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Datebook: January 3 – J.R.R. Tolkien Turns 120

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Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 (and died September 2, 1973). He was best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He was an English professor at Pembroke College in Oxford for most of his career, and close friends with C.S. Lewis. His works form a connected body of tales, poems, fictional histories, invented languages, and literary essays about a fantasy world called Arda, and Middle-earth within it. In 2008, The Times ranked him sixth on a list of “The 50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Forbes ranked him the 5th top-earning dead celebrity in 2009.

It’s Tuesday, January 3

The McCracken County Public Library offers a free program on identity theft Thursday night at 7. Detective John Sims of the Kentucky State Police and Trooper Dean Patterson will explain what criminals do with your identity and will offer information about protecting yourself from identity theft.

The Paducah Symphony Orchestra holds auditions for the 2012 Youth and Children’s Choruses on January 5th, 7th, and 12th at First Presbyterian Church in Paducah. The groups are directed by Dr. Brad Almquist and Dr. Amy Aucoin. To schedule an audition time, contact Leigh Ann Renfro at (270) 444-0065.

A round-robin rook tournament begins at 7 on Friday night and runs through Saturday evening at the Pennyrile Forest State Park. Registration is $25 per team and a new deck of rook cards. Prizes will be given to the top three teams. For more information, call Rebecca Clark at (270) 797-3421.

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