May 29, 1999
Judging the Heat
Poem: "Judging the Heat," by Richard Carlander, from Those Stones (Small Poetry Press, 1998).
It was 11:30 in the morning on this day in 1953 when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of MOUNT EVEREST.
It's the birthday of novelist ERIC GOODMAN, born in Brooklyn, 1953, author of High on the Energy Bridge; The First Time I Saw Jenny Hall; and his most recent book, In the Days of Awe, about Joe Singer, a star major league pitcher.
It's the birthday of MELVIN DIXON, born in Stamford, Connecticut, 1950; a longtime writing teacher at Queens College in New York; and the author of the poetry collection Change of Territory; and a pair of novels, Trouble the Water; and Vanishing Rooms.
It's the birthday in Steubenville, Ohio, 1950, of poet DEBORAH FLEMING.
It's the birthday of PAUL EHRLICH, in Philadelphia, 1932, author of the 1968 nonfiction bestseller The Population Bomb. He projects that by the year 2024 the Earth's population will pass eight billion, and feels that the world's long-term carrying capacity is only about two billion.
It's the birthday in Brookline, Massachusetts, 1917, of JOHN F. KENNEDY, elected the nation's 35th President in 1960.
Igor Stravinsky's ballet RITE OF SPRING was premiered in Paris on this day in 1913.
It's the birthday of T.H. WHITE, in 1906, Bombay, India, the English writer best known for adapting a 15th-century text into a series of novels that came out in 1958 called The Once and Future Kingstories about Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
It's BOB HOPE's birthday today, 96 years old, born near London in 1903, named Leslie Townes.
It's the birthday of G.K. CHESTERTON, 1874, London, creator of the detective-priest Father Brown.
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