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Soldier Joker I Remember Squibob By Richard Paskowitz
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" I remember Squibob ". That was from the memoirs William Tecumseh Sherman. Others remembered Squibob by different names and attitudes. This is a mostly true account of their dealing with... More > this enigmatic man. Their stories and his influence mark a distinct and memorable part of California and western American history. Some of the "Greats" of the 19th Century recall Squibob: Lincoln, Grant, Mark Twain, Bennett Riley, William Tecumseh Sherman, Lillie Coit of Coit Tower, Frederick Olmstead, and Hartman Bache.< Less
THE FATHER OF AMERICAN WIT By Richard Paskowitz
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George Horatio Derby, also known as John Phoenix and as Squibob, is the Father of American Wit. He influenced Mark Twain.Modern comedy owes a debt to John Phoenix (for example Andy Kaufman and Jim... More > Carey).Laugh out loud at his wit;enjoy his humor,as relevant now as it was 160 years ago.Discover for your self this master of the use of the English language.The last book that Abraham Lincoln read was by John Phoenix. Theodore Roosevelt said he could be tested on Phoenix's books. Both men enjoyed his humor.Many of the stories contained in this book have never been published.Several stories were written at Andover in the 1830's. Some were written while Derby was at the Military Academy at West Point (Class of 1846)He was truly a SOLDIER JOKER. Humor dissected ceases to be funny. In these pages, Derby's humor is special and is great fun, and is left to speak for itself without annotation. Your role in reading this book is to enjoy.< Less
SOLDIER JOKER By Richard Paskowitz
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George Horatio Derby was a soldier, cartographer, humorist, engineer, and practical joker. He surveyed the Sacramento Valley, the Tulare Valley, San Diego Harbor, the mouth of the Colorado River. His... More > humor concepts were used and "expanded" by Mark Twain. He knew and interacted with General Winfield Scott,Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and William Tecumseh Sherman. He was a classmate of George Pickett, George McClellan, and Stonewall Jackson.< Less
Soldier Joker Cerro Gordo of the Mexican War By Richard Paskowitz
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SOLDIER JOKER Cerro Gordo of the Mexican War 1. The battle that won the war. 2. The war that won the continent. 3. The battle that made the man---Robert E. Lee 4. The plan that won the battle. 5.... More > The war that served as a training ground for the Civil War. 6. The forgotten letter by the forgotten man of the forgettable war that led to the war that divided us. 7. The letter written by the Father of American Wit (He ante-dated Mark Twain by ten years).< Less