Aug. 26, 1997


by Orval Lund


Today's Reading: "Hooked" by Orval Lund from ORDINARY DAYS: A DAKOTAH TERRITORY CHAPBOOK, published by MoorHead State University (1996).

The South Dakota State Fair opens today in Huron, South Dakota.

Jazz saxophonist Brandford Marsalis was born in New Orleans in 1960.

The editor of the NEW YORK TIMES crossword puzzle, Will Shortz, was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1952.

Essayist and novelist Barbara Ehrenreich was born in Butte, Montana, in 1941.

Classical music critic and translator Andrew Porter was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1928.

Argentinean novelist Julio Cortazar (HOPSCOTCH) was born in Brussels in 1914.

Physician and researcher Albert Sabin, who developed the oral, live-virus vaccine that became the chief defense against polio disease, was born in Bialystock, Poland in 1906.

English novelist and playwright Christopher Isherwood, author of GOODBYE TO BERLIN, the inspiration for the play I AM A CAMERA and the film CABERET, was born in High Lane, Cheshire, in 1906.

Art patron and collector Peggy Guggenheim was born in New York City in 1898.

The Indonesian island of Krakatoa erupted in 1883, the largest explosion recorded in history, causing 120 foot tidal waves and killing 36,000 people.

Novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Zona Gale was born in Portage, Wisconsin, in 1874.

Physicist Lee de Forest, know as the father of radio, was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1874.

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