Friday

Jul. 25, 1997

No Consolation

by Cid Corman

FRIDAY 7/25

Today's Reading:"No Consolation" by Cid Corman POEMS BY CID CORMAN AND THE WORD, published by Coffee House Press.

Dodge City Days begin today in Dodge City, Kansas, a western heritage celebration.

This weekend's German Fest opens today in Milwaukee.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival starts today in Gilroy, California, the self-proclaimed "garlic capital of the world."

The Oregon Brewers Festival begins today in Portland, with more than 70 microbreweries from across the country.

The Nordic Fest opens today in Decorah, Iowa, with Scandinavian music and dance.

On this day in 1944, Allied forces broke through German lines in Normandy, where they had been pinned down since the D-Day landing on June 6.

It's the birthday of writer and editor Midge Decter, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1927.

Jazz alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges, who joined Duke Ellington's orchestra at the age of 20, was born on this day in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1907.

It's the birthday of longshoreman and writer Eric Hoffer (THE TRUE BELIEVER; BEFORE THE SABBATH), born in New York City, in 1902.

Actor, playwright and producer David Belasco, who was involved with 374 plays, was born on this day in San Francisco, in 1853.

American painter Thomas Eakins was born on this day in Philadelphia, in 1844.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®

 









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