A Dolmetsch box

Down a rabbit hole….

What are the chances of this: stumbling on this Ebay scraper page by accident, and discovering that two entries for recorders have the same bizarre notation.  They have both been edited on Ebay too, so something happened.

Vintage carved wooden recorder. Good tone. I found it in a Dolmetsch box. But I have doubts that it is actually a Dolmetsch. Based on the gentleman that once owned it, I’d estimate it’s age somewhere between 50 and 70 years. Appears in good condition with some wear evident around the mouthpiece.

On the page itself you can find links to Ebay sales for everything from a 24 carat gold flute mouthpiece for $4,695.00 to an entire gold flute for around 15 grand.  And all of these fancy flutes come from …the Netherlands!!!


Imagine that, the Dutch streets are paved with golden flutes, but they don’t have a pot to piss in. (see “wildplassen” hashtag) Peter Paul Ekker, a spokesperson for the deputy mayor: “Obviously it should be equal and everyone will agree it can be done better, but what are the costs, is there space, and is it worth it?” Is it worth it, heh.  Business as usual, in the gold-flute-lined streets of Amsterdam.  And still no Wikipedia article for this, or Geerte Piening, although they did add Zeikwijf to the Plaskrul article.

Not everything comes from the Netherlands of course, you can order an antique “H.F.Meyer Hannover” flute from Boise for a mere $625.  I kind of like it.

But back to the “Dolmetsch box”.

The thing looks kind of creepy, no?  It says it is made of wood, but it looks like bone.  Sort of like a femur, actually.

But this is a red herring, the Dolmetsch box was never about this, it was only there to send us down this Dolmetsch rabbit hole.

Dolmetsch (Eugène Arnold Dolmetsch,  1858 – 1940) was an instrument maker from Haselmere, south west of London.  Wikipedia has little interesting informaton about him, other than the names of his female relatives.

Moving on to an article in the Guardian, Arnold Dolmetsch had a reputation for being a sandals-and-beard sort of dude who looked like a druid, for being part of the arts and crafts movement, and for his instruments being recommended by George Bernard Shaw – there are numerous anecdotes about him with literary figures of the day (see this blog).

But most of all, Dolmetsch is credited with reviving the recorder as an instrument.  I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, or if the recorder even qualifies as a musical instrument, but it is entirely true that there are a lot of them out there, and that children are sometimes encouraged to try them, and that his name was stamped on them. So this is all his fault. His family dynasty also maintains a legendary music website https://www.dolmetsch.com/ that uses Sibelius Scorch to access.

According to Wikipedia, “His 1915 book The Interpretation of the Music of the XVIIth and XVIIIth Centuries was a milestone in the development of ‘authentic performances‘ of early music. ”  The book is a red link of course, but it is all over. Internet Archive has it. There are others. You can buy used copies, some more cheaply than others, and with a multitude of different covers. The book had all the great gossip about performance practice, for example, what did Mozart think of a particular type of ornamentation.

But where are the women?

After wading through three ex-wives and and some offspring, we find his daughter, Cecile Dolmetsch was a viol player, and his third wife Mabel Johnston /Mabel Dolmetsch was a noted player of the bass viol, as well as an author who wrote Dances of England and France 1450 – 1600, published by Routledge and Paul, 1949.

This must be the daughter in this 1928 video. Or maybe the other daughter Nathalie Dolmetsch, who became a leading member of the Viola da Gamba Society (red link). Full story of the video here.

Mabel Dolmetsch

Mabel Dolmetsch (1874–1963), was Arnold’s third wife, 16 years his junior, who had started taking violin lessons from him in 1896 and, within a year, had become part of the concert-giving “family”, mostly performing on the violone or the viola da gamba. At the same time, she worked as Arnold’s instrument-building assistant, as she’d been learning wood-working, on the quiet.

Mabel Dolmetsch’s most well-known book,  Dances of England and France 1450 – 1600, is not available, even in google books snippet view, although someone has obviously scanned it, so don’t bother to try to quote it for Wikipedia. There are plenty of used copies on 4mazon though. (Not gonna link, they will spam me with ads.)

She also wrote a few other books, including a memoir about her famous husband.

Personal and family life

Mabel Johnston /Mabel Dolmetsch was born the thirteenth child in a family of fourteen. Her brother was Harry Johnston (Wikipedia blue link). Thanks to her brother’s Wikipedia article, we know that her parents were John Brookes Johnstone, a Scottish insurance broker, and Esther Laetitia Hamilton, background and occupation unknown. She had four children with Arnold Dolmetsch: Cecile Dolmetsch (obit), Nathalie Dolmetsch (The Viola Da Gamba), Rudolph Dolmetsch (online) (national portrait gallery) , Carl Dolmetsch (bio) (obit)

Some sources

There is a family tree here with some biographical data: Dolmetsch history page: https://www.dolmetsch.com/historypage.htm

In French: https://www.dolmetsch.com/Dolworksfrench.htm https://data.bnf.fr/en/14857582/mabel_dolmetsch/

In German: https://www.sophie-drinker-institut.de/dolmetsch-familie

List of ref: https://www.dolmetsch.com/historypage.htm

Mabel Johnston’s recordings in connection with her work with the revival of the Irish harp may be historically interesting, but they are scratchy and hard to listen to.

Here is harpist Alisa Sadikova. (If you can’t open it, copy/paste to a new address bar)

And if you would like an encore, a Mozart concerto for harp and flute.


Gregor Murray

Gregor Murray or Gregor Fisher Murrey (May 14, 1987 – ) is a Scottish politician and an Independent councillor from Ward 6 (North East district) of Dundee in Scotland. This Dundee City Council district covers the areas of Mill O’Mains, Claverhouse, Fintry, and Whitfield.   Murray was elected as a member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in 2012 and again in 2016.

Murray was born in the Fintry area of Dundee, and attended secondary school at Braeview Academy.  Murray attended University of Dundee and received an MA in International Relations and Politics in 2008, and an MLitt in European Politics in 2010.  Murray was employed in IT, then as a journalism researcher, then from 2007 to 2013 worked for Shona Robison, MSP for the Dundee East district and the Cabinet Secretary who promoted a 40% female quota in boardrooms,  and for Joe FitzPatrick the Dundee West district MSP for the SNP, and the Government’s chief whip.

On the Dundee City council, Murray was the convener of the Children and Families Service Committee.

Murray’s stated gender is “Plural (neutral)”. According to mumsnet, Murray is male but “identifies as non-binary which is underneath the trans umbrella.
Non-Binary identities are very individualistic so it may mean that Murray does not identify as man or woman or alternatively Murray identifies as both man & woman.”


avatar twitter boy scout gregor murrayIn May 2014, while deputy convener for education, Murray attacked Alex Salmond’s plan for 40% female representation in boardrooms as “f***ing stupid”, and  “the biggest load of p*** I have ever seen”. (not sure what is p***)

In August 2017, a complaint was lodged against Councillor Murray by Rev Bob Mallinson over concerns the pedestrian crossings at new Tayview Primary School were not working in time for the opening.  According to the complaint, Murray “responded that he didn’t care and that he wasn’t interested in anything I had to say to him. Councillor Murray also called me a liar.”

grogipher-twitterIn July 2018, Murray referred to the political equality group Women 50:50 as “absolute roasters”, which was criticized by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale. “Roaster” is Scottish slang for an objectionable person.

In August 2018 Murray resigned as convener of the children and families services committee and equal opportunities spokesperson, following profanity-laden rants on social media surrounding an anti-trans protest at a London Pride event.

As chair of the children’s and families service committee, Murray approved a report about period poverty and sanitary products in schools without using the words girl, woman, or female but included transgender men and non binary.


In April 2019, Murray accused several Scottish Government ministers of “hysteria”, after they signed a letter of concern in connection with changing the Gender Recognition Act of 2004.  The current act allows gender recognition certificates to be issued “if the person involve has had a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and proof of having lived in their declared gender for two years”.  The proposal would allow certificates solely on the declaration of the applicant.

Statement by Joan McAlpine

In May 2019 Murray resigned from the SNP, noting “unwavering support” from the party in Dundee but accusing the wider party of having “a major institutional problem with transphobia”.

Also in May 2019, Murray was suspended from meetings of Dundee City Council and its committees.for two months by the Standards Commission for Scotland, an independent body that promotes and enforces codes of conduct for councillors. Murray called the decision a “miscarriage of justice.” The panel found “It was evident that the councillor’s description as TERFS being scum and hateful and vile that he intended it to be a term of abuse.” and also “The panel further determined that the councillor’s use of the ‘c’ word in a public forum such as a tweet was highly offensive and inappropriate.”

External links


Gregor-MurrayThe following is a full list of activities:

  • Convener of the Children and Families Service Committee
  • Council’s Spokesperson on Equal Opportunities.Member of
  • The Council’s service Committees (City Development, Children and Families, Development Management, Neighbourhood Services and Community Safety and Public Protection)
  • Representative, COSLA Board (Children and Young People)
  • Representative, Dundee Partnership (Children and Families Executive Board)
  • Member of the Dundee City Licencing Board
  • Member of the Tayside Pension Investment Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Personnel Appointments Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Personnel Appeals Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Whitfield Regeneration Forum
  • Member of the North East Local Community Planning Partnership
  • Member of the Dundee School Children’s Holiday Fund
  • Member of the North East Campus Project Board
  • Governor of the City of Dundee Educational Trust
  • Trustee of the Dundee Trust
  • Trustee of the Mars Training Ship Fund
  • Member of the Education Review Group
  • Member of the School Parking Review Group
  • Member of Educational Appeal Committees
  • Chair of the Appointments Panel for Education
  • Director of Dundee Science Centre
  • substitute member of Licensing Committee
  • substitute member of Local Review Body

(1) http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/councillors/gregormurray https://web.archive.org/web/20190515200326/https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/councillors/ward-6-north-east-gregor-murray

(2) https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/dundeecity/uploaded_publications/publication_3256.pdf https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/service-area/corporate-services/democratic-and-legal-services/elections-results-2012-more-detailed-information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Dundee_City_Council_election

(3) https://web.archive.org/web/20190515203331/https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:or9x7leCe_QJ:https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Politician/CllrGregorMurray/about/

(4) https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/891789/exclusive-dundee-councillor-gregor-murray-quits-snp-over-partys-institutional-transphobia/

(5) https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/878072/dundee-councillor-accuses-scottish-government-ministers-of-gender-hysteria/

(6) https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/dundee-councillor-gregor-murray-guilty-of-breaking-rules-by-swearing-at-woman-on-twitter/

(7) https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/womens_rights/3586397-Gregor-Murray-SNP-Councillor-guilty-of-verbal-abuse

(8) https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/05/30/ex-chair-of-snp-lgbt-group-says-female-boardroom-quota-is-a-fing-stupid-idea/

(9) https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13162718.snp-councillor-attacks-partys-female-quota-policy-as-fing-stupid/

(10) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-scotland-tayside-central-45151228

(11) https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1281707/snp-councillor-equalities-womens-group-absolute-roasters/

(12) https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/womens_rights/3316098-Childrens-Convenor-Elected-Councillor-calls-women-cunts-on-Twitter-rants

(13) https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/dundee-council-equality-chief-fire-branding-womens-group-absolute-roasters-twitter/


The 2019 PEN awards

This poorly translated tweet alerted me to the 2019 PEN awards scheduled for May 21 at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Everything is billed as a “gala” these days, so this will be a “gala”. The “gala host” is comedian John Oliver, so it’s pretty obvious how this is shaping up.

The tweet is a reference to Nouf Abdulaziz (red link), who is being honored along with Loujain Al-Hathloul and Eman Al-Nafjan, two other women imprisoned and tortured for speaking out against the ban on women driving.

“Writer-activists Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain Al-Hathloul, and Eman Al-Nafjan have been subjected to imprisonment, solitary confinement, and torture by the Saudi Arabian government as part of its brutal crackdown on individuals who raise their voices in defense of women’s rights in the Kingdom. In May and June 2018, just as the government was lifting the ban on women driving, many activists who had campaigned against the ban and for women’s rights were arrested. Among those detained were journalist, blogger, and activist Nouf Abdulaziz; activist and social media commentator Loujain Al-Hathloul; and blogger, columnist, and activist Eman Al-Nafjan. That the Saudi government would reform the driving law and simultaneously put those who had called for such reforms in prison makes clear their actual motive: to silence dissent and prevent these women’s powerful voices from being heard.”

nouf abdulaziz twitter screenshotAbdulaziz was arrested June 6 and hasn’t been seen since.

Her Twitter account is NoufProtected Tweets@nofah1. The profile in the upper left corner is ناصر بن غيث@N_BinGhaith: Dr. Nasser bin Ghaith, an academic and international economic expert arrested in the U.A.E. (see Wikipedia UAE Five). The other Twitter handle is Ahmed Mansoor@Ahmed_Mansoor, also of the UAE , the 2015 Martin Ennals Laureate, and a member of the advisory boards of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch. The photo montage of the three women (l to r) Eman al-Nafjan, Loujain Al-Hathloul, Azizah al-Yousef. Also, Nouf’s article on Arabic Wikipedia. Mayya al-Zahrani, who was reported arrested hours after posting a letter Abdulaziz had written in case she was captured, has also not been seen since.

Others honored at the gala will be Anita Hill (of Clarence Thomas Supreme court hearings fame), Bob Woodward (of Watergate scandal investigation fame), and Richard Robinson (red link), publisher of Scholastic children’s books.

Public domain animals

Purrrrcy demonstrates the WMF superpower of Doing Nothing. “I handle all the legal team cases where silence is the best option.” [source]
Fae has nominated a bunch of stuffed toys for deletion, including Purrrcy, the mascot of WMF legal.

The karma balance of the universe must be restored.

So I am looking for some public domain animals for your enjoyment.

I think I have hit pay dirt  Here is an 1894  taxidermy text from the Biodiversity Heritage Library. If that doesn’t sound “notable”, I don’t know what would. The text is by William T. Hornaday, an early zoologist that Wikipedia claims was a ” a pioneer in the early wildlife conservation movement”, apparently a fool who went running around the world killing animals and stuffing them in order to “conserve” them.

And here is the tiger, drawn by Charles B. Hudson, who can only be the same Charles Bradford Hudson (red link)  (1865-1939) (bio) as the American impressionist who “…illustrated a scholarly work on the preparation of specimens for display in 1891. Because of the quality of his work and his dedication, Hudson was hired to go on expeditions funded by the Bureau of Fisheries….”

Hudson is the author of two books:

  • The Crimson Conquest, (1906), Pizzaro’s conquest of Peru, ISBN: 0665858337 [Hathitrust] {Gutenburg]
  • The Royal Outlaw (1917) juvenile fiction about the biblical King David.[Hathitrust]

As a bonus, here is a reversed image of the tiger, in case anyone wants to sew them together to hang on the Christmas tree or make sock puppets or whatever.

And such is how the Cuteness Association becomes repopulated, one by one.

Here, kitty kitty, nice kitty.

Cecile Holmes

[Note: after posting this, suddenly the search engines are able to find a lot more information about Homes, as often happens. In particular an image search now turns up a lot. I should probably reorganize this, move the other topics somewhere else, but maybe later.  Since March is women’s history month this is a busy time in Wikipedia-land. At least I will add here her personal website which is now known: http://www.cecileholmes.com/services.html. ]

Cecile Holmes, American journalist specializing in covering religion

Cecile Holmes (Cecile S. Holmes, Cecile Holmes White, C. S. Holmes) is an American journalist and author specializing in religion, civil rights, and interfaith issues.  She was the 2016 recipient of the William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award. Her book Witnesses to the horror: North Carolinians remember the Holocaust, is in the collection of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Holmes received a B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina and M.A.L.S. from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. [1]

Holmes was religion editor at the Houston Chronicle, and religion and food writer for the Greensboro News and Record in Greensboro, N.C.  She was a journalist for Religion News Service and served as president of the Religion News Association from 1996–98. She teaches journalism at the University of South Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communications.[1] Her career has included interviewing international figures such Pope John Paul II. [7]

In her book Four Women, Three Faiths: Inspiring Spiritual Journeys she credits P.K. McCary, Phoebe Griswold, Riffat Hassan, and Arunima Sinha with being influences on her religious life. [2] She describes Parker J. Palmer in “The Courage to Teach” as an influence on her teaching philosophy. [3]


  • Witnesses to the Horror: North Carolinians Remember the Holocaust, 1987, “Published in cooperation with North Carolina Council on the Holocaust.”
    Full text on Internet Archive. OCLC/WorldCat 18045702. [4][5]
    Republished 2016 by Forgotten Books ISBN-13: 978-1332767809
  • Four Women, Three Faiths: Inspiring Spiritual Journeys, 2006. ISBN 9781891799617. (Review in Houston Chronicle) [6] Holmes interviews

    “P.K. McCary, of Houston, author of a Bible translation in the language of the American streets; Phoebe Griswold, wife of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church USA, who was involved in relief efforts at ground zero in New York; Riffat Hassan, a Muslim feminist and religious-studies professor who supports women’s rights in the Islamic world; and Arunima Sinha, who founded a Hindu temple in Columbia, S.C., and is active in interfaith activities in that city.” (Orlando Sentinal) [2]

  • “The CATT’s Meow,” by C. S. Holmes, 2003, Business & Economic Review, 49(3), pp 19-22, reprinted in Linking Workforce Development to Economic Development: A Casebook for Community Colleges, ed Rothwell, Gerity.  ISBN-978-0-8711-7383-6 [8]

External websites

cecile holmes


[1] https://www.rna.org/news/302735/Holmes-named-as-2016-Lifetime-Achievement-winner.htm

[2] https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2006-04-10-fourwomenbook-story.html

[3] https://sc.edu/study/colleges_schools/cic/faculty-staff/holmes_cecile.php

[4] https://openlibrary.org/books/OL25531125M/Witnesses_to_the_horror

[5] https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/bib22352 (United States Holocaust memorial museum)

[6] https://www.chron.com/life/houston-belief/article/Rethink-your-journey-author-says-1488585.php

[7] http://www.cecileholmes.com/ official website

[8] Linking Workforce Development to Economic Development: A Casebook for Community Colleges, ed Rothwell, Gerity.

See also

“The Holocaust: A North Carolina Teacher’s Resource”, North Carolina Council on the Holocaust (download)

Wikipedia survey:

Information about Cecile Holmes is initially hard to find, because like many women she has used different names; her current professional name is not the same one she is published under. Men don’t have this problem. You can also start to see the potential value of Wikidata here, in aggregating some of this information.

Initially she doesn’t look “notable” either, just one of millions of other women who do the grunt work in organizations year after year while men show up once in a blue moon and take the spotlight. You know them.  You’ve seen them all your life.  Or have they been too invisible, too ready to push someone else forward.  Yeah, we’ve seen them and not-seen them, because that’s how it’s always worked.  So now its starting to look like in staying where she was, and blooming where she was planted, so to speak, she has actually had some impact, with the post 9/11 religious reflection stuff, and again later with her other book being the basis of a holocaust course for schoolchildren. I would say she is ‘Wikipedia-notable’ just for being selected for the museum. And, typically for women, she’s not getting any money for it, it’s all open source, for the common good.

Here are the women mentioned in her post 9/11 book:

Perri K. McCary (red link) (P.K. McCary), “an African-American from Houston and author of Black Bible Chronicles (Wikipedia), a modern translation of the Bible” (interview) Black Bible Chronicles: From Genesis to the Promised Land/Rappin’ With Jesus: The Good News According to the Four Brothers Paperback – Box set, January 1, 1995, ISBN-13: 978-1569770108


phoebe griswoldPhoebe Griswold (red link) , (bio) “wife of the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church , who was involved in relief efforts at New York’s Ground Zero” (photo 1998)(Anglican Women’s Empowerment)(humanitarian award for heifer international)(Living the Theology of a bishop’s spouse: Experience, experiment, and adventure.” Anglican Theological Review, Winter 1999.)(husband Frank Griswold (Wikipedia), daughter author Eliza Griswold (Wikipedia).  Taking the “helpmeet” role as the wife in the most prestigious religious establishment on Chicago’s Miracle Mile does not seem to qualify for Wikipedia article, but who knows, the algorithms may yet churn up something new, like maybe the 9/11 interfaith ‘relief efforts’ I didn’t find. More likely no one noticed or bothered to write about it. Maybe she should write about it herself, instead of how to be prepared for all those little wifely duties, if her husband will let her. He’s retired now, she can say what she thinks.

griswold investiture

Riffat Hassan (Wikipedia), religious scholar and Muslim feminist. (faculty bio) (video) (pics) – her article has a nasty template at the top dating back 6 years in spite of being copiously sourced.

Arunima Sinha (red link), who founded a Hindu temple in Columbia, S.C. See the Pluralism Project, Harvard University, Hindu Temple of South Carolina official website. (Hmm, helped with Hindu encyclopaedia…) There is another picture of Arunima here in the PDF of the American release of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism (11 volumes, they had better get it online fast).  She seems to have connected the publishers with financing.

Here are some more topics, more or less civil rights related, bumped into at a gallop, with massive links for good luck.

forshey bookGerald E. Forshey (red link): (Gerald Eugene Forshey, Jerry Forshey) ((Chicago Tribune)(obit Sun-Times) lots of journal mentions etc. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,  oh and he wrote a book “American Religious and Biblical Spectaculars” (ISBN:0275931978) about Ben Hur and Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments, and another one “Rosemary’s Baby, the Exorcist, the Omen: The Negative Quest for Faith“.  Looks like he was also a co-editor or contributor or something of “The Christian Century” magazine. (Wikipedia). Forshey was a United Methodist pastor, a teacher of philosophy and film at Malcolm X College in Chicago, an opponent of the gambling industry, a frequent contributor to the Christian Century magazine, in the 70s started the Church of the New City at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he taught at Richard J. Daley College, got a master of divinity at Iliff School of Theology in Denver.

crucifixion chicago templeHe was once arrested and jailed for 5 days trying to integrate some churches, and seems to have acquired a remnant of a cross burned on the lawn of the chapel at Tougaloo College which was presented to him after a march and turned into an item of decor for his home.  NYT covered the photo on the front page (1964), another description. The piece of wood was brought to Chicago in 1964 by Rev. Martin Deppe, given to Forshey for his leadership. Several years later Forshey got Chicago artist John Kearney to sculpt it into a crucifix. The cross was donated to a Chicago Methodist church by Jerry Forshey’s widow, in a dedication ceremony, and is now part of the tour. Before the cross was donated, “Forshey never saw the cross as his alone. He shared it with the many activists who came to his home”:

Ed King sat in my house and stared at it. Bill Kunstler, our lawyer in Mississippi, stood in front of it and read some things he had written. Jesse Jackson sat in front of it to eat ribs and talk about how to get black subcontracting for electrical work in the Sears Tower….”

And thanks to Forshey we also know what God sounds like:

Rev. Forshey later remembered that he got a phone call at work late that afternoon, “I heard the voice of God saying, ‘Well, what are you going to do about it?’ It sounded just like my wife, Florence. ‘Do about what?’ I inquired. ‘What’s on the front page of the Daily News,’ she said.”…

Florence wrote an impassioned letter to the Jackson church where the arrests had taken place: “As a Methodist, and one who was brought up in a church in Mobile, Alabama, I find it even more difficult to understand how you can defy the Methodist Discipline, par. 2026 which states that “to discriminate against a person solely upon the basis of his race is both unfair and unchristian.”….

Jerry Forshey wrote his wife Florence from jail “There are five of us in our cell—Joe Buckles, Don Walden, Elmer Dickson and a professor from Tougaloo, John Garner. It is an indescribably strange experience to be turned away from a church. And jail is no great experience, I am afraid. Even with all the courtesies and protection we were getting, jail is still jail.” [see download for the Ann Keating piece.]

Florence probably deserves an article, but she seems to have kept a very low profile.

Jerry Forshey was also involved with Operation Breadbasket on Chicago’s West Side during the 1968 riots. He was cited by the NYT as part of a 1981 theological meeting in opposition to the Jerry Falwell Moral Majority. Here is an archived contents page for “livedtheology.org”, more of the cross-burning stuff.

Methodist History, 51:4 (July 2013)275 “KEEP UP THE AGITATION”1:CHICAGO CLERGy AND CIvIL RIGHTS IN THE 1960s Ann KeATing. [Download PDF here.]

There does not seem to be a photo of this guy anywhere, although it is reported he always had a disheveled appearance.
bronze image for burned cross crucifix dedication

William A. Reed (red link) ( d. 1991) first African-American president of the Religion News Association (Wikipedia “Religion Newswriters Association” huh?) (from 1976-78), first African-American to work full time for The Tennessean (Wikipedia) in Nashville, “one of the first African-Americans on the religion beat. W.C. Fields, a Southern Baptist Convention spokesman said of Reed, “I always felt that he was not only a good newsman, he was very sensitive to the implications of the stories he was writing.”” The award was created in 2001. ….ooh, this guy is hard to find….

Well well well,…

Black History Month: William A. Reed Jr. was pioneering journalist

William A. Reed Jr. was the first full-time African-American reporter hired by The Nashville Tennessean.

Even after his hiring in 1961, he kept a part-time railroad job, not sure if he could count on the newspaper for stability.

A Nashville native, Reed graduated from Pearl High School and Fisk University. He served in the U.S Army as a master sergeant in Europe and Asia during World War II, then worked for the Atlanta Daily World in 1946, the Norfolk Journal and Guide (red link) in 1947, and the Afro-American (red link, or rather a redirect to the Baltimore article, there are only articles for the Baltimore and Washington affiliates) National Newspaper from 1947 through 1961.

He became The Nashville Tennessean’s religion news editor in 1965.

In March 1991, he and Robert Churchwell were honored by the local chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists as the first full-time black reporters for white-owned press organizations in Nashville.

Reed accumulated a long list of awards over 23 years for his coverage of religion, including the Billy Goldberg Award from B’nai B’rith (red link) for a series of short stories on Israel.

Reed retired from The Tennessean in 1984 and died in November 1991.

Robert Churchwell (red link) (born in Clifton, Tennessee, on Sept. 9, 1917, d. Feb. 1, 2009, age 91) (bio with oral history and video) (very short obit) (feature) (eulogy) Gloria Churchwell, author of Robert Churchwell: Writing News, Making History – A Savannah Green Story, (children book),  Robert Churchwell’s birthday, September 9, Mr. Robert Churchwell Jr., who works at the school, helped to teach students about his father’s accomplishments. “Robert Churchwell Museum Magnet Elementary takes it identity as a museum school very seriously.”…The Jackie Robinson of Journalism.  Hmm, maybe need a disambig page from the retired college basketball player, ya think? …”He was inducted into the Society for Professional Journalism and was posthumously awarded its Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.” And there’s a documentary filmLecture. Oh yeah he should have a page.

Roy Larson (red link), (July 27, 1929 – ) religion reporter for the Chicago Sun Times, had a role in uncovering the Cardinal Cody scandal. After an 18-month investigation.  Received William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award. People were slipping him financial documents in plain envelopes at luncheons. More Cody:  1, 2 “Federal grand jury probes Cardinal Cody use of church funds.”, 3, 4, 5, …”Career: Ordained to ministry Methodist Church, 1956. Minister Covenant United Methodist Church, Evanston, Illinois, 1963-1968, First United Methodist Church, Elmhurst, 1968-1969. Religion editor Chicago Sun-Times, 1969-1985…. publisher of The Chicago Reporter, 1985-1994. Executive director Garrett-Medill Center for Religion and News Media, Evanston, Illinois, 1995—2002. Director communications Chicago Temple, 2003—2008.”  (Chicago Reporter, stry)(son Bradley Scott Larson dies in 2005)(short bio)(speech to journalism school) Cited on WP here, (also gbooks here).

Parker J. Palmer (Wikipedia) in “The Courage to Teach” (official website “On being”, with essays)

Ann Durkin Keating (red link) (profile) “is professor of history at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She is coeditor of The Encyclopedia of Chicago and the author of several books, including Chicagoland: City and Suburbs in the Railroad Age and Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide, both published by the University of Chicago Press.”  She is the “Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History” at North Central College in Naperville.  Endowed chair = automatic “notability”. And that’s without the book bio. Or the video discussing her latest book Rising up from Indian country: the battle of Fort Dearborn and the birth of Chicago.  Chicago Magazine: The Encyclopedia of Chicago.  All you need is a few ISBN numbers and the right template and you’re done.
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Operation Breadbasket founded by Methodist minister Martin Deppe (red link), and the precurser to Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Deppe is the author of  Operation Breadbasket: An Untold Story of Civil Rights in Chicago. ISBN-13: 978-0820350479

Martin Deppe Pastor Martin Deppe, Jennie Cottrell and Mrs. Margaret Conttrell

Planking for RBG

In honor of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg‘s 86th birthday this month, there will be planking on the steps of the Supreme Court.

So what is this planking thing?

Two things. First it is a type of exercise of the type we used to call “pushups”. There is a viral photo of RGB doing these in her workout, which has also made her trainer famous.

The other meaning is a type of flash mob that lays down on the ground in a position similar to the end of a pushup, often in an unusual place. Photos are usually taken of the event. This was a big thing in Oz about 8 years ago.  Some have even died when they fell off of places where they were planking, see Planking (fad).

The event has been approved by the federal government and will be Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT.  There is an event page on Facebook.  Around a thousand people have expressed interest.

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The birthday event is sponsored by The Outrage, owned by Rebecca Lee Funk, an up-and-coming retailer specializing in fashion for the Women’s March. This is where you can get your “November is coming” jacket.  It is styled like Melania’s “I really don’t care do u” jacket that she wore to visit migrant children at the Mexican border.

For our non-USA friends, “November is coming” is a reference to the general election held in November, i.e. November 2020.

Wikipedia notes (below the fold):

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Wild women of piano

A partial survey of women musicians, from some lists of forgotten women:


Fanny, the first all-female rock act to record an album for a major record label. The four original members were June Millington, guitar, vocals; Jean Millington (red link), bass & vocals; Alice de Buhr (red link), drums & vocals, and Nickey Barclay (keyboards, vocals).

“June and Nickey were the primary songwriters for the band, but Jean and Alice made significant contributions to Fanny’s repertoire and all four participated in arranging the songs and crafting their stage performances.”

The group opened for David Bowie, Deep Purple, George Harrison, and the Kinks.

All-female jazz ensembles

The first was Helen Lewis and Her All-Girl Jazz Syncopators (red link) in the mid-1920s, IMDb.

Here are “five of the most important all-female jazz ensembles of all time“:

  1. The Ingenues 1925, vaudeville orchestra light jazz “syncopators”, styled “The female Paul Whitemans”. Soloist trombonist Paula Jones (red link) (no, not THAT Paula Jones) (1)(2).
  2. Lil Hardin’s All-girl Orchestra (red link). [sources: 1, 2]
  3. International Sweethearts of Rhythm.  “The band’s singer and conductor, Anna Mae Winburn, was for a time an icon ranked alongside Ellington and Basie.”
  4. The DIVA Jazz Orchestra (red link), 1992, founded around   drummer/bandleader Sherrie Maricle. Other former members include Anat Cohen, Allison Miller, and Ingrid Jensen.
  5. Tia Fuller Quartet (red link): Tia Fuller, saxophonist, played with Beyoncé’, the other four members are Shamie Royston (red link) [source], piano; Miriam Sullivan “Mimi Jones” (red link) [source], bass; and Kim Thompson drums.

Tammy Hall

Tammy Hall (red link) or Tammy L. Hall is a composer and musician specializing in jazz piano.  Her album Blue Divine was nominated for Grammy awards in Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo.

Hall began playing piano at the age of 4.  Her mother was a concert pianist, but died when Hall was a year old.  Her grandparents raised her and provided her with lessons in classical music.  She learned to play piano and organ, and eventually received a music scholarship to Mills College in Oakland. She spent two years in Brussels, playing in in Europe then returned to the San Francisco area.  For the next 15 years worked during the day in a law firm, and at night as an accompanist for local blues, cabaret, and jazz singers.

She has worked with the Montclair Women’s Big Band, founded by trumpeter Ellen Seeling (red link) (but …German WikipediaDutch Wikipedia) and her wife, saxophonist Jean Fineberg (red link).

In this video, Hall describes her major musical influences to be Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Joe Sample, Mary Lou Williams, Hazel Scott, Tania Maria, Stevie Wonder,  and Quincy Jones, among others.

Selected discography

See her website for complete list.

  • Blue Divine 2006
  • Rejuve 2007
  • Blue Soul 2012


The shows themselves are surveys, plus there are some prestigious festivals.

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All right, that ought to keep the Wikipediocrazies busy for the rest of the black history month, if they bother with such things other than to mansplain to other people what they ought to be doing about it.