Wednesday, February 01, 2006
"...convulsed with laughter."
Today is the birthday of S.J. (Sidney Joseph) Perelman, born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1904. He worked first as a cartoonist, but switched to writing humorous essays for various magazines, including the New Yorker. When his first collection, Dawn Ginsbergh's Revenge came out in 1929, Groucho Marx wrote him a letter saying, "From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it."
Laughter must be good for you. Today he is 102. Happy Birthday, Mr. P.!