inktober52: wires

“I don’t believe it! / There she goes again! She’s tidied up, and I can’t find anything! All my tubes and wires / And careful notes / And antiquated notions.” — She Blinded Me with Science Magnus Pyle was a well-respected scientist, published author, admired expert and Chairman of the Nutrition Society of Scotland long …

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DCS: mikki jamison

Dark-haired with a brilliant smile, Mikki Jamison embodied Hollywood’s vision of “the girl next door.” She made numerous guest appearances in black & white series in the early days of television. From her 1962 screen debut in Hawaiian Eye, Mikki popped up in episodes of Dennis the Menace, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The …

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DCS: emanuel bronner

Emanuel Heilbronner emigrated from his native Germany in 1929, dropping the “Heil” from his surname to avoid any association with the Nazis. He begged his parents to follow him to the United States, but they refused. His last correspondence from his parents was in the form of a censored postcard reading: “You were right – …

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DCS: james booker

James Booker was a talented and influential pianist, once described by Dr. John as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” The good doctor couldn’t have been more dead on. Born in New Orleans, the teenage James recorded a few songs under the guidance of famed producer Dave Bartholomew. …

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DCS: christine jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen began preparations for sex reassignment surgery just after a discharge the US Army. She started with hormonal therapy before proceeding with physical alternations. After several procedures, Christine was introduced to the world, via a front page story in the New York Daily News in December 1952, as the first sex change in history. …

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inktober52: puppet

Paul Winchell was an unusual character. He was an accomplished ventriloquist, taking up the hobby to overcome a pronounced childhood stutter and to bide his time while confined to bed as he battled polio. He eventually returned to school, where he constructed a ventriloquist dummy in exchange for class credit. He cobbled together jokes and …

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DCS: diana sacayán

Diana Sacayán came out as transgender when she was a teen. She became very active in the pursuit of maintaining human rights for her contemporaries. She was arrested and jailed at different times because of her leanings towards Argentina’s Communist Party. Once released from jail, Diana created the Anti-Discrimination Movement of Liberation in Argentina. The …

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