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P. G. Wodehouse with Jeeves book covers

A Week to Remember: P. G. Wodehouse

October 13, 2019

P. G. Wodehouse was born on October 15, 1881. The English humorist had an unusually long and prolific career, averaging a novel a year for more than 70 years.


Writer Frank Herbert

A Week to Remember: Frank Herbert

October 07, 2019

Frank Herbert was born on October 8, 1920. Herbert was a science fiction novelist, best known for his 1965 novel Dune, a landmark in the field that remains popular a half-century later.


Musician John Prine

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, John Prine!

October 04, 2019

John Prine was born on October 10, 1946. Prine is a singer/songwriter, acclaimed for his lyrics, which mix sincere emotion, dry wit, and occasional flashes of cynicism.


Buster Keaton in the General

A Week to Remember: Buster Keaton

September 30, 2019

Buster Keaton was born on October 4, 1895. Keaton was one of the great silent film comedians, known for his daring and innovative stuntwork.


Johnny Mathis

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Johnny Mathis!

September 27, 2019

Johnny Mathis was born on September 30, 1935. Mathis is best known as an interpreter of romantic ballads, but in his 60-year career, he’s recorded in a wide range of musical styles—standards and show tunes, jazz, country, Latin, tropical, and R&B.


Bert Kaempfert surrounded by his album covers

Music Memories: Bert Kaempfert

October 11, 2019

Bert Kaempfert was born on October 16, 1923. In the 1960s, Kaempfert was one of the last great stars of the easy listening genre, leading his band in smooth instrumental music that mixed pre-rock Tin Pan Alley, international folk music, and occasional touches of jazz.


Author Jane Smiley

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Jane Smiley!

September 23, 2019

Jane Smiley was born on September 26, 1949. Smiley is best known as a novelist, but has also written several nonfiction books on a wide range of topics, and is a frequent contributor to essay collections.


George Gershwin

Music Memories: George Gershwin

September 20, 2019

George Gershwin was born on September 26, 1898. Gershwin wrote music for both the concert hall and the Broadway stage; whether writing popular songs or music for orchestra, he gave us standards that remain popular today.


singer Ric Ocasek

Music Memories: Ric Ocasek, 1944 (?) - 2019

September 16, 2019

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Ric Ocasek died on September 15, at the age of (depending on the source) 70 or 75. In the late 1970s and 1980s, Ocasek was the leader of The Cars, a band who fused a variety of rock styles into a distinctively popular blend.


We the People section of the Constitution

A Week to Remember: The United States Constitution

September 16, 2019

On September 17, 1787, 39 delegates representing 12 of the original 13 states (Rhode Island sent no delegates) signed the newly drafted United States Constitution, which is the oldest written codified constitution in existence.


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