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Stew Thornley (#332)
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Bio Photo Even though I grew up in Minnesota, I'm a lifelong fan of the New York Yankees. I enjoy visiting the graves of all types of notable people, especially Baseball Hall of Famers, presidents, and Civil War generals. One of my favorite cemeteries is Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC, the oldest national cemetery in the country and home of Mathew Brady, John Philip Sousa, Clyde Tolson, Leonard Matlovich, and J. Edgar Hoover (on one trip there I discovered someone had left a fuchsia bra and panties on Hoover's grave). Unfortunately, I also found that this cemetery is the place where DC residents bring their dogs at 7:00 each morning (thus, this is a good time to avoid the cemetery). The dogs ran wild, crapped on graves, and sniffed my crotch (which I suppose was a tad better than sniffing the graves and crapping on my crotch). My fun with death extends beyond graveyard exploring to being a participant in a Fantasy Death League. I was the winner of our 1998 league, having correctly predicted the deaths of, among others, Pol Pot, Eddie Rabbitt, Barry Goldwater, Linda McCartney, Harry Caray, and Jack Lord. A real highlight for me was scoring 27 points (100 minus the age being the scoring system in our league) with Spiro Agnew in 1996. I made a point of visiting Spiro's grave the following July as a means of saying thanks. I work for the State of Minnesota, doing public-affairs work with the public drinking water program. I also do public speaking on the side, and one of my more popular presentations is a slide show of graves that I've visited. In addition to that, I'm a free-lance writer. I've written about 30 books, mostly about sports, for adults and young readers. My latest project is a book about the Polo Grounds, the historic stadium in New York City. I've co-authored one children's science book with my now-wife, Brenda Himrich. She and I live in Roseville, Minnesota, with our cat, Ponce. For those interested, one of the pages on my web site is a list of Baseball Hall of Fame graves. I started visiting Baseball Hall of Fame graves in February 1995. It took me nearly seven years, but I finished getting to all of them (184 graves later) when I visited Eddie Mathew's grave in Santa Barbara, California, on January 19, 2002. I've stayed current with almost all of the new dead Hall of Famers (over 200 now) as well as with U. S. Presidents and Vice Presidents and Minnesota governors. Find-a-Grave is a great web site, and I enjoy contributing to it.
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MissKitty
William Henry Harrison photo
May I have your permission to download the photo of the gravestone of William Henry Harrison (memorial #452)?
I would like to upload it into my Ancestry family tree.
Thank you for your consideration.
-Ro
Added by MissKitty on Dec 03, 2013 10:06 AM
Susan Barrow Spaulding
Spaulding Family Gravemarkers
My I use your photo for my personal family tree and also my tree that I've posted on ancestry.com? I will credit you with the photo.

Thank you,
Susan Barrow Spaulding
Added by Susan Barrow Spaulding on May 05, 2012 3:12 PM
Find A Grave Volunteer
Hattie S. Pullman
I was wondering if you would share your grave photo of George Mortimer Pullman 843 , with his wife Hattie S. Pullman 7008628 ? Thanks!
Added by Find A Grave Volunteer on Sep 26, 2009 11:52 AM
J Spencer
Hi Stew
Just read the article about you on ESPN. Thanks! Us gravers need all the good press we can get!
Added by J Spencer on Sep 16, 2009 8:15 PM
Ryan Kordziel
John F. Kennedy's Grave
I noticed that you posted a photo of John F. Kennedy's Former burial location. Do you rememeber the plot information for it? If so, could you please tell me the plot number? I will be visiting Arlington in the near future.
Added by Ryan Kordziel on Jul 10, 2009 4:41 PM
Keri Caye
Hi Again from Keri
I also found a few of yours I'd like to use so thanks. Great work and good luck with your books too! Your baseball book of graves sounds wonderful.
Added by Keri Caye on Dec 14, 2008 4:44 AM
Keri Caye
Thanks from Keri Caye
What an impressive and interesting bio Stew!
Added by Keri Caye on Dec 14, 2008 4:32 AM
Makalaka
Paddy Chayefsky
Hi! You left a picture of a head stone on the memorial of Paddy Chayefsky (buried at Kensico Cemetery, Valhala, West Chester, Co., NY) that does not belong to his grave - it instead belongs to the graves of Winn and Susan Chayefsky, husband and wife, who are buried at the Sharon Gardens Cemetery in Valhala, West Chester Co., NY. Could you please correct this? Thanks!
Added by Makalaka on Jun 30, 2008 3:28 PM
Keri Caye
Your Marty Robbins picture
If my book, "Legends of Our Time" is published, can I use your pictures and include your name for photo contributions.

Thank You,
Keri Caye
Added by Keri Caye on Jan 23, 2008 9:47 AM
 

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