March 20, 2012 |
The golden image of a bird that graces the book cover of The Hunger Games - and now is captured in the movie - is as elegant, haunting, and psychologically nuanced as the book itself. The ternlike creature is a mockingjay, in Hunger Games parlance. Surrounded by a gold circle, its wings are spread and held back taut, the tips just touching the circle, its neck curved down, its head turned back, a sharp arrow in its beak. For its creator, artist Tim O'Brien, a professor of illustration at University of the Arts, it was an image that stood apart from the oil portraits of political and pop-culture figures he more commonly makes.
October 27, 2004 |
For a city in time of war, it will be a book about war. Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a 1990 "work of fiction" that evokes the agony of Vietnam with grim realism, has been chosen as this winter's One Book, One Philadelphia text, to be read and discussed by thousands of students and others during scores of events scheduled for the January to March program. Officials of the Free Library of Philadelphia will make the official announcement at 10:30 tomorrow morning during a news conference at the Central Library.
August 14, 2000 |
When the Township Council named Tim O'Brien a municipal judge, Councilwoman Martha Issod, the only non-Republican on the council, was again the lone dissenting vote. O'Brien, who had been the township's public defender since 1995, was the only one of the 10 candidates for the position who did not have experience on the bench. He also was the only candidate who was chairman of Mayor Scott Rudder's 1997 successful campaign for the council, which appointed Rudder to his current post this year.
June 24, 1996 |
On the final day of the U.S. Olympic diving trials, there was more controversy than celebration. Just minutes after the eight-member team's ceremony at Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, David Pichler, who made the team in the 10-meter platform with Patrick Jeffrey, accused Olympic coach Ron O'Brien of harrassment. Pichler, a former pupil of O'Brien's, said that since he left Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Diving, where O'Brien coaches, he and a friend have had ongoing altercations with O'Brien and his son, Tim, an assistant coach.
June 24, 1996 |
The U.S. Olympic diving trials ended in controversy yesterday when 10-meter platform diver David Pichler, just minutes after making the U.S. team bound for Atlanta, accused former coach Ron O'Brien of repeated harassment in an afternoon that devolved into various charges and countercharges, all of them unpleasant. Pichler's allegations were reported recently to U.S. Diving, the national governing body for the sport, but no action was taken after an investigation. O'Brien and his son, Tim O'Brien, who is an assistant with his father's Fort Lauderdale diving team, disputed Pichler's story, indicating that the 1995 U.S. Diving athlete of the year was asked to leave the Fort Lauderdale team because of a disruptive personal relationship with a male friend.
March 31, 1995 |
After saying they wanted public input, state officials got an earful Wednesday night when about 100 angry township residents showed up at a public hearing over a plan to build a parking lot on a wooded tract near the Wallingford train station. Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials were frequently interrupted during their brief presentation of the agency's plan to develop an 88-space park-and-ride lot on about 3.5 acres of the 18-acre Duer tract. The lot would lie on the north side of the SEPTA tracks, about 400 yards east of the Wallingford station on the R3 route.
October 27, 1994 |
On a bright, lovely morning, Tim O'Brien, whom some regard as the greatest war novelist since Tolstoy, is preparing to tell the world that, at age 48, he cannot write fiction anymore. It hurts too much. The novelist is the picture of physical health, in the fullness of his powers, wealthy, and assured of literary immortality. The National Book Award- winning author of Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried has just completed his third Vietnam novel. He is being celebrated anew; his publisher is spending thousands of dollars to send him across the country to be feted and to sell the thing, all 75,000 copies.
October 25, 1994 |
IN THE LAKE OF THE WOODS by Tim O'Brien Houghton Mifflin / $21.95 Tim O'Brien is about midway through another tour of combat duty. Unlike his actual experience of war in Vietnam during 1969, he has not needed a flak jacket or jungle boots. The fatigue, the stress and the disorientation, however, are very much present. O'Brien is on the march in a city-a-day author tour to promote his latest novel, "In the Lake of the Woods. " These days, the writer wears a Cincinnati Reds cap instead of a steel helmet.
December 3, 1992 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has deflected a request from the Marple Township commissioners to abandon its plans to build a park-and- ride and bus-transfer facility within the Blue Route interchange on West Chester Pike. The exchange is typical of the two parties' disagreement, which has seen PennDot preach compromise and cooperation while Marple steadfastly maintains a hard line. In a letter last month to Marple Commission President Barry C. Dozor - who had sent PennDot a strongly worded "letter of rejection" in October - district engineer Stephen B. Lester reaffirmed PennDot's commitment to the project.
May 29, 1987 |
The situation is this: Young marrieds were having their first baby by natural childbirth and the husband is remembering the event: ". . . My wife and I were suddenly sharing the greatest moment in our lives. This was what we had asked God for; this was what we wanted to see if we could make. And I looked at it lovingly as they started to clean it off, but it wasn't getting any better. And then I went over to my wife, kissed her gently on the lips and said, 'Darling, I love you very much.