Can you name this man?

This game is quick, simple, and enjoyable. If given a few clues, can you guess the names of two famous people? Remember: the LAST name of one famous person will always be the FIRST name of the other famous person.

For example: a) Who was the 3rd President of the United States? And: b) Who was the President of the Confederacy during the American Civil war?

Answers: Thomas Jefferson (see the picture above) and Jefferson Davis.

This is a game, not a test for a grade or a contest to win money or prizes. Give these 10 pairs of questions a try. The answers will follow the 10 question combinations. I hope you have some fun.

  1. a) Who was baseball’s greatest player? He began his career as a very good pitcher, but became an every day player when people realized he hit home runs like no one ever had. And: b) She is a Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

2. a) He has been a popular singer for over 50 years. You “can call him, Al”, but that’s    not his name. He began his career as part of a duo. And: b) He says “America’s Got Talent.” He judges it.

3. a) He is a fiction writer who tells us Winter is coming, but not who will be on the Throne when it arrives. And: b) He was a Civil Rights leader and martyr.

4. a) He was LBJ’s Vice-President, who lost a Presidential election to Richard Nixon. And: b) He was an actor who searched for “The Maltese Falcon”, and, later, found Lauren Bacall.

5. a) He was “The Greatest” Heavyweight boxing champion. And: b) She was the actress in the film: “Love Story.”

6. a) She was a Woman’s tennis Champion who fought for Women’s Rights, including equal pay with men for tournaments. And: b) He “ruled” England during America’s War for independence.

7. a) He was America’s first Ambassador to France, invented bifocals, and flew his own kite. And: b) He was America’s only President elected more than twice, and gave everyone a “New Deal.”

8. a) He is an American folk singer who told us in the 1960s, “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” And: b) He was a poet who told us about “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” and cautioned us “to not go gentle into that good night.”

9. a) He won Academy Awards for Special Effects in the films: “Terminator 2”, “Aliens,” and “Jurassic Park.” And: b) He was England’s leader during WWII.

10. a) He was boxing’s World Heavyweight Champion from 1937–1949. And:   b) He was a Jazz trumpeter from New Orleans.



1) Babe Ruth and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

2) Paul Simon and Simon Cowell.

3) George R. R. Martin and Martin Luther King, Jr.

4) Hubert Humphrey and Humphrey Bogart.

5) Muhammed Ali and Ali McGraw.

6) Billie Jean King and King George III.

7) Benjamin Franklin and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

8) Bob Dylan and Dylan Thomas.

9) Stan Winston and Winston Churchill.

10) Joe Louis and Louis Armstrong.





About rcarmean

Two things... First, why have I decided to establish this blog? I like to put essays together. I research an idea or topic looking for information, statistics, stories, quotes, pictures, etc. I enjoy the process and seeing a finished product. I’m told that as I get older, new activities can help maintain energy and keep my brain alert. In other words, I am not doing this for money or fame. Second, regarding the gentleman in the collage of pictures's not me. Those are photos of Christy Mathewson. Why him? When I was young, my primary activity was being sick. It took up much of my time. Eczema (a case so bad I was written up in a medical journal showing doctors what their patients COULD look like), asthma, and allergies. You know allergies: don’t eat this, don’t wear that, and, for Heaven’s sake, don’t touch any of these things (eg, dogs, cats, horses --I only saw horses in cowboy movies and TV shows, dust, swimming pools, my brother --OK, that’s an exaggeration, Rick was a fine brother). In my spare time between doctors' appointments, pills, and ointments, baseball kept me sane. In the 1940s and 1950s, when I grew up, pro footballI and basketball had not yet become extremely popular. Baseball truly was “the national pastime.” I listened to games on the radio (remember it? TV without the picture). I read magazines, books, and newspaper accounts of games. I collected baseball cards. I learned about the game’s history, as well as present. The same with its stars. One man stood out: Christy Mathewson. He was a great pitcher for the New York Giants in the early 20th century. But there was much more to him. At a time when professional athletes made little money (yes, there was such a time) and ball players were considered on the same level as actors, artists, and prostitutes, Mathewson stood out. One of his nicknames was: “The Christian Gentleman.” Most men is baseball drank, smoked, cursed, and fought —with other players, umpires, and fans. The fights were physical, not just verbal. Mathewson did none of these things. But he earned the respect of other players who did them all. Even Ty Cobb and John McGraw. There’s more. He was a college graduate (Bucknell University) when most men were lucky to have a high school diploma. He played other sports, including pro football which you wouldn’t recognize. He was handsome. He played in New York City, then as now, the largest city in the country. Excellence and popularity there meant fame and money. He dressed well. Today, his commercials would rival LeBron’s. And, finally, a hero’s life must have tragedy. After his playing career ended, WWI arrived. He suffered from influenza and was exposed to mustard gas. Chemical warfare. His lungs were damaged and he required treatment for the rest of his life. (Like my Grandfather who also fought in The Great War.) He died in 1925. He was 45 years old. I have his picture here because you need to know more about him than me. He was what an athlete could be. Players like him and their accomplishments got me through a sickly, painful childhood and can still sustain me in difficult times. *****
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