[Poe at 200] Monday, January 19, 2009 is Martin Luther King Day and the eve of Barack Obama's presidential inauguration -- an historic day, for sure. It's also the 200th birthday of the macabre master himself, Edgar Allan Poe, who was born on January 19, 1809 in Baltimore.
The city of Baltimore is hosting a year-long celebration of Poe's 200th birthday with the Edgar Allan Poe Bicentennial Celebration, featuring actor and Poe aficionado John Astin (aka The Addams Family's "Gomez") performing his spine-chilling readings of Poe's works.
I can't help but wonder if the NFL's Baltimore Ravens were named for their hometown hero's most famous work. Nevermore .... nevermore.