Legendary Locals of Middletown

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Although the town benefits from a position on a major navigable waterway, Middletown's success is primarily due to the energy, creativity, and diversity of its people. These include James Riley, whose autobiography detailing his trials as a white slave in Northern Africa showed millions of Americans the evils of slavery; Max Corvo, who helped the World War II Italian underground defeat the fascist regime; and Christie Ellen McLeod, longtime chief pathologist at Middlesex Memorial Hospital. Middletown can boast of athletes such as Helen "Babe" Carlson, a tremendously strong competitor who participated on men's baseball teams; Willie Pep, who, while going for the world featherweight title, had a record of 134 wins and only one loss; and Corny Thompson, who sparked the University of Connecticut basketball program's rise to national prominence. More notables include Allie Wrubel, a prolific songwriter and Academy Award winner for his song "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah;" Vivian McRae Wesley, a teacher, reading director, and leader of Middletown's African American community; and Francesco Lentini, who was born with three legs and appeared in every major circus and carnival.
ISBN: 9781467101202
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 204
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Robert Hubbard is an associate professor at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, and Kathleen Hubbard is a retired Middletown Public Schools teacher. They are also the authors of Images of America: Middletown. Most of the photographs in Legendary Locals of Middletown come from the collection of the Middlesex County Historical Society.