Saturday, March 26, 2011

Happy 100th Birthday, Tennessee Williams

During today's Saturday Writers meeting (and at lunch afterwards), our wise, witty, and very funny speaker, Joe Holleman, reminded us that today marks the 100th birthday of the legendary playright, Tennessee Williams.

Thomas Lanier Williams III, better known as Tennessee Williams, was born in Mississippi but lived in St. Louis during his formative years. Williams is known for his award-winning plays, many of which were made into movies. The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and A Streetcar named Desire were a few of his most famous plays.

Back to Joe Holleman: Joe has a blog on called Yakkin' with the Sherpa. Each Friday on his blog, Joe has a feature "Sherpa's Top 10."

Yesterday's top 10 highlighted the Top 10 Tennessee Williams movies.

Another weekly feature is called "The Decider." This week's decider question is: Jelly beans or Peeps? For me, it's jelly beans--no contest.

Next week I'll post a few of my note's from Joe's talk about the craft of writing. Until then, check out Joe's blog when you get a chance. You won't be disappointed.


  1. I just saw "The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," a late Tennessee Williams play, and enjoyed it a lot. Happy birthday, Mr. Williams and thanks. On that most critical decision, jelly beans, but peeps are right behind.

  2. Sounds like you had a great meeting--again! Do you meet more than one Saturday a month? I have attend Saturday Writers on my Bubcket List!

  3. Happy Birthday Tennessee! Thanks for all the great links. Have a great weekend! :)

  4. Hi Buttercup,
    Yep. Jelly beans are the best.

    Hi Claudia,
    We meet the last Saturday of the month, except in November and December. If you get to the metro-St. Louis area, please do stop by, we would LOVE to have you visit.

    Hi Karen,
    You are welcome. Hope you have a great weekend, too.


  5. So enjoyed the Saturday's meeting with Joe!

    Stale peeps for me. They have to be stale.

  6. Donna,
    Sounds like an interesting meeting. The five inches of snow down our end of down kept me away.

    No more jelly beans for me ever again:)

  7. It would be jelly beans for me, too. However, if the choice is between jelly beans + a microwave vs. peeps + a microwave, it would be peeps. Try it. Peeps in the microwave do cool things!

    Joe Holleman DID have some great information and reminders/reality checks for us.

  8. Hey Donna! Great post! I'm so glad you enjoyed Joe's presentation and getting to know him a little better, too! What a neat guy.
    The Decider: I'm with Lynn!!! I've only met one or two people that also love stale peeps!! And yes, gotta be stale...not fresh!! They're not too hard, not too "crunchy"...but Just Right! :)

  9. Hi Sally,
    I'm with you. My favorites are the black ones.

    Hi Lynn,
    It was great to finally meet you in person. Stale peeps? Ewww.

    Hi Linda,
    We missed you yesterday, but I understand about snow keeping you away. It didn't get nasty until the end of the meeting, but by the time lunch afterwards was finished, I had to scrape my van and drive home very slowly.
    And don't give up on jelly beans. They're the best!

    Hi Sioux,
    I LOVE your post this morning about Joe's advice.

    Hi Becky,
    You are an amazing president of Saturday Writers getting such wonderful speakers each month. Joe was so passionate about writing and so much fun to listen to and learn from.
    But boo, hiss on the stale Peeps.



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