This week in Literature and Arts

“As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.”—Henry Hill, Goodfellas, September 19, 1990.

Happy 89th birthday to the late Adam West, the first without him. Born September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington.

Birthday remembrances of Max Perkins, born September 20, 1884, in New York City, but raised principally in New Jersey. Perkins was a New York Times reporter before working for Charlie Scribner.

No one at CS&S wanted to sign Fitzgerald, and later Hemingway, but those two bastards have kept the publisher afloat for years. Attaboy, Max!

Happy 70th birthday to Stephen King, born in Portland, Maine, September 21, 1947.

Happy 80th anniversary to The Hobbit, published September 21, 1937, by Allen & Unwin in the UK. The first print run was a mere 1500 copies (now worth their weight in Mithril).

Houghton & Mifflin released the book in the U.S. the following year.

Birthday (no. 68) greetings to “Broadway” Bruce Springsteen, born September 23, 1949, in Long Branch, NJ.

Happy birthday to Jason Alexander, Born September 23, 1959, in Newark, NJ.

In all of human endeavor, has anyone ever been better at anything than he was at being George Costanza!

Enjoy your day, Jason. George—still—is God!

Happy 81st birthday to Jim Henson, born September 24, 1936, in Greenville, Mississippi. Everyone likes the Muppets as kids, but like old Bugs and Daffy cartoons, they’re just as much fun as adults. Well done, Jim.

September 24, 1896: Edward and Mary Fitzgerald welcome the birth of their first son, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (after his “Star Spangled Banner” writing relative), born on Sunday at home (481 Laurel Ave, St. Paul, MN). He weighed a gut-busting 10 lbs 6 oz!

In early October, Scott made his initial foray into the outside world to be baptized followed by a quick after-church stop at Lawberts corner store where he purchased his first pint of gin for the party.


Michael Rogers ( is a Jesse H. Neal Gold Award-winning freelance writer, editor, reviewer, and photographer. He is also former Media Editor and audiobook reviewer at Library Journal.