Nov. 29, 1997

Bonie Doon

by Robert Burns


Today's Reading:  "Bonie Doon" by Robert Burns.

The popular children's television show "Kukla, Fran and  Ollie" premiered on this day in 1948.

Writer Madeleine L'Engle, author of the prize-winning children's book A WRINKLE IN TIME, was born in New York City in 1918.

Christian writer C.S. Lewis  was born in Belfast, Ireland, 1898.  "What drove me to write was the extreme manual clumsiness from which I have always suffered.  [As a child] I longed to make things, ships, houses, engines.  Many sheets of cardboard and pairs of scissors I spoiled, only to turn from my hopeless failures in tears.  As a last resort... I was driven to write stories instead, little dreaming to what a world of happiness I was being admitted.  You can do more with a castle in a story than with the best  cardboard castle that ever stood on a nursery table."

Director Busby Berkeley (42ND STREET, GOLD DIGGERS OF 1935) was born in Los Angeles in 1895.

Novelist Louisa May Alcott, author of LITTLE WOMEN, was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1832.

Physicist Christian Johann Doppler, best known for his explanation of perceived frequency variation of sound and light waves due to the relative motion of the source and the sensor - the Doppler effect, was born in Salzburg, Austria, 1803.

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