March 24, 2002 |
Realistic or sentimental, full of hope or delivered with an eye on the history books, the final words of America's presidents have been dutifully recorded ever since George Washington uttered his on Dec. 14, 1799. "I die hard, but I am not afraid to go," Washington told his doctor after being stricken with a violent throat infection at his Mount Vernon, Va., estate. He was 67. John Adams, who lived to be 91, approached his demise with humor.
April 21, 1999 |
The church crypt containing the remains of father and son Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams will reopen despite earlier concerns that it would be closed to visitors for lack of money. Secretary of State William F. Galvin, who also is chairman of the state Historical Commission, said he will grant $15,000 to the United First Parish in Quincy, Mass., to continue to maintain the crypt.
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December 20, 1990
The only present my family and I want this Christmas is our boys back home from Saudi Arabia. John Adams said, "We are friends of freedom everywhere, but guardians only of our own." OSCAR L. SANCHEZ San Bernardino
February 18, 1999 |
The world premiere of John Adams' "Naive and Sentimental Music" by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Friday would be enough to make our city the center of the new music universe, at least for this weekend. But, in fact, the Adams' work is only one element in a half-intentional, half-serendipitous cluster of local new music events--including two concurrent festivals.
October 9, 2004 |
Choreographer Jerome Robbins has been the forgotten man in the ongoing New York City Ballet visit to Southern California, not only inevitably overshadowed by the celebrations of George Balanchine's centennial but also yielding the stage to dance-makers Christopher Wheeldon and Peter Martins with far less justification.
February 15, 2002 |
AMERICA'S FIRST DYNASTY The Adamses, 1735-1918 by Richard Brookhiser The Free Press $25, 256 pages At a time when a certain sentimentalism is creeping into contemporary reconsiderations of the Founding Fathers, Richard Brookhiser's new book about the Adams family comes as a bracing tonic. Brookhiser, a senior editor at William F. Buckley's National Review and a columnist for the New York Observer, admires the Adamses. He seems to share their skeptical conservatism.
June 4, 2001 |
It is but the farm of a patriot, a small sign reads. But the estate on a hillside here is so much more: the summer White House of the nation's second president; a monument to the skills and sensibility of a wife who kept the place afloat while her husband worked abroad; a repository of 78,000 artifacts and letters--all original to four generations of John Adams' family. "This wonderful house," historian David McCullough said during a visit last week.