If only he’d had a laser printer

On this date in 1961, 87-year-old Robert Frost recited his poem “The Gift Outright” at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy. Although Frost had written a new poem for the occasion, titled “Dedication,” faint ink in his typewriter ribbon made the words difficult to read in the bright sunlight, so Frost recited “The Gift Outright” from memory.