Goldwyn, was the noted film producer and also the “G” in MGM studios. Tony’s father, Samuel Jr. was also a movie produce. Samuel Jr. just died a few months ago. Seeing as Tony knows his paternal line very well, he was interested in tracing his mother’s ancestors.

Tony goes to Oregon where his three-time great grandparents, Nathaniel and Mary Coe had to flee when an Indian war broke out. Previews show that Mr. Coe wrote an editorial defending the people of Oregon against the Indians. Mrs. Coe was also considered a “radical” because for was part of the cause for women’s rights. Tony also traveled to Albany, NY but I couldn’t find any details as to why he was there.

This episode airs tomorrow (April 5th) at 10 p.m. (eastern & western time) on the TLC channel.

Old News – Easter

A couple of articles related to Easter this Sunday. Easter Monday is celebrated in both England and Canada.


Friday, April 2, 1915

ad-1915-04-02Easter’s Date Depends on the Moon.

It is well known that Easter Sunday seldom, if ever, falls upon the same day of the month two years in succession. Indeed, it does not always appear in the same month, for, while its usually comes in March, this year it comes in April. This variation is traceable to the phases of the moon. Easter Sunday is always the first Sunday after the first full moon of spring. As spring begins on March 21, this means that Easter Sunday never comes earlier than March 21 or later than April 25.


In Warwickshire, England, Shakespeare’s home county, there was observed from ancient times a queer Easter custom known as “clipping the churches.” It is described by an old time writer as follows:

“When I was a child, as sure as Easter Monday came, I was taken to see the children ‘clip the churches.’ This ceremony was performed amid crowds of people and shouts of joy by the children of the different charity schools, who at a certain hour flocked together for the purpose. The first comers placed themselves hand in hand their backs against the church and were joined by their companions, who gradually increased in number till at last the chain was of sufficient length completely to surround the sacred edifice. As soon as the hand of the last of the train had grasped that of the first the party broke up and walked in procession to the other church (for in those days Birmingham boasted of but two), where the ceremony was repeated.”

Easter formerly witnessed many quaint customs in England, but most of them have died out in recent years.

Corrections to FSFT

About the year 2000 I submitted a GEDCOM with data on about 2400 people in my Wilklow family to the LDS Ancestral File. That data eventually was passed over to FamilySearch Family Tree (FSFT). Early last year I started going through all the data that I submitted to make corrections that I found over the years and updates of new information. I finally have finished that process.

As I went through each of the Wilklow family, I added sources that FamilySearch had in their “Record Hints.” Below is one record for Louis Wilklow where I ended up adding 13 sources. Most of those US and NY census records. One is a source for his marriage record extracted from the church record and another linked source from Find A Grave.


One branch of the Wilklow family moved to Ohio and those people have source citations from Ohio vital records that are on FamilySearch. Other members of the family have draft and military records as sources. I even ended up with a couple of divorce records as sources. Those are from other states as NY isn’t friendly about even sharing the dates of divorces.

Check out your family on FSFT and look at that box on the upper right, “Record Hints,” to see if there are some sources that you can add. I’ve only completed one branch of my family. Now I have to start on other branches of my family.


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.

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