The blogosphere reminds me Poe was born January 19, 1809. My fondest Poe-related memory is a sixth-grade field trip to Holy Trinity H.S. in Hicksville to see several of his stories performed with enhanced sound effects. "The Tell-Tale Heart" in particular scared the daylights out of me. I wouldn't commit to being a writer until two years later, but Poe's work certainly encouraged my decision.