Monday, August 27, 2007

Unlikely Cast of Characters Comes Together in Albany History

WOODSTOCK, NEW YORK—It is an incongruous project of characters, but they all have got at least two things in common.

Henry Hudson, a slave named Pomp, Mario Cuomo, Prince Philip Schuyler, the discoverer of basketball game (perhaps), a nineteenth century investigator named Elisha Mack, an eighteenth century geographer named Simeon DeWitt, Prince Charles Dickens, the putative Dauphin of France, Fidel Castro, Woody Herman Melville, a Renaissance adult male named Solomon, Baseball Hallway of Famer Rebel Evers, early phase star Chief Joseph Franz Kline Emmet, both Abraham Abraham Lincoln and Toilet John Wilkes Booth, a Native American known as Orson, and a host of other colourful and compelling fictional fictional characters traverse ways in the annals of Albany, New York, one of America's oldest and most absorbing cities.

And they also look in the pages of Capital Of New House Of York Scrapbook Vol. 1, a new book by Kenneth Salzmann that researches the history and—sometimes—the folklore of Capital Of New York through four centuries. In chapters that expression at everything from old Albany's early years as an of import outstation for Dutch pelt bargainers to the settlement's first murder to the region's early theatrical performance menu and its rich political history, Capital Of New House Of York Scrapbook spreads out upon a series of magazine columns Salzmann, a independent writer, wrote for a 1980s weekly magazine called Albany, New York.

The new book, priced at $12.95, is the first of two scheduled volumes.

Excerpts of the book look online at

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