ON THIS DAY . . .
- . . . in 1898, convicted of embezzlement, William S. Porter entered the Ohio penitentiary where he began to write short stories borrowed from a guard -- O. Henry
- . . . in 1917, Ella Fitzgerald, American singer-songwriter and actress was born.
- . . . in 1939, Ted Kooser. American poet and author, was born.
- . . . in 2015, riots broke out in Baltimore, MD, following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
THE TOP ONE PERCENT . . .
According to an article in yesterday's New York Times, " . . . the top 1 percent of American households now controls 42 percent of the nation's wealth, up from less than 30 percent two decades ago. The top 0.1 percent accounts for 22 percent, nearly double the 1995 proportion."
NOT IN THE ONE PERCENT . . .
In an opinion piece also in yesterday's New York Times, Ahmed Mujahid, whose home in Syria has been bombed several times, revealed, "I have not seen or eaten a tomato in a year."
REMEMBER THIS . . .
In his new book, Old Age: A Beginner's Guide, writer Michael Kinsley reveals: "Of the 79 million boomers, 28 million are expected to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia . . . that adds up to about 35 percent, or one out of three."
STEPPING UP AND OUT . . .
About five years ago, I was hooted out of the sassosphere when I purchased New Balance 801s (see top photo). Over the weekend, I finally pitched the 801s for some stylish slip-on Vans. Matissta believes the Vans are a great improvement. "Instead of looking like a senior citizen walking along Miami Beach, you now look like Mary Tyler Moore."
TODAY'S TRUTH . . .