Lead: Poet, biographer, lexicographer, critic and essayist Samuel Johnson was born 300 years ago in the midlands village of Lichfield, England.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Sam Johnson was a sickly child scarred by scrofula, a tuberculin infection of the lymph glands, and for the rest of his life his awkward appearance was compounded by a nervous condition and facial tics not to mention long periods of melancholy or depression. He was regarded as something of an eccentric but as soon as he opened his mouth and spoke his fluid, witty, and brilliant conversation, people around him, even the most famous, were captivated.