This story begins with a wooden table. My grandfather Sidney Howard, a playwright and

Sidney Howard (1891-1939), American playwright...
Sidney Howard (1891-1939), American playwright and screenwriter. First to win both a Pulitzer Prize and an Academy Award. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

screenwriter, needed a new desk and hired a local carpenter to make one for him. The dimensions, four feet wide and seven feet long, were odd but practical: The large surface was perfect for laying out pages and scenes after he finished typing them.

via A Simple Gift – NYTimes.com.

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