Note: This is a continuation of blog posts I made on the old Steampunk Empire site, which vanished along with it. They concerned some very strange coincidences surrounding my CR&A (Calloway, Regnad, & Associates) series of stories. Rather than try and recreate those posts, I'm just going to pick up where they left off.
A key event in the formation of the group that becomes CR&A occurs at a world's fair type of event scheduled to begin in May of 1905, in the state of Oregon. About three years after dreaming this up, I decided to see if any fairs like this had taken place anywhere around this time in real history. Lo and behold, I discovered that "The Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition" took place from June 1, 1905 to October 14, 1905 in Portland, Oregon! There is an article about it here .
In the story, the Prussians (there is no unified Germany in the CR&A universe) have brought an airship of their own, which plays a part near the end. In reality, Germany had a major presence at the fair, and spent a great deal of money on their exhibit.
And that's major coincidence number three.
(OK, coincidence #1 can be described quickly, so here it is:
The first character from these stories to appear in my mind was Adele Calloway. She is from Texas, and her birthday is September 23, 1882. When I looked up the name, I found this:
"From the social security death roles:
ADELE CALLOWAY was born 23 September 1902,
got Social Security number 463-08-4118 (indicating Texas,)
and died 21 June 1999."
Now is that really strange, or what?)