On August 25, 2012, the world lost a truly great man: Neil Armstrong. The first man to walk on the moon, Armstrong inspired a nation--and generations--with the hope and excitement of space exploration.
Born August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong discovered his love for flight very early. By the age of 16, he'd already earned his student license. When he began at Purdue University, it was to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering under a full scholarship from the US Navy. However, when the Korean War broke out, Armstrong's education was interrupted by the call of duty. He flew 78 combat missions during the Korean War and returned to school in 1952.
On this day in 1899, Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Borges would eventually become a leading author and translator not only in Latin America, but also worldwide. Borges philosophy and authorial style have influenced numerous authors, most notably Umberto Eco.
Basketball player, copywriter, spy, legendary chef: Julia Child would be 100 years old today, and were still indebted to her legacy of greatness. Child was a pioneer in the culinary world, making high cuisine accessible to a wide audience. Childs cookbooks continue to be popular among both cooking enthusiasts and rare book collectors alike.
In most industries, mistakes cost money--sometimes lots of money. In the world of rare books, however, mistakes can impact a book's value in a quite a different way. Called errata, mistakes made in books may include spelling errors, word omissions, or the use of a different word in place of the intended one.