We are searching data for your request:
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.
Billy Lot Jones was born in Chirk, Wales in April 1882. He played football for Ruabon Druids before signing for Manchester City in 1903. However he did not make his debut until the following season. That year, as a centre-forward, he only managed two goals in 12 games.
In 1904 the Football Association carried out an investigation into the financial activities of the club. Tom Maley was interviewed and he admitted that he had followed what seemed like standard English practice by making additional payments to all their players. He claimed that if all First Division clubs were investigated, not four would come out "scatheless".
As a result of their investigation, the Football Association suspended Tom Maley from football for life. Seventeen players were fined and suspended until January 1907. Billy Gillespie refused to pay his fine and instead emigrated to the United States. As Gary James pointed out in Manchester City: The Complete Record: "Basically, the entire squad that had finished as FA Cup-winners in 1904 and narrowly missed out on the Championship two years running were banned. This brought a premature end to City's first golden age."
Journalists were aware that virtually every club in the Football League was making illegal payments to its players. Football writers based in Manchester argued that the club, being a northern side, were being made an example of, and thousands of people complained to the Football Association, but it refused to reduce the bans and fines.
Harry Newbould was appointed as the new manager in July 1906. As a result of the bans and transfers, there were only 11 players available. This included Billy Lot Jones. The first two games in the 1906-07 season resulted in to heavy defeats at the hands of Arsenal (4-1) and Everton (9-1). Manchester City finished 4th from bottom that season. That year he scored 11 goals in 27 games.
Manchester City finished in 3rd place in the 1907-08 season. However, Manchester United, a team that included City's former stars, Billy Meredith, Herbert Burgess, Sandy Turnbull and Jimmy Bannister won the league championship. Once again Irvine Thornley was the club's top scorer with 14 goals in 31 games. That year, Jones only scored 4 goals in 24 games.
Billy Lot Jones also established himself in the Welsh national team. Over the next few years he won 19 international caps for his country.
Jones was not in great form in the 1908-09 season. He only managed to score 6 goals and Manchester City finished second from bottom and were relegated.
In 1909 Irvine Thornley was appointed club captain. He responded well to this new responsibility and scored 12 goals in the opening 17 games. He was then seriously injured and missed the rest of the season. Thornley had built the foundations for a good campaign and by beating Leeds United 3-0 on 23rd September, 1910, they guaranteed promotion to the First Division. Hull City could still deny them the championship but they lost their final game and City took the title by one point. Jones scored 12 goals in 37 games that year.
Billy Jones was a regular member of the Manchester City side during the next four season. However, he was now more of a playmaker than a goalscorer.
On the outbreak of the First World War Jones left the club. After the war he played football for Southend United, Aberdare Athletic, Wrexham, Oswestry Town and Chirk.
Billy Lot Jones died in 1941.
NASHVILLE SKYLINE: The Life Saga of George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s Only Child
When George Jones and Tammy Wynette’s only child was born, famed record producer Billy Sherrill sent Tammy a dozen roses and a signed recording contract for the baby.
It seemed only a matter of time until the Crown Princess of country music’s reigning superstar couple would achieve her certain destiny.
However, as Georgette Jones, the couple’s now-grown child, writes in her new memoir, fairy tales don’t always come true. For Tamala Georgette Jones, her pedigree has been very much a mixed blessing. The book, The Three of Us: Growing Up With Tammy and George , details her dealing with the blessings and the curse of that pedigree.
Much of her childhood was about divorce. Tammy and George divorced when Georgette was 4. They were living in Florida, where George was busy restoring an old plantation house and building a country music theme park around it. His dream was to be able to stop touring, get off the road for good and stay home and play shows there.
Unfortunately, his business sense and acumen never kept pace with his dreams. And although he and Tammy continued to love each other and to tour and play concerts together, they were unable to remain a couple. The main reasons, writes Georgette Jones, were “his nippin'” and “her naggin’.”
All George really wanted in life was to be able to be left alone to pursue his interests, writes Georgette. And all Tammy ever sought throughout her life was a Prince Charming of her own, a strong champion to take care of and protect her. Neither of them was able to achieve those goals. Tammy died of an apparent prescription drug overdose before she could, and George seemed to finally get his wish after his marriage to his wife Nancy.
After Tammy divorced George, she ran through a number of unhappy marriages — disastrously for Georgette and her sisters from previous marriages.
Growing up for Georgette meant she seldom saw George and didn’t really know him as a father until she was grown. After she discovered that Tammy’s last husband, George Richey, had been siphoning off the child support payments George Jones had been sending her — money she thought Jones had not been providing — she realized her father really did love her.
She remained close to her mother, even through the bad marriages. But she has few kind words to say about those other husbands, especially Richey, who took over Tammy’s life and career as her Svengali. And also apparently as her drug facilitator. There are many Richey episodes in the book, including her bankruptcy, his role in Tammy’s “kidnapping” and his threat to ruin her with a tell-all book about her being “a f*****g druggie and a whore” if she ever tried to leave him. And then there is the mystery still surrounding Tammy’s death.
Georgette was finally able to reconcile fully with George and know him as a father again after Tammy’s death. Georgette’s life at that point had taken on some of the worse aspects of a country song. Tammy’s last wishes for her daughter were never honored by Richey, as administrator of the estate.
For her, she writes that Richey’s actions at the time of Tammy’s public memorial service at the Ryman Auditorium were particularly galling.
“For anyone who has ever asked me what being the child of a celebrity was about, let me say that Mom’s public funeral combined what constitutes the lowest and highest points,” she writes. “First, there is no doubt that it warmed my heart to see the people who came from all over the world to pay tribute to Mom. Those fans truly loved her, and that meant a lot to me and my sisters. But the flip side was hearing Richey on the telephone, bragging about the event being as big as Princess Diana’s death. The difference between him on those phone calls and him when he sobbed to the stars in attendance or for cameras was obscene.”
Georgette, divorced with two children and caught up in a fierce custody battle, was barely able to make ends meet. Her mug shot had been splashed all over the tabloid Star , when she was charged (falsely) with attacking a police officer. She was facing trial on that charge and then was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
But after Tammy’s death, Nancy Jones put George and Georgette together again and they began a rapprochement that continues to this day.
Growing up, Georgette loved music and sang in public from age 3. Later, she toured with Tammy and often sang with her onstage. But she had seen too much of the realities of country music, she felt, to ever pursue such a career herself.
“I loved singing backup for Mom,” she writes, “the feeling of being a part of her world, the screaming crowds. But I knew what that applause was about. I understood that people wanted to see Tammy Wynette and George Jones’ daughter up there singing, and I never once mistook my talent for that of my parents.”
Georgette chose nursing as her profession.
These days, Tammy Wynette is mainly remembered for “Stand by Your Man” — a song she hadn’t wanted to record at all. George Jones is mainly remembered for his legend as the greatest singer in country music. His name is often dropped in songs by young male country singers who want to show just how musically hip they are.
This book is a poignant reminder that real, very mortal human lives exist or existed behind those public perceptions.
Meanwhile, Georgette is now pursuing a solo music career. She made the decision after taking part in a Country’s Family Reunion show made up of the children of various country stars.
“For the first time, I knew that others felt exactly as I did!” she writes. “I wasn’t the only insecure child of a star.”
She gradually tried her hand at music until the point in 2009 when she gave up her nursing job to pursue music full time.
But, just as Tammy kept her beautician’s license up to date throughout her career in case she ever needed it, Geeorgette has kept her nursing credentials valid.
Billy the Kid
There is no solid evidence to support the theory that Billy the Kid faked his death, until now. The photographs in this dossier show an unbroken timeline in the life of the person documented below. While the evidence shows that Billy lived on, it does not appear that Brushy Bill Roberts was Billy the Kid. Roberts may have actually been born 20 years later than Billy.
The journey begins with Billy’s mother…
Catherine Bonney arrived in New York City by way of Devonshire, England in 1846. She may in fact have originally been from Ireland prior to Immigrating. She married William Patrick Henry McCarty prior to 1852, also an immigrant from Ireland. There is little mention of her husband after he arrived in NYC, just that he died there. It was a violent time for Irish labor, unions and mob activity, and of course Southern KGC secret agents were stirring up riots.
Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Catherine had her first son, William Henry McCarty Jr. in November of 1859 and her second son, Joseph was born in 1863. However, there is more to the story presented below, Billy had a little known sister as well.
Billy’s baby photo / RJ Pastore Collection
Wm H McCarty baby photo / RJ Pastore Collection
The actual genealogy on the McCarty clan is still sketchy, but it appears the boys were born in the state of New York. Catherine moved her sons from New York to Indianapolis and then on to Wichita in the early 1870’s.
Young Billy McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Young Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Billy ran with a gang of street kids who passed the days in search of food and mischief.
Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
After Catherine met William Antrim, she purchase some land near his place west of Wichita. Billy took to riding his favorite pony and fishing along the Cowskin Creek. Wyatt Earp and his compadres would have gathering at a place along the Creek at what would become the Eberly Farm Retreat. They were said to have gotten liquored up and would sleep it off under a tree on the creek bank.
Wm H McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
William Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Wichita was called the Peerless Princess of the Plains and the last civilization before entering Indian country. It became a magnet for gamblers, outlaws and lawmen like Wyatt Earp.
Catherine worked as a maid at James & Bess Earp’s “Sporting House” in Wichita’s brothel district. Catherine became acquainted with many iconic figures like Jesse James, and they were rumored to have dated. Jesse gave her the funds to open a commercial laundry that serviced the many brothels in the old Delano Saloon district.
The records are sparse on the McCarty family and few photos have survived. Yet, this early image permits us a glimpse of the entire family, three generations posing together.
Billy the Kid and his mother, father, sister and grandma.
This rare relic is perhaps the only image of Billy’s father, Patrick. We can certainly see where Billy’s got the large ear genetics. Catherine is looking a bit thin and frail, no doubt from the grueling labor of hotel laundry. Their daughter Bridget is standing next to Billy, and he is standing next to what looks like his Grandma McCarty.
Billy was well educated and loved to read. The strong catholic household ethic would have focused on education and getting his studies done. We see below that the insert from the family photo above is a match for this image. We see that the face insert to the right is a match as well. And last is the match of all three to the known Koch image.
Billy the Kid holding school books, About age 11.
The photo above is a match to the shot of Billy in the Family Portrait. Billy seems to have the same coat and chain below as in the last school boy photo above.
Perhaps these photo were taken annually to mark his birthday. It is amazing that there are so many photos of Billy to survive until today.
In his youth Billy was not inclined toward criminal activity.
William H. McCarty Jr. / RJ Pastore Collection
He was inclined toward mischief and had a few run-ins with the law early on in life. Stealing food and cloths were among some of his petty offenses.
William H. McCarty Jr. / RJ Pastore Collection
Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
The first man Billy shot was bullying him in a saloon. The assailant had Billy down on the floor and was pummeling him. Billy got his hands on a gun and shot him in the gut. The man died two days later and the death was ruled self defense. Billy was serving as a Regulation (Private Police) on the Tunstil ranch defending against cattle rustlers.
Wm . Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Billy’s life would be shaped by his contact with many famous figures of the wild west. The Youngers, Fords and James Boys had years of outlawry and some were also war vets by the time of the earliest group portrait photograph below.
Wm. Henry McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Billy McCarty with the Youngers, Ford brothers, Doc Holiday and more.
Catherine McCarty / This drawing is her only known image.
A tintype photo William Henry McCarty with his mother, gives us a rare look at Catherine McCarty. The formal attire no doubt to commemorate Catherine’s marriage to her second husband, William Antrim.
Catherine and Billy McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection (Shown here in reverse to match the other items.)
Wichita was the final stop for the Texas cattle drives, which supplied the saloons a steady stream of rowdy cowboys, pockets flush with pay. The saloon district thrived on the ready cash for liquor, saloon gals and gambling.
Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
It is clear to see how Catherine’s health is affected by her battle with TB. She is gaunt and withered compared to the photo above a few years earlier. It appears Billy is wearing the same jacket in both of the photos with his Mom. Billy is wearing a pinkie ring that is also visible in the famous “Regulator” photo.
Billy and Catherine McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Catherine became prominent in the community and was a signer of the charter that made Wichita an official City. Shortly afterwards, they all relocated to New Mexico due to Catherine’s health issues.
Billy came to manhood among a group of young men who would become some of the most famous figures of the Wild West.
The same group above just a few years later.
It appears that Wichita, Kansas was the point of convergence for their affiliation. This adds a new dimension to the known facts of these gangsters. The fact that Billy the Kid is in the group photos from the early years of the 1870’s is an eye opener.
Younger Brothers, Ford’s and McCarty’s / RJ Pastore Collection
The photo below features three of the better known Regulators. Doc Scurlock was the founding member, seated left front next to Charlie Bowdry. Jose Chavez is standing behind them and he is seen again in the photo that follows this one as well.
Lincoln County Regulators – RJ Pastore Collection
The photo below has seen better days as to the condition, but the image is still vivid enough to make out some amazing details. Billy the Kid poses with his girlfriend, Paulita Maxwell and fellow Regulators. But most astounding is that Billy’s mother is seated in the lower right hand corner. And the girl in the middle looks very much like Bill’s mom, and is most likely Billy’s sister Bridget McCarty. What an extraordinary find.
Let us not overlook the fact that Dan Dedrick is disguised as a woman, wearing a dress and a bonnet upon his lap. Deputy’s Brewer and Chavez are present all of which helps to establish a time and area of the photo. Catherine is said to have died in 1874 and Deputy brewer was killed in 1878. Paulita lived at Fort Sumner so we can assume it was near there because she would not have gone far from home.
Billy the Kid w/ Mom, Sister, Girlfriend and Regulators
The above photo has been professionally evaluated by an independent Accredited ASA certified appraiser. Authenticating the photo was less difficult to evaluate since six of the seven subjects in the photo are known and have published comparison photos. There were several other determining factors which establish the foundation for a current market value for insurance purposes. More on that in time…
The seventh person in the center of the photo resembles Billy and Catherine, so it must be a familial match to Bridget. It is clear by the 1855 census record below that Catherine did have a daughter listed. The RJ Pastore Collection holds the only known photos of Billy with his mother and sister. Catherine’s age is off a few years in both roles, but the children are correct. There are a number of plausible reasons for the variance.
1855 Census of New York City
Bridget McCarty is shown again in the 1860 NYC Census. This is documentary proof of Bridget’s existence and family relationship to Billy.
Catherine appears in the 1870 Wichita Census with Bridget and infant son Henry listed as children. Her husband Patrick is listed as deceased, but we don’t know exactly when or where he died. It is a mystery how it is possible that history has not previously focused on Billy’s sister, Bridget? How can the single most famous outlaw figure of the old west have a sister that was a complete unknown?
Billy with his sister Bridget, Dan Dedrick & GW Coe
Another acquisition from the same lot features Bridget once again with her brother Billy. Also in the image are Dan Dedrick and GW Coe, two more of Billy’s know associates. When taken together with three census records and the two photos it presents evidence proving Billy had a sister names Bridget. Since Bridget and Dan appear together in both of the photos above there is room to speculate that they were somehow tied.
After the murder of Billy’s employer, he was Deputized by a Judge to serve arrest warrants on the perpetrators. Afterward, the corrupt politics of the territory took sides with the perpetrators. Billy and the Regulators were branded as the bad guys. The State of New Mexico never made good on the Governor’s promise of a pardon or amnesty.
Wm. H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
William H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
A new addition to this segment of the timeline has Bill in the same style of attire. He is wearing the signature bandana from the Regulator photo. And the coat is similar in style to many of the other photos of Billy on this page. A closer look reveals that the coat is in rough condition and rather worn out. Perhaps he was trying to go straight and fell on tough times.
This image of Billy is a match for the twp prior images above it and the Regulator photo, right down to the slightly wrinkled chin from his facial expression.
Billy was considered the kid of the outfit, even though his taller brother Josey was a few years younger. They both have the familiar bulges of guns hidden under their jackets.
Josey and Billy McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Billy the Kid and his brother Josey look like they just came in to town, off the open range. Dressed in their cowboy best to get their photo taken before a night out to paint the town red.
Billy and Josey McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Billy had a fondness for pretty ladies, liquor and good times. Josey had the same vices, but was more consumed with gambling and whiskey.
It was only one year prior to Jesse James’ death ruse, that Billy pulled off his hoax. Billy was one of Lucien B. Maxwell’s principle Regulators. Billy was romantically involved with Lucien’s daughter, Maria Paulita Maxwell.
The evidence supports the case that the parties at the scene of the killing were involved in a coverup. The homeowner was heir to the Maxwell empire and had the means to arrange the fake execution. The motive, was to assist Billy circumvent the Governor’s betrayal for a pardon. And the opportunity came in the form of a corpse, whoever the real victim may have been. Presumably, the grim task of procuring a suitable corpse fell upon Sheriff Garrett.
Billy was best friends and a fellow Regulator with Pat Garrett, both working for Maxwell. The killing was staged in Lucien’s brother Pete’s home, inside their fort compound. And most obvious flaw of the ruse was the fact that Garrett never produced the body for the coroner. So there was no autopsy or inquest, there was only a small closed ceremony and swift burial.
As a Deputy US Marshall, these are no small details to be over-looked, and ignored by the authorities all the way up to the Governor. They even paid Pat Garrett the $500.00 reward, in spite of the lack of proof that he had killed Billy.
Maxwell owned 1.7 million acres of land covered in grazing cattle. Even by today’s standards he was considered third richest man in America.
Front Row: Wm. H. Bonney, Lucien B. Maxwell, Dan Dedrick Back: Pat Garrett, James Ellsworth Lay / RJ Pastore Collection
With that kind of clout it would have been easy to orchestrate a death ruse for Billy in remote New Mexico. The men surrounding Mr. Maxwell are all wearing a lapel medallion for a masonic group called the Royal Order of the Palm Tree. The origins and meaning of Masonic Orders are steeped in secrecy and rarely understood.
The Palmetto Guard was the name for the very first CSA forces of the South. It was also the force that fired on Fort Sumter, starting the Civil War between the States on April 12, 1861. The Palm tree became know as a symbol of defiance.
Royal Order of the Palm Tree Masonic Insignia
The popular legend of Pat Garrett portrays a stark divide between outlaws and lawmen. But the historical facts show that there was quite a close association between them in the western territory. Big Dick Brewer worked as a Regulator, side by side with Billy the Kid and others. Here we see Sheriff Brady and Deputy Brewer not long before their deaths in the line of duty.
Sheriff Brady (left) Sheriff Garrett (right) Deputy Brewer (rear) / RJ Pastore Collection
The next photo is a striking group portrait with William Bonney, alias Billy the Kid. As the movie “Young Guns” portrayed, Billy faked his death and took on a new identity as William Henry Roberts. Whatever Billy had to do with Sheriff Brady’s demise, it doesn’t seem to have affected his friendship with Pat Garrett. Considering some of the powerful people and the politics of the time there must be more to the story.
Billy seems to have had a long term association with many notorious characters. These historical photographs permit us to explore the unknown saga of his mysterious life. We see him here with the Wild Bunch gang and again below some years later.
William H. Roberts Alias, Billy the Kid / RJ Pastore Collection
The group of ten men are all in similar suits and bowler hats, resembling Pinkerton Detectives. They are wearing fraternal ribbon badges on their jackets and a holding walking sticks. Billy and his fellow regulators from the Lucien Maxwell photo above are all present in this photo, along with several other noteworthy historical figures. Butch Cassidy and Sundance are sitting with the Wild Bunch gang members. Most noteworthy, Pat Garrett sits to the left of Billy the Kid, many years after allegedly killing Billy.
Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, Butch Cassidy, Sundance and the Wild Bunch / July, 1899 Folsom, New Mexico / RJ Pastore Collection
The brotherhood is seated at the foot of the extinct Capulin volcano a few miles from Folsom, NM. The town was a safe haven for outlaws and lawmen who came to work as Regulators (private policemen) for the wealthy land and cattle barons of the territory. Folsom was home to 800 people at the time and had a railroad stop. Black Jack Ketchum couldn’t resist robbing the train and was captured hiding out in a nearby volcanic lava vent. He was held prisoner in the Folsom Hotel, which still stands as a historic site today. The Folsom Museum has a large collection of artifacts going back 10,000 years when the Natives followed the Bison, which grew to eight feet tall. As to Black Jack, in 1901 he was convicted and sentenced to hang. All of which is documented in photos at the museum.
These group photos opens the floor for many questions that will require deep research. Discussion about the role of Pat Garrett in the Billy the Kid saga leaves a question of who was really killed. To quote Samuel Clemens, “Rumors of his death are greatly exaggerated.”
Wm. H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Wm. H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid were close friends. Billy and Pat worked for the wealthiest man in the territory. Billy was romantically involved with Maxwell’s daughter. The death ruse was staged in Lucien Maxwell’s brother Pete’s home. The body was not turned over to the coroner, and buried in a hasty grave. Pat Garrett was publicly ridiculed in the press for having perpetrated a fraud in faking Billy’s death. Pat never overcame the stigma of his ruined public image. The evidence weighs heavily toward a conspiracy to execute a ruse that gave Billy a new life. And the group photo above proves Billy and Pat had a long and close friendship far beyond his supposed death. Who then pray-tell, went to an early grave in Billy’s place?
A stunningly clear photo of Billy the Kid in formal attire, holding a bouquet of flowers. The hand is holding the lapel symbolizes KGC membership and to show he’s wearing a shoulder holster weapon. The thinning hairline and drooping earlobes show it was taken long after his alleged death in 1881.
Wm H. McCarty / RJ Pastore Collection
The following collage features the various images offered up as William Henry McCarty. It’s obvious that he had more than one photo taken in his lifetime. It is also irrefutable that Billy faked his death based on the photos he left in evidence.
The most prized photo of Billy the Kid is referred to as the Regulator image. This item was sold at auction in 2012 to Wichita native, Bill Koch. The former America’s Cup winner bid a healthy $2.3 million to ensure this rare artifact stayed inside the USA.
William Henry McCarty
William I. Koch Collection Beaver Smith’s Saloon, Fort Sumner, NM Circa 1880 – Photographer Unknown
Provenance of the above photo: [When Billy was locked up in the Fort Sumner calaboose after his capture at Arroyo Tivan, Deluvina went to visit him. It was a cold winter’s day and, as the little jail was unheated, Deluvina came home and got a heavy scarf she had knitted and took it to her hero. In return for this kindness, the Kid gave her his only photograph, which he had carried around in his pocket. He would have given Deluvina nothing she would have prized more.
“My mother kept the picture in a cedar chest for years, and finally my sister, Odila, gave it to John Legg, a Forth Sumner saloon keeper and friend of the family. Legg was shot and killed and Charlie Foor, an executor of his estate, came into possession of the picture. When Foor’s house was burned down, the original was destroyed but fortunately many copies of it had been made.]
This image below surfaced in 2013 from an undisclosed collector. Presented here for comparison, we can see his earlobes have in fact grown out longer with age.
Dan Dedrick (L) Billy Bonney (R)
Not part of the RJ Pastore Collection
Newly-discovered image shows Billy the Kid, claims historian Frank Parrish.
Published August 29, 2013
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/29/newly-discovered-image-shows-billy-kid-claims-historian/#ixzz2ek9GIeJ2
Another recently published photo (Below, left) of William McCarty appeared on the News Tribune.com, Missouri’s Capital City News.
The photo is a good match to the more mature image of Billy on the right. The source of the image is linked below, but not credit was cited for the image.
Another newly release photo (below) is purportedly Billy the Kid. The man on the left has a few close similarities, but the ears are larger and tucked in close to the skull. That eliminate him as a match for Billy, however he is a close match for the brother, Josy McCarty. Make a comparison with other photos of Josey and Billy together, go to the Josey dossier page. http://jessejamesphotoalbum.com/josey-mccarty/
Another new Billy the Kid photo. RJ de Aragon Collection
Wm. H. Bonney / RJ Pastore Collection
The RJ Pastore Collection has establishes a multi-point framework for objective analysis and authentication. The key photos are cataloged in criminal dossiers that allows them to be viewed their proper context.
The group portrait photos make it is easy to reconcile that they are the stated subjects.
That very linkage between all of the key figures in the group photos, repeatedly appearing together, documents a pictorial timeline of their lives. The fact that they themselves created the photos shows they meant to reveal the secret death ruse.
The statistical probability of another set of individuals resembling these subjects and repeatedly having group photos taken over several decades is remote beyond consideration. In fact, it is a reverse probability, and therefore impossible to calculate.
In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, this chain of evidence eliminates any reasonable doubt about the authenticity of the photos and the validity of the revelations.
Billy Joel Biography
Having sold more than 150 million records, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. Throughout the years, Joel’s songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people, mirroring his own goal of writing songs that “meant something during the time in which I lived … and transcended that time.”
Billy Joel has had 33 Top 40 hits and 23 Grammy nominations since signing his first solo recording contract in 1972. In 1990, he was presented with a Grammy Legend Award. Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, Joel was presented with the Johnny Mercer Award, the organization’s highest honor, in 2001. In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and has received the Recording Industry Association of America Diamond Award, presented for albums that have sold over 10 million copies.
In November, 2014, Billy Joel will receive The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which honors living musical artists whose lifetime contributions in the field of popular song exemplify the standard of excellence associated with George and Ira Gershwin, by promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding entertaining and informing audiences and inspiring new generations. Also in November, 2014, Billy will receive the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award. This is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.
December 2013, Madison Square Garden announced Billy Joel as the first-ever music franchise of “The World’s Most Famous Arena.” Joining the ranks of The Garden’s other original franchises – including the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty – Billy Joel kicked off this franchise at The Garden performing a show a month, as long as there is demand, starting January 27, 2014. Since his first show in 1978, Billy has performed 46 shows at Madison Square Garden, including an unprecedented 12 consecutive sold-out shows that have earned Billy a spot among the Garden greats with a banner raised in his honor.
Also in December 2013, Billy Joel received the 36th Annual Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States’ top cultural awards. At The ceremony, Don Henley sang the classic ballad, “She’s Got a Way.” Also paying homage was Garth Brooks, who performed a medley of “Allentown” and “Goodnight Saigon” and Rufus Wainwright who performed two Joel classics, “New York State of Mind” and “Piano Man.” Brendan Urie performed “Big Shot.” Tony Bennett introduced the tribute.
Joel held his first ever indoor Irish concert at the O2 in Dublin on November 1, 2013. He also returned to the UK for the first time in seven years and played two arena dates in Manchester and Birmingham plus a very special – more intimate – show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. In October 2013, Billy Joel held a surprise concert on Long Island at The Paramount (Huntington, NY) to benefit Long Island Cares. On December 31, 2013, Billy performed at The Barclays Center.
In 2013, Billy Joel held tens of thousands of visitors to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the palm of his hand. It was Joel’s second full-length show in three years He went to New Orleans fresh from Sydney, Australia, where he played a full set at the Stone Music Festival.
Joel and his band prepared a similar array of Joel’s huge collection of hits for Sydney and New Orleans, and mixed in some handpicked tunes specific to the venue at hand. Joel told the crowd, “we know how you felt” since last year’s Hurricane Sandy, referring to Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans in 2005. “We’re trying to rebuild. We’re taking inspiration from you guys.”
New York’s quintessential son, Billy Joel, performed six songs at the historic 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief, joining other music greats including Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and more to raise awareness and money to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The show, which included tributes to first responders and those affected by the storm, was broadcast to an estimated 2 billion viewers and raised $32 million in funds before anyone took the stage. Billy, who is proud of his personal connection to Long Island and the tri-state area impacted by the storm, told the audience, “We’re going to get through all this. This is New York and New Jersey and Long Island, and we’re just too mean to lay down and die.”
Billy Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait that hangs in Steinway Hall in Manhattan. Joel, who has been a Steinway Artist for almost 20 years, is the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the Steinway Hall collection. His portrait hangs alongside those of legendary musicians including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, Arthur Rubinstein, Ignacy Paderewski, and more. The portrait of Billy Joel, painted by artist and musician Paul Wyse, is one of only two living artists to be inducted into the collection, the other being Leon Fleisher. In 2010, Joel released “The Last Play at Shea. The intersecting histories of a city, a team, and a music legend are examined in a documentary feature film that charts both the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel, the last performer to play Shea Stadium before its demolition in 2008. Energetically set to the soundtrack of Joel’s final Shea concert, “The Last Play At Shea” interweaves personal and candid Joel interviews with concert footage-with guests such as Sir Paul McCartney, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler, John Mayer, Don Henley, Roger Daltrey – the history of Shea, and the birth of the Mets.
In 2004, Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his extraordinary career. “Movin’ Out,” a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and took home two including Best Orchestrations–Billy’s first Tony Award win–and Best Choreography.
In addition to his Grammy Awards, Joel has earned three Awards For Cable Excellence and has received numerous ASCAP and BMI awards including the ASCAP Founders Award and the BMI Career Achievement Award and, in 1994, was given the 1994 Billboard Century Award. Among his many other awards and honors, Billy Joel has been given a Doctor of Humane Letters from Fairfield University (1991), a Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music (1993), and a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Hofstra University (1997) and a Doctor of Music from Southampton College.
Joel has donated his time and resources to a variety of charitable causes outside the realm of his musical career. A longtime advocate for music education, he first began holding “master class” sessions on college campuses more than 20 years ago, giving sessions at colleges across the country and around the world. In addition, he has held classes as a benefit for the STAR Foundation (Standing for Truth About Radiation) and to establish the Rosalind Joel Scholarship for the Performing Arts at City College in New York City.
Billy Joel has launched an ongoing educational initiative to provide seed money, musical scholarships, and endowments to a variety of East Coast colleges, universities and music schools.
For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Billy Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
1991 – Grammy Legend Award
1980 – Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male (“Glass Houses”)
1979 – Album Of The Year (nd Street”)
1979 – Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male (nd Street”)
1978 – Record Of The Year (“Just The Way You Are” – single)
1978 – Song Of The Year (“Just The Way You Are” – single)
Early Life and Career
Famed producer Quincy Jones was born Quincy Delight Jr. on March 14, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois. A multifaceted jazz and pop figure, his career began when he played trumpet and arranged for Lionel Hampton (1951-1953). Jones then worked as a freelance arranger on many jazz sessions. He served as musical director for Dizzy Gillespie&aposs overseas big-band tour (1956), worked for Barclay Records in Paris (1957-1958) and led an all-star big band for the European production of Harold Arlen&aposs blues opera, "Free and Easy" (1959).
After returning to New York, Jones composed and arranged for Count Basie, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, while holding an executive post at Mercury Records and producing his own increasingly pop-oriented records. In the mid-1960s, he began composing for films and television, eventually producing over 50 scores and serving as a trailblazing African American musician in the Hollywood arena.
Jones produced Aretha Franklin&aposs 1973 album Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky).
A Congressman&aposs visit threatened to expose Jonestown lies.
Congressman Leo Ryan visiting Jonestown on November 18, 1978. He is pictured with women of the Houston family— Patty, Phyllis, Carol and Judy—whom he was asked to check on by the father who had escaped The People&aposs Temple.
Things came to a fatal head following a visit to Jonestown by U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan of California, who traveled to Guyana, along with a media crew and a handful of cultist relatives, to investigate abuse allegations. Ryan was spurred to visit Jonestown after hearing word from a friend and former Peoples Temple member who couldn’t reach family members at the commune, as well as an affidavit from Deborah Layton Blakey, a Jones aide who sought refuge at the American embassy, who recounted the goings-on at Jonestown.
𠇌ongressman Leo Ryan gets there and they do this song and dance,” Scheeres says. “Jones has been rehearsing people for weeks on what to say to Ryan and the media, even though they’ve been starving. He would have his inner circle, his lieutenants, go around and rehearse people: ‘What do you eat in Jonestown?’ ‘Well, we eat lamb and steak and chicken.’ Every day they were rehearsing what to say. And Ryan is fooled by this. He actually believes that people are happy there.”
But as the group was preparing to leave the commune, Scheeres adds, someone slipped Ryan’s aide a note asking for help. 𠇊nd all hell breaks loose,” she says. “They weren’t supposed to have any contact with Ryan, his entourage or the media, so when Jones hears about this note he tells Ryan’s group to get out. He realizes the house of cards is starting to crumble.”
In danger, Ryan’s group, along with 14 defectors, returned to the airstrip to leave, but no planes were waiting for them. 𠇏inally, two airplanes show up and as they are starting to board the airplanes, this tractor pulling a trailer comes up and all these men pop out and start shooting at the people who are about to board the airplane, killing one of the defectors, three media people and Leo Ryan.
“These thugs then go back to Jonestown and Jones is told about this incident. He tells the people, it’s over, it’s all over, they’re coming for us, this is it, it’s time to transition to the other side.”
By the mid-1970s, Jones was falling apart both physically and emotionally, as the years of drinking and drug abuse began to take their toll. He became unreliable and unpredictable, disappearing for days without any notice and failing to show up for numerous recording sessions and concerts. His cocaine use also resulted in Jones dropping a substantial amount of weight, rendering him a mere shadow of his former self.
But despite these dark times, Jones continued to make interesting music. In 1978 he recorded the popular duet "Bartender&aposs Blues" with folk singer James Taylor, and the following year he released the duet album My Very Special Guests, a somewhat ironic title in hindsight, considering that Jones was rarely present when his companions recorded their vocals. Jones returned to the top of the charts with 1980&aposs "He Stopped Loving Her Today," from the album I Am What I Am — Jones&aposs biggest seller to that point — and in 1982 he teamed up with country legend Merle Haggard for A Taste of Yesterday&aposs Wine. Other chart successes from this period include the duet (with Wynette) “Two Story House” (1980) and the No. 1 singles “Still Doin’ Time” and “I Always Get Lucky with You.”
Following a series of much publicized run-ins with the law that culminated in his arrest for drunk driving, Jones finally began to repent his self-destructive ways. He married Nancy Sepulvado in March 1983 and later said that it was her love that had helped him straighten up. He also released numerous successful duets around this time, among them "Hallelujah, I Love You So" with Brenda Lee and "Size Seven Round (Made of Gold)" with Lacy Dalton. As a solo artist, he kept pace with popular singles from his 1985 album Who&aposs Gonna Fill Their Shoes, including its title track, which reached No. 3 on the charts. His last solo Top 10 country hit would come in 1989 with "I&aposm a One Woman Man" (No. 5).
Billy Lott impressed enough in high school for second round Played nine seasons, made AAA
Lott impressed him enough to get the Dodgers to select Lott in the second round of the draft.
"The thing I really like about Bill is his makeup," Campbell told The Clarion-Ledger. "He's the right kind of person to become a big-league player."
Lott soon signed and started his career. He went on to play in nine pro campaigns. He made AAA in three of them, but he never made the majors.
Lott's career began that year in 1989, taken by the Dodgers 41st overall in the draft out of Petal High School in Hattiesburg, Miss. Lott was also credited as Bill Lott.
Lott started with the Dodgers in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into 46 games and hit .193. He moved to high-A Bakersfield and short-season Yakima for 1990. He hit .249 on the year in 103 games.
He spoke to The Clarion-Ledger to start 1990 about his slow first season and his prospects.
"People here told me that going from high school to here is a big change," Lott told The Clarion-Ledger that April. "If you're not doing good right now, don't worry about it."
Lott returned to Bakersfield for 1991, then hit high-A Vero Beach for 1992. He made AA San Antonio for 1993 and stayed there for two seasons. He hit .254 his first year there and .292 his second.
He arrived at AAA Albuquerque for 1995 and returned there in 1996. His 1995 campaign was limited to 41 games due to a broken wrist, but he then saw 114 in 1996.
In February 1996, Lott spoke with The Hattiesburg American about being out injured and maybe missing a call up.
"You never know if you would've bene the one they called up," Lott told The American. "I was doing as good as anybody that was called up. But there was nothing I could do about it."
Lott moved to the Pirates and Expos systems for 1997. He played in a total of 103 games, all at AAA. He hit .285 to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Made the Majors:1,215-34.9%
Never Made Majors:2,263-65.1%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:504
10+ Seasons in the Minors:299
50 Years Ago Today: The Split Between John Stott and Martyn Lloyd-Jones
On Tuesday, October 18, 1966, an event took place that shook British evangelicalism—on the nature of the church and the basis of gospel unity and purity—with reverberations still being felt today.
To help us understand what happened, I talked with the Rev. Dr. Andrew Atherstone, Latimer Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. His research, writing, and teaching focus on the history of the relationship between Anglicanism and evangelicalism. He is the co-editor, with David Ceri Jones, of Engaging with Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Life and Legacy of ‘The Doctor’ (Inter-Varsity Press, 2011), and the author of an important chapter in the book on “Lloyd-Jones and the Anglican Secession Crisis.”
Tell us a little about Martyn Lloyd-Jones and John Stott at this stage of their ministries.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones and John Stott were the two most prominent evangelical ministers in London in the 1960s.
Both attracted large congregations through their expository preaching in prestigious pulpits—Lloyd-Jones at Westminster Chapel, near Buckingham Palace, and Stott at All Souls Church, near Oxford Street.
Both had fruitful ministries more widely as evangelical leaders and organizers, for example, among university students through the Inter-Varsity Fellowship.
In October 1966, Lloyd-Jones was 66 years old and nearing retirement Stott was the younger man, aged 45, but was already a recognized spokesman for Anglican evangelicals.
There were a number of developments in British evangelicalism in the 1960s with regard to ecumenical discussions and concerns. Can you give us a picture of the context at the time?
The 1960s was the high water mark in ecumenical optimism, which had been gathering pace since the end of the Second World War. The older denominations invested considerable energy in the search for visible unity. For example, the British Council of Churches resolved in 1964 to seek one united territorial church in Britain by Easter Sunday 1980. In retrospect, 50 years later, such a naïve plan appears almost comic, but to many in the 1960s it seemed realistic.
Certainly the winds of change were blowing. The Church of England was on the verge of reuniting with the Methodists, separated since the Evangelical Revival, and was also making friendly overtures to the Church of Rome, separated since the Reformation. Meanwhile, Presbyterians and Congregationalists were building a United Reformed Church.
But these various unity schemes had little regard for evangelical doctrine.
Let’s go to the National Assembly of Evangelicals in October 1966. What was this group, and why was Lloyd-Jones asked to address them? Didn’t they know in advance what he might say?
The National Assembly of Evangelicals (NAE) was originally envisaged as an annual event, organized by the Evangelical Alliance, bringing together about 1,000 delegates from evangelical churches and societies across Britain, from the full range of Protestant denominations.
The first NAE was in September 1965 and tackled questions such as evangelism, religious education, and Christian unity. It was like an evangelical synod, with debates and voting on formal resolutions. Since ecumenism was such a hot topic, the 1965 NAE set up a special evangelical commission on church unity—co-chaired by an Anglican and a Baptist—which was asked to report the following year at the 1966 NAE.
To coincide with the launch of the report, Lloyd-Jones was invited to give an address outlining his vision of evangelical unity, at a public meeting in Westminster Central Hall, chaired by Stott.
The organizers should certainly have known what to expect, since Lloyd-Jones had given his views in person to the evangelical unity commission, but they were still taken by surprise by the electrifying effect of his address!
So what did Lloyd-Jones say exactly, and why was it so controversial?
At its heart, Lloyd-Jones’s address was a call for visible unity among evangelicals to match their spiritual unity. He lamented that they were divided among themselves and “scattered about in the various major denominations . . . weak and ineffective.” But he believed the ecumenical turmoil of the 1960s presented “a most remarkable opportunity” to rethink evangelical ecclesiology along New Testament lines.
In particular, he argued that evangelicals were guilty of “the sin of schism” for remaining visibly separated from each other, while being visibly united in their denominations to people who denied the gospel essentials. “I am a believer in ecumenicity,” he provocatively declared, “evangelical ecumenicity!” Evangelicals should not be satisfied with unity merely through parachurch networks and societies, Lloyd-Jones insisted, but should come together in “a fellowship, or an association, of evangelical churches.”
This was controversial for several reasons, not least because it contradicted the National Assembly of Evangelicals’ own report on evangelical unity at the launch event! The obvious implication was that evangelicals should secede immediately from doctrinally mixed denominations.
There was also confusion about what exactly Lloyd-Jones meant by “a fellowship, or an association, of evangelical churches,” and what that would look like in practice—probably he intended a network of local independent evangelical congregations. A transcript of the audio recording of his address was eventually published after his death, in Knowing the Times (Banner of Truth, 1989), and is well-worth studying closely.
Was it out of character for Stott to respond publicly? What did he say after Lloyd-Jones spoke?
There is an unwritten convention that the chairman of a public lecture is simply there to help the event run smoothly and to offer polite thanks to the speaker at the end. If Lloyd-Jones’s address was startling, Stott’s intervention was more so.
When he rose to announce the closing hymn, he publicly criticized Lloyd-Jones, arguing that “history” was against him because evangelicals in previous generations had tried to establish evangelical denominations and had failed, and that “Scripture” was against him because the faithful “remnant” in the Old and New Testaments was within the visible church not outside.
Stott later apologized to Lloyd-Jones for abusing his position as chairman, but the damage had been done, and a public rift within the evangelical movement was opened up.
Can you give us a sense of the argument by Stott and others for why Christians shouldn’t separate from unbelief and false teachers?
Stott would never phrase the question in the way you have! Such a position would be impossible to defend! Stott and his Anglican evangelical colleagues, like J. I. Packer, protested vigorously against heresy in the Church of England, especially against liberal and catholic errors that were gathering pace in the 1960s. They were determined to protect their congregations from false teachers and from unbelieving bishops, and to keep their distance. Nevertheless, they did not think they were compromised simply by belonging to a doctrinally mixed denomination.
Their arguments took three forms:
(1) Historically, they argued that the constitutional basis of the Church of England was Protestant and Reformed, seen in the Reformation formularies like the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion and the Book of Common Prayer. So evangelicals held the legal “title deeds” to the Church of England, and the liberals and catholics should get out, not them.
(2) Biblically, they argued that many New Testament churches were doctrinally confused or morally compromised, like the church in Corinth that was muddled about the resurrection, or the church in Sardis that numbered only “a few” godly people (Rev. 3:4). But believers in those churches are told to hold fast to the gospel, and to fight against false teachers, not to leave the church and set up a new one.
(3) Pragmatically, Stott and his friends argued that the Church of England provided many gospel opportunities for evangelicals, and that it would be a dereliction of duty to hand over their pulpits to unbelieving clergy. What then would become of their congregations?
The Anglican evangelicals in the 1960s held to the motto, “Cooperation without Compromise.” The problem was that in practice it quickly became “Cooperation with Compromise.”
In April 1967, six months after the clash between Lloyd-Jones and Stott at the National Assembly of Evangelicals, Stott chaired the first National Evangelical Anglican Congress (NEAC) at Keele in Staffordshire. Here Anglican evangelicals agreed to invest their energies in the structures and synods of the Church of England. As a result, especially in the younger generation, they soon came to emphasize their Anglicanism more than their evangelicalism.
The standard historiography suggests that few Anglicans heeded Lloyd-Jones’s call. But your research suggests otherwise, right?
The standard historiography has mostly been written by the advocates of the Keele Congress agenda. It deliberately tries to emphasize that Anglican evangelicals paid no heed to Lloyd-Jones’s call, and that only a couple of maverick ministers seceded from the Church of England.
My research has shown that in fact many Anglican evangelicals were alarmed by the theological trajectory of the Keele Congress, and were naturally sympathetic to the prophetic call of Lloyd-Jones for a more robust evangelical ecclesiology. At least 20 Anglican ministers seceded for various forms of evangelical independency between 1964 and 1974—admittedly only a trickle, not a flood—but they included nationally known leaders like Herbert Carson and Bertie Rainsbury.
A significant number who remained in the Church of England continued to teach that evangelicalism, because it is simply New Testament Christianity, must always trump denominational allegiance of any description.
How did the events of October 1966 effect the relationships within British evangelicalism?
It has taken British evangelicalism a long time to recover from the polarizing debates of the late 1960s. The National Assembly of Evangelicals in October 1966 was a watershed moment, a symbolic parting of the ways. It was made worse by subsequent events, like the publication in 1970 of Growing into Union, an ecumenical tract co-authored by two Anglican evangelicals (J. I. Packer and Colin Buchanan) and two Anglo-Catholics. This led directly to a painful split between Lloyd-Jones and Packer, and the cancellation of the Puritan Studies Conference they co-organized. Relationships broke down between evangelicals on different sides of the divide, with growing suspicion and misunderstanding between Stott’s circle and Lloyd-Jones’s circle.
Thankfully, the slow passage of time has brought a measure of healing to these wounds, though it has taken half a century for friendships to be rebuilt. The regional “Gospel Partnerships” that have recently been springing up across Britain are one encouraging sign that evangelicals (whether inside or outside doctrinally mixed denominations) are once again joining forces in discipleship and evangelism, where the gospel is central, even if they still disagree about ecclesiology.
Justin Taylor is executive vice president for book publishing and publisher for books at Crossway. He blogs at Between Two Worlds and Evangelical History. You can follow him on Twitter.
Landry Jones appreciation post. I know he gets a lot of hate but he did win us some games, I will never forget him coming in and throwing two touchdowns against Arizona to win. Hope he finds a good spot somewhere. Best chest tat in Steelers history.
I liked Jones, but I think Dobbs has a higher ceiling.
I think Rudolph is actually the future. Though I think if we put some weight on Dobbs, he can be our Shazier look alike and people will avoid the middle of the field
Absolutely. I kept hearing the "experts" taking about how we were trading Dobbs and my buddy and I were openly lamenting that fact the past couple weeks.
Hue Jackson is the #1 Browns killer
He was probably better than Vick was so hes got that going for him
A large pylon attached to two cardboard hands was better than the Steelers version of Vick
Was a competent backup. Not star quality, but serviceable. Wish him luck on his next team.
He did his best for us and he accepted his role as a backup without making any trouble.
In fairness. what kind of fuss could dude have made behind the franchises best QB ever. The man wanted a job and he had one and was paid and fit his role well. No more no less