Oct. 4, 1996


by Howard Nemerov


Today's Reading:"Fugue" by Howard Nemerov from TRYING CONCLUSIONS, published by The University of Chicago Press (1991).

Today is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi who was born in Assisi, Italy in 1181.

Oktoberfest starts today in the Amana Colonies in Amana, Iowa.

The Georgia National Fair begins today in Perry, Georgia.

The Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show starts today in Little Rock.

The South Alabama State Fair begins in Montgomery.

Writer Anne Rice (INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE) was born today in New Orleans in 1941.

Writer Alvin Toffler (FUTURE SHOCK) was born today in New York City in 1928.

It's the birthday of Buster Keaton, famous for his deadpan character in the face of terrible odds, born in Piqua, Kansas, 1895.

Writer Alfred Damon Runyon (GUYS AND DOLLS) was born today in Manhattan, Kansas, 1884.

Plant geneticist Edward Murray East, who was central to the development of hybrid corn, was born in Du Quoin, Illinois, 1879.

It's the birthday of author Edward Stratemeyer, creator of the ROVER BOY'S series, born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, 1862.

Artist Frederic Remington, who depicted Indians, cowboys and other Western symbols, was born today in Canton, New York, 1861.

Popular novelist Mary Braddon, who often joked about "the amount of crime, treachery, murder, slow poisoning and general infamy required by the general reader," was born on this day in London, 1835.

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