Birthdays today, December 16:
Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog for many of the hate groups in the United States. As long as there is a Klan in the US, it deserves to be hounded and ridiculed and shamed... and documented.
Edward Ruscha, artist. Famous for "Twenty-six Gasoline Stations"
Philip K. Dick, now deceased. One of the most influential science-fiction writers ever, but for some reason never mentioned in the same breath as Asimov and Clarke. He deserves to be, though.
Robert J. Cornell, now deceased. A Michigan Hometown Hero, born in Gladstone, Michigan, but became a US Congressman from Wisconsin during the 1970s. Also ordained by the Roman Catholic Church, he wrote The Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902
Arthur C. Clarke, also now deceased. One of the most influential science-fiction writers and futurists ever, and rightfully mentioned as such. I remember reading some nonfiction he wrote in the early 1970s that described the World Wide Web... long before Al Gore invented the Internet. Also known for his deep love of Sri Lanka.
William "The Refrigerator" Perry, of the Chicago Bears. In one of those amusing two-step translations, his nickname in Chinese means "The Electric Ice Box"
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