On rare occasions, I get to ride in the car with my husband and without the children. Sunday, as we drove to a friend’s party we actually had a chance to listen to what I think is the most creative radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion.” Our local radio NPR station plays it on Saturday evenings and again on Sundays. As the show ends, the signoff states, “And that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.” I began to think about the statement that all the children are above average because in my circle of friends we truly believe that our children are above average. So, I decided to research some outstanding accomplishments of children. I came up with this list. Please share your special favorites and any updated information you have about the children on my list.
1761: A five-year old Mozart composes his first chamber music piece.
1889: An eight=year old Picasso paints Le Picador.
1933: A five-year old Shirley Temple is cast in her first movie.
1960: A ten-year old Stevie Wonder has mastered the piano, drums, and harmonica.
1971: An 11 year old Wayne Gretsky for the Nadrofsky Steelers scores 378 goals and has 139 assists.
1989: Doogie Howser, M.D. airs.
2000: An 11 year old Billy Elliot becomes a ballet world phenomenon.
2002: A 12 year old Sergey Karjakin becomes the youngest International Grandmaster in chess.
2007: A six-year old Emily Bear composes and releases her first album.
2008: A nine-year old Alec Greven a “relationship expert” publishes How to Talk to Girls.
Finally, my favorite: The New York Times has an interesting article on acclaimed food critic, David Fishman, a 12 year old.