Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A surprise in the newspaper

"Hamlet" is my favorite Shakespeare tragedy, so yesterday I was readinga story about a local production company bringing the play to the stage. With this story is a little sidebar/breakout box listing all the actors who have played the character of Hamlet in my region going back to the 1890s.

A name listed for 1921 caught my attention.

Fritz Leiber.

What a minute! I had to look at it again. Fritz? Would he have even been old enough in 1921?

So, a little research online and at the local newspaper reveals the truth. It wasn't Fritz the writer, but his father, Fritz Sr., who was an actor (I hadn't known that).

You learn something new every day.

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