November 26, 2009 |
When it comes to popular entertainment, the late Michael Crichton was about as successful as any writer could hope to be. His 15 novels and four nonfiction works have sold a staggering 150 million copies worldwide. Fourteen of his books were made into films. By the time he died last year at the age of 66, he'd also written or co-authored 10 screenplays and created two television series for which he wrote multiple episodes. In 1994, he became the only writer in history to achieve what might be called the popular author's grand slam, when he simultaneously had the top-grossing film in theaters, the most popular series on television and the country's bestselling book.
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January 21, 1989 |
History provides both inspiration and instruction. Throughout his presidency, Ronald Reagan frequently invoked historical refrains to illustrate his vision of the American experience. In his final televised address, he warned that we are not doing an adequate job of teaching America's children "what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world. . . . that America is freedom--freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise."
November 13, 1987 |
Two commuter trains crashed at an underground station during morning rush hour Thursday, injuring at least 110 people and forcing hundreds of others to grope through a dark, smoky tunnel to safety, authorities said. Officials of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, which owns the Amtrak-operated commuter lines, said a seven-car train struck the rear of another seven-car train that was letting off passengers at a station in the Back Bay section shortly after 8 a.m.
December 12, 1990 |
An Amtrak train from Washington derailed and slammed into a packed commuter train in Boston's Back Bay station during this morning's rush hour, injuring 186 passengers, 10 of them critically, officials said. The impact "threw the trains in the air," and spilled 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel that caught fire in the downtown underground station, said acting city Fire Commissioner John Harrison.
August 1, 1985 |
A powerful storm unleashed a deluge on parts of the Northeast today, flooding streets in parts of Massachusetts with up to six feet of water, while twisters downed trees and tore roofs off homes in Philadelphia and south-central Pennsylvania. At least two people were reported killed in weather-related traffic accidents. A dam in southwestern Pennsylvania that appeared to be moving threatened homes and forced 13 families to evacuate. They returned later in the morning.
November 24, 1996 |
'Thanksgiving Day," billed as a "can't-miss combination of historical costume drama, screwball comedy, animal adventure, film noir and doomsday thriller," hits screens nationwide this holiday weekend. And all movieland is holding its collective breath. Will this colossally costly production--$259 million-- yet again up the industry ante for blockbuster hits, or will it founder on the hubris of makers who have too brazenly defied movie-making convention?
May 8, 1986 |
A train packed with commuters slammed into a freight train in the fog Wednesday morning, injuring 200 people as passengers were hurled through the cars seconds after the conductor yelled: "Brace yourselves." Although most suffered only cuts and bruises in the crash of the four-car commuter train from Framingham, about 50 people were taken away on stretchers and five were seriously hurt. "I was reading my paper and then--bang. There was no warning. People really went flying.
October 6, 2006 |
Police will resume inspections of bags on public trains, buses and boats in the greater Boston area for the first time since the city held the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Gov. Mitt Romney announced Thursday. Romney, a Republican considering a 2008 run for president, said that the inspections for explosives were not a response to any immediate threat, but that police recognized transportation systems were vulnerable to terrorist attacks. "We are facing a very different threat.
August 4, 2002 |
A commuter train conductor was wrong to continue making scheduled stops for 20 minutes while a passenger was having a heart attack, Amtrak said in a report late Saturday. The passenger, James R. Allen, 61, of Wellesley, Mass., later died at a Boston hospital. The report said conductor James Peros did not "quickly and accurately assess the situation and notify the dispatcher as soon as possible." Amtrak's crews run the commuter trains for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.