Monday, June 29, 2009


No joke: I have just been informed that J. C. Penney was a real person, and his middle name was Cash.


TC said...

I worked for Jim Penny years ago in Hollywood repairing some plumbing. He was (is?) the gay son of the original Penny. The family gave him plenty of money to live on w/o working on the condition that he stay away. I'm guessing that the original Penny's first name would have been "James" or "Jim". The son didn't call himself "junior" though.

TC said...

Oops, I should have read the link first, and Penney does have the "e".

bjkeefe said...

Sad, but an interesting small-world story, nonetheless.

Says here that old JC was a "devout Christian."

Says here, among other places, that old JC was actually the "Jr.," so the JC you met would (maybe) have been III.

I wonder what the relationship between young JC and the company is now.

TC said...

He may have been the third but maybe he wasn't allowed to use it to get the money since they didn't want to be associated with him. JC Penney III would have to be related to Junior.

I heard on Air America yesterday that Michael Jackson was a Jehovah's Witness, and used to disguise himself so he could knock on doors and spread Watchtowers. According to the caller there was an article in 1984 in some mag talking about it. One of his agonies was that if he admitted he was gay his mother wouldn't be able to talk to him any more because JWs aren't allowed to talk to gay children. According to the caller at least.