January 19, 1988 |
Old photographs are so inherently interesting that there's little point in trying to justify them as artworks. "The University Collects," a show of 110 photographs from the University of California's collections, doesn't bother. Though the images are installed at UC Irvine's Fine Arts Gallery (to Feb. 6), they present themselves as social, historical or scientific documents.
July 10, 1985 |
--Despite being poked, prodded, analyzed by NASA doctors and forced to sit inside a large, dark "beach ball," the 10 finalists in the competition to become the first teacher in space said they are being treated like royalty. The six women and four men underwent medical and psychological tests at the Johnson Space Center in Texas prior to a flight Friday aboard a KC-135 airplane that causes brief periods of weightlessness.
January 27, 1991 |
She was Christa McAuliffe's backup, a slight, soft-spoken schoolteacher from Idaho who became NASA's Teacher in Space designate after the Challenger disaster. Five years later, Barbara Morgan is as eager as ever to conduct classes from orbit. She must wait, though, for NASA to resume its program of sending ordinary folks like herself into space, something officials are reluctant to do.
November 7, 1988 |
Dance is supposed to be the stuff of ephemera. Here today, gone next year. But the Martha Graham Dance Company, resplendently installed in Royce Hall at UCLA over the weekend and playing to packed houses, stood in defiance of that conventional wisdom. As a miraculous retrospective spanning more than half a century proved, High Art doesn't date or fade--not with champions who glory in its original impulses, and not with the very source of those impulses still commanding the troupe at age 94.
August 12, 1989
Cathy Curtis' 1,000 words in review of the Brea Civic Gallery's current exhibition, "15 Decades of Photography" (Calendar, July 17), deserve thanks for generously exposing a "museum quality" show that breaks new artistic ground for an awakening cultural community hidden in the hills of north Orange County. However, the spotlight summary that the Brea Cultural Center show "lacks artistic focus" seems odd when her page runs out of room to give more than "also showing" credit to such talented photographers as Renger-Patzsch, Bill Connell, Al Belson and Barbara Morgan--especially since Morgan's seldom-seen photograph of Ansel Adams with Beaumont Newhall documents the energetic elan that Adams brought to his life, as well as his work, and is, in itself, worth a trip to the gallery (before Aug. 18, when the show ends)
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July 2, 1985 |
A La Jolla High School teacher's lofty dreams of becoming the first private citizen in space thudded to Earth Monday when she learned she was not among 10 semifinalists still in the running for the honor. "I cried and moped and took two hours to get my head back in shape," Gloria McMillan said after hearing the disappointing news. "Then I asked myself, 'Why are you crying? What is the tragedy in this? Nobody has died.
July 12, 1990 |
It has been so hot and rainless here this summer that even the Okefenokee Swamp seems to be drying up. At 396,000 acres--most of it in Georgia--the swamp remains one of America's premier freshwater wetlands, but this year's absence of rainfall has taken a toll. Water levels have dropped so much that officials at the Okefenokee Swamp Park say they have had to shorten boat tours from 10 miles to two miles. Rental canoes sit on the dock, unrented in the blazing sun.
January 20, 2007 |
Like millions of others, Barbara Morgan was watching as the ill-fated Challenger spacecraft lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on a chilly winter morning in 1986. But her connection to that flight was more intimate than most. The elementary-school teacher from Fresno was the backup to Christa McAuliffe, the bubbly woman chosen to be the first teacher is space. If McAuliffe had fallen ill, it would have been Morgan on that flight, which ended with the deaths of all seven astronauts.
July 3, 1985 |
Barbara R. Morgan, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford who teaches second grade in McCall, Ida., was among the 10 finalists chosen by NASA Monday in the race to become the first private citizen in space. "I plan to take the whole country with me," Morgan said at a news conference, having suggested that NASA set up a toll-free telephone number so people can call her with questions if she wins the coveted seat on the Jan. 22, 1986, launch of the space shuttle Challenger.