Aug. 16, 1997

One of the Lives

by W. S. Merwin


Today's Reading:"One of the Lives" by W.S. Merwin from THE VIXEN, published by Alfred A. Knopf.

The 19th annual Maine Highland Games take place today in Brunswick, Maine.

The Maryland State Chili Cook-Off Championship will be held today in Cumberland, Maryland.

Ballet dancer Suzanne Farrell, who joined George Balanchine's New York City Ballet when she was 16, was born in Cincinnati, in 1945.

Australian film director Bruce Beresford (BREAKER MORANT; CRIMES OF THE HEART; DRIVING MISS DAISY) was born in Sydney, in 1940.

English poet Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, in 1930.

Jazz pianist Bill Evans was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in 1929.

Poet and tough-guy novelist Charles Bukowski (POEMS WRITTEN BEFORE JUMPING OUT OF AN EIGHT-STORY WINDOW), was born in Andernach, Germany, in 1920.

Gold was discovered in the Klondike in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1896, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush.

Publisher, writer and inventor Hugo Gernsback, who coined the term "science fiction" and founded the first science fiction magazine, AMAZING STORIES, was born in Luxembourg, in 1884.

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