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2009-01-25 10:29:35

Pauline Penny Cosby, whose tightrope exploits with prestigious U.S. circuses earned her acclaim, has died at the age of 92, her niece says. Cosby's niece, Dorothy Gravelin, remembered her aunt, who retired to Palm Beach County, Fla., in the 1970s, as a performer who earned the moniker Queen of the Silver Wire through her thrilling high-wire acts, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post said Saturday. Cosby's 30-year tightrope career included stints with the Al G. Barnes Circus and the Downey Bros....


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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