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Composer W. C. Handy    Father of the Blues W. C. Handy
[1873 - W.C. (William Christopher) Handy, blues composer, born in Florence, Alabama]

Playwright George S. Kaufman    Playwright George S. Kaufman
[1889 - George S. (Simon) Kaufman, playwright, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]

Composer Paul Hindemith
[1895 - Paul Hindemith, composer, violist,
conductor, born in Hanau, Germany]

Bandleader Eddie Condon    Jazz Bandleader Eddie Condon
[1905 - Albert Edwin 'Eddie' Condon, banjoist, bandleader, born in Goodland, Indiana]

Actor Burgess Meredith    Actor Burgess Meredith as Penguin
[1909 - (Oliver) Burgess Meredith, actor, born in Cleveland, Ohio]

Voiceman Daws Butler - photo by Alan Light Voice Actor Daws Butler    Voice Actor Daws Butler
[1916 - Daws (Charles Dawson) Butler, voiceover actor, puppeteer, born in Toledo, Ohio]

Actor Royal Dano    Actor Royal Dano
[1922 - Royal Dano, actor, born in New York City]

Folk Singer Bob Gibson    Folk Singer Bob Gibson    Singer Bob Gibson    Singer Bob Gibson
[1931 - Bob Gibson, folk singer, songwriter, born in New York City]

Actor Guy Stockwell
[1934 - Guy Stockwell, actor, born in
Hollywood, California]

The Awkward American

In 1961, caught in downtown Hong Kong in a rainstorm, I went into the Lane Bryant Department Store. There I purchased an excellent Burberry raincoat. All the staff (both British and Chinese) were impeccably dressed and had better manners than I did.

William's Whimsical Words:

Being an American is often awkward, but requires no apology.

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