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Today's Trivia (May 9)

For eight decades, Jane Grant was a dynamic feminist, journalist and entrepreneur who changed the world of magazine publishing forever.

Initially, she was a member of the Algonquin Round Table, whose other members included Edna Ferber, Alexander Woolcott, Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Harpo Marx and Grant's husband, Harold Ross.

During the 1920s and first part of the 1930s, the Round Table was a group of writers and artists who met daily for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel in

New York City. They cussed and discussed each other's work and, in time, had an impact on the nation's humor, literature and media.

In the midst of them was Grant, born in 1892 in Kansas.

By the time Grant was a teenager, she'd decided she wanted to be a singer or an actress. Shortly after graduating from high school, Grant set out to follow her dreams.

According to a University of Oregon history on Grant, she found a job in New York City answering phones for the New York Times.

In her spare time, she began writing pretend news stories, knowing they'd never be published. But one of her bosses noticed her enthusiasm for writing and assigned her to cover social events.

Question: What was the name of Jane Grant's home town? What well-known magazine did Grant and Harold Ross start?

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