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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 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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February 10, 2017 -- William Allen White was a renowned American newspaper editor, politician, author, and leader of the Progressive movement. Between 1896 and his death, White became the iconic spokesman for middle America.    

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February 9, 2017 -- William Henry Harrison, an American military officer and politician, was the ninth President of the United States (1841), the oldest President to be elected at the time. On his 32nd day, he became the first to die in office, serving the shortest tenure in U.S. Presidential history.    

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February 8, 2017 --  English critic of art, architecture, and society who was a gifted painter, a distinctive prose stylist, and an important example of the Victorian Sage, or Prophet: a writer of polemical prose who seeks to cause widespread cultural and social change.

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February 7, 2017 -- John Deere was an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world.    

NBC News

February 6, 2017 -- Thomas John "Tom" Brokaw is an American television journalist and author, best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004.

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February 3, 2017 -- James Albert Michener was an American author of more than 40 books, the majority of which were fictional, lengthy family sagas covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating solid history.     

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February 2, 2017 -- Albert Sidney Johnston served as a general in three different armies: the Texian Army, the United States Army, and the Confederate States Army. 

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February 1, 2017 -- John Ford was an American film director. He is renowned both for Westerns such as Stagecoach, The Searchers, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, as well as adaptations of classic 20th-century American novels such as the film The Grapes of Wrath.     

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January 31, 2017 -- John Henry O'Hara was an American writer. He first earned a reputation for short stories and later became a best-selling novelist before the age of thirty with Appointment in Samarra and BUtterfield 8.    

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January 30, 2017 -- Gene Hackman was born on January 30, 1930, in San Bernardino, California. He dropped out of high school to join the Marines, and then studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse Theatre. Hackman's breakout film was Bonnie and Clyde. His famous performances include Popeye Doyle in The French Connection and Lex Luther in Superman. Hackman has received two Oscars. He has since retired from acting.

January 27, 2017  

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January 26, 2017 -- Maria Augusta von Trapp, also known as Baroness von Trapp, was the stepmother and matriarch of the Trapp Family Singers. She wrote The Story of the Trapp Family Singers which was published in 1949.    

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January 25, 2017 -- Edwin Newman was an American newscaster, journalist, and author. After beginning his career with the wire services and serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Newman worked in radio for CBS News.

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January 24, 2017 -- Ernest Borgnine was an American film, television, character and voice actor whose career spanned more than six decades. He was noted for his gruff, yet calm voice, Machiavellian eyebrows and gap-toothed Cheshire cat grin. 

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January 23, 2017 -- John Hancock was an 18th century U.S. merchant who was president of the Continental Congress and the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence.

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January 20, 2017 -- Friederike Victoria "Joy" Adamson was a naturalist, artist and author. Her book, Born Free, describes her experiences raising a lion cub named Elsa

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