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Happy Birthday Jane Austen et al!

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Happy birthday Jane Austen and any  future illustrious writers born on this day!

Did you know that December 16th is a propitious day in history for writers to be born?

Jane Austen, the English novelist known for her classic books on social customs (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility) that are read in classrooms around the world, was born on this day in 1775.

Around a century later on this day, Noel Coward, the English playwright, actor, composer and wit was born in 1899.  Coward was known for his sophisticated comedies such as Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit.  His advice to actors?   “Speak clearly, don’t bump into the furniture and if you must have motivation, think of your pay packet on Friday.” (The Telegraph)

Just two years later, the great American cultural anthropologist and author Margaret Mead was born.   Mead brought the study of anthropology into the limelight of modern culture in the 1960’s and 70’s with her holistic approach to  studying and observing humanity.  She took principles of anthropology and social sciences and applied them to issues such as world hunger, childhood education, and mental health. (Library of Congress)

Looking at a different realm of human interaction, Arthur C. Clarke, the popular science fiction writer who explored the relationship between man and robot, was also born on this day in 1917.  Clarke’s short story, “The Sentinel” was the inspiration for the classic Sci/Fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

And finally, Happy Birthday to our contemporary, Steven Bocho,  the acclaimed television writer and producer.   Bocho is known for his beloved and hard-hitting television series Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue.

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