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Library Link of the Day: The Grim, Depression-Era Origins of Dance Marathons

Frank Micholowsky holds his exhausted sister and dance partner, Marie Micholowsky, after a marathon dance competition.

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura:

“CALLUM DEVILLIER, A HAIRDRESSER FROM Lanesboro, Minnesota, designed his own headstone before his death in 1973. His head-turning epitaph contains his greatest accomplishment, engraved for posterity. “DeVillier,” the red granite marker reads. “World Champion Marathon Dancer. 3780 Continuous Hours.”

How—and perhaps more importantly, why—did the son...Read More »


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