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Richie’s Grandpa Gave Einstein Violin Lessons-TRUE!

There has been a lot of renewed interest in the genius of all geniuses-Albert Einstein. They even have parts of his dissected brain on display.  My late grandfather had a connection to Einstein, and I dug up a picture to prove it! 

The Real Brain Exhibit @Bristol Science Centre
photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

First the “brain” part of the story.  I guess it is true that Albert Einstein’s brain has been preserved and some of it is now on display at the  Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.  (I wonder if it takes up the whole display case!)  According to the site:

Researchers studied Einstein’s brain over the last five decades searching for any physical clues when compared to other brains to explain the genius of the Nobel Prize winner.

Fascinating.  I wonder what they discovered?  Haven’t had a chance to read the study, but maybe some day I’ll get around to it.

Now onto my grandfather.  His name was Milton Samuel, and he and my grandmother lived out on the East End of Long Island, which is where I also grew up.   Now Southhold is a beach community, and Einstein used to summer out there.  He would walk the beach often.  People actually thought he was a vagrant!


Another family member who owned a store out there met him once, and introduced him to my grandfather.  They found out that he played the violin (but not well), so he was invited up to “jam” with Milt and another person (pictured in the center–don’t know who he is to this day!).

Richie's Grandfather with Einstein
photo by Richie Phillips


Here is the only picture we have of one of the “jam sessions” back in the 30’s.

My grandfather is off to the right looking away.  Amazing how well they were dressed for just hanging out.  Maybe they were preparing to play someplace, but I don’t know for sure!

Actually the “M” in E=MC2 stands for Milton, in his honor.   …. Ok, that’s a lie, but I wanted to see if you’d bite .


So that’s my story, and I’m sticking’ to it.  A little bit of bragging rights here.  Do you have any famous folk connected to you in some weird way?  (I actually have some more to share, but I’ll do it in another article!)

If YOU do, comment below!  Would love to hear!

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