Jul. 26, 1996

I had a kid and his name was Brucie…

by Wallace Stegner


Today's Reading:"I had a kid and his name was Brucie" by Wallace Stegner from the book WOMEN ON THE WALL, published by Viking Press.

The eighth annual Iowa Storytelling Festival starts today in Clear Lake, Iowa.

The Cedar Grove Holland Fest begins today in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin.

In Milwaukee the German Fest starts today.

The Gilroy Garlic Festival starts today in Gilroy, California, the "garlic capital of the world."

Film director, Stanley Kubrick (DR. STRANGELOVE; 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY) was born today in New York City in 1928.

It's the birthday of English poet and novelist, Robert Graves, born in London in 1895.

English writer and mystic, Aldous Leonard Huxley (BRAVE NEW WORLD), was born in Surrey, England in 1894.

Psychologist and founder of analytic psychology, Carl Gustav Jung, was born today in Kesswil, Switzerland in 1875.

Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, was born in Dublin on this day in 1856. He wrote: "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches."

It's the birthday of artist George Catlin, famous for his paintings of native American life, born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1796.

It was on this day in 1790 that the first commercial steamboat service was inaugurated, on the Delaware River, between Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey.

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