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Frederick Trump is Immortalized by Woody Guthrie but not in a Good Way

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Folk icon Woody Guthrie was a tenant in one of Trump’s apartment complexes, Beach Haven Apartments in Coney Island, Brooklyn in 1950.  Guthrie criticized him as a landlord in a song: “Old Man Trump,” whom he accused of stirring up racial hatred “in the bloodpot of human hearts”. Woodrow Wilson Guthrie (1912–1967) was an American…

Donald Trump’s Eminence Grise Mentor:  Roy Cohn

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Roy Cohen began his career serving on Senator Joe McCarthy’s committee during the senator’s hearing on the US Army in 1953 and 1954.  He was responsible not helped in firing alleged Communists but was successful in getting gays banned by government service by President Eisenhower even though he remained in the closet his entire life….

Trump Learned How to be a Bully, a Toady, and a Liar

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Donald John Trump was born on June 14, 1946, at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York. He grew up in Jamaica Estates, Queens, and attended Kew-Forest School kindergarten through the 7th grade. In 2017, his birthplace and childhood home where he was raised until he was 14  at 85-15 Wareham Place was sold for $2.14…

Generation II:  Frederick Christ Trump Expanded the Family Fortune

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Frederick Trump, the oldest son (1905-1995) was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of Fredrick Trump and Elizabeth Christ Trump. He grew up in Woodhaven, Queens, where he graduated from Richmond Hill High School. In 1936, he married Mary Anne MacLeod, a Scottish immigrant, and settled in Jamaica Estates, Queens, where they raised…

Generation I: Grandfather  Frederick Trump, the Founder of the Family Fortune

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Frederick Trump, the grandfather, began the family tradition of putting lipstick on a pig.  He was born Friedrich Trumpf (1869 –1918) in Kallstadt, Kingdom of Bavaria.  He took shortcuts that came back to haunt him.  He left Bavaria without properly notifying the authorities and dodged military service when he left at age 16 in 1885…

The Origin of the Family Name Trump

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Donald Trump’s family name is quite appropriate.  It is a surname of  German origin, from the German word for “drum”, “drumf”.  The one thing the Trump family knows is how to beat its own drum! It is unclear when his grandfather, Frederick Trump I, dropped the “f” from the family name and changed the “d” to…

How Donald Trump of New York Became President of the United States

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Donald Trump leveraged his family’s real estate fortune into becoming the president of the United States.  His grandfather, an immigrant from Germany, set up a barbershop on Wall Street and began investing in NYC real estate after making a fortune mining the miners of the Yukon Gold Rush by setting up restaurants and hotels.  His…

The New York City Transit Museum

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On Sunday, 27 January 2019, I visited the NYC Transit Museum, located inside a former NYC subway station the corner of  99 Schermerhorn Street and Boreum Place.  The station was decommissioned after World War II because the platform was not long enough to accommodate longer trains and in addition there were other subway stations nearby….