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Sunday, August 5,2012
Wise Up!

Authors

By David Bruce
How long does it take to write a book? According to children's author Rafe Martin, his book "Will's Mammoth" took either three years or 30 seconds to write. Growing up in New York City, Rafe and his young friends used to climb a boulder called Elephant Rock.
Sunday, July 22,2012
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Wise Up! - People with handicaps

By David Bruce
• While fighting in World War I as a member of the African-American Hell Fighters of the 369th Regiment, painter Horace Pippin was wounded by a sniper as he dove into a shell hole.
Sunday, July 15,2012
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Illnesses

By David Bruce
• What did famous actor Lionel Barrymore (who played Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life") cut his teeth on as an infant? Quite possibly, a bullet. Here's the story. While
Sunday, July 8,2012
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Acting

By David Bruce
British actor Pete Postlethwaite had a rugged face. When he was studying at the Bristol Old Vic, he ran out of money to pay for the completion of his course of study.
Sunday, July 1,2012
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Problem-solving

By David Bruce
Lou Costello was a master at getting perks from his movie studio, Universal Pictures.
Sunday, June 24,2012
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Children

By David Bruce
Eric Blair, who was later famous under the pseudonym George Orwell, liked books even as a young boy. The day before his 8th birthday, he found his mother's present to him: a copy of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels." Instead of waiting to be given the book, he took it and started reading it.
Sunday, June 17,2012
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Animals

By David Bruce
A dog once saved the life of a Jew during the Holocaust. Ester Milshtein (a pseudonym) was first forced into the Warsaw Ghetto and then the Majdanek death camp near Lublin. Later, when she was 18 years old, she was transferred to the slave labor camp at Skarzynsko-Kamienna, where she made friends with the Kommandant's dog, a great Dane she called Kelev.
Sunday, June 10,2012
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Problem-Solving

By David Bruce
As a fashion designer for the movies, Edith Head had to be a problem-solver. For example, in 1965 Joan Crawford presented the Oscar for Best Director at the Academy Awards, and she asked Ms. Head to design her dress.
Sunday, June 3,2012
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Death

By David Bruce
In 1932, when he was a child, Ray Bradbury attended a carnival, where he saw a magician named Mr. Electrico, who let electricity make his hair stand on end and sparks fly from his teeth. He also touched the children in the audience to let their hair stand on end, and as he did so he shouted, "Live forever!"
Monday, May 28,2012
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Education

By David Bruce
Professor Ernst Schneidler taught many artists and illustrators, including Eric Carle, who creates books for children. He was able to motivate his students to do their very best work, perhaps he was so gifted at doing those things he taught.
 
 
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