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Johnny Weissmuller was born as Peter Johann Weißmüller in Freidorf, June 2nd, 1904, today a district of the city of Timisoara in Romania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Weissmuller would later claim to have been born in Windber, Pennsylvania, probably to ensure his eligibility to compete as part of the US Olympic team. Jane was born Maureen Paula O’Sullivan May 17, 1911 in Boyle, County Roscommonn, Ireland. Boy was born John Matthew Sheffield Cassan April 11, 1931 in Pasadena, California, USA. Will the real Lord Greystroke please stand up! Edgar Rice Burroughs needs to clarify some things.
Starting in 1931 to 1948, Johnny Weissmuller was Tarzan. From 1948 to 1956 Johnny Weissmuller was Jungle Jim! For over 25 years America’s greatest heroes were US Olympic swimmers Johnny Weissmuller and Hawaiian born Duke Kahanamoku. Their places of birth dictated by chance. Their actual performances dictated by dedication and natural ability. Only Johnny Weissmuller was able to get along with Cheetah…or the Chimp actually named Tamba. Everyone else on the set of the Tarzan series were scared to death of Tamba! We don’t know where Tamba was born however!
Fast forward to Ted Cruz, a candidate for President of the United States, born in Calgary, Canada. Ted even admits that he was born in Canada, to a US Citizen mother – which he believes qualifies him to be a Natural Born Citizen of the United States and candidate of the Republican Party to be President of the United States. According to this mentality, even if Barack Obama had been born in Kenya……he would be considered a Natural Born Citizen of the United States because his mom was a US Citizen. Ted Cruz is not a Natural Born Citizen of the United States. Unless he was born on US soil, which does include US Embassy and Consulate Grounds with the American Flag flying overhead, or at US Military or Medical Facilities which also exhibit leased, conquered or partitioned soil for the United States – no one is a Natural Born Citizen of the United States. Is Donald Trump correct and did Ted Cruz not denounce his Canadian Citizenship until 15 months ago? Did Ted Cruz purport to have dual citizenship ever? Does Ted Cruz currently hold a US Passport? What year did Ted Cruz first apply for a US Passport? Where did you say he was born on that application?
Clearing the air on this “birther issue” is probably very important. How was Duke Kahanamoku able to participate in 1912, 1920 and 1924 when Hawaii was just a US Possession? How did Johnny Weissmuller participate in the 1924 and 1928 Olympics for the United States, if he was not a naturalized citizen? These issues were undoubtedly broached by the Amateur Athletic Union, the governing body for the Olympics at the time. The great Jim Thorpe was even stripped of his Olympic medals purely because he had played semi-professional football one summer.
There is little doubt that there is certain doubt about the Ted Cruz “birther issue”. At least Barack Obama contested the accusation that he was born in Kenya. Barack Obama at least had documentation that cast some light on his birth in Honolulu, Hawaii two years after statehood. So far, we can’t find any reason to determine that Calgary, Canada has become a US Possession….just yet.
In the final analysis, Johnny Weissmuller, Duke Kahanamoku or Maureen O’Sullivan never ran for President of the United States. Only Johnny Sheffield might qualify, since he was born in Pasadena, California!
We are still checking on Cheetah….or by his real name Tamba! Tarzan, Jane and Boy!