Boardwalk Empire’s Knucky and Eli –Irate Sibs

I’m a Jersey girl- an Atlantic City woman imported to California. That’s’ one reason I love Boardwalk Empire. My grandfather was a bookie, so was my ex husband’s. His grandfather killed someone and fled to Greece on Knucky’s cue. My grandmother had an affair with Knucky Johnson —revealed by my Dad close to his death.

What does this have to do with siblings? Well siblings are a thread in the sorted – but so true tale of Boardwalk Empire – fabulously conceived by  Martin Scorsese  and Terence Winters.  The series is based on Nelson Johnson’s great book about my hometown.

Sibling rivalry has been a head to head plot line since Knucky Thomson (aka the real Knucky Johnson) is betrayed by his jealous brother Eli, In- episode 16 ( I watch them feverishly)

Eli, the sheriff /brother plots against Knucky turning Judas with Knucky’s rival, the Commodore. Eli suffers in his brother-crooked shadow and conspires with Jimmy and his mother to have his Knucky arrested. That Cain and Abel plotline by Scorsese rivals and mimics  Steinbeck’s East of Eden

In episode 17 Eli and Knucky hammer each other bloody as Eli slinks back after the Commodore has a stroke -their Brutus moment screwed. It’s another scene out of East of Eden when Charles nearly beats Adam to death.

I’m a born again TV girl after swearing it off most of my life. Boardwalk Empire, makes me swoon. When I returned to Atlantic City a few weeks ago, I swam in the Atlantic for the first time in 30 years. Sitting on the beach of my childhood, I could imagine those rumrunner bottles washing up and smashing into the Steel Pier ,letting me see my grandparents’ world in a stark new light.


About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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