1 November 2004 - Gilbert & Sullivan

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My Fatal Mistake

Gilbert and Sullivan were born on the same day, leap day in 1840, causing a bureaucratic mix-up that switched their birth records. With that event as inspiration, the great partnership went on to produce a body of work that laid the foundation for the 1950’s soap opera, and thereby for the entire vast edifice of the modern political campaign. Moral: Never live in a swing state.

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