P.G. Wodehouse was born on Oct. 15, 1881. He was a contemporary of James Joyce and Virgina Woolf (each born the next year) but seemed to have little in common with Bloomsbury and the moderns. Yet, his wit was sharp, he wrote hit songs, he appreciated popular culture as it was being invented, and - while Jeeves, his greatest creation, may be a throwback to an England that never was - his books read well today.
P.G. - he chose his initials over "Pelham Grenville" as his byline - Wodehouse died in 1975, after a life that included being thought a traitor to England after he was taken captive by the Germans, and conducted broadcasts from Berlin. (Click here to read George Orwell's 1945 defence.)
Bertie Wooster and Jeeves live on everywhere still; the 1990s adaptations with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie were enjoyable (and, for a pre-House Laurie, life-saving, as he wrote in 1999 in a Daily Telegraph piece).
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.