Famous Cousins

AJ Cousin Connection: Mary, Queen of Scots

by Eowyn Langholf Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is Mary, Queen of Scots! Also known as Mary Stuart or Mary I of Scotland, she reigned as Queen of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567.  She was only 6 days old when her father, King James VI died and she acceded to the throne. […]

AJ Cousin Connection: Richard the Lionheart

by Eowyn Langholf  Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is Richard the Lionheart (Richard I of England).  He was born on this day, September 8, 1157 and ruled from 6 July 1189 until his death on 6 April 1199. Some things about King Richard: 1. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II and […]

AJ Cousin Connection: J.R.R. Tolkien

by Eowyn Langholf  Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is author J.R.R. Tolkien who brought us the epic and wonderful world of Middle Earth (fine – I’m a little biased!).   He died on this day, September 2, in 1973. Some fun things about J.R.R. Tolkien: 1. Many people assume that Tolkien was born in England but […]

AJ Cousin Connection: Michael Jackson

by Eowyn Langholf  Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is legendary pop star Michael Jackson! Michael Jackson was a global figure in pop culture for over four decades and his legacy still carries on through his music and the dedication of his loyal fans.  Known as the King of Pop, Michael was a singer, songwriter, dancer and […]

AJ Cousin Connection: Lon Chaney

by Eowyn Langholf  Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is the horribly fabulous Lon Chaney.  He soared to fame during the era of silent films, excelling in the horror genre with movies like Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera.  He became very well known for his tortured and grotesque portrayals and for his […]

AJ Cousin Connection: Neil Armstrong

by Eowyn Langholf  Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is Neil Armstrong, astronaut and first man to walk on the moon! Born August 5, 1930,  in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Neil died two years ago today, August 25 at the age of 82.  Some fun facts about Neil: 1. In high school, Neil took up the baritone horn (kind […]

AJ’s Cousin Connection: Frank Sinatra

Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is legendary crooner Frank Sinatra!Born December 12, 1915, Frank Sinatra was a singer, actor, director, film producer and conductor, well known for songs such as “Fly Me to the Moon”, “The Lady is a Tramp” and “My Way”. Some fun Frank facts: 1. His birth was a traumatic one – he […]

AJ’s Cousin Connection: Joe DiMaggio

by Eowyn Langholf Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is baseball great, Joe DiMaggio. Born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Joe earned the nicknames “Joltin’ Joe” and “The Yankee Clipper”.  Joe played his entire 13 year career for the New York Yankees.  He is best known and still holds the record for his 56 game hitting streak! Joe was […]

AJ Cousin Connection: Al Roker

by Eowyn Langholf Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is the well known weather anchor from Today – Mr. Al Roker! I predict 100% chance of cousin connecting! Here are seven things you may or may not know about Al: 1. Al does not like coconut. 2. He doesn’t go to horror movies. 3. Al likes pie. […]

AJ Cousin Connection: Sigmund Freud

Post by Eowyn Langholf  Today’s AJ Cousin Connection is Austrian neurologist and founding father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.  Some interesting things about Dr. Freud: 1. Freud was an avid smoker, first of cigarettes, and then he switched entirely to cigars.  By 1923, he had developed cancer of the jaw. Physically sick and tired, Freud committed […]

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