May 12, 1996
"Palimpsest." by Gore Vidal. He calls it a memoir, not an autobiography. He takes great delight in setting everybody straight. It's very amusing - with vignettes about all kinds of famous people.Oh, it's a gossipy little thing, I'd recommend it if you happen to be interested in the 1950s and 1960s world of sophistication.- Nona Porter, a first-grade teacher at Grace and St. Peter's school in Baltimore. She is a mother of five and grandmother of nine children.
October 23, 1999
All of us say stupid things. Luckily, there usually aren't tape recorders or videocams around to capture them. But politicians and celebrities, which these days are increasingly difficult to tell apart, aren't quite so lucky.Two books memorialize what happens when celebrities and politicians stray from their scripted remarks. The books, compiled by Ross and Kathryn Petras, are cleverly titled "The Stupidest Things Ever Said by Politicians" (Pocket Books, 1999) and "Stupid Celebrities: Over 500 of the Most Idiotic Things Ever Said by Famous People" (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 1998)
March 7, 1995
Cal Ripken Jr. was there. So were Kristi Yamaguchi, Mickey Mantle and Michael Jordan. Even Babe Ruth swung a bat or two.I saw these famous people and many others at the "wax museum" recently at Freedom Elementary School.During February, Freedom third-graders studied biographies, reading about famous people in sports, politics, science, music, art, literature and medicine.After researching the life of a famous person and writing a report to show what they had learned, the students became the historical figures during the wax museum event.
January 19, 2000
"The book I read was `Famous Explorers for Boys and Girls' by Ramon P. Coffman. This book tells about explorers. It tells who they were and about their search for knowledge. It also tells about adventures and all the famous people. This book should be read by young people because it tells about our history." -- John Robinson, Norbel Elementary The Sun invites its young readers to send in their book reviews, and we will print them on this page or on sunspot.net, our place on the Internet.
September 7, 1999
Be a 4Kids DetectiveWhen you know the answers to these questions, go to http://www.4Kids.org/detectives/Caricature Zone is available in which languages?Tibet is under which country's occupation?Where would you find a biting bullet ant? (Go to http://www.orkin.com/danger/ to find out.)FUNNY FACESDo your ears stick out? Maybe you have a goofy haircut. Well these are the kinds of things a caricature artist loves. Caricature artists draw cartoon-like pictures of real people by exaggerating the features that make them look unique.
September 18, 2005
BEING the editor of the Perspective section of The Sun was the best job I ever had on the paper. Why? Maybe because during the three years I put out the section, I learned something about the truly venerable newspaper I devoted 32 years of my life to, and something about myself. When I returned in 1975 after three years as The Sun's correspondent in Brazil, I wanted to go back to my job on The Evening Sun's editorial page. The managing editor of The Sun, Paul Banker, wanted me in the Washington bureau.