Mar. 1, 1997

To the Congress of the United States, Entering its Third Century

by Howard Nemerov


Today's Reading:"To the Congress of the United States, Entering its Third Century" by Howard Nemerov, from TRYING CONCLUSIONS, published by University of Chicago Press.

Alaska's 1,049 mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race gets underway today in Anchorage, ending up in Nome.

Today is Saint David's Day in Wales, celebrating the national patron saint.

Beginning today and continuing through the middle of April is Crane Watch in Kearney, Nebraska, where 80% of the species stop during the northward migration.

It's the birthday of Pulitzer Prize winning poet Richard Wilbur, born on this day in New York City, 1921.

Howar d Nemerov, another recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, was also born on this day in New York City, 1921.

Poet Robert Lowell, Jr., was born on this day in Boston, 1917. His collection LORD WEARY'S CASTLE won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize.

Writer Ralph Ellison, author of the powerful novel, INVISIBLE MAN (1952), was born on this day in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1914.

Bandleader Glenn Miller ("Moonlight Serenade") was born on this day in Clarinda, Iowa, 1904.

Novelist William Dean Howells was born on this day in Martins Ferry, Ohio, 1837.

It's the birthday of composer and pianist Frederic Chopin, born near Warsaw, Poland, in 1810.

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




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