"YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AS DAZZLING AS YOUR SUBJECTS"

Sunday, October 30, 2011

THE BOLSHOI THEATER RE-OPENS

THE BOL'SHOI THEN


THE BOLSHOI THEATER
MOSCOW, THE USSR, 1984

& NOW IT HAS HAD A GRAND RE-OPENING
AFTER "SIX YEARS" AND "$680 MILLION"

For photographs of the newly refurbished theater,
see here and here and here and here and here

For more of the story, see here and here and here


Saturday, October 29, 2011

WILLIAM GUINDON, b. October 29, 1916

REV. WILLIAM G. GUINDON, S.J.
October 29, 1916-October 4, 2006

FATHER WILLIAM GUINDON

Published in BOSTON MAGAZINE
January 1972

Friday, October 28, 2011

HARVARD FOUNDED 375 YEARS AGO


HARVARD UNIVERSITY
FOUNDED
October 28, 1636


PRESIDENTS BOK, CONANT, PUSEY (L-R)

TOGETHER, THESE THREE HARVARD PRESIDENTS
REPRESENT ALMOST SIX DECADES
OF HARVARD'S 375 YEARS

JAMES BRYANT CONANT, 23rd President, 1933-1953

NATHAN MARSH PUSEY, 24th President, 1953-1971

DEREK CURTIS BOK, 25th President, 1971-1991 &

Interim President, 2006-2007


Thursday, October 27, 2011

LUIZ INÁCIO LULA DA SILVA IS SIXTY-SIX

LUIZ INÁCIO LULA DA SILVA

b. October 27, 1945

"LULA"

ON THE WORLD STAGE

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva served as president of Brazil from 2003-2010 (constitutionally limited to only two successive terms). Born poor, he came up through the labor ranks and helped found the Workers' Party ("Partido dos Trabalhadores"), gained a seat in the Chamber of Deputies, then persisted until he won the presidency on his fourth try. It is said that he either 1) adopted a more pragmatic platform or 2) made compromises with certain right wing elements on that fourth, successful try, but still managed to enact social programs "which benefit tens of millions of Brazilians," and help make Brazil more of a player on the international stage.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

HILLARY CLINTON TURNS *SIXTY-FOUR* (Cue the Beatles)


HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
b. October 26, 1947


HILLARY CLINTON
Mme. Secretary

More here and here

State Department Biography here


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DAVE COWENS TURNS SIXTY-THREE


BASKETBALL
HALL OF FAMER
DAVID WILLIAM COWENS
b. October 25, 1948


DAVE COWENS
in his BOSTON CELTIC years

Photographed for BOSTON Magazine

From the BOSTON Magazine article: Cowens "drives around in a sturdy International Harvester wagon, which is good for negotiating the dirt road at the house he rents in Weston, and for doing work in the summer at the farm he owns with his family in Kentucky. A graduate of the School of Social Science at Florida State with a major in criminology, he's in touch with the Suffolk County House of Correction to see if he can help there."

Cowens was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991; from the biography there:

"What 6-foot-9 center Dave Cowens lacked in size he made up for with an aggressive desire to win. Cowens played aggressively and with great passion. ... The 'Redhead' didn't begin playing basketball until his junior year in high school, but he still earned himself a scholarship to Florida State University. ... Cowens shared the NBA Rookie-of-the-Year Award with Portland's Geoff Petrie in 1971.... During his entire eleven-year NBA career, he played all-out and with intensity at both ends of the court. Cowens was a member of the Celtics' 1974 and 1976 NBA championship teams."

From the NBA Legends profile: "The gritty and hard-nosed play of Celtics legend Dave Cowens earned him a place in the Hall of Fame."

Monday, October 24, 2011

PAUL VOLCKER IN THE NEWS -- AGAIN

THE VOLCKER RULE
IS IN THE NEWS
AGAIN


PAUL VOLCKER
AS CHAIR OF
THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

Published in the February 20, 1984, issue of
BUSINESS WEEK (p. 28)

Volcker's time as Fed Chair seems to grow brighter as that of his two immediate successors, Alan Greenspan and Ben Bernacke, becomes more problematic, and Volcker is still around to enjoy it. Having supported Senator Obama at a time when the Illinois Democrat did not have much of a financial track record, he might have hoped for a substantive response to his insights, and perhaps even a substantive role in the new presidential administration. One way or another -- Obama's weaknesses or others' cleverness (see here and here) -- Volcker failed to prevail. His compensation was The Volcker Rule (handy for symbolic purposes for President Obama too).

Now that the Rule has been embodied in a 298-page piece of legislation, and the banks are starting to protest against the regulations it seeks to impose, Paul Volcker has spoken out. Some of the coverage of what the former Fed Chair is advocating, and the pushback, can be found here and here and here. There is also a lot of the history to be found in Ron Suskind's new book, CONFIDENCE MEN (Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President).

Sunday, October 23, 2011

JOHN HEINZ b. October 23, 1938


HENRY JOHN HEINZ III
October 23, 1938-April 4, 1991

SENATOR
H. JOHN HEINZ III (R-PA)

Photograph published in the May 23, 1983, issue of
BUSINESS WEEK (p. 44)

The late Senator Heinz's Congressional biography is to be found here; the website in his memory is here. A bit about his widow, now Teresa Heinz Kerry, is here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

NIKITA MIKHALKOV WINS AN OSCAR NOMINATION AND TURNS SIXTY-SIX


NIKITA SERGEYEVICH
MIKHALKOV-KONCHALOVSKY
b. October 21, 1945


NIKITA MIKHALKOV

PHOTOGRAPHED IN MOSCOW IN 1999
WHEN THE BARBER OF SIBERIA
WAS BEING PREMIERED
AND MIKHALKOV WAS
SAID TO BE THINKING OF RUNNING
FOR PRESIDENT
(He did not.)

BURNT BY THE SUN won an Oscar for filmmaker Mikhalkov in 1994. The sequel, BURNT BY THE SUN: THE CITADEL, has been nominated for the 2012 foreign-language film Oscar, igniting, it is said by Variety, "a storm of controversy" in the Russian film industry (on the grounds the movie was a critical and commercial flop).

It was suggested that Mikhalkov should withdraw the movie from consideration.

He did not.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

HE GUOQIANG TURNS SIXTY-EIGHT THIS MONTH

HE GUOQIANG
b. October 1943

HE GUOQIANG

#8 OUT OF NINE IN THE RULING
CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY HIERARCHY
(POLITBURO STANDING COMMITTEE)
CHAIR, CENTRAL DISCIPLINE INSPECTION COMMITTEE

THE ANTI-CORRUPTION "CZAR"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

ROBERT STRAUSS TURNS NINETY-THREE TODAY


ROBERT S. STRAUSS
b. October 19, 1918


BOB STRAUSS

IN HIS HOTEL SUITE
AT THE 1980 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
NEW YORK CITY

Photograph published in the August 25, 1980, issue of
BUSINESS WEEK (p. 28)

Robert S. Strauss has been "Counselor" to presidents both Democratic and Republican over the course of a long career that has seen him in official positions as diverse as Special Trade Representative for Jimmy Carter and the last U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union (and the first Ambassador to Russia) for George Bush. A long and colorful reminiscence of the arc of his career up to 2003 can be found here.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

FRANK CARLUCCI TURNS EIGHTY-ONE TODAY


FRANK CHARLES CARLUCCI III
b. October 18, 1930


FRANK CARLUCCI
ON THE HILL
IN THE REAGAN ERA

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

AL GORE WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Four Years Ago


AL GORE & THE
INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL
ON CLIMATE CHANGE WIN
THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
October 12, 2007


REP. ALBERT A. GORE, JR. (D-TN)

Photograph published in the October 13, 1982, issue
of CHEMICAL WEEK (p. 40)

Got to give the man credit for consistency on this ('The child is father to the man'?): Gore in 1982 was said by CHEMICAL WEEK to be "widely regarded as one of the nation's most powerful legislators on matters affecting the chemical industry, such as ecology and product safety. And as an aggressive young congressman with a strong commitment to environmental and consumer causes, he is seen by many chemical executives as a man whose star they least wish to see rise."


NOBEL PRIZE CITATION here

Congressional Biography here

On the other hand (Bush v. Gore et al.) here

Friday, October 7, 2011

DONALD TSANG TURNS SIXTY-SEVEN

SIR DONALD TSANG
b. October 7, 1944

DONALD TSANG YAM-KUEN
HONG KONG CHIEF EXECUTIVE

For more on the leader of Hong Kong, see here

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

TERESA KERRY TURNS SEVENTY-THREE


TERESA HEINZ KERRY
b. October 5, 1938


MICHAEL J. FOX & TERESA HEINZ KERRY

PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE 2004
DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION
ON DUELING TVs

Teresa Heinz Kerry is a philanthropist, the wife of one Senator (and Democratic presidential nominee), John F. Kerry, and the widow of another (Republican) Senator, John Heinz.