Oct. 14, 1997

When God Lets My Body Be

by E. E. Cummings


Today's Reading: "When God Lets My Body Be" by e.e. cummings from COMPLETE POEMS 1904-1962, published by Liveright Publishing Corp.

The rocket-powered Bell X-1, flown by Air Force Major Chuck Yeager, became the first aircraft to break the sound barrier in 1947.

Singer Ethel Merman stunned the audience when she held a high C for sixteen bars while singing "I Got Rhythm," during her 1930 Broadway debut in George Gershwin's GIRL CRAZY.

Delta blues guitarist and singer Son Thomas was born in Eden, Mississippi, in 1926.

Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who established the first U.S. neo-natal intensive care surgical unit, was born in Brooklyn, in 1916.

Travel writer Eugene Fodor, author of more than 150 Fodor travel guides, was born in Leva, Hungary, in 1905.

Actress Lillian Gish, known as the "First Lady of the Silent Screen," was born in Springfield, Ohio, in 1893.

The 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. "Ike" Eisenhower, was born in Denison, Texas, in 1890.

Short-story writer Katherine Mansfield, author of THE GARDEN PARTY, was born in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1888.

In 1884, transparent paper-strip photographic film was patented by inventor George Eastman.

English Quaker leader and founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, was born in London, in 1644.

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