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Whose Birthday Is It? June 1, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? June 1, 2020

James Hadley Billington (1929) Billington is a US scholar and the 13th Librarian of Congress. He earned his PhD in 1953 as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, taught at Harvard and Princeton, and published several significant books on Russia. He served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 1973 to 1987, when he became Librarian of Congress. There, he has fostered cooperation between libraries worldwide and encouraged the use of digital media. He has been decorated by what countries? More…

by · June 1, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: June 1, 2020

Quote of the Day: June 1, 2020

Fame is like a river, that beareth up things light and swollen, and drowns things weighty and solid. Francis Bacon (1561-1626) 

by · June 1, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: June 1, 2020

Word of the Day: June 1, 2020

olfaction  Definition: (noun) The faculty that enables us to distinguish scents. Synonyms: smell Usage: My stuffed nose not only impeded my olfaction, it also dulled my sense of taste. Discuss.

by · June 1, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 31, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 31, 2020

Lady Margaret Beaufort (1443) Beaufort was an English noblewoman, wife of Edmund Tudor, and the mother of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor Dynasty. She gave birth to Henry at 13, shortly after being widowed, and developed a close bond with her only child. Renowned for her philanthropy, she endowed professorships of divinity at Oxford and Cambridge and with the help of her confessor, John Fisher, founded Christ’s College and St. John’s College, Cambridge. She later acted as regent for Henry VIII. How many times did she marry? More…

by · May 31, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 31, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 31, 2020

I cannot speak well enough to be unintelligible. Jane Austen (1775-1817) 

by · May 31, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Word of the Day: May 31, 2020

Word of the Day: May 31, 2020

clerisy  Definition: (noun) Educated people considered as a group; the literati. Synonyms: intelligentsia Usage: I have heard it said that intellectual curiosity is the mark of a member of the clerisy. Discuss.

by · May 31, 2020 · Bulletin Board

Update on the Coronavirus Pandemic – May 29, 2020

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by · May 30, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 30, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 30, 2020

Mel Blanc (1908) One of the most prolific voice actors of all time, Blanc began his career in radio. In 1933, he began to work for a daily radio program, for which he created several voices. In 1937, he joined the cartoon department of Warner Brothers. During his 50-year career, he supplied voices in more than 3,000 animated cartoons for hundreds of characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Woody Woodpecker. Which Looney Tunes character is said to sound closest Blanc’s natural voice? More…

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Quote of the Day: May 30, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 30, 2020

Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing. Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)

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Word of the Day: May 30, 2020

Word of the Day: May 30, 2020

prehension  Definition: (noun) The act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles). Synonyms: taking hold, grasping, seizing Usage: A well-developed tail … might subsequently come to be worked in for all sorts of purposes, as a fly-flapper, an organ of prehension, or as an aid in turning. Discuss.

by · May 30, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 29, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 29, 2020

Bob Hope (1903) Famous for his “ski-jump” nose, superb timing, and irreverent attitude, Hope was an immensely popular American comedian. He debuted in vaudeville in the 1920s and later performed on radio, television, stage, and in more than 50 films. He hosted the Oscars a record-breaking 17 times over 38 years. A master of comic monologues and mildly bawdy one-liners, he was a tireless entertainer of US troops overseas. When asked on his deathbed at age 100 where he wanted to be buried, how did he respond? More…

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Quote of the Day: May 29, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 29, 2020

A soul that is kind and intends justice discovers more than any sophist. Sophocles (496 BC-406 BC)

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Word of the Day: May 29, 2020

Word of the Day: May 29, 2020

insuperable  Definition: (adjective) Impossible to overcome. Synonyms: insurmountable, unconquerable Usage: The fact that he had made her an offer, and she had refused him, had placed an insuperable barrier between her and him. Discuss.

by · May 29, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Whose Birthday Is It? May 28, 2020

Whose Birthday Is It? May 28, 2020

Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz (1807) Agassiz was a Swiss-born naturalist and geologist. Noticing the presence of huge alpine boulders in areas of Switzerland where there are no glaciers, he hypothesized that glaciers had, at one time, been widespread in the area and had dragged the boulders there. This lent credence to his theory of a recent ice age. He was also a renowned teacher and did notable work with fossils. Agassiz was a lifelong opponent, on religious grounds, of what now-accepted scientific theory? More…

by · May 28, 2020 · Bulletin Board
Quote of the Day: May 28, 2020

Quote of the Day: May 28, 2020

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

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