Sep. 24, 1997

The Lord, The Lord My Shepherd

by Sir Philip Sidney


Today's Reading: "The Lord, The Lord My Shepherd" by Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586).

The Black Walnut Festival opens today in Stockton, Missouri.

The creator of the Muppets, Jim Henson, was born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1936.

Noel Coward's comedy PRIVATE LIVES opened in London in 1930, starring Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.

Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of THIS SIDE OF PARADISE and THE GREAT GATSBY, was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1896. "All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath." [from an undated letter.}

Engineer Georges Claude, the inventor of the neon light, was born in Paris in 1870.

Branwell Bronte, the brother of the Bronte sisters and the model for Hindley Earnshaw in Emily's novel WUTHERING HEIGHTS, died of tuberculosis in 1842. Emily and Anne died that same year.

Author and letter writer Horace Walpole, the creator of the Gothic novel genre, was born in London in 1717. He once wrote, "Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel."

Mathematician Gerolamo Cardano, author of GAMES OF CHANCE, the first systematic computation of probabilities, was born in Pavia, south of Milan, in 1501.

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