Meredith Wilson, I was going to say, ended up writing The Music Man, set in "River City, Iowa," but you probably know River City is Mason City. I'll pay it a visit before I drive on to New Ulm, MN, childhood hometown of the delightful author-illustrator Wanda Ga'g. If you don't know her Norwegian name, you certainly know - or lucky you: you still have it to discover! - Millions of Cats. It was Captain Kangaroo who introduced it to me... I'm to do some presentations there, at Wanda's house, regarding writing, researching a character, and then? Laurapalooza in Deep Valley. And, not so by the way, it's Yul Brynner's birthday today, born in eastern Russia in 1920, very perilous times there. 'Don't smoke," he warned us all, not long before he died.
Please note that a most elegant & genial writer was born on this day, in 1899. His folks named him Elwyn, another fine name fallen out of fashion. Elwyn Brooks White. E.B. on his books. You know them. He was Andy to his friends.
And please, please note that it was on this day, 50 years ago that To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee's noble book, was published. Let's go read it.