Sep. 26, 1997

Kicking the Leaves

by Donald Hall


Today's Reading: "Kicking the Leaves" by Donald Hall from OLD AND NEW POEMS, published by Ticknor and Fields (1990).

The Laurel Herbfest begins today in Laurel, Montana.

The Ohio Swiss Festival starts in Sugarcreek, Ohio, today.

The State Fair of Dallas opens in Dallas, Texas, and runs through October 19.

Nineteen year old Bob Dylan made his New York singing debut at Gerde's Folk City in 1961.

Novelist Jane Smiley, author of A THOUSAND ACRES and MOO, was born in Los Angeles in 1949.

Bessie Smith, known as the 'Empress of the Blues,' died in a car crash in Mississippi in 1937.

Composer George Gershwin ("I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "'S Wonderful" and the folk opera PORGY AND BESS) was born in Brooklyn in 1898.

Poet T.S. Eliot, Thomas Stearns Eliot (THE WASTE LAND; FOUR QUARTETS), was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1888.

Johnny Appleseed, was born John Chapman in Leominster, Massachusetts, in 1774.

In 1580 the GOLDEN HIND, under the command of Sir Francis Drake, sailed into Plymouth Harbor in England, having sailed around the world in 33 months.

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