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Don't just stand there, bust a reference move

Have you ever seen Health & Wellness Resource Center kill it on the dance floor? Biography Resource Center has. In fact, it’s possible — although impossible to actually prove — that we joined in. (All photographic evidence has been destroyed, thankfully; it’s a bit clunky when you carry around vital records on 380,000 people and attempt to two-step, a bit like being pregnant with threehundredeightythousandtuplets and jigglin’ it, just a little bit.) We’re back from an exhausting weekend wedding that saw The Shakespeare Collection joined in holy matrimony with Business & Company Resource Center. We do like to keep it in the family here at Gale. Congrats to them both.

Marriage is part of the circle of life, albeit less so in these modern times of ours than in centuries past. Speaking of the past century (see what we did there?), it was 99 years ago this very day that Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, aka Sieur Louis de Conte, aka Quentin Curtius Snodgrass, aka Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain completed his own circle and died in Connecticut. You can look him up in BioRC under any of these pseudonyms, noms de plume, and names — Quentin Snodgrass, in particular, is a great parlor trick to pull out from your linguistic sleeve the next time you attend, say, a wedding. Also quite nice is the story of from whence the Twain name came:

Clemens grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which is located along the shore of the Mississippi River. He became a licensed riverboat pilot, where he learned of the riverboat term “mark twain” that crewmen called out to indicate “two fathoms.” Clemens adopted the term as his pen name while beginning to incorporate the Mississippi River as a significant component of his novels.


Source: “Twain, Mark.”Water: Science and Issues. E. Julius Dasch, ed. 4 vols. Macmillan Reference USA, 2003.

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Posted on: April 21, 2009, 2:03 pm Category: Factoids Tagged with: , , , , , ,

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