November 29, 2003

Comfort Food Central

It was comfort food central around here today. I made applesauce (since I had a bag of leftover apples) and bread pudding (since I had bunch of slightly stale bread). Both were really easy and quite comforting. It was a grey winter day and I just stayed in trying to work on my papers and cooking.

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The Little Women

littlewomen.jpgFinished The Little Women by Katharine Weber last night. Its a story of three sisters who basically run away from home when they find out that their mother had an affair. Their names are Meg, Jo, and Amy and they move in with a friend name Teddy, so there's a great deal of Little Women reference throughout the book. It grew on me by the end, but there are these annoying notes from the sisters that were kind of whiney throughout the text.

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November 28, 2003

Back from Palm Springs

paulandaimee.jpgMet Paul, Aimee and Seth at the Palm Springs Museum before I flew back. There was a great exhibit that I'd love to see done up here somewhere where people got to make their own containers which were added to the exhibit. We didn't have time to make any, but it was neat to look at. It was quite a cute museum -- though I think I could do without visiting the snakes again any time soon.

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November 27, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving


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November 26, 2003

Wireless in Palm Springs

wirelessbill.jpgWe got JR's computer set up to be wireless today, so I was able to upload the pictures I've taken over the last few days. I'll take some more tomorrow because this is really just an amazing looking place.

Here's Bill testing the range of the wireless connection. Can you hear me now?

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November 25, 2003

Mom and Bill's Anniversary

Happy 9th Anniversary Mom & Bill!

Had a great tour of Palm Springs' modern architecture (here's a picture of Mom, Bill, JR, John, and our tour guide Robert) and are heading out soon to dinner to celebrate their anniversary (along with Dr. Grimm, pictured below).


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The Probable Future

probablyfuture.jpgFinished Alice Hoffman's The Probable Future today by the author of Practical Magic (which I didn't read, but I saw the movie ages ago)

I love trips where you can just keep reading!

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November 24, 2003

Angels and Demons

angels.jpgFinished Dan Brown's Angels and Demons, a prequel to The DaVinci Code. Just as gripping (though a bit gruesome at times and without the cool feminist angle), and another very fun read.

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November 22, 2003

La Jolla

lajolla1.jpgAbsolutely beautful place for a wedding!

The bride, Danielle, and "Pop"

Hanna & John of course filmed the whole thing

Formal photos from above

The first dance

and I got to dance with Bill!

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November 21, 2003

Off to San Diego & Palm Springs

I'm off to San Diego for Danielle's wedding and then to Palm Springs for Thanksgiving!

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November 18, 2003

100th Entry

I noticed that this was going to be my blog's 100th entry, so I thought I'd announce it officially!

I've really enjoyed posting each day. I had hoped to take and post more pictures and I'll try to be better about doing that. But its fun at the end of the day to try to think of something to write, and I'm always excited to be able to post a quick entry about a book I finish or movie I go see. Digging into the family history has also been great fun.

I'm delighted that a couple of you are out there actually reading this once and a while (hi!) Thank you!

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Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell

timeandspace.jpgAdventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell by Pat Murphy, one of the best books I've read in quite a while (up there with Lost in a Good Book) [Mom, I'll bring it to you to read on our trip]

The main character is even a librarian, and the author works at the Exploratorium!

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November 17, 2003

On the Road Again

After three *very long* months, I'm finally allowed to drive again! Drove the backway to an appointment in Cupertino and back (highways tomorrow), even stopped on the way home to pick up some dinner. I'm home and already ate dinner -- I wouldn't be home for another hour from now if I was taking the bus home!

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November 16, 2003


BobbiLynn, Glen, Heather and I spent the day in San Francisco and saw Cirque du Soleil's Alegria show. Then we had dinner (after a couple of tries finding a restaurant) with Heather's friend Meagan.

As hoped, it turned out to be quite an adventure!

(BobbiLynn is being nice and not towering over us in the first picture -- the real difference shows in the next two)


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Beginner's Luck

beginnersluck.jpgFinished Beginner's Luck by Laura Pederson this morning. Lisa sent it to me in the latest batch of fun books. I wasn't sure about it at first but the main character, a 16-year old high-school drop-out gambler girl, totally grew on me and the crazy people she goes to live with were just delightful.

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November 15, 2003

A golden goal in overtime

Alan took me to the Earthquakes game tonight! They beat the Kansas City Wiz 3-2 in double overtime. Great game! Thanks Alan!!

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November 14, 2003

Love Actually

Not me personally... but after a day where nothing seemed to go right -- my DSL went down for hours (over an hour and a half of which I was talking to the tech support folks), my computer died again (luckily I now know how to reset the PMU), my heat stopped working (but they're coming to look at it in the morning), and I had to wait for the bus in the rain (though I only have a few more days until I can drive again!) -- I decided to take myself out to the movies and saw Love Actually which just opened at the theater down the street.

Not only did it cheer me up quite a bit (It even stopped raining for the walk back :)) but I'm now definitely looking forward to arriving at Heathrow Airport at the end of December (you have to see the movie to understand)

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November 13, 2003

Hanna's Movie

Hanna writes:

It may have at times seemed impossible - but after 18 months REBUILDING THE PAST is finally finished. And we are very proud of how it turned out too. Turn on the Discovery Channel (europe only) this Monday for the first of ten programmes following the team at Butser Ancient Farm as they struggle to build as the Romans did in an attempt to construct the first Roman Villa in Britain in 1600 years.

SKY Magazine call it "Fascinating and Entertaining in equal measure"
Radio Times say "immense value to archaeologists and historians...mere viewers, meanwhile, can marvel"
TV & Satellite Weekly say "Time Team meets Grand Designs"

ReBuilding the Past Web Site

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AR and Robert Moses


Another story from the AR file, this one from the NY Times on May 9, 1939, p. 25

Title: Bridle Path Dust in Park Denounced

"Park Commissionar Robert A. Moses was sharply criticized and his chief aide, Allyn R. Jennings, general superintendent of parks, was accused of 'perfectly impudent conduct' by a group of equestrians known as 'the Early Riders' that met last night to protest the conditions of the bridle paths in Central Park."

"At a vehement session at the Tavern on the Green in Central Park at Sixty-seventh Street, the riders appointed a committee to call upon Mr. Moses to 'rectify the dusty condition of the bridle paths' and another to visit Health Commissioner John L. Rice to apprise him that 'paths consitute a distinct public menace.'"

"On Saturday the group sent a telegram to Mr. Jennings inviting him to the meeting. He sent his regrets and a letter that Aaron Rabinowitz, one of the protestants, called 'smart-alecky and impudent.'"

The article continues on to discuss how doctors had advised several members of the group "that to continue riding on the bridle paths was inviting sinus trouble and conjunctivitis." Tenants of the apartment buildings facing the park were also apparently affected by the clouds of dust, apparently because the paths hadn't been watered for months.

I've heard stories about AR riding his horse on the Merit Parkway as it was being built, but not about riding around in Central Park and protesting the dust on the bridle paths!

The Bridle Path at Central Park and Bridle Path Arches

Here's a Newsday article about Moses as Park Commissioner: A Crown Jewel Of the City Has A Messy Past

A NYC Parks article about Robert Moses and the Modern Park System (1929-1965)

According to Design-Build magazine, "His lone major setback came in 1939, when he proposed that the Brooklyn-Battery Crossing should be a suspension bridge instead of a tunnel. Residents opposed the plan because it would level much of lower Manhattan, drop property values in the financial district and ruin views of the skyline. Finally, it took a decision by Pres. Franklin Roosevelt to halt Moses."

According to The Atlantic, Moses was busy in 1939: "One of Commissioner Moses's most striking miracles is the conversion of a vast swamp and a small mountain of odorous refuse in Queens into the site for the New York World's Fair of 1939. He was given the task of preparing this uninviting terrain for the great exposition and spent more than $50,000,000 effecting the change."

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November 12, 2003

Hay Day and the Mall

Another Wednesday Hay-Day with Alan. Today we worked on the database to get the 120 works by Martin Johnson Heade into the system, many of them with thumbnail images.

First, we took a fieldtrip to the Genius Bar at the Apple Store at the Mall to get my computer fixed. Turned out the Power Management Unit (PMU) needed to be reset (basically they opened it up and touched the battery with a screw driver, but whatever it was, it worked! and my computer turns on again! yay!) Super special thanks to Alan for overcoming his "mall-ergies" and taking me over there!

The rest of the day was spent working on my final paper for my Research Methods class (there's still a long way to go) and now I'm settling into Wednesday night must-see TV.

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More About AR

Here's some information from Aaron Rabinowitz's obituary in the New York Times, April 4, 1973, p. 46

The headline was: "Aaron Rabinowitz is Dead at 89; Pioneed in Housing Development. Chairman of Fred French was Former Governor of Real Estate Board."

"Aaron Rabinowitz, a pioneer in public and private housing and real estate development died yesterday in Roosevelt Hospital. He was 89 years old and lived at the Westbury Hotel, Madison Avenue at 69th Street, and in Westport, Conn."

"Chairman since 1937 of the Fred F. French Investing Company, which owns many business and residential properties. Mr. Rabinowitz had also remained active in public affairs. In 1970 he won his last notable public battle as champion for the election of the late Williama D. Wald, the Lower East Side social worker, to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University."

[Sally Webster writes for Park Service that, "Altogether 11 women have been elected to the Hall of Fame, although only 10 have been commemorated by bronze likenesses: Charlotte Saunders Cushman (1915, Artists, Musicians, Actors); Harriet Beecher Stowe (1910, Authors); Maria Mitchell (1905, Scientists); Mary Lyon (1905), Alice Freeman Palmer (1920), Emma Willard (1905) (Educators); Jane Addams (1965), Susan B. Anthony (1950), Lillian D. Wald (1970), and Frances E. Willard (1915) (Humanitarians). As
noted earlier, the 11th, Clara Barton, who was elected in 1976 in the humanitarian category, has yet to be commemorated by a bust portrait." There's a great online exhibit about Lilian Wald at the Jewish Women's Archive]

"Mr. Rabinowitz, who came here with his parents from Russia in 1884, grew up on the old Lower East Side and played a decisive part in the rebuilding of the new one."

"Mr. Rabinowitz received honorary doctorates from Hebrew Union College, from the Jewish Theological Seminary, to which he and former Judge Simon H. Rifkind contributed a lectureship in ethics and law, and from Juniata College."

"Surviving are his widow, the former Clara Greenhut, whom he married in 1921; a son, Alan; two daughters, Mrs. Betty Sheffer and Mrs. Susan R. Malloy; his brothers, Leon R. Spear and Maurice R. Spear; a sister, Mrs. Felicia Newman, and nine grandchildren."

AR's office at the Fred F. French building has been put back together at the Andover Library at the Harvard Divinity School.

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November 11, 2003

Another great-great grandfather

Here's some information from the obituary of another of my great-great-grandfathers, this one is my mom's mom's mom's dad, B.J. Greenhut.

The title says: "B.J. Greenhut Dead; Retired Merchant. Had Been Head of the Greenhut Co., Last Department Store Concern of Family. Screen Company Director. Son of Second Man to Enlist in Chicago for Civil War -- A Democrat, but Voted for Coolidge."

NY Times, March 30, 1932, p. 19

"Benedict J. Greenhut, retired merchant, who in 1918 was president of the Greenhut Company, the last of several large department store organizations controlled by his family in the once crowded shopping district at Eighteenth Street and Sixth Avenue, died yesterday at his residence, 575 Park Avenue, after a year's illness that had confined him to bed since November, He was 61 years old."

"Surviving are a widow, who was Minnie Gottlieb at their marriage in 1892; three children, Rose and Joseph B. Greenhut and Mrs. Clara G. Rabinowitz; a brother, Nelson W., and a sister, Fanny V. Greenhut."

"Mr. Greenhut was born in Chicago, where his father, the late Captain Joseph B. Greenhut, a Gettysburg hero, was the second man in the city to answer Lincoln's first call for volunteers. The son attended the public schools of Peoria, Ill., and then went to work for his father, who at that time was at the head of the Great Western Distilling Company, then the largest distilling concern in the world." [I found a listing of a Supreme Court Case involving a draft purchased from the Great Western Distilling Company of Peoria for $6,926.15. on June 14th, 1887, signed "J. B. Greenhut, Sec. and Treas.")

"Father and son came to New York in the '90s and joined the Siegel-Cooper store, which drew 150,00 persons to its sensational opening on Sept. 12, 1896. The Greenhuts bought out Henry Siegel in 1902, and five years later, when B. Altman & Co. moved uptown, Captain Greenhut and Henty Morgenthau took over the Altman Building, on the block running from Eighteenth to Nineteenth Street on the west side of Sixth Avenue and established Greenhut & Co. there. This firm then merged with Siegel-Cooper and adopted the latter name, which, however, it replaced with the J.B. Greenhut Company when Siegel failed in 1914. The next year this Greenhut company failed. It was reorganized as the Greeenhut Company, but liquidated in 1918. At the time, Captain Greenhut was chairman of the board, his son presided." [Siegel-Cooper & Company Dry Goods Store in 1896 -- "This grand department store was the first on Ladies' Mile to boast free samples and demonstrations, air conditioning and an extensive range of merchandise under one roof."] [Here's a walking tour of Ladies' Mile where the store was located.]

"Having been a zealous Democrat for many years, a close friend of Charles F. Murphy and treasurer of Mayor Gaynor's campaign committee, Mr. Greenhut, in September, 1924, announced that he would vote for Calvin Coolidge for President and would work for the election of the Republican as President. He expressed his admiration for Mr. Coolidge as 'safe and sane,' a leader under whom the country had enjoyed great prosperity, adding, 'This is not time for new experiments in Washington or for explointing of new theories of government.'" [Coolidge's opponent was John Davis of West Virginia. Davis was a compromise candidate, selected after the Democratic convention in New York was dead-locked for over 100 ballots. On a totally unrelated note, I'd like to mention that Calvin Coolidge is the one president to have graduated from Amherst College :)]

"Mr. Greenhut was a member of the Loyal Legion, Home of Veterans and Society of American Wars. Among his clubs were the Lotos, the Lambs, Railroad, Harmonie and Aldine."

"His father, Captain Greenhut, died in November, 1918; his mother, in April, 1927."

[According to the roster of officers of the 82nd Illinois Volunteer Infantry,Captain Joseph Greenhut was 20 years old when he enlisted and married [Lt. Col. Edward Selig] Salomon's sister, and resigned February 1864. There are some quotes from Capt. Greenhut from a ceremony commemorating the monument being erected to the 82nd at Gettysburg on September 3, 1891 posted here.] [Found a cite for this book: Beveridge, JL, Vaughan DB, & Greenhut, JB. Illinois at Gettysburg. Springfield: HW Rokker, 1892.]

On April 1, 1932, an arrticle ran on p.21, which provides a few additional details:

"Hundreds at Funeral of B.J. Greenhut
Rev. Dr. H. G. Enelow Pays Eulogy to Merchant - Many Organizations Represented."

The article says that, "Former business associates in this city and the Middle West were among the several hundred persons who attended the funeral services yesterday morning of Benedict J. Greenhut, prominent retired department store head, which were held in Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue and Sixty-Fifth Street."

The Rev. Dr. H.; G. Enelow said, "His greatest and deepest happiness was in the members of his family, and he put their welfare above his own interests."

"Among members of the family present were Mr. Greenhut's widow, the former Minnier Gottlieb; his three children, Miss Rose Greenhut, Joseph B. Greenhut and Mrs. Clara G. Rabinowitzl his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson W. Greenhut, and their children and a sister, Miss Fanny V. Greenhut."

"During the services, Handel's Largo was played by Gottfried Federlein, organist of the temple. Mr. Greenhut having recently made the request. The coffin was covered with a blanket of roses and sweet peas. Many other floral tributes adorned the sanctuary. Burial took place in the family mausoleum in Salem Fields Cemetary."

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New toaster!

toaster.jpgAfter putting it off for months, I finally bought myself a new toaster! No one but Bill (aka the bagel king) would appreciate this, but its both a regular pop-up toaster AND a toaster oven in one. :)

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My great-great grandfather

Here's a little information I've dug up on my great-great-grandfather Jacob Rabinowitz (and yes, I should be working on my thesis proposal instead of doing this...)

From his obituary in the NY Times, December 10, 1939

"Jacob Rabinowitz, vice president of Spear & Co., Inc., a real estate concern here, and an active worker in Jewish philanthropies, died Friday night of a heart ailment in his home at 884 West End Avenue. He was 79 years old.

"Mr. Rabinowitz was an organizer of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, president of the United Hebrew Community and a judge of the Jewish Conciliation Court of America." [The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives has a collection of documents from the court. According to their site, "Founded in 1931 as a board of lay-persons and rabbis, the Jewish Conciliation Board sought to fill a void in American society of a Jewish issues court.  The Board is a descendent of the Beth Din (a Jewish court of law) and as such is a free court allowing immigrants to avoid potentially costly litigation."]

"He was also president of Congregation Zemach Zedek, treasurer of Maskil el Dol (Aid to the Poor) and of Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol, vice president of Machzikei Talmud Torah and the Hebrew Free Loan Society and a former president of the Hebrew Kindergarten Infants Home, and the Far Rockaway Infants Home." [According to the American Jewish Historical Society, "In 1920 alone, the New York Hebrew Free Loan Society distributed more than $1 million in loans to Jewish-owned small businesses."]

"He was a director of the Home of Old Israel and Anshei Mymud, and a member of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropic Societies, Xitmer Darchei Noam Talmud Torah, Rabinical Colleges of Slonim and of Thelsi, Daughters of Jacob Home, Beth Abraham Home for Incurables, Israel Orphan Asylum, Rabbi Elkonon Yeshiva College and the Loan and Relief Society of Brooklyn."

"Born in Russia, the son of Marias and Rose Stynowsky Rabinowitz, he came to the United States in the Eighties."

"Surviving are his widow, three sons, Aaron Rabinowitz [my Mom's grandfather], Maurice R. Spear and Leon R. Spear [apparently they changed their name when they went into the Army - Naomi Guismar is one of Leon Spear's kids, and her daughter Barbara Howard was at grandpa's recent 90th birthday]; two daughters, Mrs. Rose Gural and Mrs. Kenneth C. Newman [Aunt Felicia, who is Margaret Gordon's grandmother -- whose daughters are Edith Weinburger, Annette Gordon, and Dorothy Seligman (who was also at Grandpa's birthday party) -- those three are my grandmother's first cousins then]; sixteen grandchildren and a great-grand-child." [According to Mom, that first great-grandchild was probably Jeffrey Gural -- Rose was the oldest of those five kids and her son Aaron was the oldest of the grandchildren and is now about 90.]

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Prospero's Children

prosperos.jpgA quick escape into fantasy -- i just finished Prospero's Children by Jan Siegel. Magic, mermaids, a trip through a painting into Atlantis... quite a nice way to escape :)

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November 10, 2003

One Man's Word

Photo from the Simon H. Rifkind
Center for the Humanities & the Arts
I found a copy of One Man's Word: Selected Works of Simon H. Rifkind on ebay for a couple of dollars and bought it because it contains his eulogy of my great-grandfather Aaron Rabinowitz. I just found that out when digging through the NY Times archives for mentions of my family. Here's some excerpts from the eulogy, delivered April 5, 1973 at Temple Emanuel in NYC. Its full of info I didn't know about AR, who died about two years before I was born. "He died in a manner prescribed for a good man, rich in years and wisdom, surrounded by a wife he loved, by children of whom he was enormously proud and by adoring grandchildren." [One of those grandchildren, of course, was my Mom]

"For forty years we have been as intimate as brothers, mutual confidantes, sharing many problems and triumphs as I watch him confronting crises that test men's character. In all these years, I have not encountered a friend or foe who challenged the trust of Aaron Rabinowitz' word. Never once has it been asserted that he had broken a promise or taken unfair advantage. In more than a decade of litigation, I never once was under the necessity of apologizing for his behavior."

"He believed in the aristocracy of character and he lived by the aristocratic code: in battle, in fortitude; in adversity, resolution; in victory, magnanimity. Of the three, he regarded the third as the noblest."

"No one who has known Aaron can have failed to observe the honor, love and devotion in which he held the memory of his father. For every occasion, his memory would fetch up a pertinent story of what his father had wisely said or done. He was enormously proud of his father, although his inheritance from him was of the kind on which Uncle Sam imposes no tax."

"This filial piety was matched by his zeal in perpetuating the memory of Lillian Wald, under whose influence he had come as a young teenager and whose role, a surrogate mother, was to enrich his life and his character. How he single-handedly mounted a campaign and succeeded in causing Lillian Wald's admission to the most exclusive club in America, the Hall of Fame, is an epic story fit to be told and untold. And, of course, no one who knew Aaron could have failed to observe his love for and pride in Clara, his wife, his affection for and delight in the accomplishments of his children, his sons-in-law and daughter-in-law. It is a measure of the man that, even when he disagreed with them, he was proud of them."

[Apparently on May 25, 1950, Judge Rifkin returned to practice law after almost a decade serving on the Federal Court. AR was there waiting for him on the first day to reassure him that he did in fact have a client and friend.]

"In each office or place of business he entered, this busy man found time to leave a little of himself with the receptionist, the office boy and secretary, as well as the principal he had come to see. That is how, under his footsteps, every rug became a welcome mat."

"Aaron was entitled to write quite a number of academic degrees after his name, all honorary. His education was all obtained in the university of life, which confers no degrees, in course. But where, I inquire, did he learn to write his beautiful, Chesterfieldian letters with such consummate felicity of expression, such sensitive selection of the precide word, such meticulous response ot the subtle nuances of the English language? Where did he acquire his taste and hunger for books, to possess them, to read them and to give them away in prodigious numbers? Where did he acquire his respect for and devotion to learning, so that in college classrooms, up and down the state, you will find students acquiring an education by the grace of this good man? All this was part of his secret heritage. No wonder he so faithfully kept the commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother. It was that heritage which made him the architect of a great life." [I had to look up Chesterfieldian, and according to Amazon, "the celebrated and controversial correspondences between Lord Chesterfield and his son Philip, dating from 1737, were praised in their day as a complete manual of education... Reflecting the political craft of a leading statesman and the urbane wit of a man who associated with Pope, Addison, and Swift, Lord Chesterfield's Letters reveal the author's political cynicism, his views on good breeding, and instruction to his son in etiquette and the worldly arts."]

"The city has many monuments to the business judgment of Aaron Rabinowitz, but of none was he more proud than of his participation in the first low-rent cooperative housing project in the United States, the Amalgamated Housing Project of which, with Herbert Lehman, he was the pioneer." [I found that coorespondence between AR and Herbert Lehman is catalogued in the collection from,H/index.html... The Amalgamated Housing Cooperative just celebrated its 75th Anniversary]

"Eulogy for Aaron Rabinowitz"
Rifkind, Simon H. One Man`s Word: Selected Works of Simon H. Rifkind. 3 vols. Edited Adam Bellow and William Keens. New York: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1986-1989.
Volume 2, pp. 743-746

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November 09, 2003

Runaway Jury

runawayjury.jpgRunaway Jury today at the movie theater down the street. I wasn't going to go, but my computer is not working (luckily I can work from my laptop) and it was a yucky rainy day, so I decided to go for it. It was a perfect Sunday afternoon escapist film! Great cast, lots of surprises... I really liked it!

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November 08, 2003

Five Senses Wow Training

IMG_1569.jpgTraining today for the upcoming "Five 5enses WOW! Experience" at the Tech -- including floor programs, demos and design challenges like "Hands-on Digestion", "What's That Smell?", "Holy Halitosis!", and "It's Not Snot" (most are tie-ins to Grossology, obviously) I made a kaleidoscope and a batch of purple snot (polyvinyl alcohol, borax, water, and food coloring). Here's some of the group working on the "Snot Shot" design challenge...

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November 07, 2003

Online Baby Shower

babyshower.gifOver 100 people are participating in the surprise virtual babyshower we're throwing for my Group Jazz colleagues Amy and Peter!!!

There are discussions, suggestions for baby names, photos of friends and family (including embarassing picts of the parents-to-be), guest profiles, a chance to guess the birth date and weight, and a growing list of favorite kids books!

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River of Shadows

riverofshadows.jpgFinished River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West by Rebecca Solnit. I checked it out from the Library the day Margaret, Alan and I took a tour. He had found it in the browsing area and dared my to read the first chapter and not want to read the whole thing. I, of course, loved it and read the whole thing.

horses.jpgIts a history of Eadweard Muybridge, famous for his motion-study photographs that helped lead to cinema, and really a wonderful portrait of California and the West (including Leland Stanford and Silicon Valley). Towards the end she writes:

"Muybridge pursued the transformation of bodies and places into representations, representations that in some ways fed that unslaked desire for landscape, geography, beauty, embodiment, and the life of the senses, but Stanford, who hammered the Golden Spike, pursued the annihilation of time and space without mercy, without misgivings, without deference to what might be lost, and this might be the difference between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Hollywood would become the center of the world of movies, while Silicon Valley is the center of the world of information technology, and in the way these two institutions dominate the world one can say California is the center of the contemporrary world, but of a world in which time and space have been annihilated, a world that is in some obscure way so dismbodied, dislocated, and dematerialized that the very idea of a center is perplexing." (258-9)

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November 06, 2003

Windows and Doors

Spent some time before class (and took a quick nap) in my current favorite spot on the 7th floor of the new King Library. This is the view -- you can see the IMAX dome on top of the Tech Museum down the street.

Came home to find a brand new door -- they replaced everyone's yesterday and today. Apparently they're going to come back at some point and paint it...

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November 05, 2003

More Hay

Alan and I worked on another essay on his Hay in Art site. Today's is "Missed stacks and mistakes: distinguishing between hay and straw and other heaps."

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November 04, 2003

Dinner w/ Brenda

Had dinner with Brenda at 2wenty-9ine East Main Café. Made all sorts of plans for dinner parties, book clubs and field trips! Plus I have left over salad pizza for dinner tomorrow!

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November 03, 2003

E-government for All

The E-Government for All conference started this morning and runs through November 14th. Group Jazz helped to organize the conference (and I spent a lot of the weekend on finishing touches so we could open today). Over 800 participants from around the world have already signed up!


"E-Government for All will bring together leaders in government, the private sector, community activists, academia and civil society to discuss the relationship between e-government initiatives and the need for policy strategies to bridge the digital divide. While e-government presents us with powerful opportunities for making government more accessible and efficient, there are still millions of people lacking both Internet access and the skills to use it effectively. The conference, therefore, will explore what can be done to ensure that e-government initiatives lessen the digital divide rather than widen it."

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November 02, 2003

5onathan's Birthday

My uncle Jonathan's 50th birthday party was in today's NY Times Style section!

(you can also list out all his press clippings from the Times in his news tracker)

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November 01, 2003


I can't believe its November!

Spent the whole day at school learning SPSS for our Research Methods class. We played with the survey data we collected from interviews outside of the new library.

Now I'm home eating leftover Halloween Candy (since I didn't have ANY trick-or-treaters last night... sigh), watching Trading Spaces' British Invasion, building a library/bookstore for the E-Gov for All conference that starts Monday, and working on a paper about a case study of a partnership between a library and a historical society in New Paltz, NY.

Another exciting Saturday night around here!

Posted by Emily at 09:07 PM | Comments (0)