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Ernest Lawrence Thayer
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    (August 14, 1863-August 21, 1940)
    Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
    Humor columnist for the 'San Francisco Examiner'(1886-88)
    For his last column, wrote 'Casey at the Bat' (June 3, 1888)
    He got a job at the Examiner because he had befriended publisher William Randolph Hearst when they were students at Harvard.
    He wrote his column under a pen name, so his authorship of 'Casey' was disputed.
    He frequently expressed frustration at being remembered only for 'Casey.'
    Actor DeWolf Hopper, who made a career out of reciting the poem on the vaudeville stage, said, 'Thayer indubitably wrote 'Casey,' but he could not recite it....In a sweet, dulcet Harvard whisper he implored 'Casey' to murder the umpire, and gave this cry of mass animal rage all the emphasis of a caterpillar wearing rubbers crawling on a velvet carpet. He was rotten.'
    At Harvard, he was editor of the Lampoon and a member of the Hasty Pudding theater club.
    He earned $5 for writing 'Casey,' never earning royalties from its frequent reprints or its recitations.
    In 'Casey' he created an enduring icon of American folklore.

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