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By Joan Mellen and By Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | October 20, 2002
July, July, by Tim O'Brien. Houghton Mifflin. 336 pages. $26. Tim O'Brien's new novel takes the class of 1969 to its millennial college reunion. A generation now lost in narcissism, they retain only fog-ridden memories of when their lives were about more than themselves. The group portrait scenes, middle-aged, self-consciously unattractive people drinking and dancing reality away at a gym, alternate with episodes set in the past. Conversation now is about "death, marriage, children, divorce, betrayal, loss, grief, disease," the personal.
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By Scott Dance | May 9, 2012
Forecasters are calling for a chance of showers or thunderstorms to pass Wednesday afternoon, potentially making Nik Wallenda's planned tightwire walk over the Inner Harbor a little more slippery. National Weather Service meteorologists are calling for a 50 percent of showers Thursday, with a particular risk after 3 p.m. The hourly forecast calls for passing thunderstorms around 6 p.m. AccuWeather, meanwhile, has a risk of thunderstorms during the 5 o'clock hour of its forecast.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | September 12, 2003
Thirty-one years ago, a red-haired lawyer's son from Wheeling, W.Va., faced a decision. Tim O'Brien, an English major at Maine's Colby College, sensed that Beowulf would never move him the way Bill Monroe did. The sometime guitar picker staked everything on that feeling, packed his instrument case and headed west. "You don't find anything new doing the same old things," he says. O'Brien, one of the resonant voices in American acoustic music, has made a career proving that point. From his early days as a founder of Hot Rize, one of bluegrass music's seminal bands, through his more recent incarnations as a jazz- and Celtic-influenced solo act, the red-hot picker with the silken tenor has long since made his mark as a traditional player willing to visit new places.
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September 26, 2004
On September 22, 2004, RUTH E. O'BRIEN (nee Clayton); beloved wife of Tim O'Brien; devoted mother of Kathleen O'Brien; loving daughter of William B. Clayton and the late Ruth E. Clayton. Also survived by many other loving family members. The family will receive friends on Monday, from 9 to 10 A.M. at St. Margaret's Church, Bel Air, at which time a Memorial Mass will fo1low at 10 A.M.(nee Stadler); beloved wife of the late Martin P. O'Donnell; beloved mother of Patricia R. Moran, Jane F. Huster, Thomas M. O'Donnell of Palm Bay, FL, and Kathy Taylor of Burlington, KY; dear sister to three sisters and six brothers.
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By RAFAEL ALVAREZ and RAFAEL ALVAREZ,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2000
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Tim O'Brien would like to be known for his long and difficult labor to illuminate the one thing that William Faulkner believed worth writing about: the human heart in conflict with itself. Instead, the heavily lauded author of "The Things They Carried," "Going After Cacciato" and "In the Lake of the Woods" is known for stories of human beings trying to kill one another. Fate assigned O'Brien war as the great subject of his life. The anguish in these books is, in every case, traceable to the characters' having been in Vietnam, as their author was, or somehow having being marked by America's war there.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2001
The audience member's question about novelist Tim O'Brien's daughter seems reasonable enough, except O'Brien doesn't have a daughter. As the writer was just telling the crowd at Towson University, however, her name is Kathleen. Or at least it was when he told a little about her in The Things They Carried, a Vietnam War novel Tim O'Brien wrote in 1990 from the point of view of a 43-year-old writer and war veteran named Tim O'Brien. And Kathleen is her name when he tells the crowd of a few hundred Wednesday night about how his daughter sometimes nudges her dad to stop already with the war stories.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | June 24, 1996
INDIANAPOLIS -- Diver David Pichler and coach Ron O'Brien exchanged accusations of assault, harassment and slander less than an hour after they were formally named to the 1996 U.S. Olympic team yesterday at Indiana University Natatorium.After qualifying for his first Olympic team on his final platform dive, Pichler, 27, alleged that O'Brien harassed him for months after he left the Fort Lauderdale team -- and intimidated him with "mind games" at the U.S. trials.Pichler, who trains and lives in Columbus, Ohio, also said that O'Brien's son, Tim, pushed a friend on an airplane after the Phillips 66 National Diving Championships in Ohio in April.
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By Scott Dance | May 9, 2012
Forecasters are calling for a chance of showers or thunderstorms to pass Wednesday afternoon, potentially making Nik Wallenda's planned tightwire walk over the Inner Harbor a little more slippery. National Weather Service meteorologists are calling for a 50 percent of showers Thursday, with a particular risk after 3 p.m. The hourly forecast calls for passing thunderstorms around 6 p.m. AccuWeather, meanwhile, has a risk of thunderstorms during the 5 o'clock hour of its forecast.
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September 26, 2004
On September 22, 2004, RUTH E. O'BRIEN (nee Clayton); beloved wife of Tim O'Brien; devoted mother of Kathleen O'Brien; loving daughter of William B. Clayton and the late Ruth E. Clayton. Also survived by many other loving family members. The family will receive friends on Monday, from 9 to 10 A.M. at St. Margaret's Church, Bel Air, at which time a Memorial Mass will fo1low at 10 A.M.(nee Stadler); beloved wife of the late Martin P. O'Donnell; beloved mother of Patricia R. Moran, Jane F. Huster, Thomas M. O'Donnell of Palm Bay, FL, and Kathy Taylor of Burlington, KY; dear sister to three sisters and six brothers.
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By Rick Belz, Pat O'Malley and Lem Satterfield | November 24, 2000
Today Class 4A No. 7 Broadneck (10-1) at Gaithersburg (11-0) Time: 7 p.m. Outlook: Broadneck has it tough in its journey to Montgomery County. Last season, the Gaithersburg Trojans did away with Old Mill (30-3) and Severna Park (13-0) en route to their fifth 4A final. Trojans coach Kreg Kephart has maintained the success of John Harvill, a state legend who retired last year after 43 seasons. Kephart has built around his only three returnees who started in last year's final: two-way tackle Tim O'Brien (6 feet 2, 280 pounds)
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | September 12, 2003
Thirty-one years ago, a red-haired lawyer's son from Wheeling, W.Va., faced a decision. Tim O'Brien, an English major at Maine's Colby College, sensed that Beowulf would never move him the way Bill Monroe did. The sometime guitar picker staked everything on that feeling, packed his instrument case and headed west. "You don't find anything new doing the same old things," he says. O'Brien, one of the resonant voices in American acoustic music, has made a career proving that point. From his early days as a founder of Hot Rize, one of bluegrass music's seminal bands, through his more recent incarnations as a jazz- and Celtic-influenced solo act, the red-hot picker with the silken tenor has long since made his mark as a traditional player willing to visit new places.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Joan Mellen and By Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | October 20, 2002
July, July, by Tim O'Brien. Houghton Mifflin. 336 pages. $26. Tim O'Brien's new novel takes the class of 1969 to its millennial college reunion. A generation now lost in narcissism, they retain only fog-ridden memories of when their lives were about more than themselves. The group portrait scenes, middle-aged, self-consciously unattractive people drinking and dancing reality away at a gym, alternate with episodes set in the past. Conversation now is about "death, marriage, children, divorce, betrayal, loss, grief, disease," the personal.
FEATURES
By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2001
The audience member's question about novelist Tim O'Brien's daughter seems reasonable enough, except O'Brien doesn't have a daughter. As the writer was just telling the crowd at Towson University, however, her name is Kathleen. Or at least it was when he told a little about her in The Things They Carried, a Vietnam War novel Tim O'Brien wrote in 1990 from the point of view of a 43-year-old writer and war veteran named Tim O'Brien. And Kathleen is her name when he tells the crowd of a few hundred Wednesday night about how his daughter sometimes nudges her dad to stop already with the war stories.
SPORTS
By Rick Belz, Pat O'Malley and Lem Satterfield | November 24, 2000
Today Class 4A No. 7 Broadneck (10-1) at Gaithersburg (11-0) Time: 7 p.m. Outlook: Broadneck has it tough in its journey to Montgomery County. Last season, the Gaithersburg Trojans did away with Old Mill (30-3) and Severna Park (13-0) en route to their fifth 4A final. Trojans coach Kreg Kephart has maintained the success of John Harvill, a state legend who retired last year after 43 seasons. Kephart has built around his only three returnees who started in last year's final: two-way tackle Tim O'Brien (6 feet 2, 280 pounds)
NEWS
By RAFAEL ALVAREZ and RAFAEL ALVAREZ,SUN STAFF | November 24, 2000
SAN MARCOS, Texas - Tim O'Brien would like to be known for his long and difficult labor to illuminate the one thing that William Faulkner believed worth writing about: the human heart in conflict with itself. Instead, the heavily lauded author of "The Things They Carried," "Going After Cacciato" and "In the Lake of the Woods" is known for stories of human beings trying to kill one another. Fate assigned O'Brien war as the great subject of his life. The anguish in these books is, in every case, traceable to the characters' having been in Vietnam, as their author was, or somehow having being marked by America's war there.
SPORTS
By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | June 24, 1996
INDIANAPOLIS -- Diver David Pichler and coach Ron O'Brien exchanged accusations of assault, harassment and slander less than an hour after they were formally named to the 1996 U.S. Olympic team yesterday at Indiana University Natatorium.After qualifying for his first Olympic team on his final platform dive, Pichler, 27, alleged that O'Brien harassed him for months after he left the Fort Lauderdale team -- and intimidated him with "mind games" at the U.S. trials.Pichler, who trains and lives in Columbus, Ohio, also said that O'Brien's son, Tim, pushed a friend on an airplane after the Phillips 66 National Diving Championships in Ohio in April.
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By Dave Rosenthal | May 25, 2012
The Memorial Day weekend is a great time to pick up a book about the men and women who have helped preserve America's freedoms, and have fought for our country around the world. There are lots of great books on the topic, and some more personal readings such as diaries. For me, the one that resonates is a yellowed map and journal called "The Thunderbolt across Europe," which describes the route my dad's division, the 83rd Infantry, took in World War II. It led from the beaches of Normandy, across France, into Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge, and into Germany.
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By Judith Wynn | October 23, 1994
"In the Lake of the Woods" is a skillfully crafted, spellbinding novel that pulls us into the psychic maze of the Vietnam War and its aching aftermath. The 1968 U.S.-conducted massacre of civilians at My Lai smolders near the maze's troubled heart. Meanwhile, a familiar American monster roams its dark, twisted lanes in search of love.Massachusetts resident Tim O'Brien received a purple heart in Vietnam and won the National Book Award in 1978 for his modernistic fable about the war, "Going After Cacciato."
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