1st Hour~My Uncle Al Capone Part 2
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Guest Bro. James French Sr. aka Uncle Frenchie
Founder of The Charleston Chronicle & R2c2h2 Tha Artivist's Great Uncle
2 Peas in a Pod separated by a few generations: Bro. Ron aka r2c2h2 tha artivist and Uncle Frenchie
Tales From Uncle Frenchie (True Stories!!!)
The above photo is me with my Great Uncle James French, Sr., aka Uncle Frenchie...He is my paternal grandmother’s last surviving sibling (there were ten of them in all breaking down to 6 girls and 4 boys…My grandmother is the youngest and he is the oldest by 2 years but they are the last as well as the youngest siblings of the bunch…)
This was taken 10/7/2013 on his 87th Life Affirmation Day at his place of business, The Charleston Chronicle Newspaper Offices...This was my first time meeting him but it seemed like I knew him all my life...We share a lot of interesting things in common including a unique sense of humor, fondness for hats, our dislike for stupidity and white supremacy as well as a sincere love of food and women...He is after all a sailor...Lol...
Although he is 87 he has the energy/stamina and drive of a man half his age!!! He drives himself around in his van, set his own hours because he is the boss, and he is very active in the community, serving on the board of directors for the famous Jenkins Orphanage which produced some of the greatest jazz musicians of the 20th Century!!!
He is also a former Golden Gloves boxer and was awarded the Bronze Star during his stint in the Navy while surviving the Vietnam War as a navy journalist...My Uncle Frenchie was good childhood friends with jazz icon Charlie Parker, was trained in the art of photography by legendary photographer Ansel Adams, drank beers with Fidel Castro during the Cuban Revolution, once interviewed Ava Gardner as well as the Queen of Spain, accompanied U.S. VP Hubert Humphrey and Gen. Ben Westmoreland on a tour of Vietnam (he also gave them a scare when his camera light bulb pop causing everyone to duck because they thought they were being hit with enemy fire), was an invited guest to a spaghetti dinner with legendary gangster kingpin Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano in Naples, Italy, partied in Rome, Italy, with legendary Black night club impresario Ada 'Bricktop' Smith, and was a guest of honor in the homes of Vietnamese enemy combatants during the Vietnam War while patrolling the infamous Mekong Delta among other adventures…
Safe to say that Uncle Frenchie did a lot of living in nearly a century of living to last several lifetimes!!!
My Uncle Frenchie Founded And Runs The Oldest Black Owned Newspaper In The State Of South Carolina: The Charleston Chronicle...Support It!!!
For posterity I was blessed to interview him about his life for several hours...Most times the facts and truth makes for a better story than fiction and hyperbole...In this segment I will share some of the incredible stories my Uncle Frenchie have so selflessly shared with me...What a humble man and what a well lived life...The Best Is Yet To Come!!!
Below checked out the ones I already posted and please share with your networks...
Video: Tales from Uncle Frenchie: On Meeting Lucky Luciano (10/10/2013)
Video: "Tales From Uncle Frenchie: My Father Killed A White Man For 'Bullying' My Mother, No Bull $h*t!!!"
Video: "Tales From Uncle Frenchie: On His Childhood Friend, Jazz Great Charlie 'YardBird' Parker"
Video: "Tales From Uncle Frenchie: Breaking Bread With 'The Enemy' & Black Soldiers During The Vietnam War"
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