Nov. 30, 1997


by Mark Irwin

SUNDAY  11/30

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

Today is Advent Sunday, the first of four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

Television executive Joan Ganz Cooney, founder of the Children's Television Workshop and mastermind behind SESAME STREET, was born in Phoenix in 1929.

Singer and guitarist Brownie McGhee was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, 1915.

Photographer Gordon Parks was born in Fort Scott, Kansas, 1912.

Oscar Wilde died in a Paris hotel room in 1900, after saying of the room's wallpaper:  "One of us had to go."

Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire in 1874.  "Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result."

The author of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, Lucy Maud Montgomery, was born on Prince Edward Island in 1874.

Writer Mark Twain, author of THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER, INNOCENTS ABROAD, was born n Florida, Missouri, 1835.  "The man who is a pessimist before 48 knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little."     [Notebook, 1902]


Satirist Jonathan Swift, author of GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, was born in Dublin in 1667.  "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."     [1711]

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