We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
For a taste, here's Iranistan (pronouced Iranis'tan), PT Barnum's home in 1848 on the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Iranistan Ave. Barnum did a lot of things in his life, made and lost fortunes, was Mayor of Bridgeport for a while, got elected to the CT State Senate to lobby for the railroads (he liked to commute to NYC in the pre-commuter era), promoted and was a major contributor to the creation of Bridgeport's Olmstead-designed Seaside Park, was a great impresario of hoaxes and the strange, and later in life a circus impresario. Everything on a grand scale, always taking risks, a bit of a con man who didn't mind admitting it. An American icon.
His three magnificent Bridgeport homes all burned down but his circus lives on as he first envisioned it: traveling by train and performing in permanent venues instead of under tents. And always, elephants. He transformed the circus industry.
His is a grand story, as BD reports. Bridgeport was the birthplace of Horace Silver, jazz pianist, and Jim Payne, extraordinary funk-drumming student of Bernard Purdie, and now a leader in his art in NYC. At one time, Bridgeport was the cultural capital of Connecticut, with many Broadway actors and world-renowned musicians choosing to reside there. The clubs and theaters drew crowds from the whole state. It still has more to offer in the theatric and culinary arts than the rest of the state, with the exception of New Haven.
The city serviced the extensive metal-working trades in CT, is still the largest city in the state, and but not for the financial influence of the insurance lobby, whould have been the capital of the state.
Another famous Bridgeport resident was Gustave Whitehead, who apparently pre-dated the Wright brothers manned flights by two years. He was secretive and hence not given the publicity that his rivals garnered. Ohio and North Carolina can make the claim that they are First in Flight, but we Yankees know better. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Whitehead