11 October 2007
Time, she's a fast old train, she's here then she's gone, and she won't come 'round again
I had written a couple of paragraphs on here about Woody Guthrie, Eugene Gant, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, et al, and the intermingled myth/history of railroads--the idea of the railroad as a line to freedom or a release valve from the pressures of American ambition and competition and self-interest--but I realized it was sappy, sentimental garbage, so I scrapped it.
In it's place, I give you this list of things other people accomplished when they were my age--28. I'm not sure how to imbed a link to the site, but it's located at www.museumofconceptualart.com/accomplished/ You type in your age, and it gives you a list of other people's accomplishments--great or unusual, inspirational, ordinary, or worthless/dubious. It's a fun idea for a site, but the results aren't as clever as they could be.
The Danish physicist Niels Bohr published his revolutionary theory of the atom.
French novelist George Sand published her first novel, Indiana.
Dr. Ludwig Zamenhof of Warsaw invented the artificial language Esperanto.
British physician Thomas Wakley began publishing The Lancet.
Jamaican reggae composer/performer Bob Marley recorded "I Shot the Sheriff."
Nuclear plant lab tech Karen Silkwood died in a car crash on her way to meet with a New York Times reporter and a union official to document her allegations about falsified quality control reports.
French naturalist Jean B. Lamarck coined the word biology to encompass the studies of botany and zoology.
Radio DJ Brent McCoy killed a mouse, seemingly by staring at it, in his living room.
College graduate and licensed therapist Katie moved back in with her parents to muck stalls on their farm and fold her dad's underwear, still warm from the dryer.