Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bizarre Bedfellows

What do Orphan Trains and Marilyn Monroe have in common?

Writer Clark Kidder.

On the one hand, Kidder gives standing room only Power Point talks on the Orphan Trains and reads from his book, Emily's Story: The Brave Story of an Orphan Train Rider. Emily is his maternal grandmother. 

On the other hand, Kidder appraises Marilyn Monroe collectibles and has written Marilyn Monroe: Cover to Cover and Marilyn Memorabilia. 

An extensive collector of Monroe items, Kidder attended Monroe's 1999 estate sale at Christie's in New York, a two-day sale that brought in $13.4 million. "They literally had everything," Kinder says, "from pots and pans to her brassieres."

Clark Kidder the man lives in southern Wisconsin. He comes from a long line of Kidders going back to 1320 in England.

Read his illustrated article, "West by Orphan Train," in the Wisconsin Magazine of History at

Or Google him & Marilyn Monroe to see a batch of that performer's photos.

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