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Author Mercedes Lackey giving autographs at CONvergence.

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Mercedes Lackey!

June 22, 2020

On June 24, 1950, Mercedes Lackey was born. Lackey’s tales of elves, dragons, wizards, and other fantastic creatures have made her an enormously popular fantasy author.


Singer-songwriter Carly Simon on her “musical memoir” album, Songs from the Trees

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Carly Simon!

June 19, 2020

On Jun 25, 1945, Carly Simon was born. Simon was one of the most popular singer-songwriters of the 1970s and followed that success by venturing into a wide variety of different musical forms and styles.


Joyce Carol Oates is a novelist, essayist and short-story writer.

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Joyce Carol Oates!

June 15, 2020

On June 16, 1938, Joyce Carol Oates was born. Oates is a novelist, essayist, and short-story writer; she is both extremely prolific and highly regarded by literary critics, a rare combination.


Chick Corea, a jazz pianist and composer, is on the cover of his album, Antidote.

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Chick Corea

June 12, 2020

On June 12, 1941, Chick Corea was born. Corea is a jazz pianist and composer who has worked with several different ensembles and as a soloist. He plays in a variety of styles but is best known as a major figure in the rise of jazz fusion in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Architect Frank Lloyd Wright with his granddaughter and actress, Anne Baxter

A Week to Remember: Frank Lloyd Wright

June 08, 2020

On June 8, 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright was born. Wright was one of the United States’ most important architects; he built more than 400 buildings and changed the look of American homes in the early 20th century.


Close-up of The Four Tops on their Indestructible album

Music Memories: The Four Tops

June 05, 2020

On June 6, 1936, Levi Stubbs was born. We take his birthday as the occasion to celebrate the career of the Four Tops, the Motown quartet which featured Stubbs as its lead singer for almost 50 years.


Novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy

A Week to Remember: Thomas Hardy

June 01, 2020

Thomas Hardy was born on June 2, 1840. Hardy was a novelist and poet, one of the major literary figures of late Victorian England. His publishing career divided sharply into two halves. From 1871 to 1897, he published only fiction; from 1898 to 1928, he published poetry.


Nelson Riddle receives Oscar from Diahann Carroll for his outstanding achievements in music adaptation in "The Great Gatsby." 1975

Music Memories: Nelson Riddle

May 29, 2020

On June 1, 1921, Nelson Riddle was born. For 35 years, Riddle was one of the recording industry’s finest behind-the-scenes talents, a composer and arranger. He is best remembered today for his work as arranger and bandleader at Capitol Records in the 1950s and 1960s.


Close-up of miniature of Jeanne d'Arc from Archives Nationales, France

A Week to Remember: Joan of Arc

May 24, 2020

On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake after being convicted of heresy. Joan, who was still a teenager, had become an improbable military leader and helped to rescue France from defeat in the Hundred Years’ War.


Bob Dylan on his album - Bob Dylan Live 1962-1966 - Rare Performances

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan!

May 22, 2020

On May 24, 1941, Bob Dylan was born. For almost sixty years, Dylan has been a major force in American musical and cultural life.


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