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Here is a segment from the Travel Channel show Mysteries at the Museum.  The show is generally wonderfully done and they do a good job on the reenactments, although they did a very silly story on John Wilkes Booth (another person who had a claimant/impostor in later years and his was probably a better match) and I told them so.  According to this program, the DNA from Anna Anderson was taken from a hair sample left at the Charlottesville Historical Society and a test simply showed she was "not a Romanov."  They didn't say against whose DNA they checked it or how and I don't recall that they even said who performed the tests or when.  I understood the definitive tests had been taken from tissue left after surgery Anna Anderson had undergone.

Now, I was very impressed when someone on this forum (it's the bottom reply here said that the tissue would have to be from the specific part of the body (intestine or whatever) to match what was taken--in other words, it would eliminate the fear of someone having faked the test by just taking any tissue from anyone...well, presumably from someone in the Polish family suspect as being hers.  I would be even more impressed if this hair and the tissue from the operation proved to be from the same person--as they were taken at different times and places, under different circumstances, etc.  Incidentally, the hair in the museum didn't look to me like hers--it appeared blond, and I understood her to have dark hair--but perhaps it somehow lost color over the years.

A bit unrelated, but a great example of how things should be done was in the case of Bonnie and Clyde.  Authorities immediately called in family members to positively identify them, then displayed their bodies to tens of thousands of visitors, unlike Booth or Anastasia, who were shot in secret and then buried for years.  The person asked to identify Booth was a doctor who had met him perhaps once.  On sight of the body, he declared it wasn't him, took a closer look and said it was after all, fueling years of survival speculation.  You don't see too many cases of people coming forward to claim they were the real Bonnie and Clyde!


What do you think, and have you any advice regarding it?  Thanks.

The Russian Revolution / Mark Twain on the Romanovs and Revolution
« on: December 10, 2009, 02:54:19 AM »
Came across this interesting material while looking for something else:

Having Fun! / Photo Editing
« on: September 22, 2009, 03:08:58 PM »
How do people here make their beautiful avatars and other edited images?  Does everyone shell out huge bucks for Photoshop, or send images to someone who has it and have them do the work?  I am a Mac user.  I don't have Photoshop but have a couple of other programs and so far am clueless as to how to even get more than one (unedited) image on the same PAGE--just to print out to look at, without using more than one sheet of paper--let alone edit or blend images!  I have several ideas including a great one for an avatar using images found online.  Any advice would be helpful, thanks.

Their World and Culture / Where Have All the Flowers Gone Origins
« on: May 16, 2009, 04:30:07 AM »
Pete Seeger, who wrote the first three verses of "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and set them to music, found inspiration for the song while on his way to a concert.  Leafing through his notebook he saw the passage, "Where are the flowers, the girls have plucked them.  Where are the girls, they've all taken husbands.  Where are the men, they're all in the army."  These lines were from a Ukrainian folk song referenced in the Mikhail Sholokhov novel And Quiet Flows the Don (1934).

Can anyone identify the original song and sources for recordings of it, particularly if by a top-rate Russian male chorus?  And, of course, is there any record of the Imperial Family ever being familiar with it?

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Alexei's Dates
« on: April 19, 2009, 12:33:40 AM »
It's been pointed out that Alexei's birthdate varies depending on whether the Eastern or Western calendar is used.  Is there also a variant death date, and can someone post both sets of dates?  Thanks.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Pockets in summer sailor suit?
« on: April 14, 2009, 04:43:34 AM »
Can anyone tell if that is a pocket on these shorts?  Or if this sort of outfit would have a pocket?  In the picture above is also an object which could be a pocket flap.

Having Fun! / Anyone here get a lot of spam in Russian?
« on: July 07, 2008, 12:30:00 AM »
Just wondering if this originated when I joined this site.

Hate to bring this up when a thread calling it a "silly goofy movie" was closed, but I don't suppose that was why.  The reason I bring it up now is that our theater group will be performing it this fall.  Auditions start in a couple of weeks.  Sources I can find don't even seem to give an exact date as to when it's supposed to take place.  Dates given range from 1894-1905, all of which time Nicholas II would have been Tzar, so in any case he's definitely the ruler referenced.  Did he really order Jewish people exiled from certain areas, did troops supposedly under his authority commit acts not authorized by him, or does no one know for certain?  Thanks for any information.

The Final Chapter / Last Romanov Group Portraits
« on: May 06, 2008, 11:54:26 PM »
Please, what is the last formal portrait of the whole family before Nicholas II abdicated?  What is the last picture featuring all the family together?  Thanks.

Tsarevich Alexei Nicholaievich / Alexei and Tad Lincoln
« on: September 02, 2007, 12:52:15 AM »
If you believe in reincarnation or even the influence of one person's spirit over another, the parallels between Alexei and Tad Lincoln are myriad.  They even looked somewhat alike.

Anyone who has met her, please describe your experiences on said occasion or occasions.

Having Fun! / What is Your Russian Connection?
« on: April 30, 2006, 12:16:12 AM »
Mine is that my mother's aunt married a man born in Russia.  Okay, that's about it.   ::)  What's yours?

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