Welcome to my world! I am the Dutchman In Disguise. Even though many of my ancestors were Dutch, I don't use that language, but contribute to Wikipedia in English, in Spanish and in several other languages. Unlike some Wikipedists, I have a life beyond Wikipedia, and only make occasional contributions about things which interest, or annoy, me.
My contributions in English
I either created, or was responsible for much of the text, of the following articles:
- Dutch-American history:
- Charles Winans Chipp, American naval officer and Arctic explorer
- Cornelis Melyn, early Dutch-American settler and leader – my first attempt at an article
- Winans, just an index of various persons with this Dutch surname who have Wikipedia articles; this is known as a disambiguation page in Wikispeak!
- Music, especially jazz:
- Chu Berry, jazz tenor saxophonist
- Chuck Cecil (The Swingin' Years), disc jockey
- Leo Edwards (composer), early 20th century Broadway songwriter
- Four Saxophones in Twelve Tones, a 1955 jazz album
- Bob Gordon (saxophonist), jazz baritone saxophonist
- Billy Gray (comedian), owner of an L. A. night club where some great jazz musicians used to play
- André Hodeir, jazz and classical music composer and author
- Nappy Lamare, jazz banjoist/guitarist
- Roy Porter (drummer), jazz drummer
- Steve Propes, disc jockey
- Wim Statius Muller, Curaçaoan composer and pianist – my first attempt at translating an article from my ancestors' language into English
- Sleepy Stein, pioneering jazz disc jockey and radio station owner
- The Jazz Review, a wonderful magazine which was published all too briefly
- Chris Bourjos, Giants outfielder whose son used to play for the Angels
- Truck Hannah, major league and PCL Angels baseball player
- Bob Kelley, who announced PCL Angels baseball and also Rams football
- Clarence Maddern, major league and PCL Angels baseball player
- Jigger Statz, major league and PCL Angels baseball player
- Blaine Walsh, Milwaukee Braves and Green Bay Packers announcer
- Two "templates", which make it easier to include links to the Society for American Baseball Research's biography project in a ballplayer's article:
- California politics and history:
- Butera (disambiguation), a town in Sicily, a saxophonist, two ballplayers and some other interesting people
- Coello, a disambiguation page to which I added a lot of entries after noticing that an Angels pitcher wasn't on it
- Frías, a disambiguation page for a very common Spanish and Portuguese surname and place name
- Hartmut Heinrich, German scientist who discovered an important geological event.
- Hester, another disambiguation page to which I added a lot of entries after noticing that an Angels catcher wasn't on it
- Jaunjelgava, a little town in Latvia
- LEWP, a disambiguation page which reminds me of my very first home computer
- Melançon, a disambiguation page I created after watching Mark Melancon playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates; this is a common surname in Louisiana and Québec
- Puig, another disambiguation page to which I added a lot of entries while watching the great Dodger player hit home runs
- Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá, a Puerto Rican writer who has written several books and articles about ballplayers
- Samuel B. Thomsen, first U. S. ambassador to the Marshall Islands
- Wigglesworth (disambiguation), an unusual surname and place name
I also do a lot of trivial edits and corrections (wrong links, missing links, typos and grammar errors really bug me):
Not long ago, I was vacationing in the beautiful town of Carlsbad, California. I happened to see a plaque along a street there commemorating the beach city's sister city relationship with some Czech town. It took a lot of reading and research before I figured out that the strangely-named (to my Anglo ears) town is the place that I used to hear of as Carlsbad or Karlsbad.
My curiosity aroused, I did some wiki-browsing and discovered that a lot of articles contained links to plain old Karlsbad, but failed to distinguish between the Karlovy Vary version of that name and a small town in Germany with the same name. There were also a bunch of links to plain old Carlsbad which were put in wiki articles by incompetent or careless editors. The links took you to a "disambiguation page" which left it up to your imagination which town the editor really meant. I've tried to remedy this situation whenever I've had a few minutes to kill and could figure out which town an article was talking about — the one in Bohemia? in California? in Baden? in New Mexico? I hope I've guessed correctly while making these corrections.
15 Feb 2013, I scooped the world, sort of, in Wikipedia's coverage of the 2013 Russian meteor event. At 0633 GMT, after hearing the early news reports, I added a paragraph entitled Meteor shower to the Chelyabinsk article. Well, to be completely truthful, Edward Vielmetti had already wondered about it on the Chelyabinsk talk page 49 minutes earlier. Y para decir la verdad, un usuario anónimo agregó un párrafo al artículo en español unos siete minutos antes de mi cambio al artículo en inglés. Y es posible que habían contribuciones en otros idiomas aún más temprano que éstas.
Duke Ellington once said something like "you can't put cats in categories", and I find Wikipedia categories to be a huge nuisance. Far too much time is spent creating them and putting people in them and debating about who should, or should not, be in this or that category.