Saturday, January 30, 2016

Gelett Burgess 150 -- January 30, 2016

Happy 150th birthday to San Francisco writer, poet and prankster Gelett Burgess.  He was born in Boston on 30-January-1866.  His most famous composition was "The Purple Cow":

I never saw a purple cow
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one!

He and his friends dumped a pro-prohibition statue into the bay.  He published a literary magazine, The Lark.  He wrote "The Ballad of the Hyde Street Grip." Read it or listen to it on my cable car site:

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