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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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May 11, 2017 -- Dame Margaret Taylor Rutherford, DBE was a British character actress, who first came to prominence following World War II in the film adaptations of Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit, and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.    

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May 10, 2017 -- David O. Selznick was an American film producer, screenwriter and film studio executive. He is best known for producing Gone with the Wind and Rebecca, both earning him an Academy Award for Best Picture.   

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May 9, 2017 -- Isabella Maria Boyd, best known as Belle Boyd, as well as Cleopatra of the Secession and Siren of the Shenandoah, was a Confederate spy in the American Civil War.    

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May 8, 2017 -- Edward Gibbon was an English historian, writer and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788 and is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion.    

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May 5, 2017 -- John Batterson Stetson was an American hatter, hat manufacturer, and, in the 1860s, the inventor of the cowboy hat.    

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May 4, 2017 -- Audrey Hepburn was a British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age.    

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May 3, 2017 -- Golda Meir was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, stateswoman, politician and the fourth elected Prime Minister of Israel. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of Labour and Foreign Minister.    

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May 2, 2017 -- Hedda Hopper was an American actress and gossip columnist, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons.     

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May 1, 2017 -- Louis Nye was an American comedy actor. He was an entertainer to the troops during World War II and is best known for his work on countless television, film and radio programs.   

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April 28, 2017 -- Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist, spy, and member of the Nazi Party who is credited with saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by employing them in his enamelware and ammunitions factories. 

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April 27, 2017 -- Walter Benjamin Lantz was an American cartoonist, animator, film producer, director and actor best known for founding Walter Lantz Productions and creating Woody Woodpecker.   

April 26, 2017 -- On April 26, 1564, in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon, William, son of John Shakespeare and Mary Arden, was baptized. His actual birth date isn't known for sure, but it is usually assumed that he was born on the 23 of April, and that is the date that is traditionally celebrated.

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April 25, 2017 -- Elsa Maxwell was an American gossip columnist and author, songwriter, and professional hostess renowned for her parties for royalty and high society figures of her day.    

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April 24, 2017 -- Anthony Trollope was an English novelist of the Victorian era. Among his best-known works is a series of novels collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, which revolves around the imaginary county of Barsetshire.  

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April 21, 2017 -- Helen Prejean is a Roman Catholic nun, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty.     

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April 20, 2017 -- Daniel Chester French, one of the most prolific and acclaimed American sculptors of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is best known for his design of the monumental work, the statue of Abraham Lincoln (1920) in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C..

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April 19, 2017 -- Carousel is the second musical by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The 1945 work was adapted from Ferenc Molnár's 1909 play Liliom, transplanting its Budapest setting to the Maine coastline.    

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April 18, 2017 -- Clarence Seward Darrow was an U.S. lawyer, leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and prominent advocate for Georgist economic reform.    

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April 17, 2017 -- Harry Truman Reasoner was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of the 60 Minutes program.    

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April 14, 2017 -- Rodney Stephen "Rod" Steiger was an American actor, noted for his portrayal of offbeat, often volatile and crazed characters. 

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April 13, 2017 -- Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.    

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April 12, 2017 -- David Michael Letterman is an American former television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He hosted a late night television talk show for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015 broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. In total, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night and Late Show,surpassing friend and mentor Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history.

April 11, 2017 -- Quentin James Reynolds was a journalist and World War II war correspondent. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. As associate editor at Collier's Weekly from 1933 to 1945, Reynolds averaged twenty articles a year.    

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April 10, 2017 -- Lewis "Lew" Wallace was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of the New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, and author from Indiana.     

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April 7, 2017 -- Eleanora Fagan, professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz musician and singer-songwriter with a career spanning nearly thirty years.     

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April 6, 2017 -- Lowell Jackson Thomas was an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous. 

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April 5, 2017 -- Spencer Tracy was an American actor, noted for his natural style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood's Golden Age, Tracy was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor.

April 4, 2017 -- Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.  

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April 3, 2017 -- Washington Irving was an American short story writer, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century.     

    

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