Tuesday, March 29, 2011


~  Wynton Marsalis was the first jazz musician to when the Pulitzer Prize.  he won in 1997 for "Blood on the Fields," his epic jazz oratorio on American slavery.  His Pulitzer was the first awarded for a non-classical composition.

~  Edward Albee found the title for his hit play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" scrawled on a mirror in a Greenwich Village tavern.  The tavern invited customers to write slogans and graffiti with a bar of soap.  Albee, who spotted the phrase in 1954, gave it immortality in 1962 after discarding "Exorcism" as the title of his play.

~  Bill Clinton had a seven-seat hot tub installed on the White House lawn.  (Why am I not surprised?)

~  A standard pool ball weights 5.5 to 6 ounces and has a diameter of 2 1/4 inches.

~  The city of Plymouth, England got its name from its location at the mouth of the Plym River.

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