Sunday, April 22, 2007

Today Is The footnoteMaven's Birthday!

Originally, this day was all mine. Today, I share April 22nd with the Earth. In 1970, Earth Day was established in the United States to increase public awareness of the Earth's environmental problems.

I also share my birthday with Jack Nicholson, who is much older than I.

The month of April has seen its tragedies, the San Francisco earthquake and the sinking of the Titanic. Unfortunately, two tragedies of recent history have been added to April's time line - Columbine and Virginia Tech. April will never hold the same meaning for the victims of those tragedies.

I am going to celebrate my birthday by attending a lecture at the Seattle Central Public Library on 'Burton Holmes Travelogues.' The author, Genoa Caldwell will present an illustrated lecture based on her book, "Burton Holmes Travelogues: The Greatest Traveler of His Time, 1892-1952."

My grandfather was Burton Holmes' film editor and stereoptician. Holmes' lectured at Carnegie Hall over 400 times and took Edward Jesse Greene with him to show the slides of his travels. Greene met Louis Salter (my great grandfather and the Superintendent of Carnegie Hall) and was introduced to Salter's only child Lillian. They fell in love and the rest is ancestors and the reason I am celebrating my birthday today.

April will always be remembered by me for its beautiful flowers. One of our fellow bloggers, Nikki-Ann, has been capturing these April beauties. Drop by her blog and take a look, she certainly does April justice.

And a thank you to my parents for not naming me April as they had originally intended. It just wouldn't have been me, I really am much more like the song Dad sang to me as a child, the song you named me after.

"When I go to sleep, I never count sheep, I count all the charms about footnoteMaven."

6 Comments:

Blogger David Hodges said...

What a lovely memory, Linda. And what a unique calling card, to be known as footnoteMaven! Thank you for stopping by to read Very Short Novels. Hope you found everything you were looking for.

April 22, 2007 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Apple said...

Happy Birthday!

April 22, 2007 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger The footnoteMaven said...

Good catch, David. And thank you Apple, it's been a lovely day.

April 22, 2007 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Happy belated Birthday! ;-)

April 27, 2007 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

Belated wishes!

May 2, 2007 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Chery said...

Did you know that this song was written about Linda Eastman McCartney? When she was a little girl, a musical family friend wrote it about her, long before she became a Beatle wife.

January 11, 2008 at 3:06 PM  

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