Oct. 23, 1997

Tomato Soup

by Mark Irwin


Today's Reading: "Tomato Soup" by Mark Irwin from QUICK, NOW, ALWAYS, published by Boa Editions, Ltd. (1996).

The State Fair of Louisiana starts today in Shreveport.

THE STORIES OF JOHN CHEEVER was published on this day in 1978.

The 1952 Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to Ukrainian-born microbiologist Selmart A. Waksman, for his discovery of the antibiotic streptomycin, effective in treating tuberculosis.

T.S. Eliot gave an interview to TIME magazine in 1950, saying, "the years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things and yet are not decrepit enough to turn them down."

It's the 55th birthday of Michael Crichton, author of JURASSIC PARK, born in Chicago, in 1942.

John William Heisman, 'father of the forward pass' and for whom the Heisman Trophy is named, was born in Cleveland, in 1869.

Actress Sarah Bernhard, who performed only in French and made nine popular 'farewell tours' in the United States, was born in Paris, in 1844.

Lexicographer John Bartlett, best known for BARTLETT'S QUOTATIONS, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1805.

The inventor of canning, Nicolas Appert was born in Chalons-sur-Marne, France, in 1750.

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