Feb. 16, 1997
The Way I Write
Today's Reading:"The Way I Write" by William Stafford from PASSWORDS, published by HarperPerennial.
It's the birthday of novelist Richard Ford (THE SPORTSWRITER; INDEPENDENCE DAY), born in Jackson, Mississippi, 1944.
Historian George F. Kennan (RUSSIA LEAVES THE WAR; MEMOIRS), an authority on the Soviet Union, was born in Milwaukee on this day in 1904.
It's the birthday of radio ventriloquist and comedian, Edgar Bergen, born in Chicago, in 1903. His sidekick, Charlie McCarthy, was with him from the time he was high school.
Writer and teacher I.A. Richards, an advocate of Basic English, was born on this day in Sandbach, England, in 1893. He once said, "It takes only 400 words of Basic to run a battleship; with 850 words you can run the planet."
Van Wyck Brooks, biographer of Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry James, was born on this day in Plainfield, New Jersey, 1886.
Charles Taze Russell, founder of the International Bible Students Association, later to become Jehovah's Witnesses, was born in Pittsburgh in 1852.
It's the birthday of historian and author Henry Adams, author of the nine-volume HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (1889-91) and his Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography, THE EDUCATION OF HENRY ADAMS (1918). He was born in Boston in 1838.
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