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Wednesday, April 6, 2005

Screenplays, Oscar Wilde, Poetry, and a Strange Love

Birthday of the screenwriter Dudley Nichols, born in Wapakoneta, OH (1895), who wrote screenplays in Hollywood during the 1930s-40s, including Stagecoach (1939), The Bells of St. Mary's (1945), and The Big Sky (1952). He was famous for having his characters deliver long speeches about justice,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Motion Study, Deaf and Dumb, and Dark Poetry

Birthday of writer and architect Joseph Rykwert, born in Warsaw (1926). He also published several biographies and some of volumes of poetry. His book, The Seduction of Place, is a study of modern cities. Birthday of Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, born in New York City (1908). Together with her brother... Sign in to see full entry.

Catching Up, part IV (April 1-3)

Friday, April 1 On this day in 1948, scientific journal Physical Review published the first credible paper describing the Big Bang theory. Birthday of science fiction author Samuel Delany, born in New York (1942). Birthday of science fiction author Anne McCaffrey, born in Cambridge, MA (1926).... Sign in to see full entry.

Catching Up, part III (March 27-31)

Sunday, March 27 Anniversary of the Anchorage, Alaska earthquake of 1964 — the most powerful earthquake in the Western Hemisphere in the 20th century. Birthday of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, born in Knoxville, TN (1963). Birthday of author T. R. Pearson, born in Winston-Salem, NC (1956). Birthday... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 4, 2005

MLK Assassination, Writing Hmong, the Blues, and Mental Aslyums

Anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis, TN (1968). His friend, Ralph Abernathy, remembered being in the room at the Lorraine Motel when King was shot on the balcony. Long afterward, Abernathy said he remembered the smell of the aftershave he had on his hands.... Sign in to see full entry.

Catching Up, part II (March 20-26)

Sunday, March 20 On this day in 1852, Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe was published. On this day in 1854, the Republican Party was founded in Ripon, WI. Birthday of the playwright Henrik Ibsen, born in Skien, Norway (1828). Birthday of the poet who gave us the Metamorphoses, Ovid (Publius... Sign in to see full entry.

Catching Up, part I (march 17-19)

Due to various activities and pressures (two jobs), I have been unable to post to this blog for quite some time. I’m catching it up here, just in case anyone’s keeping track of who was born when or something like that. I haven’t included the usual tidbits about each entry, so I invite you to run a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Poetry, Novels, and a President

Birthday of poet César Vallejo, born in a small town in northern Peru (1892). He wrote his first collection of poetry after being put in jail, mistakenly, after a riot in his hometown. After his release, he went to Paris, where he wandered homeless for some time. He wrote poetry all his life, none... Sign in to see full entry.

Born on the Ides

Tuesday, March 15 March 15, the Ides of March. "Ides" comes from the earliest Roman calendar, said to have been created by Romulus, the mythical founder of Rome. The word "ides" is from the Latin "to divide." The Ides originally marked the full moon, but since the solar calendar months and lunar... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Foote, Shulman, Beach, and Einstein!

Birthday of playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote, born in Wharton, TX (1916). He's best known for writing the screenplays for movies such as To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and Tender Mercies (1983). He also won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Young Man from Atlanta (1995). Birthday of... Sign in to see full entry.

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