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Friday, October 27, 2017

Greetings Infomaniacs,

Congratulations to Bob Blank who won this week's "Mind Scrambler". Here was the scrambler:

Do not begrudge this,
For it is the fate that men want.
Yet it is feared,
And shunned in many lands.
Causes problems, and sometimes gaps,
Can hobble the strongest, and make memory lapse.
What is this danger we all face
For being a part of the human race?

ANSWER: Old age.

Enjoy!

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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."

HINT: (1834-1926), American academic, served as president of Harvard University for 40 years.

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Anne Sexton wrote To Bedlam and Part Way Back (1960), Transformations (1971), and The Death Notebooks (1974), as well as Live or Die (1967) for which she won the Pulitzer Prize. In 1974, despite a very successful writing career, she lost her lifelong battle with depression and, at the age of 46, committed suicide.

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One of Tennessee Williams greatest plays, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, contains characters named "Big Daddy" and "Big Mama." These roles were played in the original Broadway production by Burl Ives and Mildred Dunnock.

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Nikolai Gogol's most celebrated play was The Inspector General (1836), a comedy which told the tale of a young civil servant who finds himself stranded in a small town, mistaken for an influential government inspector. A masterpiece of dramatic satire, The Inspector General is universally respected as one of the greatest plays of the Russian theatre.




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WHO SAID IT?

QUOTE: "Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."

ANSWER: Charles W. Eliot

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