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(STLToday)   In 1902 a baby was recovered from a suit case thrown from a train and raised by an elderly farm couple, this baby went on to be a reporter and news paper editor and maybe Superman   (stltoday.com) divider line 41
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2013-08-17 03:42:38 PM  
I don't get it.
 
2013-08-17 03:58:08 PM  
The Iron Mountain Railroad's passenger train No. 4 rumbled over the bridge, bound for St. Louis 65 miles to the north. Helms was walking the track through a low rock cut when he heard a strange squeak, like that of a field mouse.

The line is immaterial!
 
2013-08-17 06:33:47 PM  
So that's why we never see the reporter, the editor,Superman and the suitcase together.
 
2013-08-17 06:33:52 PM  

thamike: I don't get it.


It's the Superman origin story before Superman. Of course it's also the Moses origin story, after Moses.

I don't even know why it got greenlighted. I like weird shiat, but that article managed to take weird shiat and actually make it pretty farking boring.

/kicks subby in the nuts ;)
 
2013-08-17 06:36:04 PM  

thamike: I don't get it.


They wanted to keep his identity secret so they replaced "space capsule from a dying planet" with "suitcase from a passenger train."

/Most renowned illegal alien
 
2013-08-17 06:37:07 PM  
Either that, or The Importance of Being Earnest.
 
2013-08-17 06:38:36 PM  
Kal El; Well, I was pretty sure the train was doomed. The calculations were right but back then,you had paper, pencil and maybe an abacus or slide rule. When we rolled safely in to St. Louis, everyone had a good laugh at my expense. "There goes the guy who said the train was going to explode" they all said.

Well, we caught our connecting train to Cleavland and kind of forgot about the baby and suitcase. Better for him. He didn't have to go to Cleavland and live with the in-laws for two months until we had enough money for an apartment.

Ironically, three months after we moved in, the apartment exploded.
 
2013-08-17 06:41:41 PM  
tb tibbles

/Most renowned illegal alien

Yes, but with deportation costs set in the trillions, no one is gonna deport him. And if they made such a move, some other country will grant him sanctuary and soon it will be "Truth, honor and the destruction of the Imperialist Americans way."
 
2013-08-17 06:43:48 PM  
William Helms was building a shed for his farm. Needing one more board, he went to fetch a discarded plank near the railroad bridge over the Big River in Washington County.

Oh yes. Discarded. He probably had nothing to do with the collapse of that very same railroad bridge some years later.
 
2013-08-17 06:44:00 PM  
And that boy's name was DAVY CROCKET
 
2013-08-17 06:45:00 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: William Helms was building a shed for his farm. Needing one more board, he went to fetch a discarded plank near the railroad bridge over the Big River in Washington County.

Oh yes. Discarded. He probably had nothing to do with the collapse of that very same railroad bridge some years later.


Somebody just left a big pile of wood and bolts out, whatcha gonna do?
 
2013-08-17 06:49:06 PM  
William Helms was building a shed for his farm. Needing one more board, he went to fetch a discarded plank near the railroad bridge over the Big River in Washington County.

Sounds like he was going to tear off a piece of the bridge.
 
2013-08-17 06:52:09 PM  
The only way that story could have been less interesting is if the kid had never been tossed from a train in the first place.
 
2013-08-17 06:54:14 PM  
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5rTz7bBRBYA

I saw Steve Martin & Edie Brickell do this song in May. It was fantastic.
 
2013-08-17 06:57:01 PM  
TO BILL BRASKY!
 
2013-08-17 06:59:27 PM  

Harry Freakstorm: Kal El; Well, I was pretty sure the train was doomed. The calculations were right but back then,you had paper, pencil and maybe an abacus or slide rule. When we rolled safely in to St. Louis, everyone had a good laugh at my expense. "There goes the guy who said the train was going to explode" they all said.

Well, we caught our connecting train to Cleavland and kind of forgot about the baby and suitcase. Better for him. He didn't have to go to Cleavland and live with the in-laws for two months until we had enough money for an apartment.

Ironically, three months after we moved in, the apartment exploded.


I LOL'ed way too hard at that...

Bravo!
 
2013-08-17 07:01:46 PM  
Throw Babby from the Train?
 
2013-08-17 07:03:57 PM  

Lady Indica: It's the Superman origin story before Superman. Of course it's also the Moses origin story, after Moses.


I know that's what they were going for, but the suitcase and train far outweigh the newspaper and the farm couple.

Also, Clark Kent was a sh*t reporter on purpose, he would never have been made editor.

Well, maybe now that's how newspapers are run.
 
2013-08-17 07:16:29 PM  
My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.
 
2013-08-17 07:19:22 PM  

Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.


Extreme poverty and/or mental illness.
 
2013-08-17 07:22:08 PM  

Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.


Are you sure that they had invented dumpsters in 1937?
 
2013-08-17 07:36:36 PM  

thamike: Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.

Extreme poverty and/or mental illness.


Cultural considerations too. A bastard child was a huuuuuuuuuge deal back then and hidden when possible. I would think the odds would be pretty high that it was a young unwed mother who hid the pregnancy and panicked. It still happens today despite there being sooo many more resources for people.

Hope your dad was adopted, they still had orphanages then didn't they? :(
 
2013-08-17 07:37:34 PM  

Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.


Having no better options.
 
2013-08-17 07:39:09 PM  

Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.


So your dad was the O.G. prom night dumpster baby?
 
2013-08-17 07:44:25 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.

Are you sure that they had invented dumpsters in 1937?


Just.

http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=D025  The Dempster Dumpster was invented in Knoxville, TN. The year was 1935 when 48 year old Knoxville inventor, George Roby Dempster, came up with the idea for the Dempster-Dumpster. It was designed to aide in the pick up of used construction materials in order to transport them away. This new idea quickly turned into the first garbage collection system in the United States, with Knoxville, TN becoming the first "Dumpster City," in 1937. Now the term "Dumpster" is known world-wide as the container to throw your garbage in.
 
2013-08-17 07:57:34 PM  

The Hooded Menace: Either that, or The Importance of Being Earnest.


"A handBAG?....."
 
2013-08-17 07:59:55 PM  
Lady Indica:
Cultural considerations too. A bastard child was a huuuuuuuuuge deal back then and hidden when possible. I would think the odds would be pretty high that it was a young unwed mother who hid the pregnancy and panicked. It still happens today despite there being sooo many more resources for people.

Hope your dad was adopted, they still had orphanages then didn't they? :(


No kidding. Growing up, my best friend lived next door to a Florence Crittenden compound, one of those "home for unwed mothers" where girls were sent to hide their pregancies (admission to the 'home' required giving up your babby for adoption). I recall seeing literally hundred of girls (never women, it seems) over a ten year period. They closed after the pill came around and Roe v. Wade legalized abortion.
 
2013-08-17 08:09:22 PM  

Lady Indica: thamike: Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.

Extreme poverty and/or mental illness.

Cultural considerations too. A bastard child was a huuuuuuuuuge deal back then and hidden when possible. I would think the odds would be pretty high that it was a young unwed mother who hid the pregnancy and panicked. It still happens today despite there being sooo many more resources for people.

Hope your dad was adopted, they still had orphanages then didn't they? :(


He was adopted when he was 5 years old, kept for a few months, beaten almost daily (they kept him locked in a cupboard most of the day), then returned to the orphanage where he lived until he joined the Marines at 17.  He had a very horrible childhood.  We to this day have no idea what happened to him, who his birthparents are, or even his birthday.  I grew up just accepting it, like it was normal, but there are times it really bothers me.  He went on to be a great dad and is a very good man down to this day, so there's that.

Now my wife and I are trying to adopt.
 
2013-08-17 08:41:16 PM  

Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.


Millions of babies are aborted every year. If that many mothers murder their children then dumping one like garbage is not that shocking. Some would call it "choice".
 
2013-08-17 08:44:08 PM  

Mija: Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.

Millions of babies are aborted every year. If that many mothers murder their children then dumping one like garbage is not that shocking. Some would call it "choice".


Only thing more boring than TFA is this trolling.

2/10
 
2013-08-17 08:59:11 PM  
There is a song if anyone cares:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53IR6nYqTU0

Regards,

Mookee
 
2013-08-17 09:17:30 PM  

Paris1127: The Iron Mountain Railroad's passenger train No. 4 rumbled over the bridge, bound for St. Louis 65 miles to the north. Helms was walking the track through a low rock cut when he heard a strange squeak, like that of a field mouse.

The line is immaterial!


I don't know. It looks pretty solid to me.
 
2013-08-17 09:17:47 PM  

KarmicDisaster: Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.

Are you sure that they had invented dumpsters in 1937?


They were around by 1921:

www.black-and-white-movies.com
 
2013-08-17 09:22:20 PM  

i upped my meds-up yours: KarmicDisaster: Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.

Are you sure that they had invented dumpsters in 1937?

Just.

http://tennesseeencyclopedia.net/imagegallery.php?EntryID=D025  The Dempster Dumpster was invented in Knoxville, TN. The year was 1935 when 48 year old Knoxville inventor, George Roby Dempster, came up with the idea for the Dempster-Dumpster. It was designed to aide in the pick up of used construction materials in order to transport them away. This new idea quickly turned into the first garbage collection system in the United States, with Knoxville, TN becoming the first "Dumpster City," in 1937. Now the term "Dumpster" is known world-wide as the container to throw your garbage in.


It does not say that they were available in Chicago at that time though, sounds like they had just started in the South.
 
2013-08-17 09:38:54 PM  

Paris1127: The Iron Mountain Railroad's passenger train No. 4 rumbled over the bridge, bound for St. Louis 65 miles to the north. Helms was walking the track through a low rock cut when he heard a strange squeak, like that of a field mouse.

The line is immaterial!


Maybe paper is hoping someone will remember "hey, my grandmother was on that train" and connect it to an identity of the reporter's birth mother.

It's only a thread though.  Not even a whole thread, only a wisp.  In fiction, though, that wisp would be all it took to solve the mystery.

Sadly, real life isn't like that.
 
2013-08-17 10:28:47 PM  

thamike: Lady Indica: It's the Superman origin story before Superman. Of course it's also the Moses origin story, after Moses.

I know that's what they were going for, but the suitcase and train far outweigh the newspaper and the farm couple.

Also, Clark Kent was a sh*t reporter on purpose, he would never have been made editor.

Well, maybe now that's how newspapers are run.


And Peter Parker was a terrible photographer, all he did was take pictures of Spider-man, nobody would ever expect he was actually that wall crawling menace!
 
2013-08-17 10:38:43 PM  

Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.


Not being allowed to legally kill your father while he was still in the womb. That he (and by extension, you) are alive is an affront to the rights of women everywhere.
 
2013-08-17 11:38:11 PM  
I'm clearly in the minority, but I really liked the story.  Without the father looking for wood at the same moment the suitcase with the baby was flying from the train, the baby would have been found as a rotting away corpse.  Nice that the rescuers became his adoptive parents.  And that decades later a song was written for the Iron Mountain man and sung on YouTube.  What would have made the story more interesting if the guy had a memorable life after his miraculous rescue from the jaws of death-- maybe found the cure for cancer, negotiated peace in the Middle East, something like that. He died at age 50 and left no heirs.  He had one son who died when he was 14.
 
2013-08-17 11:51:16 PM  

eldie: I'm clearly in the minority, but I really liked the story.  Without the father looking for wood at the same moment the suitcase with the baby was flying from the train, the baby would have been found as a rotting away corpse.  Nice that the rescuers became his adoptive parents.  And that decades later a song was written for the Iron Mountain man and sung on YouTube.  What would have made the story more interesting if the guy had a memorable life after his miraculous rescue from the jaws of death-- maybe found the cure for cancer, negotiated peace in the Middle East, something like that. He died at age 50 and left no heirs.  He had one son who died when he was 14.


I agree eldie,but you have to take it down a notch.
 
2013-08-18 12:07:42 AM  
Goddammit, you never leave a man behind!

cutebabyfix.com
 
2013-08-18 09:49:04 AM  

Mija: Frozboz: My father was found as a newborn in a dumpster in the south side of Chicago in May 1937 by a passing policeman.. I can't imagine what would drive someone to do something like that to an infant.

Millions of babies are aborted every year. If that many mothers murder their children then dumping one like garbage is not that shocking. Some would call it "choice".


Some would say you live in the dark.  Let's go get a slushee.
 
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