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Letter from Susan Ware, Editor

What's new: June 2020

This update features six new biographies of significant figures from the world of popular entertainment. Highlights include barrier-breaking television star Mary Tyler Moore; Art Linkletter, the host of radio and television programs like House Party and People are Funny; Bob Elliott of the long-running comedy team Bob and Ray; and Don Rickles, the noted actor and insult comic.

Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore (1936–2017), actress and producer, reshaped the world of television in multiple ways, on both sides of the camera. She founded her own production company, MTM Enterprises, which launched the smash hit The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The originality and impact of the show cannot be overstated: revolutionary for TV to that point, Mary Richards was unmarried, over thirty, child-free, and a professional. Overall, Moore was nominated for fourteen Emmys, nine Golden Globes, and one Academy Award. She was awarded two special Tonys and several Lifetime Achievement Awards.

 

 

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JUNE 25, 2020

What's new: June 2020

This update features six new biographies of significant figures from the world of popular entertainment. Highlights include barrier-breaking television star Mary Tyler Moore; Art Linkletter, the host of radio and television programs like House Party and People are Funny; Bob Elliott of the long-running comedy team Bob and Ray; and Don Rickles, the noted actor and insult comic.

MAY 28, 2020

What's new: May 2020

This update features seven new essays, with a focus on significant figures in twentieth-century political history. Highlights include controversial Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry; secretary of State of New Mexico Soledad Chavez Chacón; Raymond Telles, the first Mexican-American mayor of an American city; John Seigenthaler, journalist and administrative assistant; congressmen John B. Anderson and Melvin Laird; and Birch Bayh, Indiana Senator.

APRIL 23, 2020

What's new: April 2020

This update features five new essays, with a focus on important American writers and critics. It includes film critic Pauline Kael; black nationalist writer and poet Amiri Baraka; best-selling author Esther Rome; Chicano poet, artist, and civil rights activist José Montoya; and Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet John Ashbery.