Jack's real age


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Posted Bykurt on February 17, 2002 at 18:09:36:

The 1900 Census record for the 1st Ward, Waukegan, Ill., of course lists the Kubelsky family: Meyer, Emma and little Bennie, as he is listed.

It gives Bennie's birthdate, however, as Feb. 1893, not 1894.

Census records aren't always accurate, especially when the folks answering the door for the Census taker have thick accents. But it wouldn't have been so unusual for Jack to shave a year off his age. Bing Crosby did it, for instance. It's still done whenever an entertainer thinks he or she can get away with it, although it's pretty much impossible in the Internet age.


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