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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Poe Toaster Is a No Show; Papers Get To Break Out the 'Nevermore' Headlines

Interesting story in Baltimore, as the mysterious Poe toaster doesn't show up at the famous grave for the first time in 50 years.
A longtime tribute to Edgar Allan Poe may have come to an end with the absence of the "Poe Toaster," who for more than half a century has marked the poet's birthday by laying roses and a bottle of cognac at his original grave site.

This is the first time since Jan. 19, 1949 that the person, whose identity is unknown, failed to arrive, said Jeff Jerome, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe House.
If it's been the same guy for the past 50 years, odds are the guy finally died. That thought somehow doesn't occur to the curator of the Poe house:
"I was very annoyed," he said.

"I've been doing this since 1977, and there was no indication he wasn't going to show up," Jerome said.
Full story here.

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