Archive for December 2013
Today’s birthday is Henri Matisse’s Who later in life would cut up paper pieces. And spatially put them close by or apart. And voila! concocted a signature art. “Cutting directly into color reminds me of a sculptor’s carving into stone. ” (Henri Matisse)
Born today was Rudyard Kipling, Once read by every British stripling. The Raj he placed his tales in, Like Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and Gunga Din
Today’s the birthday of Pete Dye. Designed many courses where pro golfers vie. Aesthetically pleasing they are to the eye, Where duffers and golf balls can mutually lie. [Pete Dye’s course at French Lick Resort in Indiana] Top Pete Dye Course You Can Play Whistling Straits (Wisconsin) The site of the 2004 and... Read more »
Born today was Mortimer Adler Who discoursed on the Great Books like that of the sad Lear. On the substance of matter and form that define us, On wise Aristotle and my favorite Aquinas. “If you are reading in order to become a better reader, you cannot read just any book or article. You will not... Read more »
Born today was Louis Pasteur; For rabies and anthrax he discovered a cure. In microbiology his fame never dies. His shelf-life endures in the word ‘pasteurize’. “Emperor Napoleon III enlisted Pasteur to save France’s wine industry from the “diseases of wine”. In previous experiments, Pasteur had discovered that heating the fermented wine would kill... Read more »
Born today was poet Thomas Gray, A one-hit wonder, you might say. He’s mainly remembered for being the bard Of “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”. The excerpt and illustration at the heading of this post is from the above book, an edition of the “Elegy” published by The Heritage Press in 1951. The book’s... Read more »
Born today was Sir Isaac Newton Perhaps the greatest mind in science. Yet not conceited or highfalutin, He said he stood on the shoulders of giants.
Born today was Howard Hughes. As an aviator we’ll give him his dues. He amassed a fortune on this globe But died a pitiable mysophobe.* *An irrational fear of germs. The above artist conception of Hughes in his last days is based on eyewitness accounts. There are no actual photos of him after 1956.... Read more »
Born today was Joseph Smith He received from God a Revelation Which his disciples carry with Them proselytizing every nation. Merry Christmas to all in the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints!
Born today was Connie Mack; Memories of few will extend so far back To when he was catching in baseball’s young days, Or recall the half-century he managed the A’s.* He also owned the team. Sometime now banned in Major League Baseball. By the way, that suit he’s wearing in the dugout? Now verboten too. “You can’t win them all.” [Connie Mack] I... Read more »