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Sunday, January 19, 2020

'What About Lunch?'

"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'” – A.A. Milne 

English author A.A. Milne, who gave us one of the most lovable and lasting figures in childrens’ literature –Winnie The Pooh – was born on Jan. 18, 1882.  His amazing success with “That Silly Old Bear” overshadowed his other writing, which was really quite amazing in its own right.    

During a 20-year period from about 1906 to 1925 he published 18 plays and 3 novels, and was a screenwriter for the early British cinema, including 4 films produced by up-and-coming actor Leslie Howard, who gained everlasting fame as Ashley Wilkes in Gone With The Wind.  Howard actually got his start acting in Milne’s play, Mr. Pim Passes By.

But Milne is most famous for his two Pooh books that include a boy named Christopher Robin, named after his own son Christopher Robin Milne his menagerie of stuffed animals.  They were, in real life, headed up by a teddy bear named Edward.  But both A.A. and Christopher loved a bear at the London Zoo named Winnie and a swan swimming there named Pooh. 

So, he combined the names, and the rest, as they say…


A.A. Milne & Christopher (around 1926)

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