Feb. 10, 1997

For an Exchange of Rings

by Donald Hall


Today's Reading:"For an Exchange of Rings" by Donald Hall from OLD AND NEW POEMS, published by Ticknor and Fields (1990).

Today is Shrove Monday, the height of the pre-Lenten Carnival season.

Opera singer (Mary Violet) Leontyne Price was born on this day in Laurel, Mississippi, 1927. She first thought about becoming an opera singer after attending a concert by Marian Anderson when she was nine years old.

It's the birthday of English physician and author Alex Comfort, who wrote the best-selling book JOY OF SEX (1972). He was born in London in 1920.

Virtuoso harmonica player Larry Adler was born on this day in Baltimore in 1914.

Belgian cleric and educator Dominique Georges Pire was born on this day in Dinant, Belgium, 1910. He was awarded the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize for his work with World War II refugees.

American physicist Walter Brattain was born on this day in China, 1902, and headed the team that invented the transistor in 1947.

Actress and teacher Stella Adler, an advocate of Method acting, was born in New York City on this day in 1901.

German playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht (THE THREEPENNY OPERA) was born in Augsburg, Germany, 1898.

It's the birthday of virologist John F. Enders who pioneered new methods of cultivating viruses in test tubes, paving the way for polio, measles, and mumps vaccines. He was born in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1897.

Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak, whose novel, DR. ZHIVAGO, was smuggled out of the country and published in Italy in 1957, was born on this day in Moscow in 1890.

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