I wouldn't say we're close. Actually, I had to look him up on the internet so I knew how to spell his name...
But, I had to write to him because I have a great idea for a movie! (My mother wants me to write it... but, I'm busy with other things, like blogging...)
Anyway, I know looking for work (and blogging) is my full-time job right now, but I still seem to have some extra seconds to read random things on the internet. In one of those random searches I discovered an historic figure that really intrigued me for many reasons.
His name is Archbishop John Hughes - AKA "Dagger John." Here he is:
Oops... wrong one. (Hey - he popped up when I Googled "Dagger John"!) Anyway, HERE he is:
He doesn't really look that tough, but there's a reason he was called "Dagger John." He made it his personal cause to fight against Protestant oppression against Catholics - even going so far as using some of his parishioners as armed guards at the original St. Patrick's in downtown NYC.
|Old St. Patrick's on Mulberry St., NYC.|
The armed men aimed their rifles over those very walls.
(Actually, I'm looking back at that photo of the other guy - John Matthew. He looks kind of tough. Maybe he can play Dagger John in the movie!) Wow... I can write AND cast films. Mother's right - I SHOULD be in "the business"!
Anyway, here's the info on what John Hughes did that I sent to Marty:
- Protected his churches with Irish armed guards (see photo above...).
- Helped quell the angry mobs during the 1863 Draft Riots.
- Supported the Young Ireland Movement and raised funds for weapons.
- Began the Catholic School System (and was such a pain to the Protestants, the state passed the Maclay Act of 1842 – the separation of church and state).
- Founded Fordham University (initially called St. John’s).
- Began the construction of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He laid the cornerstone in 1858.
- Was instrumental in the Irish becoming policemen, firemen and teachers! (My great-uncle Matty was a fireman and my cousin Brian was a cop in Philly. The Irish tradition continues...)
Amazing, isn't he? Also amazing is I don't know ANYONE who's heard of him! I mean, what does it take to "go down in history"?!!
So, there you have it, Marty!
|I bet he'll let me call him "Marty."|
All the info you need to put together a great flick.
I await your call...