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Friday, July 18, 2014

We only kill each other - Occasionally at the same time

It was a good old fashion duel in Chicago's 19th ward  back in the USA, back in the bad old days.
It happened like this friends, In the heat of a summer night, in the land of the dollar bill...wait, that's a different Chicago story.

Those shooting it up cowboy style on this date in 1925 were James Vinci and Joseph "Machine gun Joe" Grannada. Chicagoans were already familiar with Vinci. He drove the car of shooters who murdered labor racketeer Mossy Enright in 1920. As for Grannada, well, his moniker says it all. Both men were in a saloon when a fight broke out between them and they took to the streets to let their guns finish the argument.

What was the fight over? I think it went something like this:
"My good man, surely you'll agree that Mack Sennett is the king of comedy."
"You're daft Sir, the king is surely Hal Roach."
"Mack Sennet!"
"Hal Roach!"
"Sennett!!"
"Roach!!"
"To the street sir, I demand satisfaction."
"After you, sir."
Blam-blam-blam

The DGIS Institute is open to other possibilities if you care to share.

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