Richardson Stories and Accounts
What follows here is a miscellany of stories by and about these Richardsons over the years. They are shown in chronological order of the times and the events that they described.
- Richardson Origins
- Richardson Marriages in Sedgefield
- The Inventory of Ezekiel Richardson
- The Life of Richard Richardson
- A New England Quaker Story
- Death in Mysterious Circumstances
- Richard Richardson in Hiding
- Peggy Richardson and the Catholic Uprising in Armagh
- Thomas Richardson - A Quaker in Lombard Street
- Thomas Miles Richardson in the Northeast
- The Execution of Joseph Richardson in Dumfries
- James Richardson and the Sugar Business
- Aunt Sukey's Ordeal
Richardson's Spa in Shotley Bridge
- Bessbrook Village
- A Letter from the Quaker Elizabeth Richardson
- Jimmy Richardson and His Bagpipes
- Texas Money
- Tony Richardson and A Taste of Honey
- Lady Darwin's Brooch
- Ghosts at Richhill Castle
- Governor Bill Richardson and UFO's
1400-1500's. Richardson Origins
- from a Richardson website
“The surname Richardson emerged as a notable English family name in the county of Cheshire, where John Richardson in Cheshire of Malpas and Irby, branched northward to Durham and settled in many locations in Durham, including Briary of Shotley Bridge. His successor Nicholas Richardson branched south to North Briary in Yorkshire. John Richardson, a magistrate of Swansea, also claims direct descent. Also descended are branches at Whitby, Ripon, Painstalk, all in the county of Whitby, at Lime Regis in Norfolk, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.”
1580-1740. Richardson Marriages in Sedgefieldl
16 Jan 1581 Gulielmus Richardson =
17 Jun 1600 Johes Richardson = Isabella Hogge
29 May 1608 Richard Richardson = Katherine Hutchinson
29 Jun 1615 Willimus Richardson = Elizabeth Bullmer
28 Jul 1622 Lancelot Richardson = Anna Davison
27 Jul 1625 Richard Richardson = Helline Wylye
10 Oct 1630 Robert Richardson = Margaret Burleson
12 Nov 1633 Robert Richardson = Maria Mason
16 Feb 1635 Richard Richardson = Jana Bee
16 Aug 1643 Radulphus Richardson = Anna Young
6 Jan 1654 Lancelot Richardson = Margerie Bainbrigge
1 Aug 1665 Johanes Richardson = Ana Denham
14 Nov 1665 George Richardson = Elizabeth Boukell
30 Jan 1665 Andrew Richardson = Alice Smyth
7 Jun 1670 Gulielmus Richardson = Elizabeth Coltman
4 Nov 1679 Robert Richardson = Thomasin Nicholson
12 Jun 1681 Robert Richardson = Elizabeth Stobbard
8 Jan 1683 Gulielmus Richardson = Dorothy Emerson
23 Nov 1686 Johes Richardson = Thomasin Clarke
19 Nov 1691 Riccus Richardson = Isabella Robinson
13 Apr 1697 Lancelot Richardson = Elizabeth Allen
4 May 1697 Richard Richardson = Frances Hall
5 May 1720 Lancelot Richardson = Anna Reed
Inventory of Ezekiel Richardson
Eight cows, two pairs of oxen, two young steers, two heifers, four calves, one mare, seven hogs, and five ewes.
Eight acres of corn upon the ground, twelve acres of fallow ground, within the barn in wheat and rye, barley, oats and peas, and Indian corn.
Plow irons and chains, two carts, hemp & flax
One flock bed with other implements on the parlor chamber, wearing apparel, ten pewter dishes, two plates, dripping pans and a trammel, five pairs of sheets, two pillow cases, two table cloths, 12 napkins, one feather bed and one flock bed with furniture, two chests, two boxes, one hanging cupboard, one musket, one long table, one small table, and one warming pan.
Four slices of bacon with other pieces of pork, five trays, five cheeses, and one churn.
Three brass kettles, three pots, three skillets, and seven axes with handles.
“In the foregoing inventory there is not an article of silver plate, not an article of china, crockery, or glass ware, not an article of cotton manufacture, not a carpet, not one book. Truly our American ancestors had a hard time of it.”
1663-1741. The Life of Richard Richardson
Richardson was born, brought up, and lived most of his life at Bierley
outskirts of Bradford, a district at the heart of Yorkshire’s textile
industry. He was a member of
generation of Englishmen to take an informed interest in bryophytes. He
contemporary of Adam Buddle, Samuel Brewer (who came to live near
Samuel Doody and William vernon.
men corresponded with the older naturalist, John Ray, supplying
his publications on natural history.
is known of Richardson’s own bryological career and discoveries.
corresponded with Dillenius, Gronovius, Petiver, Sir Hans Sloane, and
other naturalists – a correspondence fortunately preserved and
published by his
great grand daughter, and revealing that Richardson occupied an
even pivotal – role in sustaining interest in botany among contemporary
was sufficiently wealthy not to need to
overexert himself professionally, and was able to fully indulge his
plants by travelling widely in England, Wales, and Scotland. He took particular interest in mosses and
lichens, as well as vascular plants. He also developed the gardens at
to an extent hitherto unknown in northern England.
Not confining himself to growing plants of medical interest,
Richardson’s gardens became renowned as rich in both native and foreign
particularly when a hot-house was built in 1718.
how his garden was laid out and its position on the estate is not known. Evidently it was large and gave Richardson
much pleasure. When asked for some
specimens by a fellow botanist, he complained that the season was
advanced, but that he would do his best, and that he had “set about
plants as are still in flower; and I think I can preserve for you one
fifty dry specimens that are fair and well-preserved.
If I live to enjoy my garden another year, I dare promise you
double that number.
1702. A New England Quaker Story
Throughout the seventeenth century, English Nantucketers resisted all attempts to establish a church on the island, partly because a woman by the name of Mary Coffin Starbuck forbade it. It was said that nothing of consequence was done on Nantucket without Mary's approval. Mary Coffin and Nathaniel Starbuck had been the first English couple to be married on the island, in 1662, and had established a lucrative outpost for trading with the Wampanoag. Whenever an itinerant minister came to Nantucket looking to establish a congregation, he was firmly rebuffed by Mary Starbuck.
1702, Mary succumbed to a charismatic Quaker minister named John
Richardson. Speaking before a group
assembled in the Starbucks' living room, Richardson succeeded in moving
tears. It was Mary Starbuck's
conversion to Quakerism that established the unique fusion of
covetousness that would make possible Nantucket's rise as a whaling
or, more properly, members of the Society of Friends, depended on their
experience of God's presence, the "Inner Light," for guidance rather
than relying on a Puritan minister's interpretation of scripture. But Nantucket's ever growing number of
Quakers were hardly free-thinking individuals.
Friends were expected to conform to rules of behavior determined
yearly meetings, encouraging a sense of community that was as carefully
controlled as that of any New England society.
was a difference, it was the Quaker belief in pacifism and a conscious
of worldly ostentation-two principles that were not intended to
any way, with a person's ability to make money. Instead
of building fancy houses or buying fashionable clothes,
Nantucket's Quakers reinvested their profits in the whale fishery. As a result, they were able to weather the
downturns that laid to waste so many mainland whaling merchants, and
Starbuck's children, along with their Macy and Coffin cousins, quickly
established a Quaker whaling dynasty.
in Mysterious Circumstances
In 1772, the Reverend was found one morning dead in his study, on his knees and with a bridle around his neck. At the time his wife showed great grief and all concluded that it had been an act of religious melancholy. He was thus buried quickly.
However, many knew of the temper of his wife and their acrimonious relationship. Somewhat suspiciously, it transpired, all of the servants had been sent out into the field on the day of his death. It was therefore decided that the corpse should be taken out of the grave and examined. Marks of stangulation were found on the neck and bruises on the chest. The conclusion reached was that no man could possibly have destroyed himself in the manner by which the bridle had been placed around the neck. It was in fact more than probable that the bridle had been put there and the body set in a praying position after he had been strangled.
There the account ends and we have no identification of the guilty party. For the dead man himself, there was issue. He had adopted his nephew, William Richardson Davie, as a son after the mother had died and oversaw his education. That young man became an American patriot, achieving fame and distinction in the War of Independence.
Richardson in Hiding
However, Richard was
able to make his escape and, being
disguised by the effects of the disease, returned to the neighborhood
home where he concealed himself in the Santee Swamp.
time, British troops had overrun the state and were occupying the
Big Home plantation. His family were,
it is said, restricted there to a small apartment and allowed only a
share of the provisions. Nevertheless,
every day Dorcas Richardson would send food to her husband in the swamp
old and faithful negro in whose discretion she could trust. Sometimes
she even ventured
to visit him, taking their little daughter with her.
It was not long before the
British had information of Richardson's escape.
naturally concluded that he was somewhere in the vicinity of his family
relatives. A diligent search was
instituted and scouts were sent in every direction. Rewards were
for his apprehension; but without success.
infrequently did the officers boast in the presence of the wife of what
would do to her husband should they capture him. On
one occasion, some of the officers displayed their swords
reeking with blood - probably that of cattle - and told her that it was
blood of Captain Richardson whom they had killed. At
another time they brought intelligence that he had been taken
and hanged. In this state of cruel
suspense she sometimes remained for several successive days, unable to
the fate of her husband and not knowing whether to believe or distrust
horrible tales brought to her ears.
that the British troops had been temporarily ordered away, Richard did
his wife at their plantation. However,
he had been seen on his way by a loyalist.
A party of them assembled and were soon to be seen drawn up in
his house. Richard hastily came forth,
leaped on his steed, and galloped up the oak-lined avenue, avoiding the
firing that was aimed at him,
All this took place in
the sight of his terrified family. Afterwards,
they would describe the danger and his providential
escape. His wife Dorcas could only
account for his escape by conjecturing that the party had determined to
Richardson alive and thus claim the reward that had been offered for
When peace returned, Colonel Richardson, who had been promoted for his services, resumed his life as a planter. Of he and his wife’s ten children, four died young. The rest married and reared families.
1793. Peggy Richardson and the Catholic
Uprising in Armagh
There were many anxious people waiting for tidings, and
them was one Peggy Richardson who, on hearing of the plight of the
determined to relieve them. She went
home and told her mother the state of affairs, saying: " I'm going to
The old woman said: "Why, child, you
cannot go; you will
She replied, "Why, mother, isn't my father there?"
"He is, dear."
"And my three brothers?"
"They are, dear."
"And my husband is there? "
“He is, dear."
"And, God helping me, I'll be there, too.“
So saying, she took a strong petticoat and two new pillow
which she sewed to the headband of a petticoat with strong cord around
forming loops at the top for handles.
She then went to the haystack, and pulled out sufficient to make
large enough to put her little four-year-old girl in, tying up a bunch
to stuff into the hole.
Late that night she took her little girl and placed her
haystack with many cautions, and then, having equipped herself she went
Churchill, where she got all the ball cartridges she could carry. She then started by the Derryhubbert road
for the Diamond, arriving safely about the same time as William Blacker
scene of the conflict. The latter had
to traverse a friendly country across Portadown Bridge, to about five
miles in the direction of Loughgall, when all at once they came upon
of meditated rapine and murder.
1800. Thomas Richardson - A Quaker in
From his square-toed shoes to his low broad-brimmed Quaker hat, a solidity marks him. Here walks a man of substance, warm and comfortable, without pride but with a due regard for himself. The buttoned gaiters and knee breeches, the long, collarless coat of broadcloth in Quaker plainness, the hat of best fur, show a simplicity, dignity and sureness towards himself and a meek disregard of other opinion by one who could afford to disregard it.
He fronts his fellow men without ornament and without disguise, confident that they will take him for what he is. In spite of the firm chin and prominent nose, a humorous kindness marks his face; the eyes - alert and friendly - belong to the man who later knew all the Ayton children, who liked to ask them to tea at Cleveland Lodge when the strawberries were ripe, and who could see and supply the school needs of ‘4 tin pie dishes’ or ‘2 milking frocks.’
Thomas Richardson was always human; business never overwhelmed him; as his life went on, his shrewdness remained and his kindness of heart mellowed.
1815-40. Thomas Miles Richardson in the
His favorite sketching grounds comprised Northumberland, the Borders and Scotland. His activities as a writer and illustrator further emphasised his loyalties to the region. He published a volume on the Armorial Bearings in St Andrew’s Chapel, Newcastle, and began to work on books about Newcastle (from 1816) and the castles of the English and Scottish Borders (from 1833).
His election, in 1840, as an associate of the New Society of Painters in Watercolours, based in London, seems to have been a temporary deviation from his regional activities, and it is perhaps no wonder that he was expelled three years later.
1823. The Execution of Joseph Richardson in Dumfries
It appeared that M'Kenna and Joseph Richardson had gone to Dublin in August 1822, and, with the assistance of a person from whom M'Kenna knew four years before, purchased 500 notes of the British Linen Company and got a plate engraved of the guinea note of Carrick, Brown & Co. of Glasgow. In this business they were engaged some two to three weeks and got 300 of the notes printed. They then returned to Scotland where they were apprehended. 172 of the notes were found in the possession of M'Kenna's wife and 163 in a turf dyke in Joseph Richardson's yard.
A petition had been sent to the fountain of mercy in favour of these unhappy men and an answer was returned with a respite during his Majesty's pleasure for William Richardson only.
A gentleman who accompanied the clergyman to the jail described minutely the demeanor of all the prisoners on receiving the answer to their petition. William Richardson who was first visited appeared " quite uplifted" with the communication made to him; for a few seconds his colour went and came, but the first flutter of the heart being soon ever, his breathing became freer, and his speech firmer; and although he expressed some regret at the fate of his companions, his mind was evidently wholly engrossed with the strong instinctive desire of self-preservation. On the other hand, M'Kenna and Joseph Richardson apparently received the news of their now irrevocable doom with every feeling becoming their situation. Joseph did express a satisfaction that his brother's life was spared, since, to use his own words, "the idea of two brothers going out of life in the same awful way was painful to be thought on."
On Saturday the distracted mother of poor Joseph visited him for the last time, with the unhappy woman being so overcome by her maternal feelings as to swoon away again and again. Tuesday he bade adieu to his sister and a younger brother and took a last leave of his wife who was all night in the cell with him.
The scaffold was erected in front of the prison in Buccleugh Street. At an early hour vast multitudes were pouring into the town from the surrounding country to witness the awful scene and long before the appointed hour the crowd was immense. At about three o'clock the prisoners ascended the scaffold, when the executioner adjusted the fatal cord, and after a short time spent in praise and prayer, the signal was given, and they were ushered into the world that is “unseen & eternal," amongst a very general feeling of sympathy from the surrounding multitude.
Richardson and the Sugar Business
There were four market days in Glasgow, leaving Wednesday and Saturday free, to enable the members of the trade to visit Greenock and Port Glasgow.
Lochgoil steamer, by which
they travelled, left the Broomielaw at half-past seven in the morning,
breakfast was served on the passage down, and after spending two hours
or so in
business, they generally found their way back to Glasgow about two
was fog the passage was
tedious, and not without hazard. One
sugar man was kept all night off Dumbarton in a steamer, with little
inadequate sleeping accommodation. Mr.
Richardson generally sat near the funnel, enveloped in a blue cloak,
interesting himself in some book he had brought with him.
He was an omnivorous reader. After
a drive of about five miles from
Springhall, near Rutherglen, he glanced hurriedly at his letters, which
brought to him before the steamer started, and prepared himself for the
eventualities of the day, whether to sell or buy.
Susan Richardson (Aunt Sukey) and her children had been brought into Illinois territory by her master, Andrew Border. One day, her children and those of her master had gotten into an altercation and her mistress had had her children whipped. When Sukey objected, she was told that she would be subject to a severe lashing herself.
thought of being scourged, and by a woman too, was more than
Sukey could bear. So hastily and
secretly one winter’s night she left with her children and went north,
following the stars, to Cairo where she got on the line of the
railroad, reaching Knox County.
scarcely had Aunt Sukey and her charges alighted from the
wagon that they was arrested and conveyed to Knoxville where they were
confined to the county jail. Notice of her
capture was immediately sent south. Her
master saw the notice, hastened to Knoxville, and grabbed the children.
Frantic and almost
the poor mother thought that she must return to the dread scourged life
bondage with her children. But she was
advised by sympathizing friends not to go; for it would only be to
increased pain and mental anxiety as her children would undoubtedly be
sent south. Instead, she boarded a
sleigh and sped over the snowy earth to Galesburg where she could be
after Aunt Sukey had settled in Galesburg, a lawsuit - which
became famous - was instituted by her former master, Andrew.Border, for
recovery. By some means it was defeated.
1847. Jonathan Richardson's Spa in Shotley Bridge
The spring anciently called "Hally Well," now Shotley Spa, was at a distant period noted for its efficacy in the cure of scrofulous complaints; it fell, however, into disuse, and for a long time no benefit was derived from it, till a prevailing tradition lately induced Jonathan Richardson, Esq., to commence a search upon the spot where it was supposed to exist.
search was successful. Appropriate
buildings, a wellroom, baths, &c, were erected in the rustic style;
Richardson has opened carriage-drives and promenades upon his estate.
village, there are two paper-mills in operation; a market for corn is
weekly, and a fair for cattle every half year.
1880's. Bessbrook Village
Bessbrook is a large manufacturing village, the population of which is about 4,000 – the same number as are employed in Mr Richardson’s linen manufacturing enterprises there. It is situated in a beautiful and well-watered valley convenient to the Camlough Mountains and about three miles from Newry. The scenery, from the combined effect of hill, vale and wood is very attractive.
The village is the property of Mr John Grubb Richardson Esq., who has spared no expense or trouble to make it ‘the model town’. In this he has received the heartiest support from other members of the firm.
The place has certain peculiarities. First it is without a public house, a feature endorsed by six to one of householders in a recent poll. It is also without a pawnbrokers, and a police barrack, these not being required.
Bessbrook is remarkable for its yarn and linen manufactories, a process from flax-growing to the finished product – be it family linen, a pocket handkerchief of a table cloth - carried on locally. The firm’s huckabacks, towelling, fronting linens, drills, diapers and damasks are known the world over. The damasks made at Bessbrook by machinery are easily the equal of those made by hand looms. The company have also extensive quarries where the beautiful blue and grey granite is hewn out, dressed and polished for different markets. It is now extensively used in England, Scotland and America for monumental and other purposes.
The religious denominations are well represented. A fine structure is that belonging to the Irish Church capable of holding 500-600. The Presbyterians have a commodious Church for a similar number. The Friends (Mr Richardson himself being a parishioner) have a place of worship for 700-800 and the Wesleyians have a neat Chapel. The Roman Catholic Chapel is a spacious edifice.
1916. A Letter from the Quaker Elizabeth Richardson
“In the dark and stormy days which have fallen over the world since August 1914 and in which some have seen their way to testify to convictions which have not been deemed popular I can personally testify that in no quarter did I find such steadfastness of purpose and such a rigid adherence to deep religious convictions as in Mrs Spence Watson.
In the struggle for liberty of conscience I
received great inspiration through her brave and noble spirit nor can I
how, in what were to me very trying days in 1916, when friends were
rapidly away, Mrs Watson insisted on staying with me during the long
which preceded the hearing of my claim before the Gateshead Tribunal,
friend I had in court."
Elizabeth Richardson spoke
and wrote fearlessly against the First World War. At
the passing of the Military Service Act, she advised and
helped many young men whose punishments and imprisonments she felt most
1916. Jimmy Richardson and His Bagpipes
Richardson was twenty
years old and a piper in the Canadian Scottish Battalion when he won
Victoria Cross for gallantry during the First World War.
On October 8
1916, his company
was held up in the Somme by very strong wire and came under intense
fire. Piper Richardson, who had obtained
permission to play the company '”over the top,” strode up and down
wire playing his pipes. This so
inspired the company that the wire was rushed and the position captured. After the rush, Jimmy turned back to recover
his pipes but was never seen again.
believed to have been lost in the mud of the Somme.
However, it turned out that a British Army chaplain had found
pipes in 1917 and brought them back home after the war to a school in
where he was a teacher. The pipes were unidentified for several
served as a broken, mud-caked, and blood-stained reminder of an unknown
from the Great War. Ninety years later,
these pipes were identified as those played by Piper Richardson on that
day in 1916 and were repatriated to Canada.
1954. Texas Money
Sid Richardson, the richest of the new Athenians because of his ocean of oil reserves, jokingly takes credit for starting the boys from Athens on their way years ago. When making his first killing in oil, Richardson drove into town in a block-long Cadillac. "When I left," he says, "all of these guys sitting on those benches around the square jumped up and down and followed me out of town."
A commentator described him as follows:
Richardson and his friend Clint Murchison hit the front pages when trying to help a fellow Texan buy the New York Central Railroad.
The story goes that Murchison called Richardson in California and said, "I need your help." Richardson took the call just when he was starting out for a round of golf. In his haste, he agreed to go along on the deal without hearing the details. Next day when he spoke to Murchison again, Richardson was startled to find that it was not a $10 million deal as he thought but a $20 million one. "What the hell did you say was the name of that railroad?" he exclaimed.
1961. Tony Richardson and A Taste of Honey
England in the early 1960s, A Taste of Honey starred Rita
the waifish Jo, a plain 17-year-old girl who is dragged from one shabby
bed-sitter to another by Helen (Dora Bryan), her promiscuous, alcoholic
termagant of a mother.
Helen and her current lover, Peter (Robert Stephens), take a holiday in
Blackpool, Jo goes along and, while walking on the beach, meets Jimmy
Danquah), a black sailor on leave.
After they spend the night together Jimmy's ship leaves for
unknown. Helen and Peter have
impulsively decided to marry, and they move into his flat, leaving Jo
cold. She gets a job in a shoe store,
where she meets gay and mild-mannered Geoffrey, and the two decide to
a flat together. Jo soon discovers
she's carrying Jimmy's child, news that depresses her.
But Geoffrey couldn't be happier, and he
begins knitting baby clothes, goes to a clinic for child-care
even offers to marry Jo.
moving film is exceptionally well acted and directed; it is a tribute
Richardson's boldness in taking on the theme of miscegenation, then a
1965. Lady Darwin's Brooch
In 1965, widowed and about to move to a new apartment, Lady Darwin approached Australia House in London, offering an unusual object for repatriation to Australia. It was a gold brooch that had belonged to her grandmother. Encased in a box labelled Flavelle Bros, Sydney, she dated it to 1860, about the time that her grandmother, Fanny Richardson, had sailed home to Britain.
Lady Darwin’s great grandfather, Dr William Richardson, had arrived in Australia on the Katharine Stewart Forbes from Scotland in 1825. His daughter Fanny was born in 1837. Her granddaughter recalled that “she always spoke of her girlhood as having been spent in Sydney. And she remembered the long voyage back to Britain under sail!’ Two of her brothers did stay as sheep farmers in New South Wales.
Fanny’s brooch measures 4.5 centimetres high and 6.2 centimetres across and is notable for the strong, sculptural treatment of the spray of leaves tied with a fillet. The botanical motifs are decidedly Australian; two native woody pear pods and leaves, brake and bird’s nest fern fronds, a curling lily leaf tied at the base with a fillet, and a callistemon or banksia flower. Each metal leaf has been cast or cut, shaped and carefully engraved to simulate the form and texture of the species.
2000. Ghosts at Richhill Castle
At seventeen, Dolly had been acclaimed as the most beautiful girl in all Ireland. When she went to visit her aunt, Lady Loftus, in Dublin, she was the object of such admiration that she could not walk in the Mall because of the crowd of undesired worshippers. Instead she had to rise at 6 a.m. and take her exercise in St. Stephens Green to ensure some privacy. Dolly and William Richardson were married in 1775, but sadly she died, childless, in 1793.
Warren Coates, chairman of the Northern Ireland Paranormal Research Association, is leading a group who visit the castle once a fortnight to investigate paranormal activity. Tape recordings, cameras and highly-sensitive instruments that measure humidity, air pressure and magnetic fields are being used to detect the presence of spirits.
“When we set up our equipment, we actually got activity over the whole building,” Warren said. “When you take away things like draughty windows or doors, rumbling pipes or floorboards creaking, you reach the conclusion that there is a definite presence.”
Gordon Little and his wife, Helen, live in part of the castle and are trying to have it restored. “In the 47 years that the castle has been my family home I have never seen a ghost,” Gordon said. “My sister-in-laws relatives have though – one of her sisters chatted to the spirit of a lady on the stairs and reckons it was Dolly. I tend to resent the fact that people can see things, while I live here and I can’t. If they prove there is a ghost here I will accept it.”
2007. Governor Bill Richardson and UFO's
Bill Richardson, the New Mexico Governor and Democratic Presidential candidate, has an unusual background, New England high WASP and Mexican. His grandfather was a Boston naturalist of Mayflower descent who collected specimens in Central America and married a Mexican lady from a prestigious family in Oaxaca. He became a planter and rancher in Nicaragua and, according to the candidate's autobiography Between Worlds, "fathered children by four different women in Mexiico and Central America."
Now Jim Geraghy of the National Review has found a 2004 story about him and wondered if it might help or hinder his Presidential ambitions. Jim came up with a new slogan for our running guy: "Bill Richardson, A President for Americans of All Colors, including the Little Green Men."
Despite denials by Federal officials, many UFO buffs cherish the notion that in 1947 a flying saucer crashed in rural Roswell, scattering alien bodies and saucer debris across the terrain. In 2004, Gov. Bill Richardson wrote in a foreword to a new book The Roswell Dig Diaries that "the mystery surrounding this crash has never been adequately explained, not by independent investigators nor by the US Government."
foreword drew scorn from veteran UFO investigators and science
popularizers. The grand old man of sceptical UFO investigators,
Philip J. Kass, who has written for Aviation
Week & Space Technology since 1952, said: "Gov. Richardson
is wrong about Roswell and too trusting of TV network promoters.
After more than a third of a century of research, I have found no
credible evidence of extraterrestrial visitors."