Mother Teresa – A Saint Once Again?

Mother Teresa of Calcutta
photo courtesy of India7 Network

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910 – 1997) will be canonized as a saint on September 4th, 2016.

From comments and email, it’s clear that many Mandela Effect readers recall Mother Teresa (also remembered as Mother Theresa) being declared a saint prior to 2016.

  • Some recall her being named a saint in the 1990s.
  • Some are sure she was given sainthood while alive.
  • Some specifically reference Pope John Paul II as the pope who approved the canonization.

It’s important to note some landmark recognitions during Mother Teresa’s life and in the years since her death.

  • In 1962, she was given the Philippines-based Ramon Magsaysay Award for International Understanding.
  • In 1969, she was featured in the film, Something Beautiful for God.
  • In 1971, Paul VI awarded her the first Pope John XXIII Peace Prize.
  • In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • In 1980, she received India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
  • After her 1997 death, Pope John Paul II waived the usual five-year wait and began the beatification process.
  • In 2002, the Vatican recognized the first of two required miracles leading to Mother Teresa’s canonization.
  • In 2003, she was officially beatified.
  • In 2015, the Vatican recognized the second of the two required miracles.
  • According to the Vatican, her canonization will take place September 4th, 2016.

If you recall a reality in which she was named a saint (canonized) earlier than 2016, I hope you’ll share those memories in comments,* below.  I’m particularly interested in the context of your memories. That is, where you were, which spelling (Teresa or Theresa) you recall, whether you read about her sainthood in a book, heard about it in class, learned about it from a news report or online, and so on.

*On most articles at this site, comments remain open for 45 days.

Lindbergh Baby – Alternate History

newspaperThis topic keeps recurring in comments, so I’m creating this post for discussions of alternate memories of the Lindbergh baby’s kidnapping.

A few guidelines:

  • Please review the facts before posting here. I won’t pretend that Wikipedia is the final word on any topic, or even reliable, but it’s a good place to start. [Link] Also see the FBI’s report.
  • Read earlier, related comments so you know about erroneous media references. (“Erroneous” in this reality, that is.) Comment threads that focused (solely) on this topic have been moved to this article.
  • Remember that, at the time and considerably later (for example, Murder on the Orient Express [1974]), fictionalized versions — print, TV, and film — altered several details. Later, some were repeated as if they were facts in the case. Be sure they weren’t your original information source.
  • Please contribute fresh, useful insights to these conversations: when, where, and a context that helps us understand why you’re sure yours is an alternate memory. (Simple “me, too” and “wow, I never knew…” comments will not be approved.)
  • If you recall a related TV show, film, book, article, or documentary that shared an alternate history (as fact/conspiracy), please link to it if you can.
  • Spell the name correctly. Otherwise, we’ll have good reason to doubt whether your fact-checking efforts were for the right person. (However, in earlier comments about the Lindbergh kidnapping, it was noted that most who recall the baby being found spell the name Lindbergh or Lindberg. Many with alternate memories, where the baby was never found, spell it Lindburg or Lindburgh.)

I believe — or at least want to believe — that the child was found and safely restored to his family, in at least one other reality.

However, the case was so sensational and has been fictionalized (with some credibility) in so many ways, this particular memory is more problematic than most. It’s not quite as difficult to untangle as the belief that Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” broadcast was real — and even the question about whether the panic ever happened — but it’s in the same ballpark.

Reba McIntyre or McEntire?

Reba McEntire’s name doesn’t look right. That’s what many people are saying, and I agree with them.

Reba McEntire star - Hollywood Walk of Fame
Photo courtesy of Neelix and Wikipedia

Oh, as someone who’s studied genealogy, I understand that her surname can be spelled any of at least a half dozen ways. However, McEntire looks wrong as I write this, and it looks even stranger on her Hollywood Walk of Fame star, shown at right.

The McIntyre (all spellings) name is from Scotland, and it’s the Anglicized version of Mac an tSaoir, meaning “son of the craftsman.”

(I’m relieved that tSaoir isn’t an anagram for Stain.)

Despite the name’s Scottish roots, the largest group of recorded McIntyre immigrants — who entered the U.S. through New York ports — came from Ireland.

Most followed the usual immigrant trail through northern New York state, then Pennsylvania, up through Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois, and then to California.

Reba McEntire ancestors can be traced back to John Zechariah McEntire, apparently born in Philadelphia, PA on 18 Feb 1818. (I say “apparently” because the records seem to stop there, and I see immigrant records in that name for the year 1819. One family came from New Brunswick.) And yes, John Zechariah spelled it McEntire, as well.

From ship’s records entering Philadelphia…

John McEntire - 1819 handwritten record

So, Reba McEntire didn’t make up a cute spelling to stand out in the crowd. It really is the name she was born with.

If the “McEntire” spelling looks completely new to you, and you were already familiar with Reba’s career, leave a comment.

Poll: Mandela’s Death (Poll is Closed)

This is the first of several polls I’m using to find patterns in alternate memories.

If you recall Nelson Mandela’s death prior to December 2013, I hope you’ll remember (or provide a thoughtful guess about) the year — in the 1980s — you think he died.

Please vote just once, and for just one year. The default — remembering his death in 2013 — is included for those who want to register that they don’t have the alternate Mandela memory.


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Henry VIII Portrait with Turkey Leg

Henry VIII - no turkey legMany people recall a painted portrait of Henry VIII holding a turkey leg in one hand.

It’s among my memories, too. It was a classic painting of Henry VIII, in the Holbein style (at right), but Henry is shown enjoying a hearty meal.  I recall something that looked like a turkey leg in one hand. (I thought it was his left hand — on the right side of the canvas — but I may be wrong.)

I also recall a large, opulent goblet in front of him.  I assumed it was to show that God had blessed the monarch with good health and a comfortable lifestyle.

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Ernest Borgnine

Ernest BorgnineStarting in 2011, readers remembered the death of actor Ernest Borgnine (January 24, 1917 – July 8, 2012) . He was in McHale’s Navy and ER. He was the voice of Mermaid Man in SpongeBob SquarePants, and he won an Oscar for his bittersweet leading role in Marty.

In April 2011, Cliff said in a longer comment:

I often find myself having conversations with people who do not or differently remember events from the past.

Here are a few… The death of Ernest Borgnine.

I replied:

I remember Ernest Borgnine’s death a while ago. At the time, I thought, “Wow… he had to be pretty old. I didn’t know he was still around.” Borgnine’s death didn’t surprise me until I later saw him interviewed on TV, and he is (obviously) still alive. (As of April 2011, anyway.)

He’s always had such a rubbery, craggy face, I never had a clear impression of his age.

But, when he died, I also remember being surprised that people didn’t make a bigger deal about it. I also recall no one mentioning him in the context of his Academy Award-winning performance in the movie, Marty. I thought that was sad, because that performance showed a range of talent far beyond his fame on McHale’s Navy.

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Freddie Prinze Jr. – Baby w/ Sarah Michelle Gellar

Freddie Prinze Jr.Several readers remember Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar getting married and having a baby around 2003 or 2004.

When I first read a comment about that, I had to look it up.  At the time (April 2011), Wikipedia didn’t mention either the marriage or children. It said that Freddie Prinze Jr. had dated Sarah Michelle Gellar, but they broke up.  There was no mention of children.

That didn’t fit my memories, though I can’t claim that I thought the event was as far back as 2003. (However, it was prior to 2009.)  I didn’t think about it again until I was writing this article. I always double-check my sources and try to link to them.

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David Soul

davidsoulDavid Soul‘s name keeps coming up in discussions.  Many people seem to recall him dying, years ago.

Here are some comments from this website:

Perry Ware said:

We also remember that David Soul of the 70′s show Starsky and Hutch comiting suicide on or near christmas because he was dispondant over his wife’s cancer! Even news reports of relatives and police discovering his body underneath the christmas tree. You can imagine myself and my wife’s reaction when we saw David Soul make an appearance as a cameo on the remake of Starsky and Hutch movie. We sat in silence and stunned by the revelation that Mr. Soul was indeed alive.

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Muammar al-Gaddafi

Muammar_al-GaddafiSome readers shared specific memories related to Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi (ca. 1945 – 20 Oct 2011).

C. A. Low raised the topic in April 2011, mentioning:

…the death of Muammar Gaddafi several years ago.

Laura said in 2013:

As soon as I read what you said about previously remembering Gaddafis death I started gagging. This is really strange, I am not an emotional person but I am sitting here and my eyes are welling up. What is this? I remember this. Footage of a runway and a white plane. Omg.

randi replied:

same here. im covered in goosebumps.

Photo credit: In the public domain, per Wikipedia.


Neil Armstrong’s Death – Another Mandela Effect Moment?

Neil Armstrong photo (1930 - 2012)Though Neil Armstrong died on 25 August 2012, it seems as if many people “forgot” it.  When a badly phrased headline appeared at ABC news, talking about the one-year anniversary of Armstrong’s death, many people thought he’d died in 2013.

While some may have been busy a year ago, and missed the initial obituary, many others are clearly fans and followers of Neil Armstrong’s legacy.  How were their memories “wiped” so his 2013 death was forgotten?  That question was raised by many people, including David Emery at’s Urban Legends topic.

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