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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to British politician Iain Macleod (1913-1970), "History is too serious to be left to historians." . . .

TODAY IN HISTORY -- In 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, poet and best-known English writer of the Middle Ages, died in London. He is buried in Westminster Abbey. His greatest work, "Canterbury Tales," which was once required reading in many schools, has some 17,000 poetic lines. . . . In 1881, Pablo Ruiz Picasso, considered by many to have been the greatest artist of the 20th century, was born at Malaga, Spain. . . . In 1983, more than 2,000 U.S. Marines and Army Rangers invaded the Caribbean island of Grenada after it had been determined that a political coup a week earlier had made the island a Soviet-Cuban colony. . . .

TWAIN SCHOLARS from throughout the United States are coming to Buffalo for the 10th annual Mark Twain Birthday Party & Symposium at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum.

The symposium, a tribute to the late Leslie Fiedler, will feature WKBW-TV weatherman and television personality Mike Randall as Mark Twain. Randall is considered by many to be the greatest Mark Twain impersonator today.

Errol Craig Sull, founder and coordinator of the Western New York event, said featured guests will include Vic Doyno, University at Buffalo professor of English considered one of the foremost Huckleberry Finn scholars; Neil Schmitz, UB English professor and an American literature scholar; Sally Fiedler, a respected teacher and writer whose husband was regarded by many as America's finest literary critic; and Maggie Vaughn, poet laureate of Tennessee and a major "Twainiac," who has written eight books, including a book of poetry honoring Twain.

Also appearing will be William Loos, former curator of rare books at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library; Clyde Haupt, a recognized authority on Twain and the media who teaches English at Erie Community College; and Sull, who taught Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for 12 years at Niagara University and Chautauqua Institution.

Tickets are $20 per person ($15 for students with identification) and include champagne, soft drinks, appetizers and a huge birthday cake. Keep in mind the event is always sold out and seating is limited. For information or make a reservation, visit
marktwainparty@aol.com or call 871-1900. . . .

SPAGHETTI DINNERS with meatballs, salad, dessert and beverage will be served from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday in St. Augustine Catholic Church, 8700 Goodrich Road at Tonawanda Creek Road, Clarence Center. Mary Jane Filarecki wrote that the tab will be $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children. . . .

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- Margaret C. Caldwell, Joseph Buran Sr., Paul Johnson, Kevin Halt, Don Puccio, Rita Messore, Mary Lou Weigel, Jim Wrest, David Pajak Jr., Lois Comrie, Adrian Morrow, Dorothy Walters.

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