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
June 20, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - There have been, in modern times, three Marilyns, a couple of Lulus and Lolitas, and many Moby Dicks with their own operas. Now, suddenly and out of the blue, we have two new operas, or in this case operatic Passion plays, about Mary Magdalene. Fast on the heels of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's premiere of John Adams' "The Gospel According to the Other Mary" last year and Peter Sellars' staging this year, comes Mark Adamo's "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene," commissioned by San Francisco Opera and given its premiere Wednesday night in War Memorial Opera House.
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 15, 2000 |
At the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Mass., you can visit a pair of houses where two presidents were born: John Adams, who led the country from 1797 to 1801, and his son, John Quincy Adams, who served as chief of state from 1825 to 1829. Nearby, there's another venerable home to tour, known as the Old House, where both presidents lived.