Tag: Biography


Sidney Rittenberg

To China and back again

the extraordinary life of an American communist Amsterdam, 27 jan 2027— Robert Schwartz,  my landlord on the Upper West Side in Manhattan picks up the phone and calls Sidney Rittenberg at my request as I want to meet with The Man Who Stayed Behind, as he is called. He lives near Seattle and I plan to write…
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Biography of Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges (1745–1799)

Biography of Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges (1745–1799)

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, was widely regarded as the most accomplished man of his age. View sheet music by Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges Not only was he among the most important musicians in Paris during the pre-revolutionary period but he was also a superb all-round athlete and man of arms. Among connoisseurs of the…
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A video tribute from Bill Gates to Richard Feynman: phenomenal explainer, amazing scientist, and all-around colorful guy.

A Tribute to Richard Feynman – The best teacher I never had

A video tribute from Bill Gates to Richard Feynman: phenomenal explainer, amazing scientist, and all-around colorful guy. Learn more at https://www.gatesnotes.com

Fernando Botero

Fernando Botero, Artist of Whimsical Rotundity, Is Dead at 91

His voluptuous figures, both in paintings and in sculpture, portrayed the high and mighty as well as everyday people through an enlarging prism. Fernando Botero, the Colombian whose voluptuous pictures and sculptures of overstuffed generals, bishops, prostitutes, housewives and other products of his whimsical imagination made him one of the world’s best-known artists, died on…
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Michael Schratter interview with the BBC
Gregoy Hines Tap Dance

Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. Last Dance

Two Legends, One Last Performance “Experience the magic of Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. in their final performance together!” Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. were two of the most iconic entertainers of the 20th century. They were both renowned dancers, singers, and actors, and their friendship was legendary. They were both members of…
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Bob Nadkarni

“Bob Nadkarni: 1943-2023”

by Gabe Ponce de Leon The first time I walked through its doors, back in 2005, the Maze was just a family home. Its main claim to fame, at that point, was having been featured in the Snoop Dog video “Beautiful.” But I was completely blown away by the setup: The idiosyncratic design of the…
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Stanley Brouwn

Unknown Surinam Artist and My Hero Strolls around the Earth

Stanley Brouwn [ Paramaribo 1935 – Amsterdam 2017] antonfoek Amsterdam, January 28, 2023– Perhaps it would have been better if there had been no obituary by Stanley Brouwn here. Or if nothing at all is said about the artist, who died in Amsterdam on May 18, in this obituary. If even his birthplace and year…
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Ruud Gullit

The Story of Ruud Gullit – The most complete player ever

Labelled “The Black Tulip”, Ruud Gullit was a revelation of a footballer. The 1987 World Player of the Year rose to prominence after a couple of standout years at PSV, earning him a record-transfer move to AC Milan where he became a legend of the sport. A total-footballer, his real strength was how complete his…
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Joseph Bologne

The Untold Story of Joseph Bologne, the Prodigy known as “Black Mozart”

Chevalier de Saint-Georges, born Joseph Bologne, was widely considered to be one of the most accomplished men in Europe during his lifetime, with a laundry list of talents, ranging from genius violinist to Europe’s greatest swordsman. He is known as the “Black Mozart” – but to be honest, if you learn enough about him, you…
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