Nov. 6, 1996

First Early Mornings Together

by Robert Pinsky


Today's Reading:"First Early Morning Together" by Robert Pinsky from SADNESS AND HAPPINESS, published by Princeton University Press (1975).

Today marks the halfway point of Autumn; 44 days remain until the winter solstice on December 21.

The Norsefest gets underway today in Madison, Minnesota with a lutefsk eating contest and a ball.

Network TV's longest running program, MEET THE PRESS, first went on the air on this day in 1947.

It's the birthday of stage and film director Mike Nichols (THE ODD COUPLE; THE GRADUATE; CARNAL KNOWLEDGE), born in Berlin, 1931.

Novelist James Jones (FROM HERE TO ETERNITY ) was born on this day in Robinson, Illinois, 1921.

Composer Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky died on this day in 1893 in St. Petersburg, Russia. His death is now suspected to have been a suicide.

The founder of THE NEW YORKER, Harold W. Ross, was born on this day in Aspen, Colorado, 1892.

Pitcher Walter "Big Train" Johnson, was born on this day in Humboldt, Kansas, 1887.

It's the birthday of the inventor of basketball, James A. Naismith, in Almonte, Ontario, 1861.

Composer and bandleader John Philip Sousa, ("The Stars and Stripes Forever") was born on this day in Washington, D. C., in 1854.

It's the birthday of the Dow of Dow Jones, Charles Henry Dow, born in Sterling, Connecticut, 1851.

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




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