A poet and playwright whose drama and comedy works are among the most well known in the English language, William Shakespeare was born on this date in 1564. His birthday on the 23rd is estimated (ish) based on his church baptism was documented on the 26th. You are invited to the Shakespeare birthday to be held (not at the Globe Theatre) but rather at the KRNN Crosscurrents show 4/23 at 8 am. ( http://www.krnn.org )
A Sample of William Shakespeare “Big Hit” One-Liners:
“To be, or not to be: that is the question”. – (Act III, Scene I).
AS YOU LIKE IT ~~~
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool”. – (Act V, Scene I)
“All the world ‘s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts” – (Act II, Scene VII).
RICHARD III ~~~
“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!”. – (Act V, Scene IV).
ROMEO AND JULIET ~~~
“For you and I are past our dancing days” . – (Act I, Scene V).
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE ~~~
“But love is blind, and lovers cannot see”
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR ~~~
“As good luck would have it”. – (Act III, Scene V).
JULIES CAESAR ~~~
Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war”. – (Act III, Scene I)
“If chance will have me king, why, chance may crown me”. – (Act I, Scene III)
KING LEAR ~~~
“Nothing will come of nothing.” – (Act I, Scene I).
“I am a man more sinned against than sinning”. – (Act III, Scene II).
ALISTAIR COOKE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 11/20: The esteemed journalist and imperturbable and honey-voiced host of “Masterpiece Theatre”, Alistair Cooke, was born on this date in 1908. Gavin and Wyatt hope to be cast in Alistair’s next “Masterpiece Theatre”. You can be part of the troupe singing Broadway show tunes on Crosscurrents, 11/20 at 8 am.
Playlist to include: Phantom; Les Mis; Hamilton; Lions; Cats; Rocky; Shop; Sweeney; Hair; Tommy; J.C.; Newsies; Annie; Heights, and of course Shakespeare.
SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/10: The famous English jurist Sir William Blackstone born on this date in 1723 is remembered for his “Commentaries on the Laws of England”, an attempt to provide a culturally wide-ranging review of English law. No need to pass the bar, or be in a bar, as you are invited and simply need to tune in the Blackstone birthday on Crosscurrents, 7/10 at 8 am.
BIG BILL BROONZY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/26: The versatile American blues singer and prolific songwriter, a mentor to many British rock icons, Big Bill Broonzy was born on this date in 1893. The legend of Bill Broonzy from slick urban boogie to acoustic folk blues are yours to enjoy on Crosscurrents, 6/26 at 8 am.
Playlist may include: Eric Clapton; Keith Richards; Pete Townshend; Ray Davies; John Mayall; Peter Green; Savoy Brown; and of course… the man himself Bill Broonzy.
His genius as a prodigy of intellect expressed itself in many other spheres of activity, John Maynard Lord Keynes, was born on this date in 1883. So influential was John Maynard Keynes in the middle third of the twentieth century that an entire school of modern thought bears his name. Keynes’ best-known work, ‘The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money’, was published in 1936, and became a benchmark for future economic thought. It also secured his position as Britain’s most influential economist, and with the advent of World War Two, he again worked for the treasury. In 1942, he was made a member of the house of lords.
ATTENBOROUGH ON CROSSCURRENTS, 5/8: Famed natural historian and English broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough was born on this date in 1926. Sir David’s life has been devoted to preserving the diversity of our world’s wildlife and his birthday will be celebrated with music (and no leopards) on Crosscurrents, 5/8 at 8 am.
Playlist may include: Just Can’t Go To Sleep; Flowers on the Wall; Puff, The Magic Dragon; Snake Oil; Gone, Gone, Gone; Happy Feet; Express Yourself; Wild Wild Life; and… other Attenborough inspired tunes.
JAMES HERRIOT ON CROSSCURRENTS, 10/3: “All Creatures Great And Small” tells the story of his time in rural England as a veterinary surgeon, James Herriot (aka J. Alf Wright) was born on this date in 1916. Gavin and Wyatt have joined the author-veterinary on a hill overlooking the Yorkshire dales. We hope you can join your presenter John on the radio as he oversees the Herriot birthday on Crosscurrents, 10/3 at 8 am.