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).


December 9, 2016 -- Actor Kirk Douglas brought his formidable chin and talent to movies such as Spartacus and The Bad and the Beautiful. You may also know him as the father of Michael Douglas.    

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December 8, 2016 -- Gabriel Márquez was a Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, known affectionately as Gabo or Gabito throughout Latin America.     


December 7, 2016 -- Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist.


December 5, 2016 -- An English poet who wrote a variety of romantic, devotional, and children's poems. She is famous for writing Goblin Market and Remember, and the words of the Christmas carol In the Bleak Midwinter.

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December 2, 2016 -- John Breckinridge was a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Virginia. He served in the state legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky before being elected to the U.S. Senate and appointed United States Attorney General during the second term of President Thomas Jefferson. 

December 1, 2016 -- Australian stage, screen and television actor, and director. He is probably best remembered today for his performance as Captain Hook in the Mary Martin musical production of Peter Pan.    

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November 30, 2016 --  American comedy writer and television producer who became famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s.     


November 29, 2016 -- Italian composer Giacomo Puccini started the operatic trend toward realism with his popular works 'La Bohème' and 'Madame Butterfly.'    

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November 28, 2016 -- The Times is a British daily national newspaper based in London, England. It began in 1785 under the title The Daily Universal Register, adopting its current name on 1 January 1788.     


November 22, 2016 -- Abigail Adams was the wife of President John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams, who became the sixth president of the United States.  


November 21, 2016 -- Jim Bishop gained instant fame in 1955 when his book The Day Lincoln Was Shot became a bestseller. His journalistic career had begun 26 years earlier as a copy boy for the New York Daily News and reached its high point in writing a syndicated column carried in hundreds of newspapers from 1957 until his retirement in 1983.  


November 18, 2016 -- Sojourner Truth was born into slavery and escaped to freedom. Her prominence quickly rose when she advocated for the abolition of slavery and women's rights. She is best known for her speech "Ain't I a Woman?"


November 17, 2016 -- Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC, nicknamed "Monty" and the "Spartan General", was a senior British Army officer who fought in both the First World War and the Second World War. 

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November 16, 2016 -- An American actor, director, producer, and writer in theater, film, and television.    

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November 15, 2016 -- John Banvard was a US panorama and portrait painter known for his panoramic views of the Mississippi River Valley.


November 14, 2016 -- Birthday of two composers with more famous sons.


November 11, 2016    


November 10, 2016 -- Martin Luther was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Luther came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.


November 9, 2016 -- Russian novelist, poet, and playwright, whose major works include the short-story collection A Sportsman’s Sketches (1852) and the novels Rudin (1856), Home of the Gentry (1859), On the Eve (1860), and Fathers and Sons (1862). 

 November 8, 2016   


November 7, 2016 -- Albert Camus was a French-Algerian writer best known for his absurdist works, including The Stranger (1942) and The Plague (1947). He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957.    


November 4, 2016 -- Augustus Montague Toplady was an Anglican cleric and hymn writer. He was a major Calvinist opponent of John Wesley. He is best remembered as the author of the hymn "Rock of Ages".    


November 3, 2016 -- American empresario Stephen Austin, a.k.a. “the father of Texas,” created the first Anglo American colony in the Tejas region of Mexico, later to become Texas.    


November 2, 2016 -- Daniel Boone is one of the most widely known American frontiersmen. Boone’s fame stems from his exploits during the exploration and settlement of Kentucky. He first arrived in the future state in 1767 and spent the better part of the next 30 years exploring and settling the lands of Kentucky, including carving out the Wilderness Road and building the settlement station of Boonesboro.

 November 1, 2016 -- Florentine sculptor, goldsmith, and writer, one of the most important Mannerist artists and, because of the lively account of himself and his period in his autobiography, one of the most picturesque figures of the Renaissance.


October 31, 2016    


October 28, 2016 -- Desiderius Erasmus, humanist who was the greatest scholar of the northern Renaissance, the first editor of the New Testament, and also an important figure in patristics and classical literature.    


October 27, 2016 -- Emily Post was an American author famous for writing about etiquette.    


October 26, 2016 -- On this day in 1881, the Earp brothers face off against the Clanton-McLaury gang in a legendary shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.