Thursday, October 08, 2009

Ertugrul Osman, Last Grandson of an Ottoman Emperor, Dead at 97

I remember being fascinated by "The Last Emperor," the story of China's sovereign who was sent to a "re-education camp" after the revolution and ended up a humble gardener. I just learned of the recent passing of a similar historical figure: Ertugrul Osman, the man who might have been the Ottoman Sultan if not for the fall of the empire and the rise of a new republic. He spent most of his life in exile, in Manhattan, apparently a humble man resigned to the tricks of fate. I can't help but scratch my head and ask, "what if?"

Click the headline to read an intriguing obituary.

(Thanks for the email about this, Mom!)

No comments: