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January 2, 1998
Sarah Shapiro (Commentary, Dec. 26) writes of her father, Norman Cousins, whose traditional Christmas celebrations were for him a "liberation" from his parents' "Old World ties and Jewish tribal bondage." She, in turn, has reclaimed her Jewishness and congratulates herself that her children will not have to face the once "magical" but later "confused identity" that she experienced. If her family's past is any guide to its future, it would seem that her children's heritage, rather than Christian or Jewish, is rebel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1992
Jan Marshall of the "International Humor Institute" (Palm Latitudes, March 1) appears to be carrying the mantle of her former colleague, Norman Cousins (and boy, are her arms tired!). Applause! Applause! STEVE ALLEN Van Nuys
March 26, 1992 |
"I'm very optimistic," Dr. Helen Caldicott, the anti-nuclear activist turned environmentalist, said during an interview in connection with an awards event in Thousand Oaks on Tuesday. "We don't have to overcome the old conditioning about hating the Commies. People don't hate the environment. Everyone loves nature. So it's easier to say, 'Let's talk.'
March 28, 1991 |
At a recent celebration of the late Norman Cousins' life, 15 of his friends, colleagues and relatives recalled him with warmth and admiration and told how his life had touched theirs. Dr. Franklin Murphy, host of the gathering of hundreds in UCLA's Royce Hall, observed that Cousins was "an uncommon man, brilliant of mind and full of compassion for his fellow man" but added, "I would like to take note of his sense of humor.
February 17, 1991
"The Art of Healing" by Patricia Ward Biederman (Times, Jan. 13), about the new publication "Vital Signs" by two UCLA graduates who are now medical students, was of special interest. I am pleased to see that "bibliotherapy," as it is known in library circles, was revived by editors Paige and Alloggiamento, and that they received inspiration and support from the late Norman Cousins. Karl Menninger introduced the professional community to bibliotherapy in a 1961 paper, "Reading as Therapy."
January 10, 1991
A public memorial service will be held for author-philosopher Norman Cousins at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at UCLA's Royce Hall. Cousins, an adjunct professor of medical humanities at the UCLA School of Medicine, died Nov. 30 after suffering a full cardiac arrest. He was 75. The program at the memorial service will feature a 25-minute documentary on Cousins, as well as eulogies from family and colleagues.