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Two good pieces of trivia from today’s Writer’s Almanac:

A great quote from Margaret Thatcher:

It’s the birthday of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, born in Grantham, England, in 1925. She said, “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

And from the department of “maybe sometimes it’s better if you don’t know what’s going on”:

It’s the birthday of singer and songwriter Paul Simon, born in Newark, New Jersey, (1941). In 1964, he and his friend Art Garfunkel recorded a folk album, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM. It was a flop, and Paul Simon moved back in with his parents. But without telling Simon and Garfunkel, a producer added electric guitar, bass, and drums to the song “The Sound of Silence” and released it as a single. It went to No. 1 on the pop charts.

Ok, quick experiment, mostly for younger readers (say, college age and under): who has never heard of the song, “The Sound of Silence,” by Simon and Garfunkel? Or maybe you’ve vaguely heard of it but don’t really know anything about it or what it sounds like. If that’s you, let me know in the comments. Something tells me I’m about to feel really old.

You can watch Simon and Garfunkel perform the song here. And you can read more about it here.

Ok, I’m done now.

 

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