[LMB] mostly OT: Turkey (and a very Milesian bit of Turkish history)

Katherine Collett kcollett at hamilton.edu
Mon Sep 12 03:00:48 BST 2011

On Sep 11, 2011, at 5:07 PM, Tel wrote:
> ... one of the Great Short Guys of History, Asa Jennings, who was a YMCA
> secretary from Utica left to mind the shop in Smyrna/Izmir right
> before the Turks showed up and the city burned down.... eventually ended up
> commanding over fifty ships, which they only let him have if he went
> with them and promised to pay for them if he broke any, and over a
> year or so rescued a truly vast number of people from historic Greek
> settlements along Turkey's shoreline. 

Wow, what a great episode of history!  Why don't we know anything about him?  I live near Utica, and you'd think his name would be all over as a heroic native son, but I've never heard of him.  And the local and academic libraries don't have the one book that seems to be about him, nor either of the two movies (“Strange Destiny” 1945, and  “A Man of Great Importance" 1952, according to the Springfield College YMCA website).  Amazon doesn't have the movies, either.  Hm, someone should start an Asa Jennings fan club, or something.


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