It’s already Friday (August 5), and I’m nearly halfway through my visit to Dobrzyn. Later today, though, I get to visit Leon and his staff. On Sunday I head to Poznan to give a lecture on Monday, so posting will be light. When I return to Chicago a week thereafter, I won’t be going anywhere till the annual Freedom From Religion Foundation meeting (Pittsburgh, October 7-9), which has a good lineup of speakers, and then, in November—Singapore, Hong Kong, and China (work and fun, including noms)! And, if all goes well, I’d like to visit New Zealand for a month in February (fun only).
Today is, and I’m not kidding, National Underwear Day in the U.S. I’m wearing mine! On this day in 1772, the First Partition of Poland was undertaken (there were three) , dividing this poor beleaguered state among Austria, Prussia, and Russia. In 1884, the cornerstone of the Statue of Liberty was laid (thanks, France!), and, on August 5, Eva-Maria Buch, a member of the Red Orchestra resistance group against the Nazis , was guillotined in Germany at the age of 22. On this day in 1957, American Bandstand debuted on television; how many remember that wildly popular rock-and-roll show hosted by Dick Clark? And on this day in 1981, Ronald Reagan fired over 11,359 striking air-traffic controllers.
Those born on this day include Neil Armstrong (1930) and Marine Le Pen (1968). Those who died on this day include Marilyn Monroe (1962) and Alec Guinness (2000). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is sleeping beside me but pretending to do my work:
A: Are you asleep?Hili: No, I’m composing a review of the book Jerry is reading.(Photo: Jerry Coyne)
Hili: Nie, piszę recenzję z książki, która Jerry czyta.
(Foto: Jerry Coyne)