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By Cameron Morfit and Cameron Morfit,New York Times News Service | December 2, 2001
A telling measure of the success of The Joy of Painting, the hypnotic half-hour television show in which the endearingly goofy Bob Ross unfailingly produced a piece of kitsch on canvas, was what happened in Holland in 1997. After all, it's one thing to ask people to watch an artist paint on TV -- like "an invitation to watch someone grow cobwebs," as Walt Kowalski, the president of Bob Ross Inc., said recently. It's another to ask them to listen to a man paint on the radio. "A Bob Ross-certified instructor went to the studio and painted a picture," said Bert Effing, who is in charge of European distribution for Bob Ross Inc. "The DJ was interviewing the painter, who was talking about happy little trees and such for three hours on live radio, during the hit parade."
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | January 26, 1994
The challenge of racial and ethnic diversity was probed yesterday by 82 Christian audiences across the country via a television hookup that included about 30 men and women meeting at Baltimore's Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation.Dr. Ann Belford Ulanov, professor of psychiatry and religion at Union Theological Seminary in New York, drew on her interpretations of patients' dreams to suggest that spiritual and physical health comes from acceptance of "the other," such as unfamiliar images of God or cultures different from one's own."
NEWS
August 17, 1993
Pope John Paul II's four-day stay in Denver ended Sunday on a more conciliatory note than many observers had predicted. Rather than conclude his visit with an exclamation-point of a speech deriding American moral values, the pope addressed the 400,000 worshipers at a four-hour Mass in terms that for the most part were upliftingly pastoral.To be sure, his prepared text for the occasion included direct condemnations of abortion and euthanasia as examples of this century's "culture of death."
NEWS
December 27, 1996
EARLIER THIS MONTH, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that heralds the clash of language and culture that already marks political life in parts of the United States. In 1988, voters in Arizona approved an amendment to the state's constitution requiring all the state's business be conducted in English and that state employees use only English on the job.A state worker sued, claiming the provision violated her free speech rights. Questions from the justices indicate that they are more likely to decide this case on narrow procedural grounds than on the broader issues it entails.
NEWS
By Harvey Cohen | July 15, 2001
AMID THE comment and celebration that accompanied Bob Dylan's recent 60th birthday, few observers viewed him as part of a larger American artistic thread. Because Mr. Dylan has developed counter to the usual expectations concerning American musical artists, his most enduring qualities, the ones that link him to the traditions of American culture, have often gone unrecognized. That voice, for one. Critics and audiences have dismissed it, put off by surface roughness and lack of technical perfection.
NEWS
March 28, 1993
School Success Without DiversityMinority diversity in schools is not a prerequisite for delivery of quality education to students. Schools do not need diversity; schools need to serve their communities and teach their students.When my Armenian ancestors immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s, they were a disliked minority. They established an Armenian community which became a major support system for them. They worked hard, realized the American dream and gradually became assimilated into mainstream American culture.
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By GREGORY KANE | June 29, 2005
WHEN GOV. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. called multiculturalism "bunk" and "crap" about a year ago, you'd have thought, judging from the reaction of some folks, that he'd just taken out a lifetime membership in the Ku Klux Klan. With the advent of "ethnomathematics," maybe some of those same folks will climb down off the governor's back. But I'm getting just a wee bit ahead of the discussion I had with Ehrlich at the governor's mansion Friday. The governor rehashed that multiculturalism business so he could clarify what his views are - and aren't.
NEWS
By DAN RODRICKS | April 10, 2002
I CAME ACROSS this statement yesterday morning: "Trends are not destiny." That was a good way to start the day on which the mayor of Baltimore would announce, at long last, a new plan for Belvedere Square. "Trends are not destiny" is from a little soft-cover book called The Home Town Advantage, published by some troublemakers up in Minnesota who work at a small-business-boosting, sprawl-fighting, outside-the big-box-thinking group called the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. "When people lament the disappearance of the local bookseller or neighborhood pharmacist, too often they speak with a deep sense of resignation," author Stacy Mitchell writes.
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By William Robertson and William Robertson,Knight-Ridder News Service | August 25, 1993
A book with the title of this one is at least worth a look.As it turns out, these 26 essays by Andrei Codrescu, best known bTC for his commentaries on public radio's "All Things Considered," are not only worth looking at but worth thinking about, too. Tart, aphoristic and often hilarious, they provide a semi-outsider's view of American culture.Dr. Codrescu was born in Romania in 1946, grew up there under communism and came to the United States in 1966. His subsequent baptism in American culture was superseded only by his immersion in the American language.
NEWS
By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,Staff Writer | June 28, 1993
Nick Ton started forgetting how to read and write in his native language around the fourthgrade, and soon after he started forgetting bits and pieces of his culture and history as well.Like many other Vietnamese who have lived in the United States for a long time, Nick Ton adapted so well to American culture that his native country became a distant picture. English became his first language and Vietnamese, his second. The United States was his home.Now, at age 19, Mr. Ton is determined not to lose his "other half."
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