Monday, June 25, 2007

They Didn't Have a Ticket to Ride

Tom Kemp at Genealogy Library News has gathered some stories of people born on trains. Here are some famous, and almost famous, people who came aboard between stations:

  • Rudolf Nureyev was born somewhere on the Siberian Railway, as was fellow dancer Tamara Toumanova.
  • Professional bowler June Courington came into the world on a train carrying her father's baseball team on a barnstorming tour through the South.
  • Marlon Brando's second wife, Maria "Movita" Castaneda, was born aboard a train in Arizona.
  • Maria von Trapp of Sound of Music fame was born on a train en route to Vienna.
  • Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew was born on a train in the Panama Canal Zone. He was named for Dr. Rodney Cline, a passenger in the whites-only section who assisted in the delivery.
[Hat tip: Genealogy Blog]

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