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My Two Seconds With Marilyn

(6) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 2:06 PM

Fifty years ago on August 5, 1962 in the early morning, housekeeper Eunice Murray discovered the lifeless body of Marilyn Monroe draped across her bed in her Brentwood home in Los Angeles. Near her was an empty bottle that had contained sleeping pills. Fourteen other bottles of medicines and tablets...

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What Does the Future Hold for Barbie?

(3) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 2:40 PM

Ten years have passed since the death of Ruth Handler on April 27, 2002, yet her brilliant invention, Barbie, the world's best-selling doll, lives on.

Barbie debuted on March 9, 1959, at the American International Toy Fair in New York City. She wore a black and white...

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How America Became an Automobile Nation

(1) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 5:27 PM

In the early 1950s, one of my grandfather's great pleasures was taking his Pontiac out for a spin on Sunday afternoons in New York City. Gas was less than 25 cents a gallon. Traffic was a breeze. And the air was (relatively) clean.

Today, such vehicular pleasures can...

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How America Became an Automobile Nation

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 4:58 PM

In the early 1950s, one of my grandfather's great pleasures was taking his Pontiac out for a spin on Sunday afternoons in New York City. Gas was less than 25 cents a gallon. Traffic was a breeze. And the air was (relatively) clean.

Today, such vehicular...

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The Fiction That Fiction Is Fiction Is Fiction

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 3:35 PM

A friend once published a novel that detailed the struggles of a 15-year-old girl, her dysfunctional family, hysterical pregnancy, and doomed teen love affair. The story also revealed her struggle against emotional and physical violence and exposed a tormented family dynamic -- a dynamic that was at best unpleasant, at...

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Robert Moses and the Second Avenue Subway

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2012 | 5:47 PM

From OUPblog.

The world was allegedly created in six days (God rested on the seventh day), so why is it taking New York City so long -- some 90 years, or possibly longer -- to create the Second Avenue Subway?

According to the MTA, proposals to build a...

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