136 episodes

Some Very Famous People You've Never Really Heard Of, Byte Sized Biographies of the famous, the infamous and the quirky in less than hour. Think of that doorstop sized bio or history related book that you will never read made accessible in an hour. These are people that you may think you know a lot about but really don't, remarkable human beings you have never heard of and incidents covered in new and different detail, all fascinating.

Byte Sized Biographies‪…‬ Philip D. Gibbons

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    • 4.4 • 232 Ratings

Some Very Famous People You've Never Really Heard Of, Byte Sized Biographies of the famous, the infamous and the quirky in less than hour. Think of that doorstop sized bio or history related book that you will never read made accessible in an hour. These are people that you may think you know a lot about but really don't, remarkable human beings you have never heard of and incidents covered in new and different detail, all fascinating.

    Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Volume Seven, Episode Two. (Part One)

    Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Volume Seven, Episode Two. (Part One)

    In 1969, the 20th Century Fox film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” established these two outlaws as popular culture icons. But what was the truth about the lives, crimes and deaths of these two American legends?









    Butch Cassidy’s boyhood home, Circleville, Utah











    Butch Cassidy, Wyomng prison mug shot











    Telluride location of Butch Cassidy’s first bank robbery, bank building is actually the white building to the right.











    Montpelier, Idaho site of Butch Cassidy bank holdup











    Sundance and Etta Place, taken shortly before they left for Argentina

    • 28 min
    Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Volume Seven, Episode Two. (Part Two)

    Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Volume Seven, Episode Two. (Part Two)

    In 1969, the 20th Century Fox film, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” established these two outlaws as popular culture icons. But what was the truth about the lives, crimes and deaths of these two American legends?







    Butch and Sundance’s Argentine cabin today





    Posse containing Joe Lefors, third from left





    The house used in the Butch Cassidy film that Katharine Ross/Etta Place lived in. The front yard is the site of Paul Newman’s bike ride during, “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.”





    Red Rock plateau of the Hole In The Wall hideout near Kaycee, Wyoming





    The location near Durango, Colorado where Paul Newman and Robert Redford jump off of a tall cliff into this river.





    Historical marker denoting the site of Hell’s Half Acre in Fort Worth

    • 33 min
    The Heroes of Telemark and the Norwegian Destruction of Hitler’s Nuclear Weapons Program. Volume Seven, Episode One (Part One)

    The Heroes of Telemark and the Norwegian Destruction of Hitler’s Nuclear Weapons Program. Volume Seven, Episode One (Part One)

    Shortly after the conquest of Norway by Nazi Germany, Allied intelligence determined that an electrical plant at Rjukan, Norway was providing a crucial element in a potential German atomic bomb. As a result, Norwegian commandos embarked on one of the most successful and heroic operations of World War II.







    Norsk Hydro Plant, Vemork





    Leif Tronstad, 1944





    Heavy water manufactured at Vemork





    British glider being towed by a bomber





    Reichskommisar Josef Terboven





    General Nicholas Von Falkenhorst





    SS official Friedrich Fehlis

    • 36 min
    The Heroes of Telemark and the Norwegian Destruction of Hitler’s Atomic Weapons Program. Volume Seven, Episode One. (Part Two)

    The Heroes of Telemark and the Norwegian Destruction of Hitler’s Atomic Weapons Program. Volume Seven, Episode One. (Part Two)

    Shortly after the conquest of Norway by Nazi Germany, Allied intelligence determined that an electrical plant at Rjukan, Norway was providing a crucial element in a potential German atomic bomb. As a result, Norwegian commandos embarked on one of the most successful and heroic operations of World War II.







    Leif Transtad with King Haakon VII in Britain in 1944.





    Lake Tinnsjo, site of the Hydro ferry sinking





    The ferry SF Hydro and railroad track that led to Vemork, 1935





    King Haakon VII congratulating surviving commandos from left: Knut Haukelid, Joachim Ronneborg, Jens Anton Poullson and Kasper Idland

    • 43 min
    Isabella Stewart Gardner and the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Robbery. Volume Six, Episode Twelve (Part One)

    Isabella Stewart Gardner and the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Robbery. Volume Six, Episode Twelve (Part One)

    On March 18, 1990, two thieves stole over a half billion dollars worth of artwork from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Art Museum. Today this remains the world’s largest unsolved art robbery.







    Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888





    John Lowell (Jack) Gardner, Jr.





    Bernard Berenson in his Italian Villa





    Botticelli, The tragedy of Lucretia





    Rembrandt, Storm on the Sea of Galilee





    Rembrandt, self portrait, damaged but not stolen





    Titian, Rape of Europa





    Jan Vermeer, The Concert





    Manet, Chez Tortoni





    Rembrandt, A Man and a Woman in Black





    Flinck, Landscape with Obelisk





    John Singer Sargent, Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1888





    Gardner Museum, Central Courtyard

    • 52 min
    Isabella Stewart Gardner and the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Robbery. Volume Six, Episode Twelve (Part Two)

    Isabella Stewart Gardner and the World’s Largest Unsolved Art Robbery. Volume Six, Episode Twelve (Part Two)

    On March 18, 1990, two thieves stole over a half billion dollars worth of artwork from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Today this remain’s the world largest unsolved art robbery.







    Gardner Museum security guard Rick Abath





    Myles Connor, later in life





    William Youngworth III, late 90’s





    Robert “Bobby” Donati, early in his criminal career





    Isabella Stewart Gardner, 1907





    Gardner Museum, 1920





    Robert Gentile





    Gentile attorney Ryan McGuigan





    One of the three FBI searches of Gentile’s Connecticut property





    Recent photo of the original Gardner building





    Gardner Museum addition completed in 2012





    John Singer Sargent, 1922 portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner





    Gardner family mausoleum, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
232 Ratings

232 Ratings

DRC Listener ,

Interesting

Your intro is way to long, 2 minutes to the content. But this is a good idea.

Denver1601 ,

Great delivery and keeps my attention

Excellent show to have on in the background while working. Pretty amazing the professional job being done with a mic in a basement or garage. The biographies are tight and fast. Always interesting. Well researched and I appreciate the fact he notes sources. If I’m in the mood for that style, opposed to say the OI lectures.

I think you’ll enjoy the series. As always, I’ll be sad after I’ve heard all episodes.

PixieDust2020 ,

Love this podcast

I have been listening to this show for two and a half years. It never gets old. Great voice. Great delivery. Wonderful pacing. He knows how to make these personalities interesting. Keep up the great work.

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