Mar. 2, 1997

Crows in Winter

by Anthony Hecht


Today's Reading:"Crows in Winter" by Anthony Hecht from THE TRANSPARENT MAN, published by Alfred A. Knopf.

It's the birthday of novelist John Irving (THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP; THE 158-POUND MARRIAGE; THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE), born in Exeter, New Hampshire, 1942.

It's the 66th birthday of Mikhail Sergeyvich Gorbachev, born in Privolye, Russia, 1931.

Novelist D.H. Lawrence died on this day of tuberculosis, in a sanitarium in Vence, France, in 1930, at the age of 45.

It's the 74th birthday of singer and guitarist Doc Watson, born in Deep Gap, North Carolina, 1923.

Industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss, responsible for the look of cameras, telephones, the interior of the Boeing 707, farm equipment and many household appliances, was born on this day in New York City, 1904.

It's the birthday of Theodore Seuss Geisel, Doctor Seuss, author of THE CAT IN THE HAT, THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS, GREEN EGGS AND HAM and many other classics for the young. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, 1904.

Composer Kurt Weill (THE THREEPENNY OPERA) was born on this day in Dessau, Germany, 1900.

It's the birthday of soldier and Texas politician Sam Houston, born in Rockbridge County, Virginia, in 1793.

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