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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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April 3, 2018 -- Arthur "Dooley" Wilson was an American actor, singer and musician who is best remembered as Sam in the 1942 film, Casablanca; in the film, he also performed its theme song, "As Time Goes By".

biography.com

April 2, 2018 -- Giovanni Giacomo Casanova led a dissolute lifestyle, a free-spirited existence filled with random adventure and scandal, culminating in his lively autobiography, which established him as the epitome of the libertine and made his name synonymous with "womanizer" or "playboy."

The Telegraph

March 30, 2018 -- Albert Pierrepoint was a long-serving hangman in England. He executed at least 400 people, including William Joyce and John Amery. In Germany and Austria, after the Second World War, he executed some 200 people who had been convicted of war crimes

Baseball Hall of Fame

March 29, 2018 -- Denton True "Cy" Young was an American Major League Baseball pitcher. During his 22-season baseball career, he pitched for five different teams. Young established numerous pitching records, some of which have stood for over a century. 

Catholic Online

March 28, 2018 -- Saint Teresa of Ávila was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun and author during the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. 

courier-journal.com

March 27, 2018 -- Patty Smith Hill was a composer and teacher who is perhaps best known for co-writing, with her sister Mildred Hill, the tune which later became popular as "Happy Birthday to You". 

history.com

March 26, 2018 -- Duncan Hines was an American pioneer of restaurant ratings for travelers. He is best known today for the brand of food products that bears his name.

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March 23, 2018 -- Nathaniel "Texas Jack" Reed was a 19th-century American outlaw responsible for many stagecoach, bank, and train robberies throughout the American Southwest during the 1880s and '90s.

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March 22, 2018 -- Ellen Glasgow was an American novelist who portrayed the changing world of the contemporary South. 

US Army Center Of Military History

March 21, 2018 -- Henry Ossian Flipper was an American soldier, former slave and, in 1877, the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army.

famousauthors.org

March 20, 2018 -- Henrik Johan Ibsen was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre.

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March 16, 2018 -- Henry "Henny" Youngman was an English-born American comedian and violinist famous for his mastery of the "one-liner"; his best known one-liner being "Take my wife ... please".

biography.com

March 15, 2018 -- St. Nicholas was a Christian bishop who provided for the poor and sick, and is the basis for the popular character of Santa Claus.

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March 14, 2018 -- Hank Ketcham was an American cartoonist who created the Dennis the Menace comic strip.

biography.com

March 13, 2018 -- John Harvard was a New England colonist whose bequest permitted the firm establishment of Harvard College.  

biography.com

March 12, 2018 -- Jack Kerouac was an American novelist and poet of French-Canadian descent. He is considered a literary iconoclast and, alongside William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg, a pioneer of the Beat Generation.

britannica.com

March 9, 2018 -- Samuel Osborne Barber II was an American composer of orchestral, opera, choral, and piano music. He is one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century. 

biography.com

March 8, 2018 -- Kenneth Grahame was a Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows, one of the classics of children's literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon. 

March 7, 2018 -- Laws Involving Women

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March 6, 2018 -- Edward Peter Leo McMahon, Jr., was born on March 6, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan. After WWII, Ed McMahon started his entertainment career in radio, later moving onto TV and his role at Johnny Carson's side on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, where he would become a fixture for the next three decades, keeping American viewers laughing with his banter and on-air personality.

britannica.com

March 5, 2018 -- Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Norris Jr. was an American journalist and sometime novelist during the Progressive Era, whose fiction was predominantly in the naturalist genre.

biography.com

March 2, 2018 -- John Cullum is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in many stage musicals and dramas, including Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century, winning the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for each.

britannica.com

March 1, 2018 -- William Dean Howells was an American realist novelist, literary critic, and playwright, nicknamed "The Dean of American Letters".

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February 28, 2018 -- Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel was a Jewish American mobster. Siegel was known as one of the most "infamous and feared gangsters of his day". Described as handsome and charismatic, he became one of the first front-page celebrity gangsters.

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February 27, 2018 -- Anne Adele Samson was a Canadian supercentenarian who was the oldest nun in the world when she died.

Library of Congress

February 26, 2018 -- John George Nicolay was a German-born American who served as private secretary to US President Abraham Lincoln and later co-authored a biography of the 16th President. He was a member of the German branch of the Nicolay family. 

Poetry Foundation

February 22, 2018 -- Giorgos Seferis was a Greek poet-diplomat. He was one of the most important Greek poets of the 20th century, and a Nobel laureate

library.princeton.edu

February 21, 2018 -- Charles Scribner I was a New Yorker who, with Isaac D. Baker, founded a publishing company that would eventually become Charles Scribner's Sons. 

biography.com

February 20, 2018 -- Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black and white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely reproduced on calendars, posters, books, and the internet

February 19, 2018 -- Each year beginning on February 1, an entire month of events are planned nationwide honoring the history and contributions of African Americans.

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