May 5, 2008

Charlton Heston: the connection

Charlton Heston in The Ten CommandmentsNow I am explaining the connection between Charlton Heston and actinomycetes. It is indeed a very simple link, as you will see.

As a boy, Charlton Heston was not Charlton Heston —not yet— but John Charles Heston and, under this name, he attended New Trier High School at Winnetka, a northern suburb of Chicago. There he might have met some students who later became famous, such as actor Rock Hudson (then still known as Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. [*]) and Nobel laureate Jack Steinberg (a physicist, donated his Nobel medal to New Trier High School). However, perhaps the three boys never met, because of their differences in age: Heston was born in 1923, "future Hudson" in 1925, and Steinberg in 1921. You know, two years may be seen as a generational barrier by teenagers, even (or especially) if attending the same school.
Rock Hudson and Jack Steinberger attended New Trier High SchoolHave a look at the New Trier High School's logo: it shows the Porta Nigra (Black Gate) built by the Romans around 180-200 AD in Augusta Treverorum —now Trier, Germany. The reason is that Winnetka is one of the villages in the New Trier Township, Illinois; the township was established in 1850, and its name was most likely chosen by a German settler. Trier claims to be the oldest city in Germany, founded in or before 16 BC. In addition to possessing a remarkable set of Roman and medieval buildings, Trier is known as the birthplace of philosopher Karl Marx (1818-1883).

But... am I digressing? Then, I will finish the explanation in a new post.

Image sources:
Heston as Moses in The Ten Commandments: Wikipedia.
Hudson, New Trier Highschool's logo, and Steinberger: Wikipedia (1, 2, 3).

[*] The name "Rock Hudson" is a combination of the Rock of Gibraltar and the Hudson River (!)

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