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Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
[1770 - Ludwig van Beethoven, composer,
born in Bonn, Germany]

Boston Tea Party - Colonists dressed as Indians
[1773 - Boston Tea Party: Colonists dressed as Indians dump British tea cargoes in bay as protest against tax]

Novelist Jane Austen
[1775 - Jane Austen, novelist, born
in Steventon, Hampshire, England]

Philosopher George Santayana
[1863 - George Santayana, philosopher,
born in Madrid, Spain]

Playwright Noel Coward    Playwright Noel Coward
[1899 - Sir Noel (Peirce) Coward, actor, playwright, born in Teddington, Middlesex, England]

Cultural Anthropologist Margeret Mead    Anthropologist Margeret Mead's book
[1901 - Margaret Mead, Anthropologist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

Jazzman Turk Murphy
[1915 - Turk (Melvin Edward Alton) Murphy, band leader, jazz trombonist,
born in Palermo, Butte County, California]

Writer Arthur C. Clarke    Writer Arthur C. Clarke
[1917 - Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction writer, born in Minehead, Somerset, England]

Journalist Murray Kempton
[1917 - Murray Kempton, Pulitzer Prize-winning
newspaperman, born in Baltimore, Maryland]

Director George Schaefer
[1920 - George (Louis) Schaefer, producer,
director, born in Wallingford, Connecticut]

Mead Indeed

Margaret Mead

In a discussion by learned scholars about traditional gender-specific child rearing roles in our society, one of the panelists referred to the work of Margaret Mead, and the studies that she made of sex and temperament in primitive societies. Having had the privilege to literally sit at the feet of Margaret Mead half a century ago in Chicago, william imagines that wherever she is now, she must be smiling that some of her work has withstood the test of time.

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which diverse human gifts will all find a fitting place.

Margaret Mead
Sex and Temperament

Margaret Mead - oft quoted statement

William's Whimsical Words:

Her ideas certainly have more merit than trying to impose our peculiar religious, cultural, and social values on the rest of the world.

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