Today is the anniversary of Nellie Bly's birth. Today's Google Doodle celebrates her.
Nellie Bly (May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922) was the pen name of American journalist Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman. She was also a writer, industrialist, inventor, and a charity worker who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism.
In the Toobworld Dynamic, she's been portrayed in various TV dimensions by Linda Purl, Janet Blair, Julia Duffy, Joanna Koss, and Barbara Stanwyck. She's an historical character who could have easily carried a TV series with so many possibilities for fictionalized events from her life. The trip around the world alone could easily carry a full season. I'm surprised we never saw her on 'The Murdoch Mysteries' but the show is still in production so it's pozz'ble, just pozz'ble, that she might yet visit Toronto.
(Nellie Bly is seen here with John Cockerill - played by Gene Barry - who may have been her editor/publisher. And perhaps his soul would be born to rerun as Glenn Howard of 'The Name Of The Game'.)