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Beyond Waldo…

Now that Waldo‘s whereabouts are pretty much common knowledge, the search is on for The Macho Man himself– Randy Savage…

Oh so many more at Where’s Randy Savage?

As we revel in radical juxtaposition, we might recall that it was on this date in 1784 that John Wesley chartered the first Methodist Church in America.  An Oxford-educated Anglican priest, Wesley had developed a brand of evangelism that offended many traditional Anglicans, but that found legions of followers in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and then in the Americas– all under the Anglican umbrella…  until 1784, when the Anglican church refused to ordain Dr. Thomas Coke to preach to Americans newly independent from the British State Church, finally forcing Wesley to create the Methodist Church separately and to do the ordination himself.

George Romney’s portrait of John Wesley (source)

Exactly 209 years later, on this date in 1993, agents of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) raided the Waco, Texas compound of the Branch Davidians, a “reform movement” that began within the Seventh-Day Adventist Church around 1930.  An extended gun battle ensued, followed by a 50-day siege that ended in another exchange of gunfire and a fire within the compound.  In the end, four ATF agents were dead and 15 wounded; Branch Davidian leader David Koresh was killed, along with 82 of his followers.

The Branch Davidian Compound in flames (source)

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