Nov. 3, 1997

254 "Hope" is the thing with feathers

by Emily Dickinson


Today's Reading: "Hope is the thing with feathers" by Emily Dickinson.

Virologist David Ho, whose AIDS research helped establish that it's an infectious disease and shifted the focus of treatment to its early stages, was born in Taichung, Taiwan, in 1952.

Novelist Martin Cruz Smith, author of GORKY PARK (1981), was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1942.

Australian Aboriginal poet Oodgeroo Noonuccal, also known as Kath Walker, was born on Stradbroke Island, Queensland, in 1920.

NEW YORK TIMES reporter, editor, and columnist James "Scotty" Reston was born in Clydebank, Scotland, in 1909.

Photographer Walker Evans, who with James Agee documented the lives of Alabama sharecroppers in the book LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN (1941), was born in Saint Louis in 1903.

French novelist Andre Malraux, author of MAN'S FATE, was born in Paris in 1901.

Writer and Minnesota politician Ignatius Donnelly, author of the book ATLANTIS about the legendary lost continent, was born in Philadelphia in 1831.

German publisher Karl Baedeker, known for his travel guides, was born in Essen, Duchy of Oldenburg, in 1801.

Poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant ("Thanatopsis"), was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, in 1794.

Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint Lisa Gherardini ("Mona Lisa") on this day in 1507.

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