Jan. 26, 1999
Aunt Linda and the Pink Bikini
Poem: Walter McDonald, "Aunt Linda and the Pink Bikini," from Blessings the Body Gave (Ohio State University Press, 1998)
It's the birthday of MARIA VON TRAPP, born Maria Kutschera (Koot-SHER-a) in 1905 in Vienna, the woman whose story inspired The Sound of Music. She wrote several books including The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, published in 1949.
It's the birthday of the linguist and anthropologist EDWARD SAPIR, born in Lauenburg, Germany in 1884, who made many studies of North American Indian languages in the early 1900s and was a founder of ethnolinguisticsthe study of the relationship between culture and language.
It's the birthday of General DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, born 1880 in Little Rock, Arkansas, the commander of the Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific Theatre during World War II.
It's the birthday of the architect JULIA MORGAN, born 1872 in San Francisco, the designer of William Randolph Hearst's mansion on his ranch San Simeon and over 800 other buildings, mostly in the San Francisco area.
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