A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

LOU

Wed, 3 Jan '24
Nickname for Missouri's second-largest city, with "the"
Mon, 5 Jun '23
Ferrigno who played the Hulk on old TV
Sun, 18 Sep '22
Reed of the Velvet Underground
Sun, 28 Aug '22
___ Malnati's, Chicago-style pizza chain
Wed, 15 Jun '22
Singer Rawls
Tue, 17 May '22
"Sweet Jane" songwriter Reed
Tue, 22 Mar '22
Singer Rawls
Thu, 24 Feb '22
"Rugrats" grandpa
Wed, 29 Dec '21
Bega who sang "Mambo No. 5"
Fri, 25 Jun '21
Gymnast Mary ___ Retton
Sat, 1 May '21
___ Hoover, first lady before Eleanor Roosevelt
Thu, 25 Mar '21
Jazz's Mary ___ Williams
Fri, 5 Feb '21
Jazz great Mary ___ Williams