What the Writers Almanac website says Garrison Keillor said today on the show:
The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on this day in 1917. Laura Richards and Maude Elliott won the prize for biography, with their book about the 19th-century writer and suffragist Julia Ward Howe. Jean Jules Jusserand (zhawn zhool zhoo-say-RAWN), the French ambassador to the United States from 1902 to 1925, won the prize for history: With Americans of Past and Present Days. Herbert B. Swope of the New York World won the prize for journalism, and when he picked up his award, said: â€œI cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula of failure â€” which is try to please everybody.â€
What Garrison Keillor actually said (I just listened):
The first Pullitzer Prizes were awarded on this day in 1917, and the authors were all writers whom you or I never read, nor does anybody else today.