Monday

Dec. 1, 1997

An Old Man

by Robert Pinsky

MONDAY  12/1

Today's Reading:  "An Old Man" by Robert Pinsky from THE WANT BONE, published by The Ecco Press (1990).

December brings the Winter Solstice on the 21st, the Geminid meteor shower peaks on the 13th, the Ursids on the 22nd, and Mercury will disappear from the evening sky around the 11th, reappearing in the morning sky around the 23rd.

It's the anniversary of the event that sparked the modern-day civil rights movement, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955.

Nationwide gas rationing began in the United States on this day in 1942, during World War II.

It's the birthday of Allen Stewart Konigsberg, Woody Allen, born in Brooklyn in 1935.

Biochemist Martin Rodbell, winner of the 1994 Nobel for his discovery of G-protein, natural transducers that help cells communicate with one another, was born in Baltimore in 1925.

Singer and actress Mary Martin, who starred in many Broadway musicals including SOUTH PACIFIC, PETER PAN and THE SOUND OF MUSIC, was born in Weatherford, Texas, in 1913.

Writer Rex Stout, creator of detective character Nero Wolfe, was born in Noblesville, Indiana, in 1886.

Poet Julia Moore, known as the "Sweet Singer of Michigan" and the subject of public ridicule for her awful poetry, was born in Kent County, Michigan, in 1847.

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