May 3, 2013 – Today, I offer a medley of brief thoughts for the first Friday in May.
“Gone with the Wind”, one of my favorite books and movies, received a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize for Fiction on this day back in 1937. Published in 1936, it was Mitchell’s only novel during her lifetime. Her earlier works were published after her death.
If I were going to the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, I’d wear this hat:
“The Fantasticks”, the Off-Broadway sensation, opened in Greenwich Village on this day back in 1960. The musical, whose cast includes a character known as the “wall” that separates two houses, became the longest running musical of all time. I saw it years ago in New York at its original theater, and in Philadelphia a few years back at the wonderful Kimmel Center.
Finally, as a blogger, it’s my duty to mention that today is World Press Freedom Day. The United Nations General Assembly declared that on each May 3 – and today is its 20th anniversary – we will raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press, and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.