Senator Larry Farnese speaks to the crowd at the Save the Arts rally in Philadelphia.
Billy Murray - Titina, 1925
William Thomas Billy Murray (1877 - 1954) was one of the most popular singers in the United States in the early decades of the 20th century. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of immigrants from Ireland. He became fascinated with the theater and joined a traveling vaudeville troupe in 1893. He also performed in minstrel shows early in his career. He made his first recordings for a local phonograph cylinder company in San Francisco, California in 1897. He started recording regularly in the New York City and New Jersey area in 1903, when the nation's major record companies as well as the Tin Pan Alley music industry were concentrated there. He was probably the best selling recording artist of the first quarter of the 20th century.
In 1906 he started performing in duets with Ada Jones. He had a strong tenor voice with excellent enunciation and a more conversational delivery than bel canto singers of the era. On comic songs he, therefore, often sang slightly flat, which he felt helped the comic effect. As a devoted baseball fan, he is said to have played with the New York Highlanders (Yankees) in exhibition games. He was also said to have sometimes called in sick to recording sessions in order to go to the ballpark. Ironically, he never recorded baseball's anthem Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Murray's popularity faded with changes in public taste and recording technology; the rise of the electric microphone in the mid 1920s coincided with the rise of the crooners. His hammering style, as he called it, essentially yelling the song into the recording horn, did not work in the electronic era, and it took him some time to learn how to soften his voice. While he continued to work, his singing style was considered old fashioned and less in demand. Murray made his last recordings in 1943 and retired to Freeport, Long Island, New York in 1944. He died in nearby Jones Beach.
Classics in Dialogue: Allen Kuharski and Emmanuelle Delpech
The Aydelotte Foundation presents Classics in Dialogue, a symposium in interview format. An effort to expand our notion of the relevance of Classics — and by extension the liberal arts — by engaging in direct dialogue with people whose work outside of the academy has found meaning in the classical past.
Allen Kuharski is the Swarthmore College Stephen Lang Professor of the Performing Arts. Here, he interviews actor, teacher, and director Emmanuelle Delpech.
Mary Pilon: The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind ... | Authors at Google
The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game
The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence, the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game, and one man's lifelong obsession to tell the true story about the game's questionable origins.
Most think it was invented by an unemployed Pennsylvanian who sold his game to Parker Brothers during the Great Depression in 1935 and lived happily--and richly--ever after. That story, however, is not exactly true. Ralph Anspach, a professor fighting to sell his Anti-Monopoly board game decades later, unearthed the real story, which traces back to Abraham Lincoln, the Quakers, and a forgotten feminist named Lizzie Magie who invented her nearly identical Landlord's Game more than thirty years before Parker Brothers sold their version of Monopoly. Her game--underpinned by morals that were the exact opposite of what Monopoly represents today--was embraced by a constellation of left-wingers from the Progressive Era through the Great Depression, including members of Franklin Roosevelt's famed Brain Trust.
A fascinating social history of corporate greed that illuminates the cutthroat nature of American business over the last century, The Monopolists reads like the best detective fiction, told through Monopoly's real-life winners and losers.
Driving directions with Street View on Google Maps
Now you can use Street View when getting driving directions on Google Maps.
2014 Archives Fair: Morning Session
The DC Caucus of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and the National Archives Assembly hosted the 2014 Archives Fair in the National Archives McGowan Theater in Washington, DC on April 3, 2014.
The morning session included:
Welcome by Archivist of the United States David Ferriero
Discussion Panel: If we build it, will they come? Crowdsourcing for enhanced access to archival material.
Examining the Effects of Gentrification, a 2018 U-M MLK Symposium Event
The Institute for Social Research invited the community to a Jan. 10, 2017, discussion on how gentrification maintains and deepens inequities (both racial and socioeconomic), particularly with regard to unequal access to high quality education.
Panel moderator: Dr. Kesha Moore, Associate Professor of Sociology at Drew University and UM alumna.
Dr. Tam Perry (Assistant Professor of Social Work at Wayne State University and Faculty Associate in U-M ISR’s Research Center for Group Dynamics)
Saundra Little (architect and founding partner of Centric Design Studio)
Shayna Brown (U-M Stamps School of Art and Design alumna)
Lydia Wileden (U-M graduate student in sociology, public policy, and ISR’s Population Studies Center)
Staten Island Railway
The Staten Island Railway is the only rapid transit line in the New York City borough of Staten Island. Operated by the Staten Island Rapid Transit Operating Authority, a unit of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, it is considered a standard railroad line, but only freight service which runs along the western portion of the North Shore Branch is connected to the national railway system.
SIR operates with modified R44 New York City Subway cars, and is run by the New York City Transit Authority, an agency of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and operator of the New York City Subway. However, there is no direct rail link between the SIR and the subway system proper. SIR riders do get a free transfer to New York City Subway lines, and the line is included on official New York City Subway maps. Commuters who use the railway typically use the Staten Island Ferry to reach Manhattan; the line is accessible from within the Ferry Terminal and most of its trains connect with the ferry.
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