Artist, Aaron Kramer.Aaron made the heart that was the inspiration for what Sam makes for Emily. Aaron is a great talent, with a huge heart of his own. I love all of his work. Check out his website. http://www.urban-objects.com
AuthorWilliam Rosen.Spoiler. This is my brother-in-law and my hero. He began his own writing career at the age of 50 after being a big-deal publisher. He has now done two brainy, magnificent non-fiction books, Justinian's Flea and The Most Powerful Idea in the World. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-july-26-2010/william-rosen
Strange and intricate drawingsby Riddle were inspired by the brilliance ofArtist, Kurt Wahlner.Kurt is some kind of genius. He knows more about the minutiae of things than anyone I have ever met. Plus he's the coolest guy in the world. His art, and his life, are true and for real. When I think of how Riddle would draw, I see Kurt. Look for yourself... http://www.kurtwahlner.com/
Addie Holsing, my 7th grade teacher at Willard Junior High School in Berkeley, CA.
She changed my life by letting my class have a daily newspaper. Teachers are everything.
Game. Set. Match.
Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey. The school I went to when I was sixteen years old.
The people there are inside me and I love Turkey and all of them.
The Oregon Coast.You can travel the whole world and not find a place more beautiful.
Ry Cooder.The inspiration for how Sam plays the guitar. He also is a great writer and is about to publish his first book (through CITY LIGHTS in San Francisco). He is a giant. And his
wife Susan is the essence of kindness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4KmbUCwkyE
Raul Midon. My friends Wes and Marlow introduced me to him and he played in their backyard. Note to self: Everyone should have friends like Wes and Marlow, and everyone should listen to Raul Midon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s_loXy3ExE
Neil Swaab. Talented, wonderful, cool artist who did the original ART which is the cover
of I'll Be There. Visit: http://www.neilswaab.com/
SHOUT OUT: ToKen Wright, the world's best agent. Jennifer Hunt, my amazing editor. Little Brown, publishers who care (with special love to Andrew Smith, Victoria Stapleton,
Melanie Chang, and Ames O'Neill). And to Gayle Forman, Aaron Hartzler,
Natalie Standiford, Sara Zarr, A.S. King, Laura McNeal, Matthew Quick,
Matt de la Peña, Henry Louis Gates, Margaret Stohl, John Corey Whaley,
Maria Semple and Evgenia Citkowitz, you all make my world go round.
Skinner Box....Adults sleep in adult-sized rooms. Why not let babies sleep in baby-sized
rooms? So in 1944, psychologist B. F. Skinner replaced a cage-style crib with the first baby-sized
room–the "aircrib." Heated and humidified for baby's comfort, it put the infant at waist-height,
so it doubled as a changing table. Its first occupant: Skinner's daughter Deborah.
But the aircrib didn't catch on. Skinner's famous lab studies of rats and pigeons were often
conducted in small chambers called "Skinner Boxes." Uh oh. Some people confused the aircrib
with the Skinner Box and assumed Skinner was conducting experiments on his children.
By the 1960s, rumor had it that daughter Deborah was psychotic.
In all, perhaps 300 children have been raised in Skinner-type cribs. We recently tracked down
more than 50 of them. The outcome? Positive results across the board. All of the children had
normal health, and their parents praised the crib for its safety, warmth, and convenience. As for
Deborah, she grew up normally, married a professor, and is now a successful artist in England...
–PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, Babies in Boxes. Published on December 31, 1969 - last reviewed on
August 12, 2009. Robert Epstein, Ph.D., & Michelle Bailey, San Diego State University &
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies''
The Grapes of Wrath is a novel published in 1939 and written by John Steinbeck, who was
awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Set during the
Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of sharecroppers driven from their
Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, and changes in the financial and agricultural
industries. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they were trapped in the
Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they sought
jobs, land, dignity and a future. When preparing to write the novel, Steinbeck wrote: "I want to put
a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its
effects]." The book won Steinbeck a large following among the working class, perhaps due to the
book's sympathy to the workers' movement and its accessible prose style.
The Grapes of Wrath is frequently read in American high school and college literature classes.
A celebrated Hollywood film version, starring Henry Fonda and directed by John Ford, was made
in 1940. – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy
challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by
living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal
government devoted to world peace and friendship. 200,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have since
then, served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information
technology and environmental preservation.
The Peace Corps' mission has three simple goals:
Helping the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
Helping promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
Helping promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.
— Peace Corps website
Beatnikwas a media stereotype of the 1950s and early 1960s that displayed the more
superficial aspects of the Beat Generation literary movement of the 1950s. Consisting of violent
film images, along with cartoonish misrepresentations of the real-life people and spirituality found
in Jack Kerouac's autobiographical fiction. Kerouac spoke out against this detour from his
In Aftermath: The Philosophy of the Beat Generation, Kerouac criticized what he saw as a
distortion of his visionary, spiritual ideas: "The Beat Generation, that was a vision that we had,
John Clellon Holmes and I, and Allen Ginsberg in an even wilder way, in the late Forties, of a
generation of crazy, illuminated hipsters suddenly rising and roaming America, serious, bumming
and hitchhiking everywhere, ragged, beatific, beautiful in an ugly graceful new way—a vision
gleaned from the way we had heard the word "beat" spoken on street corners on Times Square
and in the Village, in other cities in the downtown city night of postwar America—beat, meaning
down and out but full of intense conviction. We'd even heard old 1910 Daddy Hipsters of the
streets speak the word that way, with a melancholy sneer. It never meant juvenile delinquents,
it meant characters of a special spirituality who didn't gang up but were solitary Bartlebies staring
out the dead wall window of our civilization"...
– From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Earth Day is a day that is intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's
natural environment. The name and concept of Earth Day was pioneered by John McConnell
(peace activist) in 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco. The first Proclamation of
Earth Day was by San Francisco, the City of Saint Francis, patron saint of ecology. Earth Day was
first observed in San Francisco and other cities on March 21, 1970, the first day of Spring. This day
of nature's equipoise was later sanctioned in a Proclamation signed by Secretary General U Thant
at the United Nations where it is observed each year. About the same time, a separate Earth Day
was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on
April 22, 1970. While this April 22 Earth Day was focused on the United States, an organization
launched by Denis Hayes, took it international in 1990 and organized events in 141 nations.
Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and is celebrated in more than
175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother
Earth Day.–From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Definition ofperipatetic: adj. traveling, wandering, roaming, migrant, mobile, roving,
nomadic, itinerant, vagrant, vagabond, ambulant. Her father was in the Army and the family led a
peripatetic existence.–From www.thefreedictionary.com
Chuck Sloan was born in Hollywood, and lived a life that was screen worthy. With the help of
his fellow high school club members called the Athenians, he showed James Dean how to be a
juvenile delinquent for the movie Rebel Without A Cause. He was in the army and stationed in
Germany at the same time as Elvis Presley. He came back to partner with Steve McQueen in a
company making thermo-plastic gas tanks. He went on to become the king of commercial
production traveling the globe filming. But his greatest production of all was his two sons.
He died in April of 2011 while swimming in the ocean in the British Virgin Islands.
Wellesley College.Motto: Non Ministrari sed Ministrare, (Not to be ministered unto, but to
minister). Chartered in 1870; commenced classes in 1875. Wellesley College is a private, highly
selective women's liberal arts college located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States. It is
located approximately 12 miles (19 km) west of Boston. Wellesley enrolls approximately 2,400
women in 56 baccalaureate degree programs. The college also offers research collaborations and
cross-registration programs with other Boston-area institutions such as Babson College,
Olin College, MIT, and Brandeis University. – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dartmouth College: Motto: Vox clamantis in deserto, (The voice of one crying in the
wilderness). Established: December 13, 1769 (241 years ago). Dartmouth College is a private,
Ivy League university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. It comprises a liberal arts
college, Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business,
as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences. It is one of the 9 Colonial Colleges
founded before the American Revolution. Dartmouth alumni, from Daniel Webster to the many
donors in the 19th and 20th centuries, have been famously involved in their college.
– From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Grey Advertising. Founded in 1917, Grey has grown into a global advertising and marketing
agency, with headquarters in New York City, and 432 offices in 96 countries, operating in 154 cities.
Grey operates in many communications disciplines including: advertising, direct marketing, public
relations, public affairs, brand development, customer relationship management, sales promotion,
and interactive marketing — through its branded independent business subsidiaries: Grey, G2,
GHG, GCI Group, MediaCom Worldwide, Alliance, G WHIZ, and WINGLATINO.
Grey Group became a subsidiary of WPP during 2005, although it continues to operate as a distinct
and semi-autonomous business. Its reputation for careful account management has earned the
loyalty of several long-standing advertisers, not least Procter & Gamble, a client for
more than 50 years. Grey is better known for reliable and efficient creative work than for
International clients include: Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Nokia, BAT, Diageo,
Volkswagen, Novartis, Wyeth, Canon, Direct TV and 3M.
– From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Gary Rosen: Writer. Artist. Basketball player. Dog lover. Gardener. Most loyal friend. UCLA fan. Music Man. (And, of course, Husband and father). The love of my life.
Site Design. Georgia Young: Creative Director, User Interface Designer, Graphic Designer, Artist. GeorgiaYoung.com / Coding: Thank-you Erin and Ahmet and all the fine folks at The Forty North, Istanbul, Turkey. TheFortyNorth.com. And a grateful thank-you and shoutout to my brilliant colleague, James Bradley (and check out his new venture: www.appinionator.com). – Georgia Young