August 28, 1998
How long is testosterone's half-life? At least 38 years. Ernest Hemingway died during the Kennedy administration, but the final emanation of his macho spirit won't be published until the century's penultimate year. True at First Light is a 400-page "fictional memoir" culled by Papa's middle son, Patrick, from an 850-page manuscript. The draft was rescued from communist Cuba by the author's fourth wife and kept mostly under wraps for two decades at the John F. Kennedy Library.
July 3, 1996 |
Margaux Hemingway battled depression, family woes and other demons in the days before her sudden, mysterious death - even as her flagging career was on the upswing. "She was trying her best to get on with her life," said the Rev. Bill Minson, a longtime friend who counseled the statuesque ex-model. The Los Angeles coroners office yesterday said that the 41-year-old granddaughter of legendary writer Ernest Hemingway appears to have died of natural causes, possibly related to her epilepsy, for which she took medication.
July 2, 1996 |
Actress-model Margaux Hemingway, a granddaughter of famed writer Ernest Hemingway, was found dead in her studio apartment by the sea yesterday, police said. The identity of the body was confirmed through dental records, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Gary Gallinot. An autopsy was scheduled this week to determine the cause of death. "There was no sign of forced entry and no obvious foul play," Gallinot added. "No guns or illegal substances were found in the apartment. " He also said it didn't appear to be a suicide.
August 14, 1990 |
Our topic today, in "The Sportsperson's Corner," is: Fishing Tips. Call me a masculine stud hombre if you wish, but fishing is in my bloodstream. This was also true of Ernest Hemingway, who wrote the masterpiece fishing novel "The Old Man and the Sea," later released as the major motion picture "Jaws. " It's the gripping story of an old man in a tiny boat who hooks a giant fish and fights it for days on the open ocean, surrounded by increasing literary tension, until finally, in a shocking and unforgettable ending, something happens that unfortunately I am not aware of because I never finished the book.
July 20, 1989 |
Everybody needs a Papa to spin a story, and you can hardly do better than Ernest Hemingway. This rugged macho-man of a writer won both the Pulitzer Prize - for The Old Man and the Sea in 1953 - and the Nobel, which was awarded in 1954 and cited his "powerful, style-forming mastery of the art of narration. " Since tomorrow is the 90th anniversary of Hemingway's birth, it's a good time to dust off college lit memories and return to his world of fishing, drinking and, above all, loving life.
January 30, 2015 |
Ellen Speiser Katz, 80, an early principal of the Philadelphia School, a progressive private institution, died Sunday, Jan. 25, of Parkinson's disease at her Rittenhouse Square apartment. She was the principal and head of school from 1975 to 1982, first when the school was in a rented space at Rodeph Shalom Congregation on North Broad Street, and then when it moved to its current home at 25th and Lombard Streets. Mrs. Katz previously worked as a public-school teacher, first at South Philadelphia High School and then at Philadelphia High School for Girls, where she was dean of students.
February 17, 1998 |
Martha Gellhorn, 89, a pioneering American woman war correspondent and the third wife of Ernest Hemingway, has died in London, her family said yesterday. Ms. Gellhorn, who began her career during the Spanish civil war and went on to cover Vietnam and the Arab-Israeli wars, had been suffering from cancer and other ailments. "She had been quite ill for some time, but her mind was sharp to the end. I had dinner with her a few weeks ago," said journalist Marie Colvin, a close friend of Ms. Gellhorn's.
December 7, 2011 |
Howard L. Hannum, 86, of Upper Gwynedd, a professor of English literature at La Salle University for 40 years who wrote a compelling memoir about his combat experiences in World War II, died of cancer Friday, Dec. 2, at home. Dr. Hannum grew up in Germantown and graduated from La Salle College High School. In the summer of 1943, he was sports editor at the Germantown Courier before enlisting in the Army. On Dec. 8, 1944, he landed at Marseilles, and by Dec. 14, he was fighting with an antitank unit in the Ardennes in what would become known as the Battle of the Bulge.
June 9, 1989 |
You know that old party game. You gather in a circle. Someone whispers an anecdote or a presumed fact into the ear of the person next to him/her. The listener passes the tale to the person next to him/her. And so on around the circle. Then you compare how the tale began with how it ends up. The True Gen: An Intimate Portrait of Hemingway by Those Who Knew Him by Denis Brian (Delta, $10.95) is a bit like that game. Those who knew Ernest Hemingway sure disagree about him. Some say he was a coward, others that he was the bravest of men. Consider the famous episode when young Ernest, a volunteer ambulance driver for the Red Cross during World War I, was wounded severely, his right kneecap blown off. Somehow, he carried a wounded soldier 100 yards to safety, even though he remembered nothing of the incident.
June 3, 1988 |
There's an appealing moment tucked away deep within the six hours of the mini-series, "Hemingway" (Sunday through Tuesday at 8 p.m. on Channel 57). It's when Stacy Keach as Papa is about to receive a Bronze Star for all the stuff he did during World War II. As the U.S. ambassador to Cuba is reading the citation, Hemingway is, at first, standing at attention. Then, as the reading drones on, Hemingway slides his hands into his pockets, barely avoiding the impulse to fidget. By the time the medal is actually awarded, he has slipped back into something resembling attention.