October 17, 1994 |
Writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas, godmother of the environmental movement in South Florida, is not planning a national tour to promote her latest book, which is unusual for a best-selling author. But then, throughout her 104 years, Douglas has rarely done anything the usual way. "I think it's a big mistake to goad yourself into doing a lot of things that aren't really in your nature," she explained in her autobiography.
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May 15, 1998 |
Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who became the grand dame of the American environmental movement after her book on what she termed "the river of grass" led to the creation of Everglades National Park, died Thursday at her home in Miami. She was 108. Colorful, opinionated and outspoken, Douglas was an early suffragette, a feminist well before the word was even coined.
December 1, 1993 |
President Clinton on Tuesday awarded the Medal of Freedom to "five of the greatest reformers of the century," including the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and retired Justice William J. Brennan. The medal, established by President Harry S. Truman, is the highest civilian award in the United States.
January 13, 1988 |
It's hard to fault the purpose behind "Conserving America: The Wetlands," airing tonight on PBS. No ecosystem is more productive than marshes, yet these and other wetland areas have been treated with little respect during our nation's history.
May 18, 1991 |
Florida rolled out the red carpet Friday for Queen Elizabeth II, who visited an inner-city school and met with a 101-year-old environmentalist. The 65-year-old British monarch planned a weekend cruise around the state, ending with a visit Monday to Tampa to bestow an honorary knighthood on Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who led the allied rout of Iraqi forces in Operation Desert Storm.
March 8, 1992 |
When Harry Patterson found himself walking down a street in an inner-city neighborhood beside Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton the other day, he took the opportunity to ask the Democratic presidential candidate about his views on a national health care system. "He said he had a plan, and that plan included long-term care for older people," Patterson, 52, said Friday. "He's definitely for it, and I was basically satisfied with his answer."