Tom Wilson: A happy belated birthday to Carl

From the Register-Mail:

Carl “Charlie” August Sandburg’s 131st birthday occurred Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Unfortunately, the birthday of one of Galesburg’s favorite and most successful sons passed with no visible fanfare.

On the occasion of Sandburg’s 100th birthday in 1978 the community with the help of Knox and Carl Sandburg Colleges celebrated with a month of festivities that brought in dignitaries from throughout the country….

….The event was originally scheduled for Harbach Theatre on the Knox campus, however, the demand for tickets grew to such proportions that it was moved to Memorial Gym in order to accommodate the 2,000 in attendance. Smith, who was a personal friend of Sandburg, shared with those in attendance that he had read Carl’s famous Lincoln biography five times.

Also participating in the celebration was Sandburg’s daughter, Helga Crile; Illinois Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks; United States Deputy Postmaster William Bolger; and Douglas Wilson of Knox College. Strumming and singing on her father’s guitar, Helga Sandburg Crile paid homage to Carl with anecdotes and songs the family used and knew all the way up the street and down.

Knox College in conjunction with Carl Sandburg College and its President William Anderson hosted a day long symposia that included noted Sandburg and Lincoln scholars including famed Chicago author and columnist Studs Terkel.