Nov. 12, 1997

My Father Laughing in the Chicago Theater

by David Wagoner


Today's Reading: "My Father Laughing in the Chicago Theater" by David Wagoner from WALT WHITMAN BATHING, published by University of Illinois Press.

Writer Tracy Kidder (AMONG SCHOOLCHILDREN, OLD FRIENDS), was born in New York City in 1945.

Mystery writer Charlotte MacLeod (REST YOU MERRY, A DISMAL THING TO DO, MAID OF HONOR), was born in Bath, New Brunswick, Canada, in 1922.

Famous trumpet soloist with Count Basie, Buck Clayton, was born in Parsons, Kansas, in 1911.

READER'S DIGEST founder DeWitt Wallace, was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1889.

In 1859 the first flying-trapeze circus act was performed by Jules Leotard at the Cirque Napoleon. He later caused a sensation in London by flying across a hall from trapeze to trapeze above the heads of diners seated at supper tables.

It's the birthday of prophet Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith, born in Tehran, Iran, in 1817.

Feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who, in 1848, held America's first women's rights convention in her home in Seneca Falls, was born in Johnston, New York, in 1815.

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