Feb. 15th, 2010

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Now you KNOW!


Do you remember Kilroy? This is interesting. ...I too have often wondered about Kilroy....now I know. Great piece of history.
Anyone born in the mid thirties knew Kilroy. We didn't know why but we had lapel pins with his nose hanging over the label and the top of his face above his nose with his hands hanging over the label too. I believe it was orange colored. No one knew why he was so well known but we all joined in!
Kind of a war story--now we know! INTERESTING? ~~~~


WHO THE HECK WAS KILROY?



KILROY WAS HERE!
In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program,
"Speak to America," sponsored a nationwide contest
to find the REAL Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car
to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article.

Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim,
but only James Kilroy from Halifax, Massachusetts
had evidence of his identity.

Kilroy was a 46-year old shipyard worker
during the war. He worked as a checker
at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy.
His job was to go around and check on the number
of rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework
and got paid by the rivet.

Kilroy would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk,
so the rivets wouldn't be counted twice.
When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark.

Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through
and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.

One day Kilroy's boss called him into his office.
The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid
to riveters, and asked him to investigate.
It was then that he realized what had been going on.

The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets
didn't lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush,
so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk.
He continued to put his checkmark
on each job he inspected, but added KILROY WAS HERE
in king-sized letters next to the check,
and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose
peering over the fence and that became part
of the Kilroy message. Once he did that,
the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks.

Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint.
With war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast
that there wasn't time to paint them.

As a result, Kilroy's inspection "trademark"
was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships
the yard produced. His message apparently
rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up
and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific. Before the war's end,
"Kilroy" had been here, there, and everywhere on the long haul to Berlin and Tokyo.

To the unfortunate troops outbound in those ships, however,
he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure
was that some jerk named Kilroy had "been there first." s a joke, U..S. servicemen
began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.

Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always "already been"
wherever GIs went. It became a challenge
to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable
(it is said to be atop Mt. Everest, the Statue of Liberty,
the underside of the Arch De Triumphe,
and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.)

And as the war went on, the legend grew..
Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore
on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific
to map the terrain for the coming invasions
by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably,
were the first GI's there). On one occasion, however,
they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo!
In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosvelt,
Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference.

The first person inside was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide
(in Russian), "Who is Kilroy?"

To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials
from the shipyard and some of the riveters.
He won the trolley car, which he gave to his nine children
as a Christmas gift and set it up as a playhouse
in the Kilroy front yard in Halifax, Massachusetts.

So now You Know!\

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O dunno how accurate the story is but it makes an amusing read and interesting read:)


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