Aug. 22, 1996

at the branding

by Thelma Poirier


Today's Reading: "at the branding" by Thelma Poirier from GRASSLANDS, published by Coteau Books.

The New York State Fair begins today in Syracuse.

In St. Paul today the 12-day Minnesota State Fair gets underway.

The Oregon State Fair opens today in Salem, Oregon.

The Festival of Iowa Folklife starts today in Des Moines, Iowa, at the State Capitol Grounds.

It's the birthday of author E. Annie Proulx (POSTCARDS; THE SHIPPING NEWS), born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1935.

Actor, playwright James Kirkwood, who co-wrote CHORUS LINE, was born today in Los Angeles, 1924.

It's the birthday of writer Ray Bradbury (THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES; FAHRENHEIT 451), born in Waukegan, Illinois, 1920.

French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was born today in Chanteloup, France, 1908.

It's the birthday of writer Dorothy Parker in West End, New Jersey, 1893, who once wrote in a magazine review: "This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force."

Sculptor Jacques Lipchitz was born today in Lithuania, 1891.

It's the birthday of cartoonist George Herriman who drew "Krazy Kat," a popular strip about the unrequited love of a cat for a mouse who responded by throwing bricks at him. He was born in New Orleans in 1880.

It's the anniversary of the first America's Cup Race today in 1851. The trophy was first offered by the Royal Yacht Squadron of Great Britain for a race around the Isle of Wight. The trophy was won by AMERICA, the 100-foot schooner from New York, and from then on was known as the America's Cup.

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir gave its first performance today in 1847 in Salt Lake City.

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