Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Daddy Issues Part Three

Withywindle writes:
But this is all an attempt to explain (away) greatness; ultimately beside the point. We all have issues; some of us are great.

Dude, I mentioned Alexander first. Do you really think that I want to explain away Alexander's greatness?

Also, a reader points me to the opening words of The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley:
Michael Curley came to America at the age of fourteen; he married at twenty-one; he died at thirty-four. [...] He bequeathed to his son a wedding ring and, in his unseasonal death, the shared privation of the leading Irish-American politicians of his era. For Martin Lomasney, the longtime boss of Boston's West End; John F. Fitzgerald, Boston's mayor and John F. Kennedy's grandfather; David I. Walsh, Massachusetts' first Catholic govenor and senator; Al Smith, the New York governor and Democratic presidential candidate; and the slightly younger John W. McCormack, the Boston congressman and Speaker of the House -- all these men, each of whom would figure centrally in the different chapters of Curley's life, lost their fathers when they were between the ages of ten (Curley) and fourteen (Fitzgerald).

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