Thursday, December 20, 2007

December 20, 2007 question

Clement Moore or Henry Livingston Jr.? That's another question surrounding our last trivia subject, " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas," or as it was originally titled, "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas." No one got it quite right, but Pat was closest.

I had forgotten the hubbub from seven years back when Don Foster, an expert on authorial attribution, claimed that there was no way that Clement Moore wrote the poem. He was a stern, unimaginative, stick-in-the-mud Bible professor who would never have written the poem and probably never could have.

I love a good Christmas controversy. Here's a yet-again unrelated bit of trivia for you:

What was the last song performed by an ex-Beatle to top the Billboard pop chart?

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