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TV appearance of Lincoln assassination witness
I've Got a Secret ^ | 1956 | Samuel Seymour

Posted on 08/12/2011 9:55:41 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets

See video at link. Wonderful

(Excerpt) Read more at kottke.org ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: abrahamlincoln; booth; fordtheater; godsgravesglyph; godsgravesglyphs; greatestpresident; lincoln; samuelseymour
Amazing!
1 posted on 08/12/2011 9:55:44 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Yeah right!!!!!! Everyone knows they didn’t have TV back in the 1700s!!!!!

/inevitable


2 posted on 08/12/2011 9:58:03 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home." - Cicero)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Well, the brilliant Joe Biden assures us that after the Wall Street Plunge, President Roosevelt went television to reassure the American people. Not that anyone had TV and Roosevelt wasn’t President. Other than that it’s plausible.


3 posted on 08/12/2011 10:02:23 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
That is amazing that Jane Meadows got that so quickly. I love those old game shows that always had Bennett Serf and Kitty Carlisle on the panel. And a really un-PC sponsor.

"Winston Cigarettes taste good like a cigarette should."


4 posted on 08/12/2011 10:05:15 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I love how he didn’t smoke cigarettes so they gave him some pipe tobacco! LOL.


5 posted on 08/12/2011 10:06:36 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

This is so funny...they offered the old guy a carton of Winstons and he said he doesn’t smoke cigarettes, just a pipe, so they gave him a can of Prince Albert! The good old days!


6 posted on 08/12/2011 10:11:41 AM PDT by albie
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Incredible. Mind boggling to realize a witness survived that long into the twentieth century. I was born in 1955 and I remember seeing this program on TV (not this particular episode) maybe in 1959 or 1960. (Or something like it.) I do think I remember the host of the show. I certainly remember the black & white TVs!


7 posted on 08/12/2011 10:24:43 AM PDT by StormEye
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Yeah right!!!!!! Everyone knows they didn’t have TV back in the 1700s!!!!!

Nor did they have Lincoln back in the 1700's.

8 posted on 08/12/2011 10:25:40 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Amazing!


9 posted on 08/12/2011 10:29:52 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It just shows how short American history really was. That a person that saw that lived on into the Space Age.

So it is conceivable that a Gen Y’s parents might have shaken the hand of a person that saw Lincoln shot.


10 posted on 08/12/2011 10:30:30 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus

Big deal.

Germany Bombed Pearl Harbor and we still have survivors of that day.


11 posted on 08/12/2011 10:30:56 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: StormEye

25 years ago I lived in New Jersey next to an old guy. Out in the country, just up the road from the old Edison Cement Factory (then just a few walls still standing). I would mow his yard, and then have a beer and chat. He would talk about the old days.

He used to work at the cement factory as a kid. Would measure the cement for weight, clean up, and bring Tommy his sandwiches when he was there. Also was Tommy’s errand boy for other things.

After a few evenings of these conversations it finally struck me. “Tommy? You mean Thomas Edison!!!???” (”Well who the h&*$ to you think I’ve been talking about!?”)


12 posted on 08/12/2011 10:34:58 AM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

If Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 and the IGAS show was filmed in 1956, then the eyewitness would have necessarily been 90 years old if he was taken to Ford’s Theatre as a newborn. To be old enough to witness and remember the event, he would need to be a few years older than that.

And, of course, people in their 90s are often found to have faulty memories so...


13 posted on 08/12/2011 10:34:58 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: OrangeHoof

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_J._Seymour


14 posted on 08/12/2011 10:41:43 AM PDT by Lady Lucky
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To: bcsco
Nor did they have Lincoln back in the 1700's.

Or so you think. That's part of the conspiracy.

15 posted on 08/12/2011 10:46:19 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus ("Armed forces abroad are of little value unless there is prudent counsel at home." - Cicero)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I remember that show well growing up. What an amazing piece of video history.


16 posted on 08/12/2011 10:46:26 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: OrangeHoof

He was 96 and he was 5 when he was at Ford’s Theater.
If you watched the entire clip he said he wasn’t aware of what happened to Lincoln, he did see Booth jump to the stage where he broke his leg and that was his most vivid memory.


17 posted on 08/12/2011 10:50:57 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: OrangeHoof

1956-1865=91 years. He was 5yo at the time (born in 1860). Nothing disputable here.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 10:58:14 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: OrangeHoof

He was 5 years old and he didn’t know the president had been shot. What he saw was Booth jumping from the balcony into the president’s viewing box. He thought the guy had fallen. (Booth broke his leg in the process.)


19 posted on 08/12/2011 10:58:52 AM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: Semper911

It was never proven that Booth broke his leg when jumping on stage. He was able to run off stage and mount his horse on that leg. However, his horse fell on him later that night and only after that was there any evidence of an injury.


20 posted on 08/12/2011 11:05:06 AM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: Kirkwood

Interesting, thanks.


21 posted on 08/12/2011 11:22:12 AM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: OrangeHoof

He was born in 1860 and was five years old when he witnessed the assassination. If you watch the clip, he says that all he remembers is someone falling from the balcony and hurting his leg. He was more concerned about the man who hurt his leg, not understanding that the President had been shot.


22 posted on 08/12/2011 12:25:55 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: albie

I love that too. Smoked a pipe all his life and lived to 96. Remember kids, smoking kills!


23 posted on 08/12/2011 12:52:23 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: boop
From Wikipedia: Samuel James Seymour (March 28, 1860–April 12, 1956) was the last surviving person who had been present in Ford's Theater the night of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. He was from Maryland and lived in Arlington, Virginia in his later years.

At age five, Seymour's godmother, Mrs. George S. Goldsboro, took him to see Our American Cousin. He claimed the two sat in the balcony on the side opposite Lincoln's box. Seymour reported that "I complained tearfully that I couldn't get out of the coach because my shirt was torn-anything to delay the dread moment-but Sarah (nurse Sarah Cook) dug into her bag and found a big safety pin. I shook so hard from fright, it caused Sarah to accidentally stab me with the pin. I hollered 'I've been shot! I've been shot!'."[citation needed]

Once in the theater Seymour settled down. He saw the President across the balcony as he was waving and smiling at people. Seymour said "I began to get over the scared feeling I'd had ever since we arrived in Washington, but that was something I never should have done. All of a sudden a shot rang out-a shot that always will be remembered-and someone in the President's box screamed. I saw Lincoln slumped forward in his seat." Seymour did not actually see the assassination but did witness Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth jump off the balcony and break his leg. In fact, he revealed that because he did not know Lincoln was shot or that Booth had shot him, his real concern was for Booth breaking his leg as he mentioned February 9, 1956 on the TV show "I've Got a Secret".

Two months before his death at age 96, he appeared on the CBS TV quiz show I've Got a Secret as a mystery subject, in an episode in which Lucille Ball made an unusual appearance as a guest panelist. Seymour died ninety-one years to the day of Lincoln's assassination, at the home of Mrs. Irene (Horn) Hendley, his daughter in Arlington, Va. He had been in failing health since February when he fell in a New York City hotel while preparing to appear on "I've Got A Secret". He came on the show with his left eye swollen. Garry Moore had suggested he not appear, but Seymour insisted.

24 posted on 08/12/2011 3:29:51 PM PDT by Taylor42
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25 posted on 08/13/2011 7:06:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I used to be ashamed of myself for stunts like this.)
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To: StormEye

I was born the same year as you, and I remember that tv show “What’s My Line”. Wasn’t the host Gary Moore?


26 posted on 08/13/2011 7:33:25 PM PDT by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: StormEye

OOPS! That show was “I’ve Got a Secret”!

LOL!


27 posted on 08/13/2011 7:36:31 PM PDT by sneakers (EAT YOUR PEAS!)
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To: bcsco; Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus
Nor did they have Lincoln back in the 1700's.

Nah; back then, Lincoln & Mercury weren't even a glimmer in Ford's eye.

28 posted on 08/13/2011 8:29:48 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Wow.. 1956.
That would make Mr. Seymour 151 today.
Wow..


29 posted on 08/13/2011 8:38:33 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Did anybody ask him “outside of that, how was the play?”


30 posted on 08/13/2011 8:41:38 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks Civ
This is a keeper!


31 posted on 08/13/2011 9:58:46 PM PDT by Cincinna ( *** NOBAMA 2012 ***)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for posting this! What a reminder that our country is incredibly young.

I visited Ford’s Theater and saw a couple of plays there, on different occasions. Lincoln’s balcony was cordoned off and had a banner affixed to it. There was a small museum of Lincoln memorabilia on the premises. Ford’s Theater lay vacant for many years and was only restored to its original use in the late 1960s.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford%27s_Theatre


32 posted on 08/13/2011 10:14:42 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: SunkenCiv

Whoa! Thanks for the ping to this one. Amazing life span.

He was in his his teens when Little Big Horn happened and nearly 20 when the light bulb was invented. He was in his 40’s when the Wright Brothers flew. Of grandfatherly age (mid 50’s) during WWI. The year after his death, the Soviets launched Sputnik into orbit.

Remarkable to consider that a man’s life could span all of those events.


33 posted on 08/14/2011 3:39:21 AM PDT by Textide
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To: Lancey Howard
He died April 12, 1956, two months and three days after his appearance on IGAS and two days short of the 91st anniversary of the assassination. According to Wikipedia, he died as a result of injures sustained in the hotel fall.
34 posted on 08/14/2011 4:45:03 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Somewhere in Kenya a village is missing its idiot)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I can dimly remember my 96 year old Grandmother, in 1936, telling me that she had gone to Buffalo, NY to listen to a talk by Lincoln who was on his way to be inaugerated.

As I recall [I was 5 at the time] she said that Lincoln had a very high-pitched nasal voice with very much of a Hoosier accent.

35 posted on 08/14/2011 10:08:12 AM PDT by curmudgeonII (Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.)
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To: Captain Peter Blood
I have vivid memories from the age of 5, a few between 4 and 5, and flashes of a memory or two before 4. My grandmother used to say “You don't remember that, you just heard someone talking about it.” I could never convince her otherwise.

An example of the latter is seeing a bright green, tiled wall while cradled in someones arms. It isn't a vivid, detailed memory, just a flash. I was in the hospital twice as a child. Once for tonsils at 18 months (doubtful) and once for eating a bottle of baby aspirin when I was about 3.

It is easy for me to accept this woman's memory is accurate. But my grandmother would say she only heard someone talking about it.:)

36 posted on 08/14/2011 10:49:43 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
WHOOPS!

It is easy for me to accept this woman's memory is accurate
should be
It is easy for me to accept this gentleman's memory as accurate.

37 posted on 08/14/2011 10:53:29 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: 21twelve

Priceless!


38 posted on 08/14/2011 11:02:49 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Taylor42

Thank you for posting the additional info about Mr. Seymour. I’m glad that he persisted and that his video clip survives.


39 posted on 08/14/2011 11:09:56 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Incredible! Thanks for a fascinating post!


41 posted on 08/15/2011 9:39:44 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: albie

Hello? Do you have Prince Albert in a can? Well then . . . .


42 posted on 08/15/2011 9:41:32 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: VanDeKoik

I knew a woman (she died in the early 1990s at the age of 101) who had a friend many years before who had seen Abraham Lincoln in the flesh.


43 posted on 08/15/2011 9:54:01 AM PDT by choirboy
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