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    Tuesday
    Jan262010

    Writing Down the Past

    Today’s Memoir/Family History Quote
    “The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.”
    A. Whitney Brown
    Today’s Literary Birthday
    Cartoonist, playwright, screenwriter and author of children’s books Jules Feiffer was born on this day in 1929. Fieffer’s cartoons, which appeared in The Village Voice for 42 years, won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning. His work also appeared in the L.A. Times, the New YorK Times, The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, and The Nation. He wrote the screenplays for movies including Mike Nichols’ Carnal Knowledge and Robert Altman’s Popeye. He illustrated the classic children’s book The Phantom Tollbooth. In 1961 he won the Academy Award for Best Short Animation for Munro. He wrote an autobiography, Backing into Forward: A Memoir.
    Today’s Memoir/Family History Memory Trigger
    Each day we offer a question or action to help you trigger your memories of things which will make your memoir or family history richer, more detailed and more interesting. Reflect on the prompt and see what ideas it triggers. Here’s today’s:

    Do you attend a house of worship? Do you practice your parent’s religion or have you changed? Talk about your conversion, or your commitment in remaining in your religion.

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