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This witty wonder may be for you My literary almanac tells me that on this day in 1854, Oscar O’Flahertie Fingal Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland. Wilde, once the toast of venues as varied as London, England and Deadwood, S.D.
Kevin Alderson is a retired high school history teacher over in LaFarge.
Just about the time you think you’ll scream if you’re confronted with another monumental biography, another epic movie, an enigmatic play about T.E. Lawrence, along comes journalist Scott Anderson with a monumental tome, titled “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of The Modern Middle East” (Doubleday, $28.95).
If you’re a science fiction buff, have I got a book for you to take to the lake.
Wisconsin Talk and Inferno discussed by Dave Wood, past vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle and former book review editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune
I grew up not knowing much about Wendell Willkie, for I was only four in 1940 when he ran against Franklin Roosevelt for the presidency. I knew that because of his rural Indiana background, wags called him “the barefoot boy from Wall Street.” I also knew that my father had voted for him, as he also did for Thomas E. Dewey, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon. He only voted for a Democrat once. “I voted for Jimmy Carter,” said my dad.
10 YEARS AGO SEPT. 7, 1995 Headline of the week: "Rinehart named state's top grocer." Dick Rinehart, owner of Dick's IGA, has been named 1995 Grocer of the Year for his contributions to business and community. His career began in 43 years ago when he started as a clean-up person in the meat department of Nelson's IGA in Mequon when he was 13. The Wildcat volleyball team won matches against New Richmond and Menomonie.