Aug. 17, 1996

My Father's Memory

by Rodney Jones


Today's Reading: "My Father's Memory" by Rodney Jones from THINGS THAT HAPPEN ONCE, published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

The Maine Highland Games begin today at Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick, Maine.

Today is the Northeastern Wisconsin Thresheree and Antique Machinery Show in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

The O-Bon Festival, a traditional Japanese summer festival, takes place today in Delray Beach, Florida.

It was on this day in 1981 that Dr. Philip Bjork of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology discovered the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex in Haystack Butte, South Dakota. The skeleton is estimated to be some 65 million years old.

In 1978 three Americans, Ben Abruzzo, Maxie Anderson, and Larry Newman, made the first successful Atlantic crossing in a balloon, leaving Presque Isle, Maine and taking six days to reach Miserey, France.

It's the birthday of novelist, V. S. Naipaul, born in Chaguanas, Trinidad, in1932.

English poet Ted Hughes was born on this day in West Yorkshire, in 1930.

It's the birthday of film actress Mae West (MY LITTLE CHICKADEE; SHE DONE HIM WRONG), born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1892.

Film producer, Samuel Goldwyn (WUTHERING HEIGHTS; GUYS AND DOLLS) was born in Warsaw in 1882.

American frontiersman Davy Crockett was born on this day in Hawkins County, Tennessee, in 1786.

Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.®




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