Saturday, January 25, 2014




The Writer's Almanac today features several famous writers, poets, and interesting incidents -- even more so than usual.

Take a look . . .


Did You Know . . .?

The words epitome, circus, tribunal, and congeries are part of a relatively small collection of English nouns that made the transition from Latin to English unaltered in both spelling and meaning.



On January 25 in 1924, the first Winter Olympics kicked off in the Alpine village of Chamonix, France. Originally conceived as "International Winter Sports Week," the Chamonix games were held in association with the 1924 Summer Olympics, held in Paris, and boasted 258 athletes (247 men and 11 women) from 16 nations, competing in a total of 18 events.

In the opening ceremonies, held on January 25, the athletes gave their oaths of amateurism to Gaston Vidal, France’s under-secretary of state for physical education. They then marched with their teams in a parade from Chamonix’s City Hall to the Olympic ice skating rink. After Vidal declared the official opening of the games in front of around 5,000 spectators, 150 athletes took to the ice for a celebration.

In one of the most unexpected stories to come out of that first Winter Games, the Norwegian-born American ski jumper Anders Haugen, captain of the U.S. Olympic team, came in fourth, but was awarded the bronze medal a full 50 years later, when a mathematical error was discovered that would have put Haugen in third place.



congeries [kuhn-JEER-eees]
-  a disorderly collection; a jumble.
-  a collection of items or parts in one mass; assemblage; aggregation; heap.



(born January 25, 1931)
Dean Jones is an American actor. Jones is best known for his light-hearted leading roles in several Walt Disney movies between 1965 and 1977, most notably The Love Bug.

(born January 25, 1956)
Dinah Manoff is an American stage, film and television actress best known for her roles as Elaine Lefkowitz on Soap, Marty Maraschino in the film Grease, Libby Tucker in both the stage and film adaptations of I Ought to Be in Pictures, and Carol Weston on Empty Nest. Manoff has also starred in numerous television movies. Her film career cooled down during the 1990s but has come back in the 2000s (decade) with movies such as The Amati Girls and Bart Got a Room and a co-starring role on State of Grace.

Manoff is daughter to actress Lee Grant and screenwriter Arnold Manoff.

(born January 25, 1985)
Michael Trevino is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Tyler Lockwood in The CW television series The Vampire Diaries.

(born January 25, 1975)
Mia Kirshner is a Canadian actress and social activist who works in movies and television series. She is known for her role as Jenny Schecter on the cable TV series The L Word (2004–2009), and for her recurring guest role as the terrorist Mandy on the TV series 24 (2001–2005).


"Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody."
--Stephen Chbosky,


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