Oct

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2012

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Scenes from the dedication of the FDR memorial in New York City

In a way, the monument is as much to Louis Kahn as it is to FDR, as proven by how many times each of the speakers invoked both of their names. Former President Bill Clinton, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Tom Brokaw, Ambassador William vanden Huevel, Mayor Michel Bloomberg. All nodded to Louie. It's odd: The son's impetus to memorialize his architect father is what led us, even enabled us, to memorialize the president. From small questions rise large deeds.

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Aug

30

2012

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Jutta Levasseur, Epcot’s egg painter, has died

Tweet I was at Epcot in Walt Disney World last week, and I learned the sad news that Jutta Levasseur has passed away. The German-born Levasseur had hand-painted egg  ornaments in the Germany pavilion since the park’s opening day in 1982. She was such a fixture that the park gave her the great honor of […]

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Aug

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Jul

30

2012

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The night I jilted Gloria Steinem

David Bale gave me many things that I never properly thanked him for. His support helped change and redefined my life. But his biggest lesson was not to hide when I am invited to live.

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Jul

17

2012

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Who’s leaving smiley faces beside celebrity graves?

Tweet I swear it’s not me. Someone else is leaving water-smoothed rocks with painted-on smiley faces by the eternal resting spots of the stars of yesteryear. I’m just the first person to notice. I keep running across them in Los Angeles. These are from Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park and Forest Lawn Memorial Park […]

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Jul

1

2012

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Beggars denied at Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private paradise in Haiti

Tweet Cruise ship corporations are capable of treating others with dignity and kindness, as I wrote about in yesterday’s post about Oasis of the Seas‘ discovery of a raft of Cuban refugees, and they are famous for providing economic opportunities for workers from disadvantaged nations. But just as often, they seem to be caught up […]

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Jun

30

2012

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20

2012

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How James Dean crashed: his death site [WATCH]

Despite the fact this road is in the middle of a mule's ass, miles from any town, it positively pounds with speeding, heedless traffic criss-crossing the junction. I have rarely felt less secure on a rural highway. When you pull over, the passing cars are going so blazingly fast your whole vehicle shudders. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

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Jun

19

2012

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28

2012

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Disney Legend Bob Gurr on creating his Disneyland rides

"Since Walt wanted the Matterhorn Bobsleds to open in just over a year later, along with a Submarine Voyage, a larger Autopia, and a Monorail, he asked if it could be built faster. He asked me to design a bobsled and two track layouts. He asked Arrow Development, Walt’s favorite outside manufacturer, to find a way. Arrow said bent up pipe would be the quickest way, thus it turned out to be the world’s first steel pipe coaster. See, Walt

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