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Born in 1838, Edwin Turner Osbaldeston encountered many walls in his life. Born into near poverty in working class Great Britain, he was able to scale the walls of his social standing as a charming, resourceful rogue. Ship's surgeon, deserter from the Royal Artillery, world traveler, "professor", con artist and impostor, he crossed many international borders. When authors caught up with Osbaldeston, he managed numerous escapes fro prison and captivity. The one wall he was not able to scale was his affliction with Narcissistic Personality Disorder that was at the root of his many troubles and the alienation from family and associates. 

Mayor Ken J. Siver
City of Southfield
Thursday, April 19

Upcoming Ideas

Fall 2017
October 19 Andrea Eis
November 14 John Matsui
December 7 Vivian Kao
Spring 2018
January 18 Francesca D'Andrea
February 15 Steve Coy
March 15 Annie Bolotin
April 19 Ken Siver