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May 20

Christine Lamson White

I noticed the obituary for Mrs. White and will post it here. She is probably best known for her appearance on the Twilight Zone, but back in 1943 she was engaged to Jimmy Trimble III.

Trimble grew up in Chevy Chase and was a talented athlete for St. Albans. He was also a baseball phenom blessed with a devastating fastball, think Bob Feller. In early 1943, Trimble, just 18 years old, was invited to a tryout with the Senators. Heinie Manush who witnessed the tryout called him, “the finest prospect he had ever seen.” Trimble signs for $5,000 with the provision that he could also attend college.

Life takes us down unexpected paths and most of us have often wondered what paths we might have followed. Trimble could have tried to avoid combat and might have had a successful major league career. But Jimmy enlisted in the Marine Corps and volunteered to serve in a reconnaissance platoon, a very hazardous assignment. Assigned to the invasion force that landed on Iwo Jima, he died in combat on 1 March 1945, he was twenty years old.

With the passing of Mrs. White this is a good time to honor those who served and the loved ones they left behind.

This from the Carroll County Times Christine Lamson White.

Christine Lamson White, 86, of Washington, D.C., died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Brinton Woods Nursing Home in Washington, D.C. Born May 4, 1926, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Lucia W. and James Andrew White.

She graduated from Wilson High School in Washington. She entered the University of North Carolina and graduated in 1947 with a major in English. At UNC, she acted in school plays, a precursor to her growing interest in the world of theatre. She enrolled in Catholic University, in Washington, D.C., in 1948 and pursued a Masters degree in speech and drama.
She left for New York and in the early 1950s appeared in roles made for TV including “Playhouse 90,” “General Electric,” and “Philco Playhouse.”

After these successes, she left New York for Los Angeles, Calif., and appeared in more than 50 Hollywood movies and television shows during her 25 year acting career including “Magnum Force,” “Vice Squad,” “Man Crazy,” “Ichabod and Me,” “Father Knows Best,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Perry Mason,” “The Untouchables,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Fugitive,” “The Rifleman,” “Have Gun–Will Travel” and “Bonanza”.

While living in Los Angeles, she became acquainted with several celebrities including James Dean, Loretta Young and June Havoc.

She returned to the D.C. area and helped care for her mother in her mother’s later years. She kept up many of her contacts in the acting profession while in Washington and pursued her interest in writing. She wrote, produced and distributed her own quarterly bulletin titled the “Rampart Papers.”

Suggest you read, Hardball on the Hill,” by James C Roberts or the posting on ESPN also by Mr. Roberts, of which some of this was taken. Or the article previously written about him on our website, http://dcbaseballhistory.com/2012/10/james-jimmy-trimble-iii/