20 May 2011

Vecchio Venerdì... the president of a college

This boy was the son of that itinerant butcher who like to drink. Remember him? The one who bled to death in his kitchen after a knife fight over a game of cards... yeah, that guy.


This boy was known as "GCL" ... really. It wasn't just his blogging name :P Those were his first three initials and didn't include his last name. Being saddled with all those names might be part of why none of his 6 kids or their kids had middle names. (A tradition that was eventually passed down to me) And his dad's drinking might have had something to do with why he never touched the stuff.

GCL was my great-grandfather. My father's grandfather. He was born in 1873 in Germany and came to America in 1882 with his family. He was a brilliant scholar and knew 8 languages. He held degrees from Bucknell University, Harvard University and the University of Leipzig. He was a professor of German and then the president of a college.

This photo was taken in 1889 when he was 16 years old.

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  3. GCL kind of reminds me of GTL, which (from what I hear) is a "Jersey Shore" reference. I don't watch "Jersey Shore" because I'm too mature/my DVR is already too full of "16 and Pregnant", "Dr. Phil", and every "Real Housewives" in the United States. (I'm have very sophisticated TV tastes.)

    GCL is a fly dude, though. And... I voted. Because I love you and your old school photos. :-)

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  4. Wow, I wish I new that much (or anything much) about my family's history. That is really neat!

    Also I voted (of course).

    And Jen's comment made me laugh out loud :D

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  5. Wow that was really cool! Loved the photo!

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