Alexander von Humboldt entered our world at this time/space intersection: Monday, 14 Sept. 1789/Berlin. A few months after Geo. Washington's Inauguration. I could say that he began his earthly adventure. He grew up to be a geographer, a curious-minded botanist, an explorer whose curiosity took him deep into the wilds of South America. By golly, if I were an ambitious person I would so write a book about this man. By golly, I just might... Just the wikipedia essay about him will knock your socks off. Figuratively. It's damp & chilly here today [blessedly so, after this dry cauldron of a summer] socks are warranted.
And one of my all-time favorite illustrators was born on this day, in 1867, when future author Laura Ingalls Wilder was 7 months old. Check out the wonderful drawings of pen & ink maestro Charles Dana Gibson.
"Good-bye – good-bye, all. We are all going. It's God's way. His will be done, not ours. Nearer, my God to Thee, nearer to Thee. We are all going. We are all going, we are all going. Oh dear..."
And not long after, in Buffalo, NY, Theodore Roosevelt took up the task, but that's another story.