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Henry Rollins

Born on this day, February 13 in 1961 in Washington, D.C., Henry Rollins was barely out of his teens when he joined the legendary punk band Black Flag. After parting ways with the band in 1986, he enjoyed some success as a spoken word artist and with the Rollins Band. In the mid-1990s, Rollins added acting to his resumé, appearing in such films asJohnny Mnemonic (1995). He had his own television program, The Henry Rollins Show, from 2006 to 2007. Two years later, he had a recurring role on the hit television drama Sons of Anarchy.

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Anyway, deciding that she needed an agent, Rowling thumbed through a directory and chose Christopher Little because the name sounded like a character in a children’s book. She shipped her manuscript off to Little’s office, where it met a familiar fate: An assistant tossed it straight into the rejection pile because Little thought that children’s books didn’t make any money. Again, it’s understandable if maybe you don’t anticipate that this child wizard story would ultimately make more money than the gross domestic product of Bolivia, but it seems like it would still occur to someone that it was worth putting the thing into print just to see what would happen.

Eventually fate (or possibly a curse on Rowling’s part, we’re not sure) intervened when Rowling’s illustrations caught the eye of Little’s assistant while she was sending out the rejections. She convinced Little, who signed Rowling on … at which point publishers continued to reject Harry Potter. Finally, Little shipped it off to Bloomsbury Publishing, where chairman Nigel Newton agreed to look at it as a personal favor.

Newton then did something that apparently never occurred to other children’s book publishers, which was to show it to an actual child. He offhandedly tossed the manuscript to his 8-year-old daughter, who devoured it in hours and came back to him demanding more. Only at that point did someone finally decide, “Eh, let’s put some copies out there. Who knows, maybe this will make us all enough money that we can each live on an island made of gold.”

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