Jan. 23, 1996

An Offering for Mr. Bluehart

by James Wright


Today's reading: "An Offering for Mr. Blue" by James Wright from ABOVE THE RIVER, published by Noonday Press and University Press of New England.

The U.S. International Snow Sculpting Competition begins today in Milwaukee, Wis.

Birthday of French writer Stendahl, born as Marie Henri Beyle in 1783.

Norwegian feminist and novelist Camilla Collette born in 1813.

Physicist Ernest Abbe born in Germany in 1840.

Birthday of meteorologist and geophysicist Andrija Mohorovicic in 1857.

Birthday of Herbert David Croly, founder of The New Republic magazine, in 1869.

American photo journalist, David Duncan, born in 1916.

Pharmacologist Gertrude Elion, who developed drugs to treat leukemia and malaria, born in New York City in 1918.

Birthday of television comedian Ernie Kovacs, born in 1919.

Poet, playwright Derek Walcott born in 1930 in the West Indies.

Alex Haley's dramatization of Roots appeared on television on this day in 1977.

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