I was never a massive fan, but I am quite familiar with the Three Stooges. On this date in 1897, Moe Howard, leader of the Three Stooges, was born. Moses Harry Horwitz was his given name, and his signature hairstyle came as a result of his cutting his curls without his mom’s permission. He was of Lithuanian Jewish descent, and he had an unbelievable memory. In fact, he memorized all the books he read and plays he saw (while skipping school). There is much that could be said about their success, and I didn’t realize both his brothers were involved with their successful Three Stooges act. I was quite impressed to discover that he married the cousin of Houdini, and they were married nearly 50 years (only ended due to his death). He even tried to give up show business to placate his wife, but it didn’t work. He was the only “Stooge” who was good as managing money, and he died a very wealthy man. He was heavily involved in charities, an amazing husband and father, and he even found time to participate in hobbies such as stamp-collecting, coin-collecting, ceramics, and midget auto-racing. He died on May 4, 1975 from lung cancer.
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