Posts belonging to Category Lefty Legends

Lefty Leaders

Lefty Leaders

  • Alexander the Great
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Julius Caesar
  • Charlemagne
  • Winston Churchill
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Rameses II
  • Tiberius

Lefty Birthdays – The Rockefellers: John Davison R. Sr. and Nelson Aldrich R.

Birthday Celebrants, July 8  – John D. Rockefeller, Senior (grandfather) and Nelson Rockefeller (grandson)

Yes, they have the same birthday!   John D. Rockefeller Senior and politician Nelson Rockefeller.

John Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937), an American industrialist and philanthropist, revolutionized the petroleum industry. He had four daughters and one son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. In 1870, he founded the Standard Oil Company and. Standard Oil began as an Ohio partnership formed by him, his brother William Rockefeller, Henry Flagler, chemist Samuel Andrews, and Stephen V. Harkness. Rockefeller kept his stock and as kerosene and gasoline grew in importance, his wealth soared and he became the world’s richest man and the first American billionaire, and is often regarded as history’s richest person. His fortune was mainly used to create the modern systematic approach of targeted philanthropy with foundations that had a major effect on medicine, education, and scientific research. His foundations pioneered the development of medical research. He also founded The University of Chicago and Rockefeller University. He was a devoted Northern Baptist and supported many church-based institutions in his life.

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller (July 8, 1908 – January 26, 1979), son of John D. Rockefeller Jr., and grandson of John Davison Rockefeller Sr., a philanthropist and businessman,  was the 41st Vice President of the U.S., and the 49th governor of New York.  He was a leader of the Republican Party liberal wing, and became the Governor of New York from 1959 to 1973. Rockefeller launched many construction and modernization projects. He retired from politics when his term as Vice President ended.  As a child, lefty Nelson Rockefeller had dyslexia impairment. His determination and hard work overcame his reading difficulty and he achieved success in business, eventually becoming the vice president of the U.S.

Lefty Celebrities

Lefty Celebrities

Don Adams – The star of the television’s Maxwell Smart, has been the voice of several popular cartoon characters, such as Tennessee Tuxedo and Inspector Gadget.

Nate Archibald, Basketball player. He got his nickname “Tine” because at six feet tall he was short next to the giants in professional basketball. He was dwarfed in size, but awesome in skill.

George Burns -  American Academy Award winner for The Sunshine Boys, credits his comedic timing to the use of his cigar.

Tom Cruise – Superstar actor nominated for Academy Award for his performance in Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Actress – Her gymnastic abilities helped springboard into her first starring feature role – Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

Lefty Lores and Legends

Some lefty legends and lore:

  • American superstition specifies that the rabbit’s left hind foot will bring good luck.
  • If you sneeze to the right, it means good luck; if you sneeze to the left, it means bad luck.
  • A twitch in the left eye means you will soon see an enemy while a twitch in the right eye means you’ll soon see a friend.
  • An itchy right palm means you’ll come into money; an itchy left palm means you’ll lose it, with exception in Germany, where an itchy left palm is a sure sign of wealth.
  • Albertus Magnus advised 13th-century husbands whose wives had rejected them to wear marrow from a wolf’s left foot – “and she will love none but you.”

Lefty Lore and Legends

  • Egyptians believe it is lucky to enter a house using the left foot first, especially if the house is supposedly haunted.
  • There is a Middle Eastern belief that if a man scratches his beard with his left hand, he will not get anything, but if he uses his right hand, he will receive something.
  • There is a Scottish saying for a person who is unlucky: “She/he must have been baptized by a left-handed priest.”
  • In the 17th-century, witches gathered at a Black Mass would hail their queen with their left hands. They also used their hands for passing wine and for making offerings to her.
  • Covering a yawn with the left hand was said to prevent Satan from entering our body during the yawn.