June 18, 1996 |
A tuna biologist from Monterey, a voting rights attorney from Fremont, a social historian from San Francisco and a playwright who distilled all the voices of the Los Angeles riots into one compelling drama felt the touch of a magic financial wand Monday. Once again, a new crop of MacArthur Fellowships--the coveted, six-figure financial awards that carry no criteria or parameters--have been bestowed upon an eclectic group of thinkers, scholars and artists.
June 23, 1999 |
Shawn Carlson, a physicist and stay-at-home dad, was spooning food into his baby's mouth last week when the phone rang in his San Diego apartment. He answered and learned he had won a 1999 MacArthur Fellowship--$290,000 and five years of free health insurance, with no strings attached. When his wife got home they rushed out to buy the double stroller they've been wanting but couldn't afford. They are expecting their second child in six weeks and their income last year was $12,000.
May 14, 2000 |
When the MacArthur Foundation tracked down Ken Vandermark by phone last June to inform him he had won one of its "genius grants," the Chicago avant-gardist was in no mood to talk. Midway through an East Coast tour, he and his Vandermark 5 had just driven for hours through torrential rain to a show in Chapel Hill, N.C. His nerves shot, he was busy unloading equipment--and perhaps dreading another night sleeping on someone's floor, a common arrangement for the band's self-financed jaunts.
September 25, 2002 |
Two Caltech researchers, two Los Angeles artists and a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer at the Getty Trust are among 24 people who received this year's so-called genius grants awarded by the MacArthur Foundation. Three other Californians also received the awards, the state thereby accounting for a full third of the recipients. Each of the 24 fellows will receive $500,000 over the next five years to use any way they want--no strings attached.
January 27, 2002 |
Three months ago, David Wilson's cell phone rang in the middle of a meeting at his one-of-a-kind establishment, the Museum of Jurassic Technology. He was talking planning with Kelly Coyne, the museum's administrative director. "It was a pretty down period, and we were trying to figure out how we were going to get through November," he says. "Financially, every month is a juggling act. We get to places where we're OK for two or three months but then it goes back to week-to-week.
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June 13, 1995 |
They didn't ask for the honor or the money, and that makes their prize all the sweeter. A Pasadena-born science fiction writer, a former teen-age runaway turned filmmaker and a UCLA musicologist were among five California women who were named geniuses Monday--rich geniuses. They are among this year's 24 recipients of MacArthur Foundation fellowships, often called "genius awards," recognizing individuals who have made original contributions to fields ranging from theater to neuroscience.