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The Reader’s Notebook

Weekdays at 9:06 a.m. (Friday at 9:30 a.m.), 12:20 p.m. and 5:44 p.m.

“The Reader’s Notebook” is a daily radio feature using general interest pieces, often of literary or historic significance. Topics will also include science, technology, philosophy, folklore and the arts.

The series is written and hosted by J. D. Reeder, a retired educator, historian, avid reader and regular writer, director, and performer with the Morehead Theatre Guild.

The segments air weekdays at 9:06 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 5:44 p.m. Each segment will include vignettes about writers, artists and other noteworthy people whose birthdays or other significant events coincide with the date of the program. 

Occasionally, word and phrase origins will be explored, often with a Kentucky connection or include poems and excerpts from other writings associated with the subject of the day.  Each episode will conclude with the phrase: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year,” a quotation from noted American poet and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Theme music for "The Reader's Notebook" provided by Todd Kozikowski ("Shadows of the Moon"/1997).

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March 24, 2017 -- Fanny Crosby was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. 

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March 23, 2017 -- Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister is an English former middle-distance athlete, physician and academic, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile.     

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March 22, 2017 -- James Brendan Patterson is an American author. He is largely known for his novels about fictional psychologist Alex Cross, the protagonist of the Alex Cross series.  

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March 21, 2017 -- Florenz Edward Ziegfeld Jr., popularly known as Flo Ziegfeld, was an American Broadway impresario, notable for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld Follies, inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris. He also produced the musical Show Boat.

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March 20, 2017 -- Edward Zane Carroll Judson Sr., known as E. Z. C. Judson and by his pseudonym Ned Buntline, was an American publisher, journalist, writer, and publicist.   

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March 17, 2017 -- Paul Eliot Green was an American playwright best known for his depictions of life in North Carolina during the first decades of the twentieth century. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his 1927 play, In Abraham's Bosom.

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March 16, 2017 -- James Madison, Jr., was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817.

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March 15, 2017 -- William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, usually addressed as Lord Melbourne, was a British Whig statesman who served as Home Secretary and Prime Minister.

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March 14, 2017 -- Sir Michael Caine, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive South London accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is regarded as a British film icon    

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March 13, 2017 -- Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 22 November 1830 to 16 July 1834.   

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March 10, 2017 -- Jean Calas was a merchant living in Toulouse, France, who was tried, tortured and executed for the murder of his son, despite his protestations of innocence.

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March 9, 2017 -- Frank Morrison Spillane, better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American crime novelist, whose stories often feature his signature detective character, Mike Hammer. More than 225 million copies of his books have sold internationally. 

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March 8, 2017 -- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting Chief Justice of the United States January–February 1930.    

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March 7, 2017 -- Willard Herman Scott, Jr. is an American weather presenter, author, television personality, actor, clown, comedian and radio personality, best known for his TV work on the Today show and as the creator and original portrayer of Ronald McDonald.     

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March 6, 2017 -- Louis Francis "Lou" Cristillo, known by the stage name Lou Costello, was an American actor and comedian best remembered for the comedy double act of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott. Costello played a bumbling character.    

March 3, 2017 -- TIME is an American weekly news magazine published in New York City. It was founded in 1923 and for decades was dominated by Henry Luce, who built a highly profitable stable of magazines.

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March 2, 2017 -- Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-born actor and musician who is remembered for his marriage to Lucille Ball and their TV show, I Love Lucy.  

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March 1, 2017 -- Ralph Waldo Ellison was an American novelist, literary critic, and scholar. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Ellison is best known for his novel Invisible Man, which won the National Book Award in 1953.  

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February 28, 2017 -- Mary Lyon was an educator and the founder of the first women's college, which is now known as Mount Holyoke College.

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February 27, 2017 -- John Steinbeck was an American novelist whose Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Grapes of Wrath, portrayed the plight of migrant workers during the Great Depression.    

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February 24, 2017 -- Abraham Charles "Abe" Vigoda was an American character actor who was known for a number of roles, most notably, his portrayals of Salvatore Tessio in The Godfather and Phil Fish in Barney Miller from 1975 to 1977 and Fish from 1977 to 1978.    

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February 23, 2017 -- Samuel Pepys was an administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament who is most famous for the diary that he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man.   

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February 22, 2017 -- Sophia Magdalena Scholl was a German student and anti-Nazi political activist, active within the White Rose non-violent resistance group in Nazi Germany. 

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February 21, 2017 -- Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and on screen. Rickman trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in modern and classical theatre productions. Rickman gained wider notice for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.    

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February 20, 2017 -- Cornelius Vanderbilt "C.V." Whitney was an American businessman, film producer, writer, philanthropist, polo player, and government official, as well as the owner of a leading stable of thoroughbred racehorses. 

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February 17, 2017 -- William Adlington Cadbury was an English businessman affiliated with his family company, Cadbury. He was born in Edgbaston and educated at Quaker schools. He began working at Cadbury in 1887. In 1905 he commissioned the first Cadbury logo.    

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February 16, 2017 -- Henry Brooks Adams was an American historian and member of the Adams political family, being descended from two U.S. Presidents.

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February 15, 2017 -- Louis XV was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1 September 1715 until his death. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five. 

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February 14, 2017 -- Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.

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February 13, 2017 -- Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Truman was the wife of U.S. President Harry S. Truman and First Lady of the United States from 1945 to 1953. She had known her future husband since they were children attending the same school in Independence, Missouri.  

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