April 4, 2004
At Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Fla., amid the buzz from fans waiting for the "real Gidget" to autograph their books, a girl of about 6 has a question. She faces the honey-haired woman sitting on the stage and asks, "Are you a surfer?" Kathy Kohner Zuckerman stops signing in mid-sentence and peers at the girl through thick-framed glasses. "She asked if I'm a surfer," Zuckerman repeats loudly. Then she smiles at the child and answers, "I am the legend. I was the first girl surfer."
October 28, 2001
They called her Gidget -- as in girl midget. Like Barbie, the name found its way into our vocabulary. And, in 1959, "Gidget" the movie set off a tsunami of surf-themed films with wide beaches and thin plots. Well, she's back. Berkley Books has reissued "Gidget" the novel, 44 years after it first inspired the movie. And, if you happened to have hit the beach at Malibu on a Monday, you might have run into Gidget herself sizing up the surf. "For a long time I retreated and didn't talk about this," says the real Gidget, Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, an animated 60-year-old part-time restaurant hostess who grew up in Brentwood and now lives in Pacific Palisades, a beach community on the west side of Los Angeles with her husband of 36 years.
January 11, 2001
At St. John's College, they know from Renaissance men. But even among the classically trained tutors of that venerable institution who spend their lives reading and teaching the likes of Machiavelli, Bocaccio and Shakespeare, Elliott Zuckerman is more of a "uomo universale"- a true "Renaissance man" - than most. Over the years, Annapolitans have come to know Zuckerman as the poet, scholar, musician, pianist and cultural sage whose poetry readings, preconcert talks and lecture-demonstrations on the piano music of Frederic Chopin have helped bring high culture alive for the general public.
September 29, 1999
The St. Paul Cos. Inc. said yesterday that its current round of job cuts will result in the firings of 1,250 employees worldwide, including 200 at the insurer's Mount Washington and Owings Mills offices.The notices went out to employees starting last week, and will be sent throughout this week. The fired workers will generally stay on for 60 days after receiving notice, and receive severance packages and placement assistance.The terminations, which cut across several departments, account for about 9 percent of the Minnesota company's work force.
December 1, 1998
Player of the YearSara Zuckerman, Severna Park, senior, midfield: The Anne Arundel County Player of the Year completed a stellar three-year career by leading the No. 2-ranked Falcons (18-1) to their second straight Class 4A state championship and their 11th overall. A complete player with dazzling stickwork, Zuckerman was a second-team All-America pick last year and is a two-time first-team All-State pick. A three-year veteran of the U.S. Field Hockey Association's Futures Program, Zuckerman was selected this year to B Camp, just one step below the nation's elite field hockey players.
November 6, 1998
Sara Zuckerman set up junior Erin Shaklee with 5: 42 left in the first half and the latter's county-leading 15th goal of the season stood up as No. 2-ranked Severna Park nipped Annapolis, 1-0, to win the Class 4A East region championship.Julie Shank, Erin Hancock and Kelly Adlam anchored the Falcons defense, which limited the Panthers to one shot."It was a tough game," said Zuckerman, who leads the county in assists (11). "Our skills weren't clean, but our attitude was great, and we played the whole game."