Sep. 27, 1996

Walking Down Westgate in the Fall

by Howard Nemerov


Today's Reading:"Walking Down Westgate in the Fall" by Howard Nemerov from TRYING CONCLUSIONS, published by The University of Chicago Press (1991).

Today is the Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival, an important harvest festival celebrated throughout Asia and in Los Angeles' Chinatown.

The Ohio Swiss Festival starts today in Surgarcreek, Ohio with Swiss music, yodeling, and other events.

The State Fair of Texas gets underway today in Dallas.

It was on this day in 1964 that the Warren Commission issued its report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, rejecting the idea that there was a conspiracy.

Bebop pianist Bud Powell was born on this day in New York City in 1924.

It's the birthday in Lawrence, New York, in 1917 of novelist and short story writer Louis Auchincloss (THE INDIFFERENT CHILDREN; THE EMBEZZLER).

Cartoonist Thomas Nast was born on this day in Ludwig, Bavaria, in 1840. He originated the symbols of the donkey and the elephant for the Democratic and Republican parties, and also the most popular image of Santa Claus.

It's the birthday in Boston in 1722 of American Revolutionary leader Samuel Adams.

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




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