Frank Sullivan: The Sage of Saratoga with Chris Millis

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
12:00 pm
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Saratoga Springs Public Library
Henry Street
City of Saratoga Springs
New York
Harry Dutcher Community Room

Prize winning novelist, cartoonist and screenwriter Chris Millis discusses one of his literary heroes, Frank Sullivan, using resources of the library and History Museum.

Chris Millis, a bestselling, prize-winning author, filmmaker, and lifelong Saratogian, will offer stories and reflections on the life and remarkable writing career of his hometown hero.

Born in Saratoga Springs in 1892, humorist Frank Sullivan began writing for the Saratogian at $7 a week, moved on to newspapers in New York City, and joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine in its second year of existence — writing its annual Christmas poem “Greetings, Friends” for 42 years.

“A generous personality,” is what Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marc Connelly called his old pal, Sullivan. “The least bitter man I ever knew.”
Sullivan lived at 135 Lincoln Avenue until his death on February 19, 1976. “A small town is the place to live,” he once wrote. “I live in a small town 180 miles from New York and while I would not say it has New York beat by a mile I would put the distance at six furlongs.”