December Connection Combat Suggestion

+8 votes

The movie, In the Heart of the Sea, directed by Ron Howard, opens in theaters on December 11, 2015 and I look forward to seeing it. It is based on the book by Nathaniel Philbrick, In the Heart of the Sea, the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.

This is the true story that inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick. Cabin boy Owen Coffin's heroic action is told in the book by Philbrick, so I hope his character will be in the movie.

Perhaps people would be interested in connecting to any or all of these people. I just created the profile for Nathaniel Philbrick and he needs to be connected to the Global Family Tree.

WikiTree profile: Nathaniel Philbrick
in The Tree House by J. Salsbery G2G6 Mach 2 (29.1k points)
edited by J. Salsbery
I love that book. Great suggestion, J.
Thank you, Chris!
He should be pretty easy to connect to the New England Philbrick family. The webpage has the kind of information about his family that should provide a connection trail.

2 Answers

+4 votes
My wife has been reading a very interesting book called "The Santa Claus Man", which is about a con artist by the name of John Duval Gluck, Jr., who began a scheme around 1913 to make money off the US Postal Service Dead Letters by answering the wishes of children who had submitted letters to Santa Claus. He actually did answer the letters, and made a hefty profit from the tremendous donations that were gathered to do so. So a bit of a good and bad story.

BTW - the US Postal Service now offers this service as well - sort of an angel tree kind of thing - but only at selected branches. Gluck's organization, The Santa Claus Association, still exists and I'm sure is beyond reproach now, but he's an interesting man and could be a potential for this month's connection combat.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
+2 votes

I've been thinking that Pope Francis would make a good candidate. Maybe he could be opposed to Pope John Paul II (also a popular pope of recent history), who is represented by a profile -- -- that doesn't even mention that he was a pope!

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

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