June 30, 1985 |
The Chicago Tribune's Saturday morning headline--"Hostages Syria Bound"--had heralded one of the first solid bits of hope for the wife and five children of 57-year-old Simon Grossmayer. By afternoon, though, the newspaper that lay on the couch of the Grossmayer home in rural Algonquin, Ill., seemed a cruel taunt. A few blocks away, Jo Ann Lazansky and her three children were awaiting news of her hostage husband, George, 53.
December 15, 1985 |
Words have sharp edges. Calendar ran a letter last week from a playgoer who was so turned off by the boiler-room talk in "Glengarry Glen Ross" that she couldn't understand how The Times' reviewer could find any meaning or value whatsoever in David Mamet's drama. Literally, she hadn't heard the play for the words. It's easy to feel superior to such complaints.
June 25, 1989 |
If anyone here says that a location you seek is "by the bridge," you'd better ask for specifics. This city has 2,400 of them, more than Venice, or anywhere else in Europe for that matter. That's because Hamburg sits on the Elbe River and several of its tributaries, most notably the Alster, which swells to the beautiful mid-city "lake" that is one of Hamburg's scenic attractions. Despite its up-river location 68 miles from the North Sea, Hamburg still has Germany's largest harbor.
April 21, 1986 |
A fire broke out late Saturday night on the Frankfurt commuter rail network, causing $2 million worth of damage and disrupting transport, police said Sunday. Police said they are holding two young men on suspicion of arson.
November 16, 2003 |
The unique cultural monument that is William Forsythe's Frankfurt Ballet is scheduled to be demolished at the end of the 2003-04 season -- though not before the German company dances a last hurrah at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in June. But in the meantime, some of the dancers slated for dismissal have decided to sing for their suppers. They have cut a CD, "Cool Moves," for the Frankfurt-based label powerhouse records.
January 14, 1992
On Friday, U.S. Army strength in Germany will officially drop from four to two divisions as the withdrawal of American forces in Europe proceeds apace. In separate ceremonies, the 3rd Armored Division, headquartered in Frankfurt, and the 8th Infantry Division, located in Bad Kreuznach, will be officially deactivated. From a peak strength of about 340,000 before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the number of U.S.
October 7, 2006 |
The most talked-about title at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair is a 902-page tome that crams in the Holocaust, incest, lashings of visceral violence and some gay sex, all narrated by an unrepentant former Nazi. As if that weren't provocative enough, "Les Bienveillantes" turns out to be a first novel by Jonathan Littell, the 39-year-old son of U.S. spy novelist Robert Littell. Already a bestseller for Gallimard in France, the book has now been sold to German publishers Berlin Verlag.
October 13, 1992
The governing council of Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank, holds one of its bimonthly meetings Thursday in Frankfurt amid hopes of further cuts in interest rates. Germany is under international pressure to lower its high rates, which are being blamed in part for slowing global economic recovery. Short-term German interest rates are currently about 9%, compared with about 3% in the United States.
October 6, 2004 |
Even as readers devour the code-cracking thriller "The Da Vinci Code" and best-selling Iraq War titles, the book trade faces damaging threats from a boom in video games, deeper discounting and online sales of used books. On the eve of the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany this week, the world's biggest annual industry event, publishing houses say these trends, coupled with an ailing global economy and no new Harry Potter blockbuster, have them struggling to grow at the rate of inflation this year.