Cora Parks, actress, dancer and vaudeville artist

Started by Marvin Caulk, (C) on Tuesday, June 21, 2011


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6/21/2011 at 5:36 PM

I ran into a ref for Cora Parks in the Profile of

Joseph B. Noil, Seaman

I could not find info on her Cora and so I left the line dangling under Joseph.

For someone who knows more of artists;

"Cora Parks, she was an actress, dancer and vaudeville artist who appeared in a number of Broadway shows; as a member of the group The Rhythmettes , she sang "Optimistic Voices" in the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, and on Broadway in 1939, again with the Rhythmettes, with Louis Armstrong, Moms Mabley, Oscar Polk and others, she sang and danced in the show Swingin' the Dream"

You would think I could find her!

6/21/2011 at 6:34 PM

I found her professional credits anyway

Are you making a profile for her?

Marv, by the way -- what beautiful work you're doing here. It is such a labor of love, to honor these not overly celebrated heros.

Thank you.

6/21/2011 at 6:35 PM

n.b. maybe we should let the Veteran's Administration know about this project. I think they would be tickled and want to share it with the vets they serve. What do you think?

6/21/2011 at 7:05 PM

1. I was hoping someone who knew more about her would make a profile (or a least someone who hnows of her work) Without more facts on her, It wouldn't be much of a profile.

2. I'm not sure who in VA to contact on that, I normally deal with DOD. I'm going to look into it tho. I may be able to bring something up on AKO and DKO (Army/Defense Knowlegge on line )
I assume I'm the only Curator (or at least one of few) that has a AKO/DKO password. This gives me access thru the military chain of command.

Thanks for the Idea

6/22/2011 at 6:13 AM


I have felt free to go ahead and make profiles when all I have are limited facts. Hopefully one day someone will come along who can contribute more and enrich it. So go for it with Cora Parks, please.

I'll also go into once you've started the profile and see if I can add any documents, how's that for a deal?

Getting to the 'right' VA contacts through your own contacts at DOD is a great idea. Please do so! And again, let me know how I can help.

I think it's so wonderful that the MOH recipients have been honored by and you in this way. It's very moving to me.

6/22/2011 at 10:59 AM

I'll go haed and put in what I have on Cora Parks AKA Taylor Parks (if I remember right.)

I talked to Eldon, he's on his way to Iowa and will be away 'till after the 4th, the release has to go thru Geni so I wrote Charles. Should have known it would have to go thu the company, we can't speak for them.

6/22/2011 at 12:21 PM

Private User we're putting you to work writing press releases I think ... we need to publicize some of our hard work. :)

Private User
6/22/2011 at 4:12 PM

I'm confused. What release?

6/22/2011 at 4:49 PM

The one you're going to write announcing the Geni "Medal of Honor" projects.

Marv is creating profiles and family trees for recipients:

Maybe send him an email "interview" on what inspired him to do this project? I bet there's a story right there ...

6/22/2011 at 4:51 PM

I should mention that Eldon Clark (C) is Marvin Caulk, (C) partner in crime.

Marv has the contacts at DOD (Dept of Defense) to "receive" the press release, but it needs to be an official announcement apparently.

6/22/2011 at 4:57 PM

Eldon only worked on the first one, the ones for relaese are

I just finished the projects;


but the

could go

the peasetime is only african american so far

I sent Charles a message

6/22/2011 at 5:00 PM

Private User

sorry for got to tag

Private User
6/23/2011 at 10:28 PM

Can you guys email me specifics when you are ready?


6/24/2011 at 9:12 AM

msg sent

Private User
6/27/2011 at 2:40 PM

Hi all,

We're confused about why you'd like us to create a press release around these projects. We generally do press releases for newsworthy stuff, like announcements of new features or milestones.

Can someone point to an example of where this type of press release has been written before?


6/27/2011 at 3:37 PM

@marvin Jen, the Geni PR gal here. I'm happy to write up aquick release for you if you need something in writing to use for your own efforts. But, I can also communicate this project to the active and retired military media myself. The term "press release" means different things to different people, so if I can just get a better understanding of what you're trying to achieve, I can be more helpful. Thanks!

6/28/2011 at 2:39 AM

Marvin Caulk, (C)

Tagging you ...

6/28/2011 at 8:51 AM

Jennifer Roberts Wilbur

With the 4th of July coming up, we thought that it would be nice to let people know that the sacrifices of the military are not forgotten. We also thought that it would be an opportunity for Geni to pring it's name to the National news and therefore bring in new customers.

I have asked several other Curators but have not come up with an angle that we could use to make it "newsworthy" as you asked in your msg.

Private User
6/28/2011 at 10:49 AM

Jennifer Roberts Wilbur
You mentioned sending something to active and retired military media yourself. What did you have in mind? Can we get something out in time for the Independence Day holiday?

6/28/2011 at 12:12 PM

@Marvin the Maven - I don't know why tagging isn't working for me.

I was thinking I could send a quick "pitch" with the story behind this to the military lifestyle media outlets. Many are blogs or online, TV and radio, which would still give us time if we hit it tomorrow.

For the national media, we'd need to demonstrate what exactly we are providing (the "So what?" factor) in addition to a list of award winners. Since these are military award winners, I think the main source the media (and America) would like to see them being honored by would be the government and the people. What else are we providing that would make this unique and interesting to the larger, national audience?

I looked that the project, but I just see a list of names. If you can shoot me (via email is fine) a couple of bullets on what is being done here, and why it's important to the families of these soldiers - and the average US citizen - I can use that to tell the story to themilitary, and possibly, national media.

6/28/2011 at 12:27 PM

Jennifer Roberts Wilbur

The tagging wasn't working because you just started following me. It takes the computer a few minutes to catch up with that.

In order for you to compile what you want I should be able to send you the link to the defintion of the MOH and why it is given

I believe I can find a video of the President giving out the MOH to on of the men.

I will send you any other info that I think might help you put something good together.

I guess I should put it her so others can see it and matbe come up with something

6/28/2011 at 12:41 PM

Jennifer Roberts Wilbur

1. The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. Recipients must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Because of the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.
2. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress
3. Details of the Congressional Medal of Honor an be found at

more to follow

6/28/2011 at 1:00 PM

Medal of Honor videos

Lt. Michael Murphy

Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller

Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti

Others can be found at the search

6/28/2011 at 1:03 PM

Jennifer Roberts Wilbur
sorry forgot to tag the above

I'm going to see if I can find an article or to that might help you out also.

The above videos are to lomg to upload to Geni

6/28/2011 at 2:03 PM

"It is the soldier, not the reporter, Who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, Who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, Who salutes the flag, Who serves beneath the flag, And whose coffin is draped by the flag, Who allows the protestor to burn the flag. - Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC (often incorrectly attributed to Charles M. Province)"
Author: - Father Dennis Edward O'Brian, USMC

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6/28/2011 at 2:21 PM

Jennifer Roberts Wilbur

I hope the above gives you what you need, I went thu a bunch of essays Etc and couldn't find anything else that I thought would help.

6/28/2011 at 3:03 PM

Thanks. I'll talk to George and see what we can do.

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