William Carlos Williams was born on September 17, 1883 in Rutherford, New Jersey.
He lived for 79 years, until March 4, 1963.
I was 5 years old, living just 18 miles away in blissful ignorance of the great poet when he died.
Roger Ebert posted a marvelous birthday tribute to WCW on his blog yesterday. It consists of a series of paintings, artworks, songs and video pieces all illustrating or inspired by "The Red Wheelbarrow."
Well worth a look, here.