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January 20, 2005
Muff Singer, 62, who wrote or co-wrote more than 35 books for toddlers and preschoolers, died of ovarian cancer Sunday at her Los Angeles home. A former political activist and the wife of former City Comptroller Rick Tuttle, Ms. Singer published her first book in 1981 and turned to children's books in the 1980s after the birth of her daughter, Sarah. Many of her board-page books, including What Does Kitty See and Little Duck's Friends, came with a stuffed or squeaking toy of the story's main character.
February 17, 2002
Area literacy groups invited to apply for grants BALTIMORE - First Book, a national nonprofit group that provides new books to low-income families, is seeking grant applications from literacy groups in Baltimore and Baltimore County interested in distributing books throughout their communities. Applicants must be tutoring, mentoring or family literacy group programs that work with low-income children in those jurisdictions. Applications are available by contacting Baltimore First Book at ndt5spring@aol.
By Stacey Hirsh and Stacey Hirsh,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2000
Robert L. Wallace can look back and know exactly what he was thinking on any given day for the past two decades. "I have journals like this," he said, pointing to a hard-covered book with ink-filled pages, "that go back 20 years." It's something he learned in engineering school, but it stuck so much that most of the ideas he has been scribbling in his journals over the years have become material for his books. Last month, the 44-year-old Howard County entrepreneur published his third book, "Soul Food: 52 Principals for Black Entrepreneurial Success."
By Josh Mitchel | July 31, 2005
Harford County Executive David R. Craig has released his first book, "Greetings from Havre de Grace," which he describes as a pictorial "history of the city through postcards." Craig, who co-wrote the book with local antiques dealer Mary L. Martin, wrote captions for the postcards, which feature Concord Point lighthouse, Tide water Marina and other land marks. "You can you see how the city has changed," Craig said. The 128-page book, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., was released this month and sells for $24.95.
December 18, 2001
John Guedel, 88, who produced three of radio and television's most enduring programs - Art Linkletter's People Are Funny and House Party, and Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life - died of heart failure Saturday at a hospital in West Hollywood, Calif. Mr. Guedel was originator of what might have been the first radio stunt game show with People are Funny, which moved from radio to television in 1954, and the first singing commercial on radio. Mr. Guedel created You Bet Your Life for Mr. Marx in 1947, including having a duck drop down and deliver a $100 bill whenever a contestant uttered the "secret word."
By Bill Goodykoontz and Bill Goodykoontz,Arizona Republic | November 10, 1993
There sat Daryl Bernstein after school at a table in a buzzing McDonald's in Scottsdale, Ariz. Fairly normal stuff for a high school senior -- except that, instead of girls or sports, the 17-year-old was discussing publication of his second book.That's often how it is with Daryl: The setting's normal, as if you're talking to an everyday teen-ager, but it doesn't take long to realize you've got a successful author and businessman on your hands as well.The subject at hand is "Kids Can Succeed!
July 27, 2000
An interview with Donna Swope, coordinator of Bookworms book club. What book are members reading this month? "At Home in Mitford," by Jan Karon. It's the first in a series of five books about a small-town Episcopal priest who marries in midlife - very light and humorous. We read everything from "Pride and Prejudice" to "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" to classics like Agatha Christie's first book, "Murder at the Vicarage." Occasionally, we have a meal together that fits in with the theme of the book.
Dan Rodricks | December 4, 2013
Some time within the past week, 160,000 new books arrived in The City That Reads, a term I've neither heard nor uttered since the Kurt Schmoke mayoralty and its much-mocked motto ("The City That Bleeds," "The City That Breeds") faded into memory nearly 15 years ago. But, it's true: One hundred and sixty thousand children's books are being distributed free to Baltimore schoolteachers this week, and they, in turn, will distribute them to their students, most of whom are from low-income families lacking extensive libraries at home.
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2010
When conductor Marin Alsop won a MacArthur "genius" award, she was in the throes of the most serious crisis of her career. And the very public vote of confidence that the award provided gave her the boost she needed to face down her naysayers For author and historian Taylor Branch, the financial windfall meant he no longer had to work quite as many part-time jobs to support his family during the 24 years it took him to complete his trilogy about...
By Cathy Carter | June 14, 2011
Paula Poundstone's life might have turned out much differently if her mother had been an early riser. "It would have ruined everything," says the comedienne with a laugh. "I was the youngest in my family," she explains by phone from her home in Santa Monica, Calif. "When the other kids went to school, my mother would make them breakfast and then she would go back to bed for an hour, so I was sort of babysat by television. " As fate (and TV scheduling) would have it, that hour in front of the tube would turn out to play a pivotal role in Poundstone's development.
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