Oct. 27, 1997
Today's Reading: "Things" by Lisel Mueller from ALIVE TOGETHER, published by Louisiana State University Press (1996).
It's the birthday of writer Fran Lebowitz, author of METROPOLITAN LIFE (1978) and SOCIAL STUDIES (1981), born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1950.
Danish dancer and choreographer Peter Martins, current director of the New York City Ballet, was born in Copenhagen in 1946.
American-Chinese memoirist Maxine Hong Kingston, who wrote about her childhood in THE WOMAN WARRIOR and CHINA MEN, was born in Stockton, California in 1940.
Actor-writer John Cleese, best known for his comedy productions including FAWLTY TOWERS and MONTY PYTHON, was born in Weston-Super-Mare, England, in 1939.
American "pop art" painter Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City in 1923.
Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, who had completed much of his poetry by the age of 21, was born in Swansea, Wales, in 1914.
New York City's first subway line opened for business on this day in 1904, running from the Brooklyn Bridge uptown to Broadway at 145th Street.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, was born in New York City in 1858.
Inventor and sewing-machine developer Isaac Merrit Singer was born in Pittstown, New York, in 1811.
British naval captain and explorer James Cook was born in Yorkshire in 1728.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®