It’s All In How You Spin It

This has to be the email of the week, I got this out of New Mexico and thought I would share it with all of you.  As for the validity of it and all that, it could or could not be true.

But it is pretty amusing.

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Senator Harry Reid’s great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

This is the only known photograph of Remus showing him standing on the gallows in what was then Montana Territory.

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: ‘Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.’

So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.

Believe it or not, Harry Reid’s staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research: 

Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed.

Like my Daddy used to say, “When it comes to politic’s son, the first liar doesn’t even stand a chance.”  Guess “It is all in how you spin it” when it comes to these things, eh Harry?


2 thoughts on “It’s All In How You Spin It

  1. DS, my late classmate Chuck Younglund who passed on New Years Day in 2011 had sent me this prior to his death. Now, seeing it once again just makes me laugh out loud ’cause this kinda “spin” has gotten much, much worse in today’s world !


    • I suppose all of this doesn’t really have a shelf life, one person see’s it for the first time, assumes it is “fresh” and he/she send it out. When in fact, all they have done is recycled the material and kept it alive.

      By the way, I liked the George Carlin thing.



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