February 6, 1991 |
The names littered through the pages of "Grass Roots" are familiar, but you may not remember exactly why: Babbitt, Du Pont, Haig, Jackson, Robertson, even Paul Simon--the senator, that is, not the singer. By now, you may have forgotten that each of these men braved the snows of New Hampshire in pursuit of his party's presidential nomination in 1988.
December 30, 2001 |
This superbly illustrated biography of Mark Twain, a companion volume to Ken Burns' four-hour PBS television series scheduled for January, documents a life that continues to have the compelling power of myth and legend. The novelist and critic William Dean Howells called Twain "the Lincoln of our literature" and said he never tired of hearing the "Arabian Nights story" of his friend's life. From a memorable boyhood in Hannibal, Mo.
September 25, 2009 |
Ours is a house divided -- not by red and blue states but by something more essential: our relationship to what's wild. Should we leave it alone? Cherish it and make sure it lasts? Or continue to wall it up, fence it off and take shiny things from it so we can all get rich? Fortunately, citizens such as John Muir, George Bird Grinnell and Marjory Stoneman Douglas have had the courage and foresight to battle for preservation of what was once commonly known as "scenery." The wilderness had them at hello; they understood that we need the beauty and solitude of open space.
September 25, 2009 |
For Californians, Ken Burns' gorgeous and exhaustive six-part documentary on the National Parks poses something of a dilemma. In the 12 hours it takes for "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" to unfold, an Angeleno could easily visit any of a half dozen national parks. Without traffic, you could conceivably get to Yosemite, where it all started, tour the valley floor and be back before narrator Peter Coyote stopped talking. No doubt the various men behind the National Parks system, from mountain prophet John Muir to the touring-car-bound Franklin Delano Roosevelt would recommend you do just that.
October 6, 1988 |
Republican presidential candidate George Bush on Wednesday declined an invitation to appear with Democratic counterpart Michael Dukakis on the ABC program "Nightline" after Dukakis had accepted the offer. The network invited both candidates to "engage in an open-ended discussion concerning the issues being raised in the 1988 presidential campaign," said Roone Arledge, ABC News president.