January 19 birthday olla podrida

Pick your cause for celebration — interesting list of birthday people for January 19:

  • James Watt, improver or inventor of the steam engine, depending on your text, 1736

    Watt's steam engine patent renewed.

    James Watt, back then – Image via Wikipedia

  • Robert E. Lee, in 1807
  • Edgar Allan Poe, born 1809 (just a few days before Lincoln and Darwin, both born that year on February 12)
  • Robert McNeil, the journalist, 1931
  • Janis Joplin, 1943

    In Concert (Janis Joplin album)

    Janis Joplin, member of the “Dead at 27 Club” – Image via Wikipedia

  • Dolly Parton, 1946 (same year as Linda Rondstadt, if I recall correctly)

    The Best of Dolly Parton

    Dolly Parton, a while ago – Image via Wikipedia

Seems odd to me to think of Dolly Parton younger than Janis Joplin, or the same age as Linda Ronstadt.  But Parton was a star by the age of 14.

Irritates me still that Baltimore hasn’t figured out a good way to fund the Edgar Allan Poe House, which needs about $80,000 to avoid bankruptcy (again, if I recall correctly), in a city with an NFL team named after his most famous poem.  Could they just pass a hat at a couple of games, asking each fan to throw in $1.00?  Or pass the hat in the Ravens locker room?

Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris

Dolly Parton’s friends, Linda Rondstadt and Emmy Lou Harris, in a celebratory mood – Image by armadilo60 via Flickr


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