This Week In History

• On October 6, 1965, a new musical called The Moon And The Rose opened at the Longacre Theatre on 48th Street. The show received rave reviews, but closed the following afternoon after just one performance. Critics and audiences alike were stunned. No reason was given by the play's producers, though it was widely rumored to have been the result of a bitter dispute between Ian Hartford Smith, who wrote the music, and John Quincy Boulderman, who wrote the book & lyrics. Supposedly — and this has never been proven — Smith discovered that Boulderman was a serial killer. Smith pulled the rights, and the musical has never been heard since. Samuel Weiss, one of the show's producers, lamented the loss of a potential American classic in a 1974 New Yorker interview. "The lyrics brought tears to the eye," he said. "So what if a few dozen vagrants died by ritual strangulation?" • On October 9, 1986, a Cedar Rapids, IA auto mechanic named Philip Redman became the first U.S citizen to own 50,000 pens. Redman promptly retired from pen collecting, noting that he could never catch up to Swiss record-holder Claude Meine and his 234,783 pens.

• On October 11, 1959, engineers at Texas Instruments discovered that no amount of programming can make a system of transistors, circuit boards and wires feel genuine love.

It will never happen.

Never, never, never, never.

Sigh ...