Nov. 26, 1996
Today's Reading:"Houses" by Donald Justice from NIGHT LIGHT, published by Wesleyan University Press.
The first frozen TV dinner was sold back on this day in 1954. Bacteriologist Betty Cronin created the turkey meal in an aluminum tray that was added to the Smithsonian's collection in 1987.
The film CASABLANCA premiered on this day in New York City in 1942. Director Hal Wallis had wanted to cast Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan in the roles eventually played by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Also in 1942, the German siege of Stalingrad ended when Soviet forces counter-attacked and forced the German Army to retreat.
It's the birthday of singer Tina Turner, born in 1939 (or so) in Tennessee.
Sculptor George Segal (THE DINER) was born in New York City on this day in 1924.
Playwright Eugene Ionesco (THE KILLING GAME) was born on this day in Slatina, Romania, 1912.
It's the birthday of mathematician Norber Wiener (CYBERNETICS), born in Columbia, Missouri, 1894.
Willis Haviland Carrier, inventor of the air-conditioner, was born on this day in Angola, New York, 1876.
It was on this day in 1864 that Oxford mathematics professor Charles Dodgson, pen name Lewis Carroll, sent his early manuscript of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, to a friend's daughter as an early Christmas gift.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®