Sep. 21, 1997

And the Wages of Goodness Are Not Assured

by Michael Blumenthal

SUNDAY  9/21

Today's Reading:  "And the Wages of Goodness Are Not Assured" by Michael Blumenthal from THE WAGES OF GOODNESS, published by University of Missouri Press (1992).

The Cabrillo Festival starts today in San Diego, reenacting the landing of Portuguese explorer Juan Cabrillo.

Playwright Marsha Norman (GETTING OUT; 'NIGHT, MOTHER), was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1947.

Author Stephen King (CARRIE; THE SHINING; PET SEMETARY) was born in Portland, Maine, in 1947.

Animator and director Chuck Jones, who invented or helped develop cartoon characters such as the Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky, was born in Spokane, Washington, in 1912.

Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin Books in 1935, was born in Bristol, England, in 1902.

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