April 5, 1998
It's hard to imagine a more frolicsome good time than "Tom Jones," Henry Fielding's 18th-century tale of a young lad who, though born illegitimate, thrown out of his adopted father's house and kept from the woman he loves, manages to maintain both his good heart and his irrepressible sex appeal.And it's hard to imagine a better adaptation of "Tom Jones" than the six-hour BBC-produced miniseries beginning tonight on A&E.Purists who enjoyed director Tony Richardson's Oscar-winning 1963 film (with a robust Albert Finney as Tom)
December 20, 1998
75 years ago: Albert Neff, age 12, was taken from the public school at Bartholows near Mount Airy Tuesday afternoon by a man and woman who placed him in an automobile and rapidly drove away. As the machine sped down the road the woman was heard to say,"We've got him now." The lad was crying, and it is believed he has been taken out of the state. The man and woman drove up to the schoolhouse and rapped at the door. Miss Rhudove Layman, the teacher, answered and the man, a stranger, asked for young Neff.
October 28, 1992
HALLANDALE, Fla. -- A flight carrying English racing stars Dr Devious, Rodrigo De Triano and recent Laurel International winner Zoman arrived in Miami late Monday after "a literally terrifying" flight, said Nick Vaughn, an English lad traveling with the horses.About six hours into the 10-hour flight, the plane carrying 18 English- and Irish-based thoroughbreds suddenly dropped about 500 feet."It's the closest I've been to thinking my number was up," said Vaughn, who as a lad is a combination exercise rider and groom.
August 17, 1997
A new book, "My Dear Mother," by Karen Elizabeth Gordon and Holly Johnson (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill. 224 pages. $18.95), is a compilation of letters that authors, musicians and artists wrote to their mothers. Below are a few examples.My French is improving - I get along quite well now. And - don't faint - I am growing a beard.-- William FaulknerI've been eating apple pie & ice cream all over Iowa and Nebraska, where the food is so good. ... You ought to see the Cowboys out here.-- Jack KerouacWhen is the wedding, you ask me, apropos of the news of Ernest Chevalier's marriage.
January 10, 1992
107 IN THE SHADEAlex Bugnon (Orpheus 47979)Upon first hearing keyboardist Alex Bugnon, it's hard not to think of Bob James. After all, Bugnon, like James, is a jazzman who likes his arrangements funky and atmospheric, and who keeps his solos lean and melodic. But it only takes a few listens to "107 in the Shade" to realize that Bugnon is his own man stylistically. Sure, his music skews pop, but unlike James, who writes and plays more like an arranger than an improviser, Bugnon definitely likes to stretch out. And whether his context is as tightly structured as on the airy "Fly, Spirit, Fly" or as loose-limbed as on the title tune, the music which results is invariably light, jazzy and soulful.
April 15, 1995
It might take a Texas-size measure of stamina and fortitude, but if you can hang on through the first hour of "James Michener's 'Texas' " at 9 tomorrow night on ABC (WMAR-Channel 2), you've weathered the worst of this so-so miniseries.Things get a lot better in Monday night's conclusion of this four-hour fictionalized history of Texas. But "uneven" doesn't begin to cover what you'll see.The low end of the experience begins tomorrow night, when you realize in the opening minutes that Patrick Duffy is playing Stephen F. Austin with a range not quite worthy of the adjective "wooden."