Welcome to ON THIS DAY! Each day, we'll look at a few moments from history and popular culture. We'll show you where you can rediscover classic movies and music, or read more about great moments in history. We'll point you to e-books, downloadable and streamable music and film, and e-audio; and of course, we haven't forgotten about physical books or DVDs.
|On this day in 1892, Ezio Pinza was born. Pinza was an operatic bass who was among the most popular singers of the 1930s and 1940s. His repertoire included nearly 100 roles, all of which he learned by ear, because he had never learned to read music. After retired from the opera in 1948, he went on to a career in the pop culture side of entertainment, appearing in the Broadway musicals South Pacific and Fanny, making several movies, and even starring (briefly) in his own sitcom. Several of Pinza's recordings, operatic and otherwise, are available for streaming or download at Freegal.|
|On this day in 1930, Fred Saberhagen was born. Saberhagen was an author of science fiction and fantasy, best known for the "Berserker" series of novels and stories, in which a race of self-replicating machines is out to destroy all biological life. He also wrote a series of novels featuring Dracula; in Saberhagen's conception, vampires are (like the rest of us) capable of both good and evil, and his Dracula is a noble gentleman. In Seance for a Vampire, Saberhagen's Dracula crosses paths with another great fictional character -- Sherlock Holmes. Seance for a Vampire is available as an e-book at OverDrive, or in print.|
|And on this day in 1931, Robert Morse was born. Morse's career in theater, film, and television spans more than 50 years, from the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying to the television series The People vs. O.J. Simpson. In between, Morse starred in the classic dark comedy film The Loved One; won both a Tony and an Emmy for the stage and TV versions of Tru, a one-man show about Truman Capote; and appeared for several seasons on Mad Men. Morse stars with Stefanie Powers and Phil Silvers in the 1970 family comedy The Boatniks, available for streaming at Hoopla.|