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.
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January 3, 2005 |
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 |
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.
November 4, 2007 |
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?
December 24, 1996 |
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.
January 23, 2004 |
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.
November 24, 1996 |
Suzannah Lessard's memoir assembles the beautiful wreckage of a family obsessed, from generation to generation, with art, class and female flesh. Lessard is the great-granddaughter of Stanford White, a man known less for his Gilded Age architecture than for his murder in 1906 by Evelyn Nesbit's millionaire husband, Harry K. Thaw. "Stanford White, Voluptuary and Pervert, Dies the Death of a Dog," a Vanity Fair headline reported with gusto.
May 11, 1986 |
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.
October 31, 2004 |
Joyously exorcising superstitions that had endured for most of a century, more than 3 million Red Sox fans celebrated their team's first World Series victory since 1918 with a parade Saturday that twisted through city streets and splashed straight into the Charles River. The crowd -- about half the population of the state and the largest gathering ever in Boston -- ignored a cold drizzle to begin lining the seven-mile parade route before daybreak. Just after 10 a.m.
December 7, 2000 |
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.