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May 30, 2013 |
If you haven't heard of Baroness Barbe-Julie von Krudener, you've missed a good yarn. She was a child of wealth and privilege in the 19th century Governorate of Livonia. A life of social climbing, dalliance, literary ambition and finally religious conversion led to a Rasputin-like influence over Alexander I, czar of Russia. And that was not all. I discovered the now obscure story of the baroness while paging through the "Jerez-Libe" volume of my 1950 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
May 16, 1995 |
Encyclopaedia Britannica Put on Block: The oldest continually published English-language encyclopedia has hired New York investment firm Lazard Freres & Co. to find a buyer and could fetch up to $500 million, the New York Times reports in today's editions, citing executives familiar with the plans. The Chicago-based company has limped through three years of losses and dwindling sales, the newspaper says. The privately held company does not publicly report its profit or losses.
November 1, 1999 |
Almost two weeks after the venerable Encyclopaedia Britannica made a brief online debut, the site has yet to reopen its virtual pages to visitors. The Chicago-based company announced that on Oct. 20 it would make available for free on its Web site (http://www.britannica.com) the contents of its 32-volume encyclopedia. But the site screeched to a halt when hungry knowledge seekers signed on in droves during the first free research day.
February 9, 1992
The article may have had a catchy headline but it also is a misleading one. The use of dogs in research experimentation is hardly an animal rights issue. It is a scientific issue. The Britannica hired Dr. Michael Fox, an authority in his field, to write on a subject which he knows well. It is shocking that there are those in the scientific community who want to suppress the facts in this issue. Perhaps this is why we still have heart disease, cancer and diabetes as major causes of human deaths, as they have been for many years, despite millions upon millions of dollars spent for experiments on dogs and other animals.
March 15, 2012
Two months after Eastman Kodak Co.declared bankruptcy, another household name is succumbing to the relentless march of technology. Encyclopaedia Britannica announced Tuesday that it is discontinuing its best-known product, the 32-volume collection of reference material on everything from aardvarks to zygotes. The company is shifting its focus to the Internet, where it offers a virtual version of its books and a slate of fee-based educational services. The company's ability to sell pricey bound volumes for 244 years is a testament not just to the power of its brand, but also to the demand for a convenient, reliable source of information.
March 3, 1992 |
Arthur Miller once said that Willy Loman died because he foolishly believed it was a law that someone who wasn't a success didn't deserve to live. Ki Yup Chang's was the opposite tragedy. He believed in the system, and it rewarded him. He richly deserved a longer life. Nevertheless, his too was the death of a salesman. Chang was already 49 when he came to this country, emigrating from Korea with the same hopes for a better life as millions of immigrants before him. That was about 20 years ago.