"YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AS DAZZLING AS YOUR SUBJECTS"

Sunday, June 30, 2013

NO SECOND ACTS? GAIL PARKER, TOM PARKER, AND THAT "BENNINGTON AFFAIR"

A LOOK BACK AT 
BENNINGTON COLLEGE'S 
FIRST WOMAN PRESIDENT -- 
AND HER VICE-PRESIDENT 


THOMAS D. PARKER 
GAIL THAIN PARKER 
and their daughter 
JULIA THAIN PARKER 

Published in Women's Wear Daily  
July 27, 1972, p. 24 

To quote from Lee Wohlfert's opening paragraph:  "You could almost hear the outrage in college faculty rooms across the country when Bennington College broke the news.  Come September, its new president would be Gail Parker, a 29-year-of slip of a girl who's currently an assistant professor of American history and literature at Harvard.  To top it off, they named her 30-year-old husband, Tom, now a senior tutor at Harvard, Bennington vice-president." 

The Parker presidency-vice presidency did not last the typical four-year undergraduate term, and ended with a bang, not a whimper, taking the Parker marriage with it. 

But separately Gail and Tom Parker went on to other careers.  Both remarried.  President Parker, as Gail T. P. Wickes, has a short biography here.  Vice-president Parker, Thomas D. Parker, has his here.  Julia Thain Parker made the news on a happy occasion, here.      

Saturday, June 29, 2013

DOWN IN THE MINES II

WALL-EATING 
MACHINE 




WITH HUMAN 
(yes, over on the left
COAL MINE 
POLAND 1981 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

THE DAY AFTER, AND NEARLY FORTY YEARS AGO: THE "DEFENSE" OF MARRIAGE

THE SUPREME COURT 
SPEAKS ON 
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE 
June 26, 2013 


TWO MOTHERS AND SON 
PHOTOGRAPHED AT THEIR HOME 
FOR NEWSWEEK 
Issue of September 24, 1973, p. 9 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

RUDD'S BACK! KEVIN RUDD BEATS JULIA GILLARD FOR THE AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTERSHIP

KEVIN RUDD 
WINS  
THIS ROUND 


THE FORMER PRIME MINISTER 
OUSTS JULIA GILLARD -- 
WHO EARLIER OUSTED HIM -- 
AS LEADER OF THE LABOR PARTY 
AND PRIME MINISTER OF 
AUSTRALIA 

Read more here  

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SIXTY-THREE YEARS SINCE THE KOREAN WAR STARTED; STILL NO PEACE TREATY

NORTH KOREA 
INVADES 
SOUTH KOREA 
June 25, 1950 


NIGHT FALLS ON SHOPS 
NEAR THE SOUTH KOREAN SIDE 
OF THE DMZ 
(Demilitarized Zone) 

An account of the invasion can be found here; an overview of the war ("police action") here

Monday, June 24, 2013

ZHOU XIAOCHUAN AND THE PEOPLE'S BANK OF CHINA "FINE-TUNE" MONETARY POLICY

CHINESE STOCK MARKETS 
FALL 


ZHOU XIAOCHUAN 
GOVERNOR OF THE 
PEOPLE'S BANK OF CHINA 

Monday, June 24, 2013, the People's Bank of China (PBOC), led by Zhou Xiaochuan (above) "indicated that its credit tightening policy would continue" (BBC report here).  More discussion on the background and implications here and here

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FIVE YEARS SINCE BARACK OBAMA BROKE THE CAMPAIGN FINANCING SYSTEM -- AND WON THE ELECTION

BARACK OBAMA 
ANNOUNCES 
HE WILL NOT 
TAKE MONEY 
FROM THE 
PUBLIC FINANCING 
SYSTEM 
June 19, 2008 


"UNITE FOR CHANGE"

LOTS & LOTS & LOTS 
OF "CHANGE" 

Millions and Millions of Dollars of  
"Change" 

Yes, the campaign was against "unilateral disarmament" on the financial front; it could argue that it got lots of small contributions -- but already right away, five years ago, the stark fact was that "Obama is the first U.S. presidential candidate to bypass the public financing system since it was created after the Watergate scandal in the mid-1970s" (Reuters, June 21, 2008, here). 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

VLADIMIR PUTIN CENTER STAGE AT TODAY'S G-8 SUMMIT

"INSIDE THE TENT, 
OUTSIDE THE TENT" 


RUSSIAN PRESIDENT 
VLADIMIR PUTIN 
APEC 2012 Summit 
Vladivostok, Russia 

Today the G-8 leaders met in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, for their annual summit, and the U.S. and Russian presidents met on the sidelines.  Much analysis was dedicated to the differences between Russia and the U.S., Putin and Obama, on Syria. 

Some of the headlines:  "Putin, Obama face off over Syria at tense G8 summit meeting" (Reuters); "Russian, U.S. view on Syria doesn't match: Putin" (Sydney Morning Herald); "Obama, Putin in stare-down over (no, not the Super Bowl ring) Syria war" (Christian Science Monitor).  One of the more positive reports: "G8 meeting: Obama and Putin push for Syria summit" (BBC). 

The White House provided a transcript; and the Kremlin its account and transcript

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

GROWING TO LOOK LIKE ONE'S FATHER: ISAAC TAYLOR AND JAMES TAYLOR

ISAAC M. TAYLOR 
June 15, 1921-November 3, 1996 


ISAAC MONTROSE TAYLOR, M.D. 
 then Dean, Medical School of the 
University of North Carolina 

Photographed backstage at a performance of 
his son, singer-songwriter James Taylor 

A photograph of the son from the concert then here
a photograph of the older James Taylor, here 

Friday, June 14, 2013

THE BRIDE AND THE GROOM DANCE AT THEIR WEDDING

JOY 
AND 
INSTANT 
POLISH COUSINS 


WEDDING DANCE 
POLAND 
THE SUMMER OF 1981 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

STREET MARKET WITH VEGETABLES ... AND TWO MEN

POLAND IN 
THE SUMMER 
BEFORE 
MARTIAL LAW 


STREET MARKET WITH VEGETABLES 
AND TWO MEN 


IN THE RAIN  
SUMMER 1981 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

SPEAKING OF "SHIRTSLEEVES SUMMITS" ... HERE'S ONE "WITHOUT NECKTIES": YELTSIN AND HASHIMOTO

A SUMMIT 
"WITHOUT NECKTIES" 


RUSSIAN PRESIDENT 
BORIS YELTSIN AND 
JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER 
RYUTARO HASHIMOTO 
Krasnoyarsk, Russia 
November 1997 

To be continued 
in 
RUSSIA REDUX  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

JACKIE STEWART TURNS SEVENTY-FOUR

SIR JOHN YOUNG 
"JACKIE" STEWART 
b. June 11, 1939 



JACKIE STEWART 
THE WINNER 
AT THE 1972 
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. 
U.S. GRAND PRIX 

Published in Women's Wear Daily, October 11, 1972 

"Jackie Stewart Retires," The Glasgow Herald announced on October 15, 1973.  "The Flying Scotsman" was thirty-four.  His "extrovert manner and trendy dress did not please everyone," the paper continued, "but no one could ever doubt his virtuosity as a driver and his sportsmanship."  An editorial in the same issue glowed with pride:  "The domination of Scots in world racing circuits during the past ten years has been phenomenal in this exclusive sport.  Stewart is arguably the most successful driver in history.  Having won the world championship three times and holding a world record of 27 Grand Prix wins out of 99 races, this supremely skilful Scot has left a void which will be hard to fill." 

But it was not just Stewart's "brilliant driving" which was noteworthy:  "Neither will anyone fail to respect the prodigious efforts he put into motor racing to make it safer not only for drivers but also for spectators."  So that aspect of his accomplishments has been on the record for decades. 

Just this past month the 1972 Roman Polanski film "Weekend of a Champion" (Stewart at Monte Carlo) was re-released at Cannes, with additional material by Polanski and Stewart now; some background and commentary can be found here and here and here (including a contemporary photograph). 

Monday, June 10, 2013

F. LEE BAILEY IS EIGHTY; CAN PRACTICE LAW AGAIN

FRANCIS LEE BAILEY, Jr. 
b. June 10, 1933 


F. LEE BAILEY 
in his heyday 
in his Boston law office 

For more background and another photograph, see here 

Once, "if a person knew the name of only one lawyer, that lawyer was probably F. Lee Bailey," wrote Peter J. Reilly in Forbes 

But "Bailey has not practiced law since the early 2000s, when he was disbarred in Florida and Massachusetts.  He moved to Maine
in 2010," reports the Bangor Daily News 

In the news  now:  F. Lee Bailey can practice law in Maine 
(the story and a contemporary photograph, here

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013

IS A MEETING OF XI JINPING AND BARACK OBAMA A SUPERPOWER SUMMIT?

Some news of the day, 
June 7-8, 2013: 

Xi Jinxing 
comes to California 
for a "Shirtsleeves Summit" 
with Barack Obama.  
In a billionaire's resort. 
Sometimes they leave 
their jackets on. 
But not their ties. 
Are they establishing 
ties that bind? 
Or at least, connect? 


XI JINPING TAKES OVER 
AS GENERAL SECRETARY 
OF THE CHINESE COMMUNIST 
PARTY, November 2012 

Xi Jinping's 'fast start,' here 

'More Maoist than reformer, so far,' here 

Summit reporting, with shirtsleeves photograph, here 

Some background on the summit, with jackets, here 

A sober look at the possibilities for the U.S.-China relationship, here  

Friday, June 7, 2013

JOHN DINGELL BECOMES THE LONGEST SERVING MEMBER OF CONGRESS

JOHN DAVID DINGELL, JR. 


REP. JOHN DINGELL 
(D-Michigan) 
roughly halfway through his career in 
the U.S. House of Representatives 

Published in the August 13, 1984 issue of 
BUSINESS WEEK (p. 65) 

Today Rep. Dingell becomes the longest-serving member of the U.S. Congress (trumping former Senator Robert Byrd), having first won an election to replace his deceased father, Rep. John David Dingell, Sr., on December 13, 1955.  There are many tributes and lists of accomplishments.  See here and here and here and here and here.  For another photograph, see here

New:  Two accounts of the party honoring Dingell, June 13, 2013, can be found here ("Leave it to John Dingell to bring left and right together, if only for a little bit") and here "a heartfelt ceremony" capped by Mary Wilson of the Supremes -- and friends -- singing "Stop! In the Name of Love.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

THE PUTINS ANNOUNCE ... THE END

VLADIMIR & LYUDMILA 
PUTIN 
DIVORCE 



THE PUTINS HOSTING 
THE FIRST RUSSIAN G8 SUMMIT 
St. Petersburg, July 2006 


Today the Russian President and First Lady publicly announced the end of their marriage.  They did make one -- last? -- public appearance together today, attending one act of the ballet Esmeralda, at the Kremlin Palace. 

Some discussion here and here


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

DRAGONS UP ABOVE

DRAGONS 
IN THE CEILING 


GEUNJEONGJEON HALL 

GYEONGBOK PALACE 

(KYŎNGBOKGUNG) 
경복궁 
宮 
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA 

Monday, June 3, 2013

PAUL VOLCKER IS IN THE NEWS...AGAIN

PAUL VOLCKER 
SOUNDS THE ALARM 


PAUL A. VOLCKER AS 
CHAIR OF THE 
FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 

Published in Business Week, March 26, 1984, p. 30 

To Be Continued 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

PHILADELPHIA TRAINSCAPE, WITH THE STATUE OF WILLIAM PENN

VIEW FROM 
AN ACELA TRAIN  
DASHING THROUGH 
PHILADELPHIA 


CITY HALL 
WITH THE STATUE OF 
WILLIAM PENN ON TOP 
(at the right of the photograph) 

Saturday, June 1, 2013