Max von Gerlach aka Max Stork – The Original Great Gatsby?

“He started as one man I knew and then changed into myself.” That’s how the author described his most famous creation, Jay Gatsby. And on the evidence currently available there’s no reason to doubt him. Discoveries made by Matthew J. Bruccoli and Horst Kruse suggest that the ‘one man’ he knew was Max Gerlach, whose…

George Shanks and the Protocols Matrix

On the 100th anniversary of the book being exposed as a forgery, a recent discovery I made in the archives in Dublin suggests that the 1920 British translation of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (The Jewish Peril) was not the work of ‘lone wolf’ anti-Semite George Shanks, but part of a sophisticated propaganda…

Monocled Mutineer – Mutiny at the BBC

Why did Bleasdale’s drama cause such a media storm? Why was the BBC Director Alasdair Milne removed? And what were Willie Whitelaw’s links to Toplis’ killer?

Scott Fitzgerald, Edward Fitzgerald, Washington D.C and Sixteenth Street.

A discovery I made recently reveals that the best man at the wedding of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s parents, Edward and Mollie, was a lineal descendant of General George Washington. A look at the Fitzgerald family’s links to Washington D.C, Sixteenth Street and America’s founding fathers. During his time at prep school and university, the author…

The Usual ‘Unusual’ Suspects

“I was immediately struck by the number of young Englishmen dotted about; all well dressed, all looking a little hungry, and all talking in low, earnest voices to solid and prosperous Americans.” The Great Gatsby I’d like to go back to another Max Gerlach conundrum. On Max’s 1942 World War II Draft Registration Card, Gerlach…