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The Chilean poet who became his own pen name

Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto wasn’t the first writer to use a pen name. But, not many make it their legal name. The Chilean poet who became a diplomat and politician named himself after Czech poet Jan Neruda in becoming Pablo … Continue reading

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All aboard for Randolph

If you’ve ever taken a train at Union Station, you’ve passed this statue. It’s right by the entrance to the boarding area. A. Philip Randolph was among America’s leading black labor and civil rights leaders. The plaque beneath the bust … Continue reading

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Gallegos: penman and president

It’s not often writers become elected officials. I sure wouldn’t want to be president because writing’s a lot easier. But Rómulo Ángel del Monte Carmelo Gallegos Freire (1884–1969) was a Venezuelan novelist who rose to the nation’s presidency in 1948 … Continue reading

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A rebel becomes a liberator

José Eloy Alfaro Delgado (June 25, 1842 – January 28, 1912) was Ecuador’s president from 1895-1901 and 1906-11. A leader in the Liberal Revolution of 1895, “Viejo Luchador” (Old Warrior) created national unity, secured its borders and brought new transportation … Continue reading

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