Monday, March 31, 2014
It is the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685), who is considered one of the world’s greatest composers, and a leading figure of the German Baroque period. His music is widely played today, a staple of many orchestras and chamber ensembles. You could do worse than spending an hour and a half listening to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Enjoy.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
It is the birthday of Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867), who became well known in the United States when he served as the first musical director of the NBC Symphony Orchestra (1937-54). He also served as director of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
Monday, March 24, 2014
It is the birthday of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919), who founded City Lights Bookstore (the first U.S. all paperback bookstore) in San Francisco in 1953, published Allen Ginsberg's Howl, and befriended Jack Kerouac, with whom he bonded. Both were Thomas Wolfe fans, both went to Columbia University, both lived in France and both spoke French to their mothers. Ferlinghetti spearheaded the naming of the alley next to his bookstore Jack Kerouac Alley in 1988. He was a mentor of Beat poets and writers of the 1950s, including Gregory Corso, Gary Snyder, William S. Burroughs, Michael McClure, Bob Kaufman, and Diane diPrima, though he always considered himself the last of the Bohemians instead of the first of the Beats. Here is a video posted last year about Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
It is the birthday of Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873). He came to the United States after the Russian Revolution, and recorded for Edison Records and Victor Talking Machine Company (later RCA Victor). Here is a playlist of his music beginning with one of his most well-known works, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
|We've used this image before with an item about Doc Holliday. Now Wyatt Earp gets equal time.|
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
wonderful article online now about the Book Fair and this year's theme, Children's Literature: Pages of Wonder. The article will be published on Sunday in the print edition of the newspaper, in its Literature section. Thank you to Colette and the Times for the space and attention. We know it will mean a lot to readers and book lovers, and we hope it will remind them to come to the Book Fair.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
|Chief Billy Bowlegs|
|Brig. Gen. John Gibbon|
Gibbon’s senior officer at Fort Brooke, was Capt. John Casey, who had earned the respect of the Seminoles and a reputation as a fair and honest man. Casey knew Billy Bowlegs and had many dealings with him. In July 1849, a handful of renegade young Seminoles attacked a settlement at Lake Worth and, a few days later, a trading post at Paynes Creek southeast of Tampa. They killed three men and wounded others. Casey sailed down to talk with Billy Bowlegs, who eventually gave the young marauders up to the Army authorities. Casey assisted with the charting of southwest Florida by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Casey Key, north of Venice, is named for him.
Capt. Casey died in Florida and his body was sent out on the same ship that took Bowlegs and his people to New Orleans. Billy Bowlegs was paid $10,000 by the U.S. government to move out west. He became a prominent chief in Indian Territory. He was quite wealthy and held 50 slaves, putting him on a par with major Southern planters.
Gibbon went on to distinguished service during the Civil War, during which he received several battlefield promotions, and ended up a general. Even though his family lived in North Carolina and his brothers joined the Confederacy as officers, Gibbon remained in the Union Army. He trained volunteers and saw action at Antietam and South Mountain, where his brigade earned the nickname the Iron Brigade for their fierce fighting.
He was wounded at Fredericksburg, returned to fighting at Chancellorsville, and led a division at Gettysburg, where his troops stopped Pickett’s Charge. He attended the ceremony at which President Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address. His troops blocked the Confederate escape at Appomattox and he was involved in arranging the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Later, he commanded troops in the west. He arrived at Little Bighorn River after George A. Custer’s defeat, where his troops rescued soldiers still under siege and helped bury the dead. Still later, he commanded troops against Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce tribes in Montana. Gen. Gibbon was forced to retire at age 65. Later, he was president of the Iron Brigade Association, and commander-in-chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States until his death in 1896.