Feb. 5, 1997

Strange Meeting

by John Yeoman


Today's Reading:"Strange Meeting" by John Yeoman from THE PENGUIN BOOK OF NONSENSE VERSE, published by Penguin Books.

It's the birthday of reggae musician Bob Marley, born on this day in Rhoden Hall, Jamaica, 1945.

Playwright John Guare (THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES; TWO GENTLEMAN OF VERONA) was born on this day in New York City in 1938.

Baseball great Hank Aaron was born on this day in Mobile, Alabama, 1934.

Longtime NEW YORK TIMES publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger was born on this day in New York City in 1926.

The Reader's Digest began publication on this day in New York in 1922.

Physiologist and biophysicist Sir Alan Hodgin was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, on this day in1914. He won the 1963 Nobel for his work on the chemical processes responsible for passing impulses along nerve fibers.

The ATLANTA CONSTITUTION editor and publisher Ralph McGill was born on this day near Soddy, Tennessee, 1898.

It's the birthday of biochemist Lafayette Benedict Mendel, who made discoveries about the values of vitamins and proteins in nutrition, born on this day in Delhi, New York 1872.

Evangelist Dwight L. Moody, founder of the Moody Bible Institute, was born in East Northfield, Massachusetts, 1837.

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