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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | February 6, 2009
John Charles Schmidt, a retired writer and editor who had worked for The Sunday Sun and Baltimore Magazine, died Saturday of pneumonia at Union Memorial Hospital. He was 80. Born in Baltimore and raised in Hamilton, Mr. Schmidt was a 1946 graduate of City College. He earned a bachelor's degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 1950. In 1974, he earned a master's degree in library science from Hopkins. He began working for WMAR-TV before joining the Army in 1950. After attending the Army's intelligence and information schools, he was assigned to Seoul, South Korea, where he was a radio announcer and writer for Armed Forces Radio.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer | February 5, 1993
When actress/co-producer Glenn Close and others involved in making "Sarah, Plain and Tall" asked author Patricia MacLachlan to think about a sequel to the 1991 television blockbuster, she was far from enthusiastic."
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November 8, 1998
We are often stunned by the work of Jane Yolen, author of "Owl Moon" and "Ballad of the Pirate Queens." Not for her sheer output, though she can rival any writer today with the number of books she has written and edited (more than 200 and counting), but by the wide range of her writing style and her ability to achieve excellence in practically any field she chooses.The author of picture books, folk tales (both original and retellings), poetry and novels for readers from beginners to adults, she skillfully employs fantasy as well as realism to give depth to a body of work that is superb in its use of language.
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April 17, 2003
Virgil Elizabeth Lawson, a retired Social Security Administration writer and former Mount Airy resident, died of colon cancer April 10 at her home in Harrison, Tenn. She was 60. Miss Lawson was born and raised in Dryden, Va., and enlisted in the Navy in 1960 after her high school graduation. Upon completing active duty in 1967, she joined a Naval Reserve unit at Fort McHenry. She held the rank of yeoman at her 1980 retirement. Miss Lawson attended what is now Towson University before earning a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Indiana University.
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February 12, 2007
Bruce M. Wondersek, a reclusive writer who spent most of the days of his adult life at the public library, died of throat cancer Tuesday at the Joseph Ritchie Hospice in Baltimore. He was 62. Raised in eastern Baltimore County, Mr. Wondersek was a 1962 graduate of Parkville High School and received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1968. He worked at Bethlehem Steel for nine years in the 1970s, but spent most of his time reading and writing at the North Point Library in Dundalk, said a brother, Karl W. Wondersek Jr. of Staunton, Va. "He told me last week that he had read every book in the library that was worth reading," his brother said.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2005
Michael J. Kernan, a former Washington Post writer whose off-beat and detailed feature stories graced the newspaper's Style section for 20 years, died of pancreatic cancer Wednesday at his home in Bennington, Vt. The former Canton resident was 78. Born in Utica, N.Y., and raised in Clinton, N.Y., Mr. Kernan was a 1945 graduate of Deerfield Academy. He earned a bachelor's degree with honors in English from Harvard University in 1949. After leaving Harvard, he began his newspaper career on the Watertown Daily Times in upstate New York.
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By Scott Eyman and Scott Eyman,Cox News Service | September 12, 1993
It's not like Geneva Holloway is an enormous star, some sort of paragon of the dramatic art. Her latest vehicle, a TV movie remake of "The Philadelphia Story" titled "It Happened in Philadelphia," was greeted by critics with undiluted venom: "I'm opposed to capital punishment but 'It Happened in Philadelphia' has turned me around," read one notice. "Ms. Holloway, like Lee Harvey Oswald, acted alone," was another. Someone who's studied acting with Darryl Hickman deserves gentler treatment.
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By Diane Scharper and Diane Scharper,Special to The Sun | February 8, 1995
"When I was a teenager," novelist Rosellen Brown writes, "I used to think about august figures making love . . . my teacher! the president! of course, my parents!" Later she realized that the truly intimate scene, far more impossible to imagine, was not the act of sex but the act of imaginative creation. What thoughts occurred to the noisy storyteller chewing on a pencil? she wondered. What about the flirtatious poet at midnight?Daniel Halpern -- poet, writer, and editor of Ecco Press -- had similar questions.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,Sun Staff Writer | June 7, 1994
Susan Flori Amerikaner is doing lunch her way. Munching a bagel in her sister Ilene's Owings Mills home and chatting about her evolution from Montgomery County elementary school teacher to award-winning children's television writer."
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By Carl Schoettler and Carl Schoettler,Evening Sun Staff | June 7, 1991
Sylvia Porter, whose 57 years of newspaper column translated financial and economic "bafflegab" into plain English for plain folks, died Wednesday of emphysema at her home in Westchester County, N.Y. She was 77.Porter broke new ground as a woman journalist, pioneered in personal financial advice and wrote consumer advocacy columns before the idea had a name."
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