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By Robert A. Erlandson and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1996
Froggy did a-courtin' go -- safe-cracking, smoking and carousing along the way. Instead of heaven, this menu of misdeeds landed Froggy in the slammer for seven to 11.But the moral of Kevin O'Malley's lavishly illustrated version of the old folk song -- crime doesn't pay -- couldn't save "Froggy Went A-Courtin' " from becoming what may be the first book in at least 27 years to be pulled from Baltimore County school libraries.The illustrations, done in the style of a 1940s Jimmy Cagney-type gangster movie, led to the ban, which is "selection" not "censorship," said Della Curtis, the school library coordinator.
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By Jeff Danziger and By Jeff Danziger,Special to The Sun | February 19, 1995
This book is a sort of misty science fiction thing about time travel from modern New York City to the same city of the previous century. The time travel itself, which in most books involves capsules or rocket ships or special beam-me-up rays invented for the purpose, is here accomplished by never quite describing it at all."From Time to Time" is a sequel to Mr. Finney's 1970 book, " Time and Again," just re-issued, a book that has sold a quarter of a million copies and has arrived at the status of cult classic by the word-of-mouth recommendation of people who are fairly easy to please.
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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."
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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By Sandra Mathers and Sandra Mathers,Orlando Sentinel | January 11, 1994
For years, Debra Wert kept most of her ideas for children's stories filed away in her head.It took just one episode of "World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" back in 1987 to convince the former insurance company sales representative it was time to start writing.Ms. Wert, then 33, quit her job, moved in with her parents, pulled out a notebook and started her first book . . . in longhand.Today, the Longwood, Fla., children's author is on her way to becoming a publishing Wunderkind."Mac's Choice" didn't exactly hit the bookstores when it was printed five years ago, but it did make it into a few school systems in Virginia and Maryland.
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By Georgia N. Alexakis and Georgia N. Alexakis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | June 27, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Under normal circumstances, any U.S. senator might have felt upstaged by a pair of bears and a monkey.But when Curious George and the Berenstain Bears interrupted Sen. Slade Gorton Thursday morning on the East Lawn of the Capitol, the Republican from Washington graciously yielded the spotlight.Gorton was there to help launch Book Bank, a national book donation program, and who better to get about 40 children excited about receiving free books than the book characters themselves?
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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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