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Wednesday
Feb202013

Psychotic visitors to the White House; an actor who specialized in playing Hitler

I’ve neglected to post news of two guest contributions I’ve recently made to the Wonders & Marvels history blog.

One is about the history of the study of psychotic visitors to the White House. First Lady Pat Nixon greets White House visitors in 1969.My post describes three surveys of mentally unstable callers for the President made during the 1940s, 1960s, and 1980s. These studies agreed in some of their conclusions and disagreed in others.

The second recent post tells the story of Bobby Watson, who portrayed Adolf Hitler in many Hollywood films from the 1940s through his death in 1965. Watson rode his uncanny resemblance to the Führer for a good long ride. Here's a clip of Watson in action, from the film The Story of Mankind:

As always, please let me know what you think.

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