Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Italian Lynchings

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Most people are surprised to learn that the worst mass lynching in American history was of innocent Italians in New Orleans in 1891. In fact, they were acquitted by a court of law but subsequently lynched by a vigilante mob.

From Wikipedia: After a wave of increased immigration to the US in the late 19th century, Italian-Americans also became lynching targets, chiefly in the South. On March 14, 1891, eleven Italian-Americans were lynched in New Orleans after a jury acquitted them in the murder of a New Orleans police chief [16] David Hennessy. The eleven were falsely accused of being associated with the Mafia. This incident was the largest mass lynching in U.S. history.

Follow Up: See http://www.i-italy.org/1348/pane-amaro-bitter-world-italian-americans

Cute Card

I gave this to my son for his birthday. I thought this was the cutest card! He laughed out loud when he read it, the first time I think he has ever done that with a card I've given him. :-)

Me on You Tube

The Boston chapter of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) has asked me if I would be willing to come speak there later this spring. I said I would and they asked if I could post a YouTube video of myself speaking so that their committee could get a sense of my speaking style. I consented, so I posted the first YouTube of myself last night. If you'd like to see it, click here:


Cell Phone....Back from the Dead

It's hard to believe but I tried my cell phone again last night and ever since then it seems to be OK! I guess I fished it out of the water quickly enough (while cursing) and the cell phone has a tight enough seal that the water didn't make it into the innards before I salvaged it. Yea!!!