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September 30, 2013

DICK WOLFSIE: My station in life

(Continued)

I’ve discovered that most of the symphonies and operas were written by classical musicians when they were mere youngsters. Impressive, but in all fairness, what else was there to do in the 1700s? No Internet, no iPhone 4G. Not even the 2G. Often the factoids leave you wanting to know more. For example, the 13th century composer Leonin wrote his music at Notre Dame. Fine, but did he play basketball there and could he hit a 3-pointer?

Usually these little tidbits of history are kind of dull, so I did a little research of my own and found three unknown pieces of classical trivia …

• Johann Sebastian Bach’s wife made him a sandwich to take to work every day and is credited with inventing the Bach’s lunch.

• Beethoven was not deaf. He just had heard enough already.

• It wasn’t that Brahms didn’t like children — he just liked them better when they were sleeping.

I’m tiring of these channels. Mary Ellen said if I really wanted to, I could watch the Colts game this Sunday. That was music to my ears.

Dick Wolfsie is an on-air personality at WISH-TV Channel 8 and weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at Wolfsie@aol.com.

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