William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 10-9-17

Sorry Columbus, John Cabot discovered North America –for good, we mean — in 1497. He was an Italian working for the English.

So why is it called America? Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian working for Spain, discovered the South American mainland about the same time. The map makers figured it was all one great big place and Amerigo got better press.

John Cabot discovered North America William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 10-12-17

John Cabot discovered North America

William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 10-7-17

Hobey Baker, America’s first great hockey player, came from Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

Hobart Armory Hare “Hobey” Baker starred for Princeton from 1910 through 1916 turning down a offer of $20,000 to play for the Montreal Canadians.  He enlisted in the Army Air Service in 1917 for World War I and shot down three of the enemy. He was killed in a plane crash in France just a little over a month after the war ended.

F. Scott Fitzgerald admired him and based a character in This Side of Paradise on him.

Hat tip VFW magazine

Hobey Baker was America’s first great hockey player

Hobey Baker, America's first great hockey player, came from Bala Cynwyd, Pa.