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Seymour Berkson: An Open Letter to the Mad Bomber

Seymour Berkson

by Michael Cannell Seymour Berkson may have been the only New Yorker to recoil at the sight of the psychiatric profile published on the front page of The New York Times on Christmas Day, 1956.

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Posted in Contemporary History

Marilyn & Truman: Beautiful Children of NYC

by Elizabeth Winder 1955. It’s springtime in New York and unseasonably balmy. Cherry blossoms dot Central Park with pale pink, and “Melody of Love” drifts from the radio. The Pajama Game is on Broadway, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are on

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Posted in Contemporary History

The NY Giants Deals That Never Were: Trump, Taylor & Schnellenberger

NY Giants

by Jerry Barca In early December 1984, two days after the NY Giants lost their tenth game of the season, Lawrence Taylor sat down to lunch to deal with Donald Trump. The real estate magnate had recently purchased the USFL’s

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Posted in Sports History

John Humphrey Noyes: Inventing ‘Free Love’

Polly Hayes Noyes; John Humphrey Noyes

Ellen Wayland-Smith A Minister Is Born: John Humphrey Noyes When John Humphrey Noyes’s mother, Polly Hayes Noyes, took a deep breath after the travail of childbirth to see that her firstborn son was a “proper child”—that is, one apparently hearty enough

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Ron Darling: Game 7, 1986

Ron Darling Game 7

by Ron Darling with Daniel Paisner Game 7, 1986: Be careful what you wish for This book is not like other sports books. Certainly, it’s not like other books by former ballplayers. Athletes seem to want to write about the

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