Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Nutty Profession knows how to make America care about genealogy: dish some ancestral dirt on a Hollywood celebrity like, say, Tom Hanks.

It seems that the multiple Oscar-winning actor may have gotten his droll humor from his grandfather Clarence Frager, who listed his occupation as "squirrel inspector" on his daughter's birth certificate.

Frager got a little more serious when it was time to fill out the 1930 Census. He described his occupation as "rodent control," and we can only imagine that he wasn't talking about rug rats. [Link]

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