Jun. 10, 1997

Vet, Be Not Proud

by Henry Beard


Today's Reading:"Vet Be Not Proud" by Henry Beard from POETRY FOR CATS, published by Villard Books.

Today is the birthday of children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, born in Brooklyn in 1928. In his famous book, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, the drawings of the "wild things" were inspired the faces of his relatives.

It's the birthday of journalist Nat Hentoff (THE FIRST FREEDOM: THE TUMULTUOUS HISTORY OF FREE SPEECH IN AMERICA; BLUES FOR CHARLIE DARWIN), born in Boston on this day in 1925.

Actress Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm), who was signed for her first film contract at the age of 13, was born on this day in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, in 1922. Her films include THE WIZARD OF OZ, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, EASTER PARADE, and A STAR IS BORN.

Novelist Saul Bellow (THE ADVENTURES OF AUGIE MARCH; HERZOG; HUMBOLDT'S GIFT), was born on this day to Russian immigrant parents in Lachine, Quebec, in 1915.

It's the birthday of songwriter Frederick Loewe, who teamed up with Alan Jay Lerner to write such Broadway musicals as BRIGADOON, PAINT YOUR WAGON, MY FAIR LADY, and CAMELOT. He was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1904.

It's the anniversary of the hanging of Bridget Bishop in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692; the first of 19 people who would die after being convicted of witchcraft.

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