May 2, 2000
903 I hide myself within my flower,
Come slowly, Eden
Poems: "I hide myself within my flower," and "Come slowly, Eden," by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).
Itís the birthday of portrait and fashion photographer PHILIPPE HALSMAN, born in Riga, Latvia (1906). He took photos for Vogue and for Life.
Itís the birthday of singer and actor BING CROSBY, born in Tacoma, Washington (1904). His hit song "White Christmas" (1942), was the biggest-selling single ever.
Itís the birthday of baby-doctor BENJAMIN SPOCK, born in New Haven, Connecticut (1903).
Itís the birthday of journalist and author W(ilbur) J(oseph) CASH, born in Gaffney, South Carolina (1900) best known for a single book, The Mind of the South (1941). The year of its publication was tumultuous for Cash. He completed the book in July of 1940; in December he married; the book came out in February; in short order its critical acclaim won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, on which he went to Mexico to begin a novel about the South. Once there, however, he became so severely ill, mentally and physically, that in July he hanged himself in a Mexico City hotel room.
Itís the birthday of lyricist LORE NZ HART, born in New York City (1895). At the age of 23 he met composer Richard Rodgers. In the course of 25 years, they wrote at least a thousand songs together, including "The Lady Is a Tramp," "My Funny Valentine," and "Bewitched, bothered and bewildered." A gay man in a world that had not begun to accept gay men, he drank himself to death at 48 years old.
Itís the birthday of parliamentary-procedure expert HENRY MARTYN ROBERT, born in Robertville, South Carolina (1837) author of Robertís Rules of Order (1876). While stationed in New Bedford, in 1862, he had to preside over a meeting at his churchand the meeting got out of hand. Frustrated that he could find no set of parliamentary rules to keep the next meeting from growing so rowdy, he wrote his own code. The book took him over a dozen years to complete. It is still the final word in settling procedural squabbles.
On this day in 1611, THE KING JAMES BIBLE WAS PUBLISHED
after the English monarch appointed a committee of scholars
to produce an English translation. The result is still known
to many, in Britain, as the Authorized Version. The loss of
its quiet eloquence is lamented by many who feel subjected
to less poetic, more Ďaccessibleí versions of the
scriptures. Compare, for example, line 4 of Psalm 23:
King James version: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
A modern Ďrevisedí version, from the New Jerusalem Bible (1990): "Even were I to walk in a ravine as dark as death, I should fear no danger, for you are at my side. Your staff and your crook are there to soothe me."
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