You never realize how much of your background is sewn into the lining of your clothes.
Happy 86th birthday, Tom Wolfe! Though he is known for his dapper white suit and his association with New Journalism, the author also has an athletic side—in his college years Wolfe was a pitcher who earned a tryout with the New York Giants.
Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.
Charles M. Schulz
February 13, 2000: The last original Peanuts comic strip was published 17 years ago today. Poor Charlie Brown’s undying love for the little red-haired girl was never returned in the strip.
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
American author Erich Segal (born June 16, 1937) is best known for his 1970 romance, Love Story—he wrote the popular novel and the screenplay for the hit film adaptation. Not so successful? The 1978 sequel, Oliver’s Story. That movie was advertised with this tagline: “It takes someone very special to help you forget someone very special.”
Flawed, imperfect creatures! That’s what we both are, oga! That’s what we ALL are!
Happy birthday, Nnedi Okorafor! In high school, she was a star tennis player, but surgery to correct her scoliosis derailed her hopes of becoming a pro athlete. During her lengthy recovery, she picked up writing as a replacement hobby. Today she’s an award-winning author of several adult and children’s books.
Happy birthday, Lois Lowry! The Giver writer was born Cena Hammersberg, after her Norwegian grandmother. Guess who didn’t approve of this idea? Grandmother Cena. She sternly advised giving her granddaughter a more American name—and shortly after, baby Cena was renamed Lois.
March 11, 1959: On this day, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun premiered at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. It was the first play written and acted by African-Americans to open on Broadway.
Make it a Great Day!
Happy birthday, Johanna Lindsey! The bestselling historical romance novelist’s father saw a lot of the world as a soldier in the U.S. Army, but he always wanted to retire in Hawaii. He died before that could happen, but Lindsey and her mother moved there in his honor.
Sometimes I wonder how normal normal people are, and I wonder that most in the grocery store.
Happy birthday, Elizabeth Moon! The American science fiction and fantasy writer has the skillset to survive one of her own dangerous stories. On top of serving in the United States Marine Corps, Moon is an experienced paramedic and the captain of the SFWA Musketeers, a fencing group for speculative fiction writers.