May 23, 1997

The Short Man

by Robert Lax


Today's Reading:"The Short Man" by Robert Lax from LOVE HAD A COMPASS, published by Grove Press (1996).

The Florida Folk Festival begins today at Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center in White Springs.

Today is the first day of the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, the largest traditional jazz festival in the world.

The Hay-On-Wye Festival of Literature begins today in Powys, Wales.

It's the birthday of poet Jane Kenyon (THE BOAT OF QUIET OF HOURS; LET EVENING COME; OTHERWISE), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1947. She died of leukemia at the age of 47 in 1995.

Electrical engineer Robert A. Moog, creator of the Moog synthesizer, was born on this day in Flushing, New York, 1934.

Outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were gunned down on this day in 1934 by a group of Texas Rangers in Plain Dealing, Louisiana.

It's the birthday of singer Rosemary Clooney ("Come on-a My House"), born on this day in Maysville, Kentucky, 1928.

Big band vocalist Helen O'Connell was born in 1920 on this day in Lima, Ohio.

It's the birthday of bandleader and clarinetist Artie Shaw, born in New York City in 1910.

It's the birthday of physicist John Bardeen, who, with William Shockley and Walter Brattain, invented the transistor, coining the term by putting together transfer and resistor. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1908.

It's the birthday of Swedish writer Par Lagerkvist (THE DWARF; BARABBAS), born in Vaxjo, Sweden, in 1891.

Botanist Carl Linnaeus, who developed the first systematic method of classifying and naming plants, was born on this day in Rashult, Sweden, in 1707.

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