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Paths of the Wise
- I have been a success: for sixty years I have eaten, and have avoided being eaten.
- Logan P. Smith
Paths of the Not-So-Wise
- It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
- Bad analogies on high school papers
Milestones on this Date in History
1755: Presidential portrait painter Gilbert Stuart
1838: U.S. Weather Bureau meteorologist Cleveland Abbe, who initiated daily weather bulletins
1857: English novelist Joseph Conrad
1930: French film director Jean-Luc Godard
1930: Singer Andy Williams
1948: Singer Ozzy Osbourne
Music on this Date in History
1729: Talented composers Antonio Soler was born.
1883: Anton von Webern was born in Vienna. Webern took instructions from Arnold Schoenberg for four years, culminating in the "Passacaglia," Opus 1, a remarkable piece which builds enormous drama in about 11 minutes.
1993: Lewis Thomas, the great science writer, died. Thomas was also a great music fan. One of his books was called "Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth Symphony." But his favorite composer was Bach.
World Events on this Date in History
1833: Oberlin College in Ohio opened with an enrollment of 29 men and 15 women, the nation's first truly co-educational college.
1929: The Ford Motor Co. raised the pay of its employees from six to seven dollars a day despite the collapse of the American stock market.
1967: Dr. Christian Barnard performed the first successful heart transplant at Capetown, South Africa.