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Posted on June 30th, 2008

One of the goals behind the creation of HoyleHistory.com was the indexing and organizing of some of the better family histories and genealogies available. This would not only allow the sharing of published research, but also provide enjoyable reading for anyone interested in the subject.

As I blueprinted the mechanics of this website, I soon realized that I might be asking too much of myself and the site. Because the surname “Hoyle” (and its variations) cover hundreds of families, related and unrelated, I would have to find a way to not only present the stories of famous and notable Hoyles, but also of those of us who are less well known or without any “public face.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Fred Hoyle – Astronomer Extraordinaire

Posted on June 19th, 2008

Fred Hoyle (1915-2001), also addressed as Sir Fred Hoyle, was one of the more famous astronomers and scientists of the 20th Century. He often took controversial positions on cosmological theories, and is famous for coining the phrase “the Big Bang theory” in connection with his rejection of that hypothesis.

Fred Hoyle was born in Gilstead, West Yorkshire, England. His father, George Hoyle, worked in the wool trade and his mother, Mabel Pickard, had studied music at the Royal College of Music in London. Hoyle was educated at Bingley Grammar School and read mathematics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Hoyle spent most of his working life at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge and served as its director for a number of years. He died in Bournemouth, England in 2001, after a series of strokes.

In addition to his work as an astronomer, Hoyle was a published writer of science fiction, including several co-authored with his son, Geoffrey Hoyle. Among his fictional books were A for Andromeda, The Black Cloud, and several others.

Hoyle was reportedly an atheist during most of his early life, but became agnostic when he found that he could not feel comfortable trying to explain the finer workings of physics and the Universe as simply “an accident.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Edmond Hoyle – He Made the Rules

Posted on June 16th, 2008

Edmond Hoyle (1672-1769), also known as Edmund Hoyle, One of the more famous portraits of Edmond Hoyle.was a gentleman and writer best known as an expert on the rules and playing strategies of card games. The well-known phrase “according to Hoyle” became part of the language as a reflection of Hoyle being considered the ultimate authority on the subject of card and board games.

The phrase “according to Hoyle” is most often used in situations when a speaker wants to indicate that his comment is based on some acknowledged level of authority, especially when a direct written reference is not available. In other words, a speaker is asserting that what he is saying or proposing is based on the highest authority and in accord with a strict set of rules. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bad news – Mom said we’re not related

Posted on June 15th, 2008

I loved school and always scored excellent grades in History classes. I didn’t care if it was American or World History, I loved anything to do with famous people and events from the past.

During my studies I always had a nagging curiosity about where my ancestors would have been and what they were doing during major historic events. Were some of my ancestors famous knights going on the Crusades? Were others soldiers during the Napoleonic wars? Were any involved in the American Revolution or the Civil War? If so, who’s side were they on? Were they “johnny rebs” or did they wear Union blue? Did any of my family meet George Washington or Robert E. Lee in person? Read the rest of this entry »

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Watching an old movie with Mom

Posted on June 15th, 2008

One of the joys of growing up was staying home from school and watching afternoon TV with Mom. For me this was the case no matter the reason I was out of school or for how long. I must admit that sometimes I would just need a day off and would feign illness (like the “berri-berri disease” i.e., “I’m berri berri sick and I don’t want to go to school today” disease).

In the 1950s afternoon TV was made up of soap operas (some like “General Hospital” are still on the air), cheapy game shows like “Queen for a Day,” Liberace’s daily show, and lots of old black and white movies from the 1930s and 1940s.

One day a movie came on called “According to Mrs. Hoyle” starring Spring Byington (”December Bride”). Read the rest of this entry »

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