Saturday, April 03, 2010

Happy Birthday, Washington Irving!

Pushkin by Marjorie Kowalski Cole | The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor: "It's the birthday of the writer Washington Irving, (books by this author) born in New York City (1783). He wrote 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and 'Rip Van Winkle.' He was the first person who referred to New York City as 'Gotham,' and he created the character of Diedrich Knickerbocker, the Dutch New Yorker. 'Knickerbocker' came to describe any New Yorkers who could trace their family to the original Dutch settlers, and that's where the New York Knicks get their name."

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