Friday, August 16, 2013

Whitey or Flip?

Which one of these characters is James "Whitey" Bulger, former organized crime figure from Boston charged with racketeering, murder, conspiracy to commit money laundering, extortion, & narcotics...and which one is Philip "Flip" Howard, island historian, square dance caller, storyteller, and owner of Village Craftsmen?

Whitey or Flip?

Whitey or Flip?

Or, are they the same person, as many islanders believe...a "chameleon" and fugitive from the law now hiding out on a remote island? You be the judge!

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  1. Anonymous7:04 AM

    Hey, I saw this guy with a shopping moll last week and dang didn't I see someone that looked like those pictured at work on Tour I or was it at the market.

  2. Anonymous8:26 AM

    Don't text and Drive

  3. Likely found hiding out at springer's point with the other pirates....

  4. Anonymous9:14 AM

    Now if you would both smile & show those teeth.

  5. Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

  6. Anonymous9:27 AM


    Never made the correlation, but now that you mention it...

    BTW, shopping "moll"--apt pun, nicely done.

    Hard to distinguish between the two at a glance. I think the only true test would be to ask Philip to pronounce the phrase "Harvard Yard."

    If it's Whitey, the phrase will sound like:

    Hahvahd yahd

    And if it's Philip, with his Ocra-brogue, it will should like:

    Horverd Yord

    :-) as always

  7. Anonymous9:33 AM

    Whitey is top photo. D

  8. Bera MacDonald10:12 AM

    Is the real Philip Howard on trial for Whitey's crimes while Whitey the imposter plays poker with Philip's cronies on Ocracoke? What a hoot!! We can get some mileage with this one.

  9. I am breaking up with you Whit. Too creepy for me.

  10. Toni W.4:16 PM

    Whitey is the top pic...

  11. Anonymous11:55 AM

    will the real philip howard please stand up