The verdict is in on reading

Getting a Read On

April 14, 1999|By Melody Holmes

As a child of the 1940s, Maryland Attorney General Joseph Curran remembers a time when there wasn't a television in every American home. Instead of watching TV, Curran read for entertainment.

He recalls spending Saturday mornings at Enoch Pratt Library No. 22, particularly during high school when he had numerous reading assignments. He also remembers reading on the sun porch of his parents' home. The atmosphere there was always "nice, quiet and removed," he says.

His favorite subjects were cowboy stories and history, topics that have always fascinated him.

Curran attributes his affinity for reading to the example set by his parents, who read a great deal when he was child. He recalls that his mother most often read to him, while his father was the one who would help with homework. He and his mother also played word games. She would give the young Curran a word and ask for a definition or a synonym.

"I've always felt that reading was important," says Curran. He and his wife read to their children, who enjoyed Dr. Seuss books and the Nancy Drew mystery series. They, in turn, read to the Currans' young granddaughters.

Without his ability to read, Curran could not do his job, he says. "A lot of what I do is reading law books to help with law cases, writing reports and forming legal opinions."

"Reading," says Curran, "is the way to knowledge."

Pub Date: 04/14/99

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