September 2018

Quick, think of a movie star.  Who is it?  George Clooney? Dwayne Johnson? Jennifer Lawrence?  It’s a good bet that the name Fred Ott didn’t cross your mind!  Yet Fred was the world’s first movie star.  He didn’t make a lot of money, he wasn’t besieged by autograph hounds, he didn’t make the cover of the tabloids … in fact all he did was sneeze!  But that sneeze in 1889 was captured on the world’s first movie film and the era of the cinema was under way. 

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