Nov. 26, 1997

A Place with Promise

by Maggie Anderson


Today's Reading:  "A Place with Promise" by Maggie Anderson from A SPACE FILLED WITH MOVING, published by University of Pittsburgh Press (1992).

Sculptor George Segal, best known for his plaster-cast sculptures of human figures, was born in New York City in 1924.

Cartoonist Charles Schulz, creator of the comic strip "Peanuts," was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1922.

The tomb of Pharaoh Tutankamun, undisturbed for 3,000 years and complete with golden statues and a gold throne, was discovered in 1922 by English archaeologist Howard Carter.

Journalist Eric Sevareid, a radio reporter during World War II, was born in Velva, North Dakota, 1912.

Irish actor Cyril Cusack was born in Durban, South Africa, 1920.

Inventor Willis Haviland Carrier, who designed the first air conditioning system that controlled both temperature and humidity, was born in Angola, New York, 1876.

Seventh-Day Adventist founder Ellen Gould White, author of STEPS TO CHRIST, was born in Gorham, Maine, 1827.

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