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By Adam Hetrick
14 Dec 2010
A new 160-page book chronicling the Broadway life of the rock musicalMemphis — from the first performance to its big night as the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Musical — is now available.
Official Memphis blogger Carolyn D. Miller, an associate of the musical's producing team Junkyard Dog, has kept the blog since the hit musical arrived at the Shubert Theatre Sept. 23, 2009.
"Memphis Lives in Me: One Blogger's Journey to Broadway and Beyond" is a collection of blog entries detailing the onstage and backstage action of the musical's first year on Broadway.
The soft-cover book includes numerous backstage photos by cast member Betsy Struxness and production photos by Chris Owyoung. "Memphis Lives in Me" shares memories of the first performance and opening night, as well as the recording of the cast album, celebrity visitors and fun facts about the cast and the show.
Tony Award-winning Memphis book writer and lyricist Joe DiPietro penned the intro to the tome that is edited by Sarah Nashman.
"Memphis Lives in Me: One Blogger's Journey to Broadway and Beyond" is currently available for purchase by clicking here. A representative for the musical told Playbill.com Miller is hoping a publisher will take on the book for wider distribution.
Bon Jovi songwriter and band member David Bryan and DiPietro penned the score to the musical, which is flavored with gospel, R&B, rock and soul sounds.
The rock musical about an interracial love affair in the 1950s segregated South stars Tony Award nominees Chad Kimball and Montego Glover.Memphis opened on Broadway Oct. 19, 2009, at the Shubert Theatre under the direction of Christopher Ashley.
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by NPR STAFF
As the nation attempts to go on a debt diet, the cost of federally funded space missions, like the long-awaited manned mission to Mars, is being questioned. But two scientists are recommending a different approach that could change space exploration forever: leaving the astronauts there.
In their article from the Journal of Cosmology, scientists Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University and Paul Davies of Arizona State University propose making the mission to Mars a one-way trip.
"The purpose of doing this is to save money, to put it bluntly," Davies tells NPR's Audie Cornish.
"I think we've all had this dream of going to Mars — it has been something that has, for decades, been proposed — but it's one of these on-again-off-again projects because it is so phenomenally expensive. But by making the trip one way, you cut the cost dramatically, not just 50 percent, probably about as much as 80 percent. Then it becomes feasible."
Not A Suicide Mission
Davies envisions the astronaut who will travel to Mars to be in his or her 60s, with enough life experience and training to willingly take the journey into space. They would live off of a power source of some kind, ideally a nuclear reactor, and take enough medical and food supplies to sustain themselves through the rest of their life.
Davies stresses that the journey would not be a suicide mission — more like the opportunity of a lifetime. "If you send a scientist to Mars, it's like a kid in a candy store," he says. His mailbox is already overflowing with volunteers ready for their final frontier.
"Really, this isn't a joy ride," says Davies. "You have to understand that the motivation for doing this is to not only open up a human presence on another planet, but to provide the opportunity to do some fantastic, groundbreaking science."
The U.S. Can Lead The Way
Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was the second person to step on the moon on the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, agrees with Davies, to a certain degree. Aldrin is not one of the many volunteers lining up for the one-way mission to Mars, but he feels that the trip is inevitable — and it's important for the U.S. to pave the way.
"If we slow down now," Aldrin tells Cornish, "we will lose the opportunity for leadership in an international lunar development corporation."
Earlier this year, President Obama addressed a roomful of astronauts and scientists at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He spoke to them about the future of space exploration in the 21st century and affirmed his belief that NASA will be able to send astronauts to Mars and back by the mid-2030s.
But if scientists like Davies have their way, we may actually be living on the red planet by then.
"If Mars is worth going to," Davies says, "it's worth staying on."
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A retired Canadian couple who won $11.3 million in the lottery in July have already given it (almost) all away.
"What you've never had, you never miss," 78-year-old Violet Large explained to a local reporter.
She was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer when the couple realized they'd won the jackpot in July.
The money was a "headache," they told the paper--mainly, it brought anxiety over the prospect that "crooked people" might take advantage of them. Several people called them out of the blue to ask for money when the news first broke that they'd won the jackpot. So they began an $11 million donation spree to get rid of it and help others, the Chronicle Herald reports:
They took care of family first and then began delivering donations to the two pages' worth of groups they had decided on, including the local fire department, churches, cemeteries, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, hospitals in Truro and Halifax, where Violet underwent her cancer treatment, and organizations that fight cancer, Alzheimer's and diabetes. The list goes on and on.
Violet told the Canadian Press that they retained about 2 percent of the money for a rainy day.
"It made us feel good," Violet told the Chronicle Herald. "And there's so much good being done with that money."
The Nova Scotia couple have been married more than 35 years and quietly saved up the money that Allen made as a welder and Violet made in retail before retiring.
"We haven't spent one cent on ourselves because we've been too busy getting everything looked after and with my health, I have to wait to get my health back to get the energy to do anything," Violet told the National Post. "We're not travelers anyway. We live in the country and we're proud of it. Money can't buy you health or happiness."
Now their neighborhood is abuzz over their good deeds.
"People who know them just know that's the type of people they are—they're just happy to have each other," local restaurant owner Lori Hingley told the Canadian Press.
The prize was in Canada dollars (roughly equal to U.S. dollars at current exchange rates).
(Photo of Allen and Violet Large: Harry Sullivan/Truro Daily News)
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"Don't listen to it on the way in to work. Because you will want to get off the train, return to Brooklyn, get into bed, and sob."
I THINK I NEED TO BE HELD."
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
And the hats look ridiculous on everyone over seven."
- NY Times.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
- MERRY CHRISTMAS.
- HOT AS BALLS.
- WISH LIST.
- GO MIZ MILLAH GO!
- FREEZING. LIZA. ALAN. GENIUS.
- IT COMES IN BLACK aka I AM EXPLODING.
- EPIC FAIL: SAN FRANCISCO DE YOUNG.
- DO YOURSELF A FAVOR.
- GET YOURSELF TO THE MARKET.
- FORECAST: FROZEN MUSIC.
- I LIVE UNTIL THE CALL.
- WHO WANTS A ONE WAY TICKET TO A HOT FIERY DEATH.
- IT'S SNOWING OUT.
- GREY'S EPISODE DESCRIPTION.
- I MISS MCDREAMY.
- WINTER WORKOUTS.
- GOBBLE IT UP.
- SWEATERS ARE SUPPOSED TO KEEP YOU WARM.
- SANCHEZ POST SCRIPT.
- WORD OF THE (FRI)DAY.
- EXPRESSION OF THE (THURS)DAY.
- VEGGIE LOVE.
- TIGHTS ARE NOT TIGHT.
- WHAT IN THE WORLD.
- PEE WEE FOR PRESIDENT.
- ADDING ON TO MY WISH LIST.
- I'LL MEET YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE.
- YOU KNOW YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK WHEN.
- WISH LIST.
- THAT WAS NOT IN MY CONTRACT.
- I LOVE YOU ALLEN AND VIOLET.
- HAPPY WEEN OF THE HALLOW.
- FLASHBACK BIRTHDAY.
- I'M THINKING ABOUT THESE THINGS.
- BESTIE X BESTIE.
- GLUG IT UP.
- ROGER THAT.
- IT JUST WASN'T TO MY LIKING.
- FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES LIVE BASEBALL BLOG.
- BYE BYE BABY.
- THE BOOK IS 25% OFF FOR A REASON.
- THE SONGS.
- B. B. KINGS - PART 1 BACKSTAGE.
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