May 27, 1997
Today's Reading: "A Parting" by Wendell Berry from ENTRIES, published by Pantheon (1994).
It's the anniversary of the opening of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge in 1937.
Mystery novelist Tony Hillerman (THE BLESSING WAY; DANCE HALL OF THE DEAD; SKINWALKERS; SACRED CLOWNS), was born on this day in Sacred Heart, Oklahoma, in 1925.
It's the birthday of novelist Herman Wouk (THE CAINE MUTINY; MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR), born in New York City on this day in 1915.
Short-story writer and novelist John Cheever (THE WAPSHOT CHRONICLE) was born on this day in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1912.
It's the birthday of longtime Minnesota senator, Hubert H. Humphrey, born in Doland, South Dakota, 1911.
Biologist and writer Rachel Carson (THE SILENT SPRING; THE SEA AROUND US) was born on this day in Springdale, Pennsylvania, 1907.
The inventor of the hard-boiled detective novel, Dahiell Hammett (THE MALTESE FALCON), was born on this day in St. Mary's County, Maryland, 1894.
Dancer and choreographer Isadora Duncan was born on this day in San Francisco, in 1878.
Gunfighter and lawman Wild Bill Hickok was born on this day in Troy Grove, Illinois, 1837. He was shot and killed while playing cards, holding what became known as a dead man's hand: two aces, two eights and a jack.
It's the birthday of Julia Ward Howe, whose poem "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was published in the ATLANTIC MONTHLY in 1862. She was born in New York City in 1819.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®