May 23, 2010 |
In the spring of 1949, Eleanor Roosevelt turned in the manuscript for her second memoir — this one on the White House years — to her editors at Ladies' Home Journal. "You have written this too hastily," came the reply, "as though you were composing it on a bicycle while pedaling your way to a fire." Roosevelt's editors asked her to revise the manuscript with the help of a ghostwriter, but she refused. "I would have felt the book wasn't mine," she said. She ended up selling her book's serial rights to the Journal's biggest rival, McCall's, for $150,000.
February 6, 2010 |
In crisis there usually is opportunity. Now, here's the opportunity if the latest global financial-market upheaval worsens: The U.S. government, still the borrower that never lacks for lenders, can launch a major economic-stimulus plan to be financed by yet more sales of Treasury securities. Frightened global investors would again be happy to shovel their money into Treasuries at low-single-digit interest rates. The U.S. would, in effect, then recycle those dollars back into the economy, preferably through business and personal tax cuts this time rather than another pork-barrel spending bill.
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January 26, 2010 |
Earl Wild, the elder statesman of American piano virtuosos who was often called "the last of the great Romantic pianists," died Saturday at his home in Palm Springs. He was 94. He died of congestive heart failure after a long illness, his companion, Michael Rolland Davis, said on Wild's website. Wild had to be "the world's only pianist to have composed for Sid Caesar, toured with Eleanor Roosevelt and been ranked in dexterity with Vladimir Horowitz," the Washington Post pointed out in 1986.
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February 6, 2008 |
William Turner Levy, an educator and author who wrote about his friendship with luminaries such as Eleanor Roosevelt, T.S. Eliot and Frank Capra, and drew upon those extraordinary experiences to make his classroom lessons meaningful for younger generations, died Jan. 21 at Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center. He was 85. Levy underwent abdominal surgery and died several days later from complications, said friend and colleague Robert J.
April 20, 2003 |
Eleanor Roosevelt hated it, and who could blame her? An Upper East Side townhouse that was a Christmas gift from her mother-in-law, Sara Roosevelt -- and which the elder woman also occupied -- is set for a $15-million renovation by the City University of New York, which plans to use it as the new site of Hunter College's public policy institute.
June 4, 2002
Re "Bob Hope Honored on His 99th Birthday," May 30: There is no way the American servicemen can thank Bob Hope enough for the many visits he made to entertain the GIs. I saw him in Panama in 1944, about the same time Eleanor Roosevelt was visiting military bases. Bob's opening remark was, "Well, I beat Eleanor to Panama." David S. Eicher Glendale