Jun. 9, 1997


by William Stafford


Today's Reading:"Cottonwood" by William Stafford from EVEN IN QUIET PLACES, published by Confluence Press (1996).

Today is the birthday of electric guitar innovator Les Paul (Lester William Polsfuss), born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in 1915.

George Price, longtime cartoonist for THE NEW YORKER beginning back in 1929, was born on this day in Coytesville, New Jersey, 1901.

It's the birthday of songwriter Cole Porter, whose slew of classic songs include "Begin the Beguine," "Night and Day," "Love for Sale," and "I Get a Kick Out of You." He was born in Peru, Indiana, in 1891.

Danish composer and conductor Carl Nielsen (SINFONIA ESPANSIVA; THE INEXTINGUISHABLE) was born on this day in Sortelung, Denmark, in 1865.

It's the birthday of actor and playwright John Howard Payne, remembered best for the lyrics to the song "Home, Sweet Home." He was born in New York City in 1791.

The inventor of the steam locomotive, George Stephenson, was born in Wylam, England, on this day in 1781.

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