Today many media outlets are honoring Gore Vidal, legendary author and playwright, who died at the age of 86.
Many of these outlets also happen to be using an Associated Press photo attached to their articles with the same caption, "Gore Vidal sits on the lawn of his Hudson River mansion in Tarrytown, N.Y., Aug. 18, 1960."
For a moment, I leapt on this, claiming him as once our own. I reposted a Knoxville News post with a great rememberance on the man along with that photo of him decades ago. (And here's another. And another...)
Until one of our local historian know-it-alls, Jim Logan, of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, set me straight.
It's Barrytown, not Tarrytown where Vidal once enjoyed his Edgewater home on the Hudson River. One site did get this right, Time, with a picture of Vidal sitting "in front of a window in his home, Edgewater, on the Hudson River, Barrytown, New York, April 1960." Barrytown is a hamlet within the town of Red Hook in Dutchess County.
Close but no cigar. Gore Vidal is not ours, he was everyone's.
Moral: trust not the AP but the Cemetery. RIP.