Throwback Thursday

Eva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996)

Eva Cassidy’s beautiful and angelic voice weren’t made known to me until more than a decade after her death on this date in 1996.  In fact, most of her success came after she succumbed to melanoma when her music was promoted on BBC radio and TV to great acclaim.  Sadly, the singer/songwriters death could have been prevented if she’d have kept up with regular checkups after removal of a malignancy.  This is one of her best covers and probably the best version of the song, “Fields of Gold.”

Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution.
August 20, 1858

The theory of biological evolution is more than “just a theory.” It is as factual an explanation of the universe as the atomic theory of matter or the germ theory of disease. Our understanding of gravity is still a work in progress. But the phenomenon of gravity, like evolution, is an accepted fact.

– American Association for the Advancement of Science

. . . I’m standing on the edge of some crazy cliff. What I have to do, I have to catch everybody if they start to go over the cliff—I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.


The Catcher in the Rye Published
July 16, 1951