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Re: George Gipp Family Members
Posted by: Robert D'Angelo (ID *****9800) Date: November 10, 2007 at 13:26:54
In Reply to: Re: George Gipp Family Members by Robert D'Angelo of 10

I guess this solves the mystery. From The Associated Press:


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- DNA from the recently exhumed body of college football hero George Gipp shows he was not the father of a child born shortly before his death, quelling longstanding rumors, relatives said Saturday.
Gipp’s remains were taken Oct. 4 for testing from a cemetery near the Upper Peninsula village of Laurium. Rick Frueh, whose grandmother was Gipp’s sister, said in a statement he authorized the exhumation, which angered some family members. ...
Mike Bynum, an Alabama sports author who is researching a book on Gipp, said he came across an Internet posting several years ago by a woman who believed she was a descendant of the football great. She was a granddaughter of Eva Bright, a South Bend, Ind., woman Gipp had dated for about a year before his death, Bynum said.
Bynum said he helped put the woman in touch with Frueh and other Gipp relatives. Eventually, Frueh decided to have the body exhumed. Gipp’s right femur was removed and the other remains reburied, Bynum said in a telephone interview.
The DNA testing of the bone was conducted at a laboratory in Dallas. Results this week showed no link between Gipp and Bright, Bynum said

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