It's about those, who became part of island's legends.
Some characters were notorious in their life's approach, but taught some great lessons to many. They defined a part of real Bermuda the way Bermudians knew it and loved it.
So this section is NOT necessarily about those who had reached great heights in their professional or political careers, and made great names for themselves. This is for those prominent personalities that Bermudians loved, many of who went unrecognized and getting lost in time. This is only a humble beginning to capture the life stories of such characters. There will be many more I am sure, whose stories will be added below.
And I expect much of such contributions to be coming in from Islanders themselves. The whole thought about this section was triggered when an Island veteran wrote to me and persuaded me to create such a section in my website.
Sir Henry Tucker was one such person. Being born in the Flatts village, he struggled through his life and became the first ever Premier of Bermuda in 1968 and also the top man (General Manager) in Bank of Bermuda. But those were only his personal achievements. His real contributions were many including changing his own stand and working hard in the parliament to bring voting rights for the women in Bermuda, setting the platform for International Business that has become the number one economic force in Bermuda, bringing up a black as his successor in the government and learning to support the black community, donating large part of his property that he amassed in his life including the Botanical Gardens and lot more.
Teddy Tucker, the legendary scuba diver of Bermuda, spent his whole life studying the history of all the shipwrecks around the island. He researched and studied each vessel that left Spain, England or some other port in search of the new land. Many of those boats never made it to the new world as they got wrecked on the treacherous reefs around Bermuda's waters. Teddy Tucker knows more history of every wreck around the islands of Bermuda and will probably take much of that knowledge with him when he dies. The treasures he found are all he is known for.
The knowledge he has researched point to many more lost treasures suspected to have sunk in Bermuda’s waters. I have been fortunate to have met with Teddy during a 2005 conference in Bermuda and heard from him and his wife about how their lives revolved around diving and collection of great treasures from the wrecks. Some day I'll capture that story here.
He chose the Crow Lane Circle and started waving at commuters of Hamilton City every day in the morning, cheering them and saying "Good Morning", "I love You".
Initially thought to be a crazy man creating traffic confusion in the middle of the street, he has now won the hearts of thousands of islanders and even tourists. He stands for a symbol of happiness and love. A sight of this man makes the day for so many in Bermuda.
Legendary Musicians of Bermuda: Music has been an integral part of Bermuda's culture and deeply rooted in the hearts of all in the island. And there have been many legendary musicians, singers and composers who have made invaluable contributions to Bermuda's music. Who does not know about "Bermuda is another world". It's like the second anthem of Bermuda. But how many still remember Hubert Smith who composed and sang the song originally?
Sydney Beans was known as the father of Calypso Music. And the Talbot Brothers improvised that and took it to such heights that the island was taken by storm in the 1940s. And the memories of Milton Robinson who passed away in 2010 is still fresh to many. He was known to be the father of all Jazz musicians. Lance Hayward despite having the two biggest handicaps of his time of being a black and a blind, went on to become one of the finest Jazz Pianist, Composer, Arranger and a Choral Director. And there are many more such names that made immense contribution to the music of Bermuda. Check out the above link for their life stories.
People & Culture of Bermuda: This entire section would be incomplete if I have not shared the essence of common Bermudians' lives and their culture. Because this social framework has been the base and source of spirit for all the heroes and special Bermudians who went on to create history in their own ways.
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