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Old 01-16-2010, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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After studying for the priesthood, I became a radical socialist, with the lofty notion of reorganizing the Catholic church from within. I married a 15-year-old immigrant girl, and would spend most of the rest of my life writing a single book, which made us both famous. When I was near death, my wife starved herself, fearing I would not survive. She died first, and I died shortly after hearing of her death.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Additional hints: My wife's real first name was Chaya, but used a nickname to write the work that won a Pulitzer Prize.
My parents were Canadian.
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:01 PM
 
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Will Durant?
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Old 01-17-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Will Durant?
Exactly.
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Old 01-18-2010, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Invoking the 24-hour interregnum rule, I offer a new challenge.


I was a naval commander, whose fleet captured and held parts of what is now the United States.
Coincidentally, a novelist with the same name was born less than a year after I died, well known for a classic novel.
A well-known American comedian has made the unconfirmed claim that he was a direct descendent of mine.
Several geographical places on the west coast of Canada are named for me.
I delivered one of the most famous busses in all of recorded history.
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:10 PM
 
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The first that comes to mind is George Vancouver.
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Old 01-18-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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The first that comes to mind is George Vancouver.
Nope.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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This clarifying hint might be useful:

buss (bŭs)
tr. & intr.v. bussed, buss·ing, buss·es
To kiss.
n. A kiss.
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:52 PM
 
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Sir Thomas Hardy..
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Thomas "Kiss me" Hardy it is.

The funniest line in Johnny Carson's entire career was when he was doing the bit on "what they really said", famous misquotes in history. What Nelson really said was "Do you like show tunes, Hardy?"
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