Jul. 2, 1999
Temperance lyrics: "You are coming to woo me" and "One Night in July"
Lyrics: Two little temperance lyrics: "You are coming to woo me" and "One night in July."
It's the birthday in 1964, Los Angeles of short story writer ELIZABETH GRAVER, winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize for her 1991 collection Have You Seen Me? 10 stories about children using their own imaginations to make sense of the big world. Her new novel, The Honey Thief, comes out next month.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964 on this day, the act which prohibits discrimination in employment and established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
It's the birthday of M.A. FOSTER, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1939, who after a 20-year career as a Russian linguist and missile launch officer in the U.S. Air Force authored a number of popular science fiction books in the late-70s to mid-80s including The Warriors of Dawn, Transformer, and Preserver. And after that he said, "I fulfilled the goals I set for myself and no more needs to be said, if push comes to shove. I also realize that a great deal of the art of writing lies in knowing when to stop." So he did.
It's the birthday of writer HERMANN HESSE, in Calw, Germany, 1877; the author of Siddhartha (1922), and Steppenwolf (1927).
It's the birthday of the poet JAMES D. CORROTHERS, born in 1869, Cass County, Michigan. He became a Methodist minister and moved east, serving congregations in Pennsylvania; and continued to write: short stories, magazine and newspaper articles, and an autobiography, In Spite of the Handicap (1916); but he was best known around the turn of the century for his poems, some of them written in a black dialect.
William Booth, a 36-year-old itinerant preacher working in Whitechapel, one of London's worst slums, founded THE SALVATION ARMY on this day in 1865 his congregation largely made up of the homeless and alcoholics.
Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®