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May 19, 1996 | Reuters
Margret Rey, the co-creator of the mischievous monkey "Curious George," said Friday she celebrated her 90th birthday by donating $2 million to a Boston library and hospital. Rey and her late husband, Hans Augusto Rey, created the popular children's book character and his nameless friend, the man with the yellow hat, in the 1930s. The pair first appeared in America in 1941 and the books have since been translated into at least a dozen languages, she said in a telephone interview.
March 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Stories of criminals, ghosts, shipwrecks and pirates swirled through the busy streets of 18th century London. Competing writers spun outlandish stories, and selling the tales was part of the street commerce, like hawking a criminal's last confession before execution. A new exhibit at the Boston Public Library gives a glimpse of that lively world, where the modern novel had its roots.
August 27, 1992
Leonard Burkat, 73, whose program notes are used by orchestras and ensembles around the world. Burkat joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1946 and served as administrative director of its Tanglewood Music Center in western Massachusetts. He was responsible for program planning and selection of soloists and guest conductors for the symphony and the Boston Pops. In 1963, he joined Columbia Records and managed its Masterworks and Epic Classics labels.
January 3, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Dwight Spaulding Strong, 98, the former director of the New England Watch and Ward Society, which battled what it perceived as the societal evils of pornography and gambling, died Tuesday in Boston of natural causes. The puritanical organization was formed in Boston in 1878 to "watch and ward off evildoers."
April 19, 2006 | Brooke Donald, The Associated Press
When some of the first maps were printed in the late 15th century, they were simple diagrams of three continents and one giant ocean. Over the next several centuries, more continents were added as European explorers traveled to the Americas, circumnavigated the southern part of Africa and reached southern and eastern parts of Asia. Technological and scientific gains meant more thorough drawings that incorporated information about the Earth's interior and ocean floor.
Margret E. Rey, the writing half of the team that created "Curious George," the impish monkey hero of seven classic children's books, has died. She was 90. Rey, who had continued to preside over worldwide merchandising of monkey gear, died Saturday in her home in Cambridge, Mass. She had suffered a heart attack about three weeks ago. Hans Augusto "H.A." Rey, her husband and the artist who drew the expressive face and antic body of little George, died in 1977.
November 4, 2007 | Brendan Halpin, Brendan Halpin is the author of several novels, including "Long Way Back" and "Dear Catastrophe Waitress."
Early in Joshua Henkin's "Matrimony," a novel that follows a couple through the ups and downs of their relationship over 19 years, the protagonist, Julian Wainwright, attends a writing class where the professor pontificates about writing: This, and the story's glacial pace, confirm that this is a literary novel. But is that a problem?
January 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
First Lady Laura Bush on Thursday encouraged football fans to spare $1 from their Super Bowl party budgets to help fight hunger and poverty. "Today we invite every American to take action," Bush said, addressing youth volunteers at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington. "Let us transform Super Bowl Weekend into the biggest weekend of compassion in this country." Bush kicked off the 2004 Souper Bowl of Caring, a yearly charity drive started by a youth church group in Columbia, S.C.
May 11, 1986 | Richard Eder, Richard Eder is a Times' book critic and social commentator.
The thing about sex is that, as a topic, it generally makes people nervous. Not when practiced, necessarily, but when imagined, thought about or argued over. For example, we have a history of jittery jurisprudence on what constitutes obscenity. Jitters can make for rather good language; Judge John M. Woolsey's decision that James Joyce's "Ulysses" was OK--probably our most renowned obscenity case--is dryly quotable.
December 7, 2000 | From Associated Press
Soon to be locked into a new time capsule, tucked away for a century: a cell phone, GI dog tags, a color photo of the Eagle Nebulae taken by the Hubble space telescope, a recording of the sound of Louis Armstrong's trumpet and a chunk of concrete President Reagan chiseled out of the Berlin Wall.
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