Houdini Gets A Speeding ticket

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Postby Kevin Connolly » 05/02/11 06:44 PM

I just posted an interesting, and to me, a funny article on Houdini being issued a speeding ticket on my blog. I think Hardeen may have been doing some hanky panky with the police officer. Here is the link:

http://houdinihimself.com/?cat=3

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Postby Richard Hatch » 05/02/11 08:40 PM

Hmmmm... weird that the article consistently misspells the name as "Houidini". Also that it gives his "right name" as Theodore Weiss and refers to his children being with him, but the address given is Houdini's...
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Postby houdini's ghost » 05/02/11 09:23 PM

The address, I believe, was Hardeen's home to which Houdini and Bessie had recently moved. Somebody, who was a witness to either the ticketing or the arraignment (the cop, the magistrate--someone with access to the info "Houidini" gave) mis-identified Theo to the paper. There is no indication that Theo Weiss did other than present his correct ID. Maybe the cop picked up on him because he thought it was Houdini, the new celebrity in the neighborhood, zipping past.
Somebody should send the link to George Hardeen, whose dad was one of the two kids in their bathing suits "in the machine" --I had to read that sentence three times before I figured out the machine was the car.
There's an Irish lilt to Houidini--and I've known Irishmen named Dodd and Preston.
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Postby alecX » 08/27/12 05:13 AM

Thanks! That was really funny. I didn't even realize that 32 miles per hour was speeding? Times really change. And given the fact that Houdini didnt drive, it would have to be Hardeen. Maybe the maker of the car wasnt mentioned because they figured it was probably a Model-T.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 08/27/12 03:09 PM

The speed limit in Washington DC is 25 miles per hour. And they're plenty happy to give you a ticket for exceeding it. It's a major source of income for the local government.
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