29.3.06

MORE STUFF TO READ. This evenings guests on Milt Rosenberg's show were John Franch, author of Robber Baron: The Life of Charles Tyson Yerkes, and John Wasik, author of The Merchant of Power: Sam Insull, Thomas Edison, and the Creation of the Modern Metropolis. These tycoons are respectively the creator of the Union Loop, financier of the London Underground, and donator of the Yerkes Observatory; and the organizer of Chicago's power network and electric suburban railroads, and donator of the CIVIC OPERA HOVSE. They both had brushes with the law and led tormented and sometimes isolated personal lives. One of the authors noted that although Citizen Kane might be about newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, star Orson Welles groomed himself like Samuel Insull, and some of the scenes in the movie are out of Insull's life. I will likely acquire these biographies and get around to reviews in due course.

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