Monthly Archives: March 2018

Beethoven: Last Words

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) (Portrait by Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820) Today, March 29, is a double anniversary in the life of the great, deaf German composer and pianist, Ludwig van Beethoven: on this date in 1795, at the age of 24, … Continue reading

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Chinua Achebe: Incitement

Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) (Image: Public Domain) One of the most famous of 20th Century African writers, the Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe died five years ago today at age 82. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking: R.I.P.

Stephen Hawking (1942-2018) (Image: Fair use) Today, on Albert Einstein’s 139th birthday, we are saddened to learn of the death of the great cosmologist and physicist — and worthy successor to Einstein — Stephen Hawking. He was told at age 21 … Continue reading

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Mario Draghi: Friendship

Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank (Image: World Economic Forum 2013) Our puzzles today feature a quotation from today’s New York Times; in fact, the Times has selected it as their “Quote of the Day.” See if you can find Mr. … Continue reading

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James Buchanan Eads: Last Words

Today is the 131st anniversary of the death of the American civil engineer James Buchanan Eads. He built gunboats critical to the Union cause in the Civil War,  the first major bridge across the Mississippi (at St. Louis), and the jetties that … Continue reading

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Alexander Graham Bell: First Call

Unknown actor portraying Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922) (Photo: From a film commissioned by AT&T – Early Office Museum. Public domain.) On this date in 1876, 29-year-old Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his new communication device, the telephone. Three days later, on … Continue reading

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Wilbur Ross: On President Trump

  U. S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (Image: Official portrait. Public domain.) Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, age 80, has emerged as the chief proponent / apologist for the President’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. The Ross quote hidden in the … Continue reading

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