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December 26, 2006


Matthew Cornell

Thanks for the really interesting history, Buzz.

Philip Ferris

Excellent! I knew that you would come up with a star entry in this ongoing meme. Thanks for that Buzz. From reading your blog over time I reckon you have a hand for good writing.


Your friend


Gerald Buckley

Mr. Bruggeman, always fun to get to know the stuff you might never otherwise discover through casual contact. Hope your video project is going well. BTW... you're writing is a okie dokie.

And, if you're casting about for your next "tag" I wouldn't object :)

Nancy Shakir

Thanks foir the very interesting story on Mr. Kennedy. I'm a historian and I flag Reconstruction, so your blog came up. A good read.

Jim Bruggeman

Leo Bruggeman: 1847 (Detroit, Michigan) - 1912 (St. Paul R.R. Yards). Born to Prussian immigrant parents, shoemakers who purportedly were kicked out of Prussia for participation in subversive political activities of the 1840's. Leo joined an Illinois regiment in 1862 as a drummer boy, possibly saw action at Shiloh and Vicksburg, and served until the end of the Civil War. He possibly was wounded in the conflict because he was transferred to an invalid regiment by war's end.

Leo appreticed and worked as a locomotive machinist in Minnesota beginning in the late 1860's with an interlude as a farmer on the White Earth Indian Reservation. Burton Bruggeman the first was born on the 'rez to Leo and his wife Katherine Thomas, daughter of an old Metis (Scots/Ojibway) family in the Red River area. After Katherine ran off with a another German farmer, Leo returned to work in the St. Paul Yards as a machinist,remarried and raised two more children.

As was the practice in those days, Leo forged all of his tools. I still have a beautifully crafted metal scribe with his name embossed on it. An avowed union man and socialist, Leo was a member of Eugene V. Deb's National Railroad Union. He was killed in the kind of accident that the NRU worked hard to pass legislation to prevent: he bled to death when the brakes failed on a railroad car on which he was working rolled over him, amputating one of his legs. Leo's youngest daughter later recalled "They brought Dad home from the Yards on a door." Leo, his wife, and son Vincent are buried in the Cavalry Cemetary in St. Paul

Just to set the record straight. No legends here. Have a wonderful New Year and lift a glass to those who have proceeded us into that great and vast darkness.


Buzz - Wonderful to learn something new about you and your contribution to civil rights. Here's to a great next chapter of your wondrous life's adventure. You are a gifted friend and I am blessed to be a recipient.

Jeff Whiting

The unknown (and under-appreciated) side of Buzz.

I've known Buzz since the early 1990's. I've known him as a very smart, very astute "gamesman" in the practice of law. His legal skills have help shield me many times from my own mistakes.

I've known Buzz as a very smart technologist who certainly qualifies as a "thought-leader" among the digerati.

However, it was several years into my relationship with Buzz before he unpretentiously shared his role in the historic achievement of securing Pappy Kennedy's seat on the segregated Orlando City Council in 1972.

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