Saturday, April 07, 2012

Person-of-Mystery

Welcome to Cipher Saturday!  You've found the home of everyone's favorite weekend pastime, where a stylized photo of a somewhat famous person from history is provided here for you to identify.


Additional clues may be found in the cipher below:

TOMZOZ BXN LOYN VR BUZ IBGNS-RVRO
YOOAVRW TVY IBGNXRO LVNT NTO GOYN VR NTO HVROY
LTOR TO MGGVPOZ TO IBXRZ NBB HMRS TMZ YJMZOY
YB TO ZOKVZOZ NB UOMGR M ROL NGMZO
HMZO TVY HBROS BII M YVRWUO NXGR
TO EBXGROSOZ TBHO LVNT HBROS NB FXGR
NBZMS TO'Y GOHOHFOGOZ BXN LOYN VR NTMN JUMKO
NTMN TO HMZO TVY IVGYN IBGNXRO LVNT M RMHOYMAO GMKO

So, who could I be?  That's the mystery!  Go ahead and take a guess and then go enjoy your day.  Check back tomorrow and I'll reveal the answer.  The first correct post will be declared the winner.

If you'd like to make sure that your guess is correct, enter his name into Google Images and the this photo will be found on the first few pages of image results.


12 comments:

Lynn B. said...

He looks a bit like Brigham Young but....I'm not done with the cypher (and the picture doesn't match one I've found). On with the search

Nate Maas said...

Lynn, I know it wasn't an official guess, but I'll just let everyone know, it is not Brigham Young.

Lynn B. said...

After I finished the cypher I knew it wasn't. Here it is for anyone else who is playing. There may be some mistakes, it was long.

"Headed out west in old forty-nine
seeking his fortune with the rest in the mines. When he arrived he found too many had spades, so he decided to learn a new trade. Made his money off a single turn, he journeyed home with money to burn. Today he's remembered out west in that place that he made his first fortune with a namesake race."

Hope it helps someone.

Virgil S. said...

With consdiderable trepidation, because Google Images seems to contradict it, I submit the guess Levi Strauss.

Welcome back Nate, old buddy!

Nate Maas said...

Nice decipher, Lynn.

Virgil, nice guess and thanks for the welcome back. Sad to say, it is not Strauss.

Virgil S. said...

I wonder if we can get credit by guessing who it is not, although the cipher might make us think it might be: I am guessing that it is not Lester Pelton.

Virgil S. said...

Well, it seems to not cost much to guess, so I will also guess that it is Samuel Brannan.

Do we get penalized if we take 4 or 5 guesses to get it right?

Brian said...

Great job on the decipher, Lynn.

I'm going to guess the POM is "Wheelbarrow Johnny" Studebaker.

DAG said...

It seems that you spent the week off coming up with a tough one.

My wild guess is Charles Crocker, involved in the great race to build the transcontinental railroad.

Nate Maas said...

Virgil, there is no current limit on the number of guesses - unfortunately it is neither Pelton nor Brannan. Thanks for the guesses though.

DAG, I actually took the week off to vacation with the family, but it was fun thinking while on vacation. Unfortunately, it is not Crocker either.

Nate Maas said...

Brian, congratulations once again! It is Wheelbarrow Johnny Studebaker!

Chuck Kelly said...

I've heard that Charlie Goodnight bought surplus Studebaker wagons to use as chuckwagons when he decided he needed a mobile kitchen & supply wagon for his trail drives.