Harris Glenn Milstead: Born October 19, 1945

“We Talk to John Waters and Pat Moran About Divine’s 70th Birthday”  (2015)
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Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John Waters, at high school in Baltimore, and the two combined to star in and direct several ultra low budget, taboo breaking cult films of the early 1970s. Their first efforts included Roman Candles (1966), Eat Your Makeup (1968) and Mondo Trasho (1969)….however, their most infamous work together was the amazing Pink Flamingos (1972), in which Divine starred as “Babs Johnson”, the “filthiest person alive” living in a pink trailer with her egg-eating grandmother, chicken-loving son and voyeuristic daughter.
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001145/bio

Remembering legendary drag queen, Divine in photos
11 Throwback Photos Of Divine

E.E. Cummings: Born October 14, 1894

selfieFrom his youth, Cummings was fascinated with painting and the fine arts. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1894, he began drawing and writing well before his time at Harvard University. “He drew from childhood just as he wrote poems from childhood. He just knew he wanted to be an artist,” said Cohen.Landscape

“He was an artist first and foremost, and these [writing and painting] were the two forms of expression that were always part of his work,” said Cohen. “It was clear he was good with words, and he was determined he would just stilllifeas good with a pen and paintbrush.”
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/26/the-secret-art-life-of-e-e-cummings.htmlselfsketch

The Paintings of E.E. Cummings~ http://eecummingsart.com/
“The Agony of the Artist (with a capital A)”~ https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/02/09/e-e-cummings-miscellany-agony-of-the-artist/
“The Rebellion of E.E. Cummings”~ http://harvardmagazine.com/2005/03/the-rebellion-of-ee-cumm.html
Poetry Foundation Biography~ http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/e-e-cummings

John Lennon: Born October 9, 1940


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NigelHe was born John Winston Lennon on October 9, 1940. Like the other three Beatles, Lennon grew up in a working-class family in Liverpool. His parents, Julia and Fred, separated before he was two (Lennon saw his father only twice in the next 20 years), and Lennon went to live with his mother’s sister Mimi Smith; when Lennon was 17 his mother was killed by a bus. He attendedwCynthia Liverpool’s Dovedale Primary School and later the Quarry Bank High School, which supplied the name for his first band, a skiffle group called the Quarrymen, which he started in 1955.
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/artists/john-lennon/biography
BedPeaceJohn Lennon didn’t invent rock and roll, nor did he embody it as toweringly as figures like Elvis Presley and Little Richard, but he did more than anyone else to shake it up, move it forward and instill it with a conscience. As the most daring and outspoken of the four Beatles, he helped shape the agenda of the Sixties – socially and politically, no less than musically. As a solo artist, he made musicjandy that alternately disturbed and soothed, provoked and sought community. As a human being, he served as an exemplar of honesty in his art and life.
https://rockhall.com/inductees/john-lennon/bio/

John Lennon’s first Rolling Stone interview~ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/john-lennon-1970-jann-wenner-rolling-stone-interview-w481395
John Lennon’s final interview~
http://www.openculture.com/2015/03/hear-john-lennons-final-interview-taped-on-the-day-of-his-death.html
Transcript~ http://www.beatlesarchive.net/john-lennons-last-interview-december-8-1980.html

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Alfred A. Knopf, Sr: Born September 12, 1892

Alfred Abraham Knopf, Sr. (September 12, 1892-August 11, 1984) was an American publisher of the 20th century, and founder of Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.. His contemporaries included the likes of Bennett Cerf and Donald Klopfer, and (of the previous generation) Frank Nelson Doubleday, J. Henry Harper and Henry Holt. Knopf paid special attention to the quality of printing, binding, and design in his books, and earned a reputation as a purist in both content and presentation.

Asked how to say his name, Knopf told the Literary Digest: “Sound the k: k’nupf.”
http://www.self.gutenberg.org/articles/Alfred_A._Knopf,_Sr.

Obituary in New York Times~
http://www.nytimes.com/1984/08/12/obituaries/alfred-a-knopf-91-is-dead-founder-of-publishing-house.html
The history of the house of Knopf~ http://www.randomhouse.com/knopf/about/index.html

Henry Purcell: Born September 10, 1659

Purcell wrote only one full opera, a short work supposedly designed for a girls’ school. The tragic story of Dido and Aeneas, with a libretto by Nahum Tate, has a perfection of its own. Dido’s final lament, before she kills herself, follows the model for such compositions established by Monteverdi eighty years before. Other stage works by Purcell are in the hybrid form now known as semi-opera, combining spoken drama and a musical element that in the concert-hall may be performed apart from its wider dramatic context.
Biography~ http://www.fabermusic.com/composers/henry-purcell/biography

BBC artist page for Henry Purcell~ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/artists/ddea5540-2c7d-4266-8507-b367c2635d35