David Aaron Gray

"Don't believe everything 
you hear on the radio"
- Charles Foster Kane


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The Rest of the Best Comebacks in History (#s 7-25)

Posted by davidaarongray on April 13, 2013 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

For those of you keeping score at home, the story of General William T. Sherman was my pick for the 6th best comeback in history. 

Instead of writing a lengthy piece on each of the remaining comeback stories, I decided to simply list them below. Most (if not all) of the individuals listed from #7 - #25 (along with their stories of redemption) should be fairly familiar.


First a quick recap of #1 - #6:

1) Napoleon Bonaparte (Em...

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More Historical Myths

Posted by davidaarongray on February 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)
The United States did NOT Declare its Independence from Great Britain on July 4th, 1776

On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail with this prediction:

"The Second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believ...

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'War is Hell' - Second Acts in Life and the Art of the Comeback, cont'd

Posted by davidaarongray on February 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM

6) William Tecumseh Sherman (Union General during American Civil War)

Since the end of the Civil War in 1865, military historians have come to regard the service of General Sherman as one of the most accomplished and talented of any military officer of the United States. Besides being instrumental in securing Union victory through his famous doctri...

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What does Shawshank Redemption have in common with Lindsay Lohan, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and the Scariest Clown in History?

Posted by davidaarongray on February 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

When thinking of an American state that will be the location of your film or story, I bet you could name 44-48 of our United States before you would settle on boring old Maine.

Well, the author behind Shawshank Redemption (as well as countless terrifying tales), Stephen King, chose Maine for the location of virtually all of his well-known works. And i...
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Taking a breather from the top 25: Some Fun Facts about Shawshank

Posted by davidaarongray on January 29, 2013 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

What could have been:

Tom Hanks, Kevin Costner, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen were all either considered for or directly offered (but subsequently rejected) the part of Andy Dufresne.

Hanks turned it down because he was committed to Forrest Gump. Which, by the way, stole every Oscar from Shawshank that year ...

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To Make it in Prison, it Helps to be a Former Banker: Second Acts in Life and the Art of the Comeback, cont'd

Posted by davidaarongray on January 29, 2013 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (1)

5) Andy Dufresne (Character from The Shawshank Redemption, 1994)


Andy Dufresne (pronounced doo-FRAYN) served as vice president of a Portland, Maine bank; good work for a man as young as him. He was also married to one of Portland’s prized beauty gems and chairman of the prestigious, Snowdon Hills Country Club.

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The Punching Preacher and The Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine: Second Acts in Life and the Art of the Comeback, cont'd

Posted by davidaarongray on January 27, 2013 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

4) George Foreman (Professional boxer and entrepreneur)


George Edward Foreman was born on January 10, 1949, in Marshall, Texas, and grew up in Houston's rough Fifth Ward district. A self-proclaimed thug, he dropped out of school in the ninth grade, and ran with street gangs until he joined the Job Corps in 1965. ...

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Slick Willie and the Comeback Kid: Second Acts in Life and the Art of the Comeback, cont'd

Posted by davidaarongray on January 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM

3) Bill Clinton (42nd President of the U.S.)


William Jefferson Clinton was born on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas, a small town with a population of about 8,000. His father, William Jefferson Blythe, died in a car crash several months before Clinton was born, leaving him in the care of his mot...

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Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice Futures - Second Acts in Life and the Art of the Comeback, cont'd

Posted by davidaarongray on January 27, 2013 at 12:45 AM

2) Louis Winthorpe III (Character, film Trading Places, 1983)




Louis Winthorpe III and Billy Ray Valentine came from completely different worlds.

Winthorpe, had the perfect white shoe upbringing. Born in New England, and a graduate of Harvard, Winthorpe would go on to become the ...

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The Not So Little Corporal: Second Acts in Life and the Art of the Comeback, cont'd

Posted by davidaarongray on January 27, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

1) Napoleon Bonaparte (Emperor of France)




Considered one of the world's greatest military leaders, Napoleon Bonaparte not even a Frenchman, was born August 15, 1769, in Ajaccio, Corsica.

During the years following the French Revolution, this unknown young soldier took advantage of the turm...

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Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again - Second Acts in Life and the Art of the Comeback

Posted by davidaarongray on January 25, 2013 at 6:20 AM

The answer is “NO!” This is not another post dedicated to Nixon and I do not intend on making this little website of mine a launching pad for a Nixon appreciation society (though, lord knows the guy could use some better PR being that there are more pages on the internet devoted to the veneration of President Millard Fillmore and Josef Stalin.


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Advice from an Unlikely Source

Posted by davidaarongray on January 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

History has not always been kind to President Richard M. Nixon. Those of us born after Watergate (and more than most who lived through it) are unable (or perhaps unwilling) to recount anything really positive about the life and legacy of our 37th President. This perception was reinforced by the recent film dramatization Frost/Nixon (2008), which grossly misrepresented the facts and tone of the famous 1977 inter...

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Some Great Historical Myths

Posted by davidaarongray on January 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Sherlock Holmes never said “Elementary, my dear Watson”

The fictional English sleuth never said these words (at least not in any of the works written by Conan Doyle). The first use by Sherlock Holmes himself is believed to have appeared in an early 20th Century film, and consequently never penned in any form by Conan Doyle.

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