Questions : Was my Dad’s idol Capone?

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Old Home of Capone up for sale. The wake for Frank Salvatorre was held here.

Today I noticed on FB trending that Al Capone’s house was up for sale.  I started researching the location and then it lead me to research the location of the photos, I posted here of my Dad and his cronies back in the early 40’s or late 30’s.   Now as I  inspected the photo’s closer and then reviewed an old video I have of my Uncle talking about locations of places in Chicago in reference to his half brother, my Dad.   This lead me to start wondering as I looked at these photo’s.

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My Dad 2nd one over in the Greenwood Manor photo. He must have taken the photo in the first shot.

Was my Dad’s Idol Capone?  There is no way to really know that for sure, my Dad passed away in the 80’s not like I can go ask him.  I can’t remember this ever coming up in conversation. I can’t ask my beloved mother who is 94 and has dementia.  So I am left to speculate.

I suppose all the men looked like Capone back then, and therefore, these photos show that as proof.  But I always knew my Dad be in the popular groups of people.  I looked at the map and thought wow, although when my Dad was in Chicago, I don’t think  Capone was there ever at the same time he was. Since chances are he was incarcerated during the time this was taken.  But just who did my Dad know?

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Based on the Map location I had to wonder these things. That is really close to Gangster housing.  I do know from history that Chicago was full of Gangsters of the 30’s and 40’s. I looked at the photo of Capone’s old home.  I tried to imagine the cars there the older character to the homes.  People walking casually down the streets, unconcerned now about gangster habitat.  It really is rather interesting to see the contrasts.

My Dad always knew everyone, he seemed to come home telling stories about many people and things that at the time I had no interest in.  I wonder what story he could have told me about those photos in front of the car, eating what seems to be Ice cream bars.

I remember one story he told me was about his affiliation as a friend or co worker of a guy called “Max Ward” who was convicted of murder in San Francisco for the murder of  2 people.  The victims had positions in the Painter Union that put them in a place they ended up targets. I think it also had a lot to do with money, that’s more than likely. Money always a good motive.  This happened in the mid 60’s.  I thought it was weird and my Dad stopped talking about Max at home.  My mom use to hear his stories when he came home we were always in the background.   I think he didn’t know we heard and for me I could understand what murderer was.  I do remember him telling my mom about Max.

The story began with the Painters and Contractors Union located in Sacramento, Ca.  My Dad was a member of this. He had been a builder, painter and a contractor for sometime. He was also in the habit of fanagling for jobs.  Course that may have been part of what bidding was about.  Anyway we lived in Sacramento, in Carmichael to be exact.   That is when I heard about this, I don’t know if my Dad was uneasy about the whole thing but he may have been nervous because of his association with Max.  He knew him it seems from working on jobs (contracting).  I in fact remember Max coming over to our house once, and my Dad talked to him all the time on jobs.  Its kind of scary to think he had an associate that was capable of murder.   Max Ward was convicted and was put in prison for life as well as cohorts.  See article link :

http://law.justia.com/cases/california/court-of-appeal/2d/266/241.html

It is also mentioned in the article that they wanted someone to do the dirty job but didn’t want to have to get someone from Chicago to do it.  Well question did my Dad know these people in this union from Chicago?  Who knows.  But it made me wonder.   But also the hushing of the story in my house could have been my Dad, got the sh*t scared out of him about the whole thing that went down.  I’m sure the Police may have even talked to him.

I wanted to research more about Max Ward but the only thing I found was that one Legal document. Wonder if he died in prison or got paroled?  It is amazing how one thing can lead to another in the net.   I wonder what my Dad would have said or how he would have loved computer’s or would he?  In our era we can go back and look at things from different perspectives.  I see my Dad in an entirely different light the more I learn about things I find on the internet.  Is that Odd?  It probably just goes hand in hand with the easy access to information we all have now.

My fascination with Boardwalk Empire definitely has enlightened the thoughts about my Dad being from Chicago, and Capone.  Plus the multitude of Gangsters who are portrayed in Boardwalk.  My Dad grew up in the era of these kingpins as a kid he must have heard all the stories and been either intrigued or impressed or frightened.  Yet my Dad’s personality was a big shot. He always seemed to be his own boss.  He always preferred working for himself.  I wonder if he walked by Capone’s house.  I wonder if he visited those places of murder and mayhem.   All of this just fills my mind with fascination about who my Dad was.  Wish I could learn more but I know it will be hard to track down any information, as his era most people have passed with any solid info.  Who knows maybe someone from Chicago will read this and enlighten me further.  My Dad’s name was Donald Ellsworth.   Feel free to message me!  Thus, there it is, my Questions and probabilities for the day.

What broke my kids revisited in Response

This is a blog I read and it irritated me so much I had to make a response counter to what the blogger would have wanted to hear.

http://powersfulmath.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/who-or-what-broke-my-kids/

 

Basically she threw a tantrum about her kids being broken at school because she didn’t want to give them the time to answer questions about what answer she wanted them to come up with to answer her “problem”?  It was disturbing to see a teacher behave so spoiled and uncaring for her students.  Kids ask questions should never be chastised, they are asking because they want to know the answer.  Do not present a kid a problem that has no answer then expect them to respond with NOTHING. like a blank look on their face. They participated in the answer by asking questions.  Yet were met with I’m not going to tell you attitude.  Ok then why would you ask them to solve something if it had no answer that is absurd.  Why chastise them for asking why it had no answer. I wonder why today kids have attitude, its because teacher’s like this expect something impossible, while being chastised for asking questions. 

MY response to her blog was this : 

I doubt my response will even get approved because it isn’t what this teacher wants to hear. But im a mature woman and have seen the times change, school has changed, concepts are the same however getting to the answer you want is not the same as how a student today works to get the answer.

This is a society of simple and fastest way to get to the answer society. Computers and technology. Your methods for teaching are out of date and if I was in your class, I would want a transfer. Today’s teachers are also broken in my opinion, if they expect kids to read their mind, and not ask questions at all. Chastised for asking is this correct is entirely wrong!

I am currently taking classes in college at my age yes, because technology has changed so much, I want to know more my need to learn has not dimenished. But if you ask me did I need to know about the type of Math your teaching then or now I would tell you no. I do not see a need for algebra and have never used it ever in life. I think that there is a place for it among those who want to learn it not those who are forced at 7th grade to grasp a concept of adding letters and not having an answer what the heck is that?

I hate the fact that in college I will need to take a course that will force me to learn something I won’t ever use in my years in future or ever used in my past.

Basic math is all you need for Accounting.

The way this teacher has lashed out and stomped her feet because her students dont get it does not deserve the good response to such a harsh blog post.

The trouble with kids is not that they are broken as not all are, some are just less enthusiastic about being forced to grasp a concept that they will never use in life more than likely.

A+b=c does not compute. Even a normal calculator wont accept a letter you punch in. There are no letters on a calculator keyboard.

Bashing these kids was uncalled for. Not everyone needs to KNOW what you know, far as I remember we were free to choose what we want to learn. If you go into science field then you can expect to be forced to know a plus b = c. But if these students are in 7th grade or high school they should have choices.

NO one needs to brainwash kids into thinking math is to get answers, because that is what equations of numbers are. Its logic. And calling it a day should have been precisely what it was. They want to be correct because that is what all classes require to have correct response and answers. You saying that its not true is incorrect in my view. You chastise them for giving you feedback or asking questions? That is incorrect. I give you a Fail on teaching and feel sorry for these kids.

And if you dont approve my response ill just blog it myself, if you post something in anger you should realize there are other sides to the subject. 

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Talk about power happy Teachers you wonder why kids behave as they do.

Most of my teachers most of my life said PLEASE ask questions if you don’t understand the assignment. 

Perhaps her 2nd attempt should have been her first without out attitude toward the teacher. Why was she counting 52 times someone asked her if the problem was solved correctly. Seems she didn’t explain what she wanted very clearly if that many had to ask. Who is broken then?

Most of the responses on this blog post were negative to this teachers behavior in a mild way. It does open a can of worms when you say things how she did in this blog, she should have realized her behavior to blogging something like this would have adverse reaction. Or was she looking for NO answer?

If You Are Going to San Francisco….

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Question : Would you go back in time to the Late 60s to early 70’s and take more photos of your life?
I noticed that most people have so much missing in photos from the 70’s. It seemed to be a time of not many photographs. This occurred to me when one of my cousins whom I haven’t seen in years posted a photo of me when I was maybe 12. I realized that this is exactly why I have people I have known since the 60s and 70s on my facebook. I hope to find photos of myself from their photo albums they have kept safe all these years and are now just able to easily photographed or scanned and uploaded them and wala bring back nostalgic memories to family and friends that may have been long shelved.

This photo I remember this trip more clear now, I went to visit my Uncle and Aunt and met my Cousin they lived in Fremont. My Uncle was an Air Traffic Controller, he took me to the facility and I got to see what he did. IT was crazy intensive sort of work. I couldn’t imagine how people could watch blips on a screen 8 hours a day. But here we are watching text / pixels go by 8 hours a day or more LOL.

Well I wait to see more photos appear periodically and enjoy and relive some past joys.

Probability : Think the only probability today is the I think the L.a.Kings are probably going to win the Stanley this year. This brings me to days gone by. Marcel Dion, Wayne Gretsky, Roggie Vachon, Luc Robaitalle. This is what I think of when I think of the Kings. .. look em up!

This paragraph blurb below, is more about a very odd occurrence in television viewing soon to come to us. I made this post earlier and as I reread it. I found how funny it really looks.

So cool Mark Pellegrino is landed a lead role in the American version of the French version of The Returned ( which is now showing on abc as Ressurection) Which is not exact as the French version. But a little different but still same story.. I Find it odd that A&E are taking it on.. but Im excited love the story!

A French tv show called the Returned Les Revenants – a novel. Becomes a Tv show in USA called Resurrection its contents are watered down more family style. A&E decides to make another version of this story as the American Version of the French Version on tv. So now we wait to see if it is like the French version which was excellent! Available on Netflix.

And last note I had posted to Mark Pellegrino, star of many shows we have seen lately. In fact he seems to pop in about everything I watch, or have watched. Which lead me to think maybe he is the new Kevin Bacon, he is in every show, sort of like Tom Skeeret was in many things a few years ago. Im happy he has the work, he is really good at his characters. Memorable : Lost as Jacob .. Being Human ..Bishop.
Just seems every show I watch lately he has a part in .. funny to me.

A Few Questions..

Just a Few Questions..
Today is one of those days where reflection takes on new meanings. Its not like I look in the mirror often.  At my age who wants to. But imagine 40 yrs ago leaving the house without looking in the mirror and primping! (thank god autocorrect didn’t act up on that last line lol) I think sometimes I hate Facebook because it ages me more than if I didn’t look at it everyday.  You wake up turn on computer load Facebook to see, some famous actor or musician has passed away. You see tons of RIP’s and miscellaneous photos of that person, and their achievements.
It sure makes you feel small if you aren’t famous. You think gosh when its my turn, there wont be any sort of epitaph posted about me. I haven’t done anything extraordinary, but post on facebook, about the good ol’days, photos of my fantastic grand kids and daughter.

I never became someone famous, to be remembered. Heck, you get to a point where you figure out that it doesn’t matter if you had some famous moments or not. Your just happy to wake up each day and breath.
Is that why some of us older generation, take up reading and watching tv.  Just things to pass time? But didn’t we do many things in our lives that were to enjoy and pass time? Yes that includes sex! We made the memories and for what purpose I start to ask myself.

Is this figuring out the meaning of Life part of the aging process? In fact it is according to my psychology 101 book. Just about the time we figure out the meaning to us, we come to grips with it and accept that it may be over soon. So we grasp that and walk with it. We smile and make our peace, we either get more miserable or bitter or we mellow out and laugh a lot more. Which brings me to Facebook again, waking up and finding a ton of new posts with funny cats, funny sayings, and funny anything to share with some of my other older generation people.  So we end up with the RIP and the FUNNY side of life. Surely that is all worth logging in for, besides I think I need to know where all my old friends are at, eating sleeping drinking, watching tv etc, or looking at facebook in the same way as me! Just saying……