April 2, 1805 – Hans Christian Andersen is born in Denmark.
An odd-looking, poverty-stricken child, Hans Christian Andersen was transformed into a world-renowned writer. In doing so, his life was reminiscent of his fairy tale, “The Ugly Duckling.”
Overcoming all odds, young Andersen found sponsors for his education. Early writing included novels, travel books and poetry. In 1837, he began writing the fairy tales that won him international fame and access to the royal houses and cultural elites of Europe.
While he fell in love with both men and women, his love was never reciprocated. Some of his tales were autobiographical. “The Little Mermaid,” for example, mirrors how his own love interest, Edvard Collin, refused to be his romantic soulmate.
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 8:59am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
Tens of thousands of gay servicemembers have been kicked out of the U.S. military both before and after the adoption of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. And with the U.S. Senate’s December, 2010 vote to repeal that policy, it is fitting we remember the very first discharged – Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin. It all [...]