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5 Interesting Facts from the Central, Meridian and West Regionals You May Have Missed

5 Interesting Facts from the Central, Meridian and West Regionals You May Have Missed

1) Sam Brigg’s Husband Jo Cartwright Born on September 11th, 1947

Samuel Joseph “Joe” Cartwright was born on September 11, 1947 in New York City. Joe was raised in Brooklyn Heights and attended Stuyvesant High School. He graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature and received his MFA at Yale University where he studied under the legendary playwrights William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. His first plays were performed in New Haven, Connecticut.

In the mid 1970s, Joe moved to Los Angeles where he wrote and directed several short films including “The Big Red One,” which won him a Drama Desk Award for Best Short Film. He then went on to direct numerous commercials and music videos before moving back to L.A., where he began writing screenplays for television shows such as “MASH” (1978), “ERIC THE EAGLE” (1980), “BETTER OFF DEAD” (1981), “THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN” (1982) and “TRIPOD” (1983).

His feature film credits include: “JACKIE AND JOE,” starring Richard Chamberlain; “WALKING WITH A BROKEN WINDOW,” starring Robert Loggia; and the Oscar®-nominated documentary, “HARD TIMES.” Other films include: “CITY OF ANGELS” starring Nick Nolte; “THE BROKEN LANDS,” starring John Hurt; and the Oscar-nominated short film, “POLLOCK,” starring Ed Harris.

In addition to his writing, Joe is also an accomplished filmmaker having written, directed and produced the award-winning feature film, “THE THIRD TWIN.

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2) Jo Cartwright’s Father a World War II Bomb Disposal Expert

Samuel Joseph “Sam” Cartwright was born in New York City on September 11th, 1922 to Samuel Goodbody Cartwright and his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Cartwright. He had one older sister, Elizabeth “Eliza” like (born ca. 1919) as well as a younger brother, John (born ca. 1925).

Samuel Goodbody Cartwright was a Wall Street stockbroker who served during World War I and supported the United States’ intervention in World War II. He was part of the American Expeditionary Force that landed in France in 1917. He was honorably discharged after the war and returned to the United States where he spent the remainder of his life in New York City working as a stockbroker.

3) Jo Cartwright’s Mother was a British Lady

Elizabeth “Betty” Cartwright was the daughter of Sir Reginald and Lady Gladys Ffolkes-Ffoulkes, who lived at the family seat of The Court of Chilswood in the English county of Berkshire. The couple had three children: Elizabeth, a younger brother, Reginald (born ca. 1914) and an older sister, Victoria (born ca. 1912).

Sir Reginald Ffolkes-Ffoulkes was a popular character actor who played roles in numerous films during the silent film era. During World War I, he served as an intelligence officer for the British Royal Navy and was awarded the Navy Cross by King George V for his intelligence gathering contributions during the war. For the remainder of his life, he continued working as an actor and director of plays and films. He died from a heart attack in 1932 at age 48.

4) Jo and Mike’s Closest American Relatives is in Missouri

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The closest living relative to Mike and Joanne Cartwright is their 1st cousin, Carla Cartwright-Meyer of Independence, Missouri. Carla has two children: a son, Daniel and a daughter, Joelle.

Carla’s father, Woodrow “Woody” Cartwright (Mike and Jo’s 1st cousin, once removed), is still alive at age 86 and resides at the Meyer home in Independence, Missouri with his wife, Carla’s mother, Katherine Meyers.

Carla, Daniel and Joelle will be arriving in Los Angeles this weekend to visit with their long-lost American cousins.

5) Jo and Mike’s Closest British Relatives are in the UK

Samuel Goodbody Cartwright’s two younger siblings, William Reginald “Reg” Ffolkes-Ffoulkes (born ca. 1893) and Victoria Cartwright (born ca. 1895) still live in The Court of Chilswood. A third brother, Harold, died in 1962.

The family’s older brother, Sir Reginald Ffolkes-Ffoulkes (born 1877), died in 1955.

Reg Ffolkes-Ffoulkes served as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy during World War I and is now retired. Victoria Cartwright is a secretary at a local bank.

6) Jo and Mike’s Best Chance for a Happy Ending is with Carla, Daniel and Joelle

While both families are excited about having new members join their family, Carla, Daniel and Joelle appear to be the only ones who are genuinely happy about this reunion. Sam, Reg, Victoria and Mr. and Mrs. Cartwright-Meyer all express concern about what effect this might have on their own lives.

“I suppose we ought to be happy for them,” says Mrs. Cartwright-Meyer, “but I just don’t know if we’re ready to handle all the changes that are going to come with it.”

Carla’s parents agree to participate in the reunion primarily for their daughter and granddaughter’s sake.

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In addition to the emotional aspects of this reunion, there are other concerns as well. Mike and Jo need to find jobs and a place to live. Carla, Daniel and Joelle will most likely want the entire family to move back to Missouri. Already on Friday, Carla is suggesting that the entire family move back.

With so many concerns and issues in play, it might be in the best interest of everyone involved if the decision were left up to Jo and Mike. This is their reunion after all.

The options as I see them:

A) Go through with the reunion and move back to Missouri.

Advantages: Jo and Mike would get to live near some of their closest living relatives and will hopefully get to know them better. They’d also get to be with Carla, Daniel and Joelle who they haven’t seen in over thirty years.

Disadvantages: Jo and Mike would have to start completely over. They’d have to find a place to live, make new friends and get new jobs. The move could also be stressful for your grandparent.

B) Don’t go through with the reunion and stay in California.

Advantages: Jo and Mike would avoid the stress of moving and disrupting their lives. They’d also avoid placing a burden on Carla, Daniel and Joelle.

Disadvantages: They’d miss out on the chance to be near some of their closest living relatives and risk losing touch with the rest of the family forever.

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Note: Just because you choose one option doesn’t mean you can’t still stay in contact with Carla, Daniel and Joelle. You just wouldn’t be moving back to Missouri.

It’s entirely up to you…

A) You decide to go through with the reunion and move back to Missouri.

Over the next few months, you, Jo and Mike begin preparations to move back to Missouri. Mike finds a job there as a school teacher. You have a little more difficulty finding work, but eventually you land a job as an assistant manager at a local grocery store. You and Jo rent a small house in town.

After a long distance drive, you and Jo finally arrive in Missouri to visit your new home. It’s a small but cozy place. The kitchen and living room are combined in an open concept. There’s also a basement with a washer and dryer.

The back yard has a small deck and a above ground swimming pool. It still needs a little cosmetic work, but you can easily fix that yourself.

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