a forerunner to Tom Zurinskas

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Tue Jun 17 16:56:43 UTC 2008

It seems that all innovations, however revolutionary, have a precursor, and Truspel is not an exception.

This is from the Evening Post (New York), August 1, 1848, p. 2, col. 5:

More Funny-Graffy. -- Phonography spells words as they are pronounced.  Thus: Helux weliner frokkot, when rendered into the Anglo-Saxon, means, "he looks well in a frock coat."


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

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