Monday, August 21
Christopher Robin Milne, the son of A.A. Milne and the model for the human hero of the Winnie the Pooh books, was born in London on this day in 1920. As an adult he would complain bitterly, "The fictional Christopher Robin and his real-life namesake were not always on the best of terms. In pessimistic moments, it seemed to me, almost, that my father had got to where he was by climbing upon my infant shoulders. Quite frankly, I can hardly stand the thought of those awful books--Pooh and Piglet and Eyore are but lamentable, even detestable, characters in my sight. I was robbed of my childhood by the very stories that seem to have defined the childhood of myriads of others. Such is the awful irony of celebrity." Ironic indeed.