Tag Archives: #Wikipedia

Wikipedia: A Fact-Checker’s Shooting Gallery

Well, it works for me. I wanted a quick answer to the date of Aaron Copland’s “El Salon Mexico,” and sure enough, at the top of the Google search there was my old nemesis Wikipedia. I usually exclude Wikipedia from … Continue reading

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Can Wikipedia Survive? Oh, I Hope Not

Behind the boosterism of this opinion piece by Andrew Lih in the New York Times (“it is by far the world’s most popular reference site” – notice that he doesn’t call it the world’s most accurate reference site) are some … Continue reading

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Black Dahlia: Wikipedia Fail

Here is what’s wrong with Wikipedia: “The Black Dahlia” was a nickname given to Elizabeth Short … Short acquired the moniker posthumously by newspapers in the habit of nicknaming crimes they found particularly lurid. FAIL. Elizabeth Short was nicknamed the … Continue reading

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Wikipedia Strikes Again: Madison Bumgarner Edition

This entry on Madison Bumgarner has been fixed. But that it happened at all illustrates one of the main weaknesses of Wikipedia, which can be edited by anyone. Via Romenesko. The apparent vandal, 70.121.231.64, can be geolocated to either Kansas … Continue reading

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Wikipedia vs. Joe Streater

Thanks to Earl Boebert for pointing us to this one. From Awfulannouncing.com: For years, [Joe] Streater has been falsely linked with one of the greatest scandals in the history of college sports. Streater was 100% not involved in the point … Continue reading

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The ‘Decline’ of Wikipedia

A world without Wikipedia? Sounds good to me. Tom Simonite in the MIT Technology Review looks at the “decline” of Wikipedia (that would, of course, assume that it was ever worth anything). Yet Wikipedia and its stated ambition to “compile … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 15

Dec. 28, 1937: Betty Braun Healy meets with Dist. Atty. Buron Fitts over her allegations about the death of Ted Healy. At the conclusion of the conference, she agreed that Healy had died of natural causes. (Los Angeles Examiner, Dec. … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 14

Dec. 28, 1937: Dist. Atty. Buron Fitts has a conference with Betty Braun Healy and her attorney to answer her allegations about Ted Healy’s death. (Los Angeles Herald-Express) In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 13

Dec. 24. 1937: Betty Braun Healy disputes the autopsy results in the death of Ted Healy. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 12

Dec. 23, 1937: Ted Healy’s funeral, as reported in the Daily News. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a Wikipedia entry claiming that … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 11

Dec. 25, 1937: Ted Healy “never learned to save money.” (Los Angeles Examiner) In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a Wikipedia entry claiming … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 10

Dec. 22, 1937: Ted Healy in the Los Angeles County morgue, photographed by the Daily News. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across a … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 9

Dec. 23, 1937: The Los Angeles Examiner gets an exclusive interview with Albert Broccoli about his encounter with Ted Healy at the Trocadero. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 8

Dec. 22, 1937: “Beating of Ted Healy Told in Death Probe,” in the Los Angeles Daily News. In case you just tuned in, we are nearing the end of a long journey that began in April, when I stumbled across … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 7

Sept. 20, 1934: The Cafe Trocadero opens at “8610 Boulevard de la Sunset.” Before going further into the death of Ted Healy, I thought it would be interesting to look at the club where the incident occurred,  The Trocadero, which … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 6

After the breakup: Betty Braun Healy with Stan Laurel in “Our Relations” (1936). In case you just tuned in: We have been focusing on the life of Betty Braun Healy, Ted Healy’s first wife. She is the only one to … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 5

Dec. 28, 1937: A photo of Betty Braun Healy in the Daily News. In case you just tuned in, I have spent a long time dissecting the death of comedian Ted Healy, starting with the yarn about him being beaten … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 4

Jan 28, 1932: Betty Braun Healy sues Mary Brown Warburton for alienation of affection, via the Milwaukee Journal. The most interesting person in the whole Ted Healy drama is his first wife, Betty Braun, his former vaudeville partner. Everyone else … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 3

Dec. 23, 1937: The funeral of Ted Healy as reported by the Daily News. Today’s installment was supposed to be a look at Jack Marcus, Ted Healy’s manager. Marcus picked up Healy and took him home after he was treated … Continue reading

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The Death of Ted Healy — Part 2

Dec. 22, 1937: Ted Healy’s death is reported in the Los Angeles Examiner. Before we get into Healy’s last days, let’s take a look at some of the people who were involved in the story. There’s Jack Marcus, his manager, … Continue reading

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