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first_imgHe created the most famous female superhero in history, empowering her to triumph in a male-dominated world, yet he lived together with a wife and a mistress, fathered children with both, and was eager to keep the complex relationship secret. Now a majority of his personal papers are at Harvard.Over the past academic year, two collections of William Moulton Marston, the Harvard graduate, psychologist, and inventor of the lie detector machine whose Wonder Woman comics promoted the triumph of women, arrived at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Schlesinger Library.Though there’s little material directly related to Wonder Woman among the photos, letters, articles, drawings, and miscellanea in the archive, the collections go a long way toward explaining the influences in Marston’s life that inspired his righteous crime-fighting character, her racy look, and her fantasy storylines.“His collection helps tell a back story rooted in Marston’s controversial research and the women in his unorthodox personal life,” said Kathy Jacob, curator of manuscripts at the Schlesinger. That includes Marston’s simultaneous relationships with two strong and idealistic women, a connection to Margaret Sanger ­— one of the most important feminists of the 20th century — as well as Marston’s work with behavioral psychology and his theories on love.A black-and-white photo from 1914 shows Marston employing his lie detector in Harvard’s Emerson Hall. Years later he would take his systolic blood pressure test to Hollywood to gauge audience reactions to love scenes, and others, for the film industry. In the archives, a series of graphs chart the responses of blondes, redheads, and brunettes. (Marston’s machine is unmistakable as the source of Wonder Woman’s famous golden lasso of truth.)Then there’s that costume.Harvard historian Jill Lepore writes in her 2014 book “The Secret History of Wonder Woman” that the superhero wears “a golden tiara, red bustier, blue underpants, and knee-high, red leather boots. She was a little slinky; she was very kinky.” The kinky origins can be seen in a series of articles in the Schlesinger accession published in the gentlemen’s magazine True. The brief pieces by “Dr. William Moulton Marston, noted author and lecturer on female psychology,” describe the publication’s pin-up girls, including “Miss Chummy Bunny,” a drawing of a young woman in a bunny outfit and little else who is, according to Marston’s text, “chummy with men, certainly — even cuddly when the mood is ripe.”The voices of the real women in Marston’s life come through in carefully preserved Family Circle articles written by Olive Byrne, Marston’s mistress, Sanger’s niece, and the inspiration for Wonder Woman, as well as in numerous letters from Marston’s mother to her son. After years of trying to have a child Annie Moulton Marston finally gave birth to William in 1893. “The letters go on and on … he was a very doted-upon person,” said Lepore, “which explains a lot about him psychologically.”As mistress Olive Byrne takes notes, William Marston conducts an experiment. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryIn a note dated May 6, 1942, just a little over a year after Wonder Woman made her debut, and before Marston’s mother had actually seen a copy of his comic, she wrote to him: “It’s wonderful that Wonder Woman has knocked Superman out of the top comics. To surpass Superman is an achievement. Although my knowledge of comics is decidedly limited, I do know that Superman has taken the highest place in that variety of literature.”Lepore was instrumental in bringing the collections to campus.While researching her book, Harvard’s David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History found that many of Marston’s most important papers were still in family hands. She contacted his son, Byrne Holloway Marston, whose mother was Olive, about his collection in 2011.“As a historian, as fun as it is to find stuff that no other scholar has ever seen before, you don’t want that stuff to be lost to other scholars,” said Lepore. “I had talked to Byrne early on about whether he might consider giving the papers to the University.”Happily for Harvard and Wonder Woman fans everywhere, he agreed.Lepore discovered another important Marston collection after her book was published. When she was in Washington in 2014 for a talk at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, where most of Marston’s comics-related material is now held, two of his granddaughters approached and told her how years earlier they had rescued a trove of his papers from the curb, where their mother had thrown it away. Lepore encouraged the women to give their cache to Harvard. They also obliged.According to Jacob, the library has received only “the tip of the iceberg” from Marston’s granddaughters. More papers are set to arrive in the coming months.“Once we have the rest, it will be even more comprehensive documentation of his life and work,” said Jacob.“It’s an incredible trove of material,” Lepore said of the two collections that are currently being processed by library staff.“As complicated and tricky and strange as are the origins of the story, it’s a really important part of American political history as well as American pop culture,” she added, “and I couldn’t be more grateful to the family for being willing to share that with a world of researchers and readers.”last_img read more


first_imgNoah Cha Frank Franco cuts a customer’s hair in the LaFortune barbershop.“I grew up in a barbershop, my dad was a barber,” Franco said. “He made me go to barber school and then he wouldn’t hire me. He actually wanted me to use barbering to go through college, to pay my own way through college.” After attending barber school in Akron, Ohio, Franco enrolled in Kent State University. Shortly after graduating college, he was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War. He was actually drafted twice, once while he was still in school and once barely a month after his college graduation. “The first time they drafted me, I was in Cleveland at the center and I kept telling them, you can’t draft me because for 12 more hours, I’m a bonafide student, no matter what I’m taking,” Franco said. “So they sent me home. As soon as I graduated, wasn’t a month when I saw the mailman deliver something, and I saw him give it a second look, so I knew what it was. I went back up and they knew who I was.”Franco served from 1967-1969 at the Overseas Replacement Center in Fort Lewis, Washington. He got married when he realized that he was not going to be deployed overseas, and after he got out of the army in 1969, began to work in business. He moved to South Bend from his home in Ohio to work for a fluid controls manufacturing company. “I came to town to work for South Bend Controls,” Franco said. “I worked for a couple of companies, did some budgets for them but I got tired of working for companies and doing things for them.”Franco’s coming to Notre Dame is a story he says most people would not believe. “I was a little bit worried, out of work and some people won’t believe this but they say ND calls you,” Franco said. “In the middle of the night, I heard a voice telling me to get [myself] up here. So I was up here by 9:00 the next morning with that idea, only to learn that they already had a barbershop.”That barbershop was run by Joe D’Angelo, known among students as “ROTC Joe.” “The gentleman told me to come down and meet Joe D’Angelo, or ROTC Joe,” Franco said. “Joe and I got on pretty well, and he told me a secret nobody knew yet: he was retiring. And no one around the school knew that. That was 26 years ago and I’ve been here ever since.”After more than two and a half decades of cutting hair in LaFortune, and even more before that, Franco has his practice down to a science.“My routine is just to come, get ready and cut hair,” Franco said.Franco said he sees anywhere from 20 to 25 customers each day — mostly students, but a mix of faculty, clergy and other administration as well. “The haircut styles haven’t changed,” he said. “Not much has changed in the last 26 years. My pricing has changed, it’s gone up, but not a lot has changed.”Though not much about his haircuts has changed, the Notre Dame campus has changed a great deal in the past few decades. “The footprint has gotten much bigger,” Franco said. “If you think of a size 8 shoe [back then], I think it’s about a size fifteen now.” When asked what his favorite thing about cutting hair in LaFortune is, Franco said over everything else, he likes the variety of his job.“The atmosphere keeps me young, because I think I’m older than I look,” he said. “My wife will tell you I’m older than I act.”Tags: barber, barbershop, frank franco, LaFortune Student Center Nestled in the corner of the basement of LaFortune Student Center, amidst the wafting scents of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, sits the LaFortune barbershop. The small room is plastered in pictures of everything from the Golden Dome to motorcycles. On a table sits a red tin full of Hershey’s kisses for the women who pass through the shop. The iconic shop is home to barber Frank Franco, 76, who has been cutting hair at the University for 26 years.The art of cutting hair is a family business for Franco — his father was a barber as well in Franco’s hometown of Alliance, Ohio.last_img read more


first_imgAustralia’s Victoria state on Friday reported a record daily increase in COVID-19 cases while neighboring New South Wales said it was banning dancing, singing and mingling at weddings as authorities struggle to contain a new wave of infections.Victoria, which has forced nearly 5 million people in the country’s second most populous state into a partial lockdown for more than a week, said it has found 428 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours.Such is the size of the Victoria outbreak, Australia posted its biggest one-day rise in new COVID-19 infections since late March even with several states still to report. No dancing, no minglingThe surge in COVID-19 cases in Victoria, however, has stirred concerns of a national second wave, prompting internal border closures and renewed social distancing restrictions in neighboring states.New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state, said it has found eight cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, mostly from community transmissions believed to have emanated from Victoria.In a bid to curtail the spread, NSW state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said new restrictions will be imposed from next week.Funerals and places of worship will be allowed no more than 100 people. Venues must also ensure they have 4 square meters of space per patron.Weddings in the state will be capped 150 people, Berejiklian said, and they must remain seated.”No dancing, no singing, no mingling,” Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.”Dan-made disaster”Less than a month ago, Australia was widely heralded as a global leader in combating COVID-19.But security lapses in Victoria led to people returning from overseas spreading the virus, prompting an inquiry into how the state went from the brink of eradicating the virus to soaring infection numbers.Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews is under mounting pressure, with one of Australia’s biggest selling tabloid newspapers running a front page with the headline: “Dan-made disaster.”The surge in COVID-19 cases dents any hope of a quick economic rebound in Australia.Damaged by national social distancing restrictions imposed in March, Australia is on course for its first recession in nearly three decades, while unemployment has hit a 22-year high, data showed on Thursday.Australia’s hopes to begin a “travel bubble” with neighboring New Zealand also appear to be delayed. Australia and New Zealand had hoped to open their borders to each other in September. Topics :center_img The findings stoked expectations Victoria will be forced to implement tougher restrictions on its residents, which in turn will damage Australia’s national economy.”We are in the fight of our lives,” Victoria state’s Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos told reporters in Melbourne.Australia has recorded just over 11,000 cases of COVID-19.The death toll rose to 116 after the death of three people in Victoria on Friday, still well below many other countries.last_img read more


first_imgTeen sensation, Oyinlomio Quadre, clinched her first Central Bank of Nigeria Open singles crown on Saturday with a resounding 6-0, 6-1 win over Christy Agugbom while defending champions Sylvester Emmanuel retained his men’s singles title with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Abdulmumin Babalola.A packed final at the Centre Court of the National Tennis Centre, Abuja saw the Morocco-based Quadre dominated the clash to announce her arrival at the top of domestic stage. Quadre, one of the best talents in junior tennis in Africa in recent times, said she would work harder knowing that all eyes are on her.“I’m very happy to win my first CBN title; this is a dream comes true for me because CBN is one tournament that every Nigerian player cherished,” said the 16-year-old In the men’s singles final, Babalola’s chase for a record seventh CBN Open title was dashed by Emmanuel who has now cemented his position as the undisputed top player in Nigeria. The champions each pocketed N700, 000 while the finalists got N500, 000.Quadre also paired Mary Tenu-Michael to beat the duo of Agugbom and Blessing Samuel to clinch the women’s doubles with Babalola and Lawal Shehu clinching the men’s doubles at the expense of Joseph Imeh and Christian Paul.Alex Adewale and Kafayat Omisore both clinched the men’s and ladies’ singles in the wheelchair tennis with Adewale clinching his sixth-successive title by beating Wasiu Yusuf 6-1, 6-0 while Omisore edged Chituru Nwazuru 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, said at the prize presentation ceremony that the apex bank is totally committed to the sponsorship of the tournament.Emefiele, who was represented by CBN Head of Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, said the championship has served as the springboard to limelight for Nigerian tennis players and CBN is determined to take it to a higher level.NTF President, Ifedayo Akindoju, pointed that there has been tremendous players’ improvement pointing that the emergence Quadre, who defeated a hosts of experienced players on her way to the title, is an attestation to the impact that the tournament has made over the years.He commended the CBN for its unremitting support for Tennis in Nigeria pointing to their sponsorship of the CBN Juniors which is in its 16th year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barakat Oyinlomo Quadrelast_img read more


first_img(Tallahassee, FL) — A lawsuit being heard today that could speed up payments of unemployment benefits in Florida.Florida has been the slowest state in the nation at processing coronavirus-related unemployment claims, and it’s lagged behind much smaller states in simply getting money into the hands of its citizens.The state is being sued for problems with the website people use to file unemployment claims. Less than half of those who have applied for benefits have gotten paid. A judge in Tallahassee will hear arguments, virtually, today. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs hope a judge will order the state to pay benefits immediately to everyone who has yet to receive anything. Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will ask his office of inspector general to investigate the contract with the company that built Florida’s broken unemployment website seven years ago.DeSantis said he wants the inspector general, an office that was created in 1994 to provide internal oversight of state agencies, to investigate how the state spent $77.9 million on the website, CONNECT, and how the contract was amended numerous times.“There’s a lot of money that went in to this,” DeSantis said. “I think everything needs to be looked at, 100%.”The announcement of an investigation into a past administration was a rare rebuke of his predecessor, U.S. Sen. Rick Scott. The two Republicans have become political rivals, and Scott was quick to cast an eye on DeSantis’ chief of staff, Shane Strum, on Monday.Strum was chief of staff for former Gov. Charlie Crist when Deloitte Consulting was awarded the multimillion-dollar contract a few months before Scott took office. Scott oversaw the development and rollout of the site, which launched in 2013.DeSantis has continued to blame Florida’s unemployment crisis on the seven-year-old CONNECT, calling it a “jalopy” in past press conferences.On Monday, DeSantis said the system was so bad that the system would have been overwhelmed even in a slight recession.“If we had anything other than 3 or 4 percent unemployment, this would have been a problem,” DeSantis said. “So that’s not a good use of taxpayer money.”last_img read more


first_img“It’s going to be another record breaking year,” says Whitewater Ski Team president Tracy Punchard.”We broke the record for ticket sales last year,” Punchard added, ”and we want to do so again this year because we have also broken our enrolment record.”Whitewater Ski Team has more than 100 racers ready to compete on the circuit this season, which means more kids in the area who will benefit from the proceeds of the raffle. And who doesn’t want to be a rockstar?,” Punchard exclaimed. Punchard said second prize is just as awesome, with the ticket holder winning a pair of Atomic Automatic 102 skis sized to fit from the Village Ski Hut. The third prize winner will enjoy a night’s stay in a deluxe room at any Prestige Hotel. Punchard said the Rockstar winner already has a season pass, the winner will receve full refund of the pass.Tickets are available at the Whitewater Resort offices, at the lodge as of opening weekend, or from one of the many ski team families.The draw date is Sunday, December 21st and tickets are $10.  For more information contact Punchard at [email protected] If you’re a frequent skier or boarder to Whitewater Ski Resort, then getting to the hill late can be a bit of a grind.That’s because being late generally means a long walk to the lodge and chair.The Whitewater Ski Team has a solution for skiers and boarders missing the alarm-clock-wake-up-call.The ski team is back hosting the Rockstar Raffle, which not only gives the winner a a front-row parking spot reserved until 12:30 p.m. every single day, but also a free season pass to Whitewater.last_img read more


first_imgThe new HD Golden Gate signal also will feature three new cameras: one on the starting gate, a camera near the walking ring to enhance paddock coverage and a scenic camera. The track will implement a new HD graphics package, similar in format to the one currently in use at Santa Anita, but with a style unique to Golden Gate. More cameras will be added in the future. On-track patrons will be able to watch Golden Gate’s races on 500 new HD televisions that have been installed on the Turf Club tables, in the Top of the Stretch betting carrels and throughout the Golden Gate facility. The HD Golden Gate Fields signal will be contractually produced by the track’s longtime vendor, Pegasus Communications, which also produces the HD signal for Santa Anita Park. Pegasus and Santa Anita were honored as 2015’s Outstanding Simulcast at the International Simulcast Conference. ALBANY, CALIF. – Golden Gate Fields on March 17 will begin to broadcast its races using high-definition cameras and video, The Stronach Group has announced.center_img “Taking the Golden Gate broadcast signal HD is another example of The Stronach Group’s continuing commitment to long-term racing in California,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations. “Golden Gate, with its scenic location and near year-round racing, is made to be seen in HD and we are excited to make this investment in the bayside track’s future.” Live racing at Golden Gate Fields, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, generally is conducted four days a week on a Thursday-Sunday schedule. Closing day for the Winter/Spring Meet is June 12.last_img read more


first_img11 February 2013After struggling with injuries, Richard Sterne had to wait four years to add to his five previous European Tour victories, but he won his sixth in style, romping to a seven-shot victory in the Joburg Open at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club on Sunday.Heading into the event, which is co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour, it was clear that Sterne’s game was on the up. The previous week he had finished runner-up to Stephen Gallagher in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Before that, he tied for seventh in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.Back in South Africa, he was on song from start to finish of the Joburg Open, winning the event with a tournament record total of 27-under-par 260.It was the largest winning margin in the history of the event and, in relation to par, Sterne’s commanding victory was the second lowest winning total in the history of the European Tour.ExemptionImportantly, the win also secured him a place in the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions, as well as a European Tour exemption until the end of 2014.His last European Tour win had been in the South African Open in December 2008. Thanks to back-to-back victories then, he reached a ranking of 29th in the world. Injuries, though, played havoc with his game in 2010 and 2011, when he competed in only 10 tournaments.“I didn’t think I was going to be out for so long, but six months became a year and then almost two,” he told the European Tour.“After all the hard work and the time out with injury, I did wonder whether I was ever going to win again. At one point the pain was so bad that I even wondered if I’d ever play golf again. But now I know I can.South African influence“The only thing that kept me going was all the other South Africans. They kept winning a lot of events and I believed that if they could do it then I could.”Sterne’s first wire-to-wire victory of his career consisted of rounds of 63, 65, 68 and 64. His remarkable performance included one eagle, 26 birdies and only one dropped shot.He previously won the Joburg Open in 2008 and follows Charl Schwartzel as a two-time winner. Schwartzel placed second this time around, ending on 20-under-par 267.The world number 16 was returning to action after a six-week break, following victories by 11 shots in the Thailand Golf Championship and by 12 shots in the Alfred Dunhill Championship. Clearly the rest hadn’t hurt his game.Pushed Sterne hardTrevor Fisher junior pushed Sterne hard through the first three rounds and shared the lead heading into the last 18 holes on 19-under-par 196 after rounds of 66, 62 and 68. Unfortunately for him, he struggled in the last round, posting a 73.He began brilliantly, with an eagle three on the first hole, but three birdies could not undo the damage done by four bogeys and a double-bogey.George Coetzee has not yet won on the European Tour, but his time is surely not that far away. He ended in a share of third with Felipe Aguilar and Ricardo Santos on 19-under 268.LEADERBOARD 260 Richard Sterne (RSA) (-27) 63, 65, 68, 64267 Charl Schwartzel (RSA) (-20) 68, 65, 68, 66268 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) (-19) 67, 66, 68, 67268 George Coetzee (RSA) (-19) 67, 64, 70, 67268 Ricardo Santos (Por) (-19) 70, 65, 69, 64269 Thomas Aiken (RSA) (-18) 67, 70, 66, 66269 Trevor Fisher jnr (RSA) (-18) 66, 62, 68, 73269 Keith Horne (RSA) (-18) 67, 66, 71, 65 Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Producers Council asked the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for more details on its decision to remove pork from the menu at its 122 facilities.BOP pulled the pork beginning Oct. 1, the start of the new fiscal year. The move supposedly was made based on a survey of federal inmates and on costs, according to a BOP spokesman. In a letter sent in mid-October to BOP Director Charles Samuels Jr., NPPC expressed its dismay at the decision and requested a copy of the survey instrument and the results. It also questioned the cost factor, pointing out that pork prices are less than beef and nearly equal to chicken.“Pork is a very economical, nutrient-dense protein that ought to be a food option for federal prisoners, and the U.S. pork industry has a variety of products that could meet BOP’s needs,” NPPC said in its letter.Then after a week of controversy surrounding the abrupt removal of pork dishes from the national menu for federal inmates, the government put pork roast back on the prison menu.last_img read more


first_imgLalita Barman is a Koch-Rajbongshi, a community considered indigenous. However, that has not protected her four children – excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens – from alleged harassment in trying to prove their citizenship.The four were summoned twice in 50 days to places more than 150 km east of their village Masua in western Assam’s Barpeta district. The last notice, served on July 28, asked them to report by 9 a.m. on July 30 at an NRC centre in central Assam’s Nagaon town, about 180 km from their village.Ms. Barman, who ekes out a living as a domestic help, and her four children boarded a train early morning on the day of the hearing. The train was scheduled to reach their destination before 9 a.m., but got delayed. “We were turned away for reporting a couple of hours late. The officials at the NRC centre said they had other work to do elsewhere. We spent a lot to go there, but they just did not care,” she said.Barpeta-based social activist Dhanjit Das said the NRC exercise has brought out the inhuman side of many an official.‘Legacy data stolen’ “The family has been suffering because someone else had used their legacy data to Nishikanta Barman, the father of Lalita Barman’s deceased husband Bhushan Barman. To add to their misery, she had procured birth certificates of her children after the NRC exercise began. Many poor, illiterate villagers do not usually possess such certificates. We helped her get the certificates legally, but the NRC officials did not accept them as they were issued on the same date,” he said.The NRC officials had on May 30 given Ms. Barman’s children 12 days to go for a hearing, but they were called to Raha in central Assam, 150 km from their village. “When they submitted all their documents at that hearing, the authorities should not have called them again at very short notice,” Mr. Das said.Ms. Barman is not sure if her children would be called yet again. “Will they make me a non-citizen for failing to be at the July 30 hearing in time, though the reason was beyond our control,” she asked.Similar ordealPradip Kumar Bordoloi of central Assam’s Jagiroad faced a similar ordeal due to what is being seen as a clerical error on the part of the NRC authorities. He found it ironical to have been put on the list of 41 lakh people excluded from the NRC, as he had spent a week in jail during the 1979-85 Assam Agitation.The NRC exercise was undertaken because of an agreement that ended the agitation for removing illegal immigrants from Assam.Fatal hearingsThe “sudden” summoning of thousands of people belonging to minority communities, mostly Bengal-origin Muslims in Assam, has claimed four lives and injured several. They were served notices for re-verification almost simultaneously on August 3-4 asking them to appear for hearings within 24-48 hours at NRC centres 300-500 km away.On Monday, 60-year-old Rezia Khatun collapsed and died during her hearing in central Assam’s Kaliabor. She had travelled from Dakachang village 250 km west of Guwahati in Kamrup district the previous night.The following day, 65-year-old Hanif Ali died after the vehicle he and his family were travelling capsized 10 km from his home in Kamrup district’s Asalpara village. They were returning from a hearing in eastern Assam’s Charaideo district 350 km away.Again on Wednesday morning, sisters Joymon Nessa, 32, and Arzina Begum, 14, died after the mini-bus they were travelling in from Golaghat in eastern Assam met with an accident near their village in Kamrup district.“Many people have been injured in the accidents. But the NRC has probably killed more people financially and psychologically, leaving them devastated,” a leader of the All Assam Minority Students’ Union said.last_img read more

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