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Poe, Edgar A.
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Pohl, Frederik
Frederik Pohl’s science fiction has won virtually all the awards in the field, among them the prestigious Nebula (twice) and the Hugo (six times). He made two trips to the Soviet Union for his recently published novel, Chernobyl , which is not, alas, science fiction.
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Ponicsan, Darryl
A screenwriter and novelist, Darryl Pumcsan is the author of Cinderella Liberty, The Last Detail , and Tom Mix Died for Your Sins .
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Pope, Victoria
Victoria Pope is the deputy editor of National Geographic magazine and its chief editor for text. Before joining National Geographic in November 2005, she was the executive editor for U.S. News and World Report. Her positions in editing and magazine management followed more than a decade as a foreign correspondent in Germany, Austria, Poland, and Russia. Victoria is the author of a forthcom
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Porter, Bruce D.
Bruce D. Porter teaches political science at Brigham Young University. The themes in this article are expanded on in his book War and the Rise of the State: The Military Foundations of Modern Politics , published this year by the Free Press.
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Posner, Gerald
—Gerald Posner is the author of Case Closed: Lee Harvey and the Assassination of JFK and Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Post, Robert C.
Robert C. Post is president of the Society for the History of Technology and the author of Street Railways and the Growth of Los Angeles (Golden West Books, 1989).
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Powell, William S.
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Powell, E. Alexander
E. Alexander Powell has been a foreign service officer and long-time writer for such magazines as Harper’s, the Atlantic, and the old Scribner’s; he has written 33 books. In preparing this article he was aided by Brooke Hindle, associate professor of history at New York University,who has just published The Pursuit of Scien
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Powell, Peter J.
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Prager, Arthur
Arthur Prager was the planning and operations officer of the Mayor’s Emergency Control Board in New York City during the 1980s. He authored three book: The Mahogany Tree: A History of Punch (1978), Underhanded Backgammon(1977) and World War II Resistance Stories (1984).
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Prager, Annabelle
Mary Cable, formerly an editor of AMERICAN HERITAGE , is a free-lance writer and author of many books; Annabelle Prager, whoKe aunt was related to Jefferson Monroe Levy, is a writer and illustrator of children’s books.
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Prall, Ivan E.
Ivan E. Prall, who managed an engineering laboratory for General Electric in his hometown, is now writing in his retirement.
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Pray, Roger T.
Roger T. Pray has worked as a prison psychologist, a director of a halfway house for prisoners, and a probation agent. He is currently a researcher with the Utah Department of Corrections.
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Preddy, Jane
Jane Freddy is an architectural writer and historian in New York City. She is working on a book on Eberson.
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Pretzer, William S.
William S. Pretzer is the Senior Curator for History at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African American History and Culture. He previously taught history at Central Michigan University and served as the curator for the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Michigan, where the Rosa Parks bus is displayed in the "With Liberty a
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Pringle, Henry F.
Henry F. Pringle, formerly a distinguished New York newspaperman and professor of journalism at Columbia University, is now a contributor to several national magazines. This article, adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning Theodore Roosevelt: A Biography , is used by permission of the author and Harcourt, Brace and Compa
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Prioli, Carmine A.
Carmine A. Prioli is in the Department of English at North Carolina State University. His article “The Ursuline Outrage” appeared in our February/March 1982 issue.
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Prioli, Carmine
Carmine Prioli’s article on the World War II Japanese balloon-bomb campaign appeared in the April/May 1982 issue.
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Pryor, Elizabeth Brown
Elizabeth Brown Pryor is a State Department diplomat and noted Civil War era author. In 2008, Pryor was awarded the Lincoln Prize for Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through his Private Letters.
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Pullen, John J.
John J. Pullen (1914-2003) was a noted military history author and journalist. Best known for his 1957 book, The Twentieth Maine: A Volunteer Regiment in the Civil War, his writing helped renew popular interest in the Civil War. A veteran himself, Pullen served as a field artilley captain during World War II. John J. Pullen passed away at his
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Purdy, Virginia Cardwell
In her job as a member of the staff of the National Archives, Dr. Purdy arranged an exhibit on the “art” of diplomacy in 1971, and this article grew out of that exhibit. She was assisted in her research by her colleagues Dr. Edith James Blendon and the late Thomas M. Power.
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Pusey, Merlo J.
Merlo John Pusey (1902 – 1985) wrote the 1951 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Supreme Court Justice, Charles Evans Hughes. He also authored The Supreme Court Crisis and Eisenhower, the President. From 1928 to 1971, Pusey worked for the Washington Post as an associate editor.
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Pyle, Ernie
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Quinn, Carin C.
Carin C. Quinn received her master’s degree in American studies from California State University at Los Angeles in 1976; she now attends Neiv York University.
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Quinn, Peter
Peter Quinn joined Time Inc. as the chief speechwriter in 1985 and retired as corporate editorial director for Time Warner in 2007. He received a B.A. from Manhattan College in 1969, an M.A. in history from Fordham University in 1974 and completed all the requirements for a doctorate except the dissertation. He was awarded a Ph.D., honoris causa, by Manhattan College in 2002. His 1994 novel
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Rabb, David
David Rapp has written about history for American Heritage, Technology Review, and Out. He has a degree in film from New York University.
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Ragsdale, W. B.
W. B. Ragsdale was a working reporter for forty-nine years. He is retired now and working on a book on modern political history, much of which he saw in the making.
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Ramsdell jr., Charles
Charles W. Ramsdell, Jr. (1909-1973) was the son of noted historian Charles W. Ramsdell and Susanna Griffith Ramsdell. Ramsdell attended the University of Texas and traveled extensively in Mexico before working as a historian for the National Park Service. Ramsdell published a highly-regarded guidebook, San Antonio, a Historical and Pictorial Guide, in 1959 and updated it in 1968.
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Ramus, Michael
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Randall, Willard Sterne
Willard Sterne Randall, the Distinguished Scholar in History at Champlain College, has written twelve books. Between his careers as an author and investigative journalist, Randall received the National Magazine Award for Public Service from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, the Hillman Prize, the Loeb Award and three Pulitzer Prize nominations.
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Randall, Ruth Painter
Wife of the late James G. Randall, Ruth Painter Randall was present at the 1947 opening of the Lincoln Papers in Springfield. The above article is a chapter from Lincoln’s Sons , to be published by Little, Brown and Co. in 1956. Mrs. Randall is now working on a third volume on the Lincoln family.
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Randel, William Peirce
William Peirce Rondel’s account of the General Slocum disaster appeared in the October/November 1979 issue.
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Rankin, Hugh F.
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Rasenberger, Jim
Jim Rasenberger is an author and journalist who specializes in modern American history. He has published America, 1908: The Dawn of Flight, the Race to the Pole, the Invention of the Model T, and the Making of a Modern Nation in 2007, and his next book, The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs, will be released in April 2011. Ras
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Rather, Dan
Dan Rather is a world-renowned journalism and the former managing editor and anchor of “CBS Evening News.”
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Rattner, Selma
Selma Rattner, who has a master’s degree in preservation from Columbia University, is currently working on a biography of the architect James Renwick (1818-95).
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Ravitch, Diane
—Diane Ravitch is a Brookings Institution senior fellow, a professor of educational history at New York University, and a former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education.
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Rawson, Hugh
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Reader, The
—Robert Previdi writes about military and political subjects.
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Readers, The
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Redding, Saunders
Saunders Redding is the head of the English Department at Hampton Institute in Virginia and the author of several books. This article is adapted from his most recent work, The Lonesome Road , in Doubleday’s “Mainstream of America” series. COPYRIGHT © 1958 BY SAUNDERS REDDING
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Reed, Samuel P.
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Reeves, Richard
Richard Reeves is a writer, columnist, and Senior Lecturer at the Annenberg School of Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. He has written many presidential biographies including President Kennedy: Profile of Power, which was honored by Time magazine as the Best Non-Fiction Book of 1993, Presiden
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Rehnquist, William H.
William H. Rehnquist (1924-2005) was Chief Justice of the United States and author of All the Laws but One: Civil Liberties in Wartime, published by Alfred A. Knopf. Originally appointed to the Supreme Court by President Nixon, Rehnquist served from 1972 to 2005.
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Reichl, Ruth
—Ruth Reichl is the editor in chief of Gourmet magazine.
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Reingold, Lester A.
Lester A. Reingold’s article on time capsules appeared in the November 1999 issue.
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Reinhardt, Richard
—Richard Reinhardt is a San Francisco novelist and social historian.
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Reischauer, Edwin O.
M Edwin O. Reischauer is a former U.S. Ambassador to Japan.
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Remini, Robert V.
Robert V. Remini served as Historian of the United State House of Representatives from 2005 until his retirement in 2010. Remini, winner of the 1984 National Book Award for Andrew Jackson: Volume 3, The Course of American Democracy, 1833–1845 (Harper & Row), currently is Professor of History Emeritus of the Unive
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Renaud, Mildred A.
At age 70, Mildred Renaud took a creative-writing class in the adult-education program at the high school in Briarcliff Manor, New York, For class assignments she started writing an account of her childhood in Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas at the beginning of this century. Her teacher, impressed with the vividness of her memory and the charm and authenticity of her presentation, suggested that s
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Renehan,, Edward J. Jr.
Edward J. Renehan, Jr.’s biography of the robber baron Jay Gould will be published by Perseus in 2005.
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Renner, Frederic G.
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Rentmeester, Lester F.
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Resendez, Andres
Andrés Reséndez is a noted Spanish and English author and historian who also serves as a Professor of History at the University of California-Davis. A native of Mexico City, Reséndez moved to the United States to begin his graduate studies at the University of Chicago. He specializes in Southwest American history and also studies the effect of state power and economic and l
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Resneck, Daniel H.
Daniel Resneck is an Indiana businessman and a student of American folklore and social history.
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Reynolds, Robert L.
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Reynolds, Sidney O.
Sidney O. Reynolds, who operates a dude ranch near his birthplace in Cora, Wyoming, first learned about Washakie from his father, who knew the old chief, and later from Washakie’s last-surviving son, Charlie. Mr. Reynolds is now at work on a study of Captain Benjamin L. E. Bonneville and his western fur-trading adventures in the 1830’s.
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Reynolds, Gary A.
Gary Reynolds, curator of paintings and sculpture at the Newark Museum, acted as guest curator for the current Wiles exhibition.
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Reynolds, Mark C.
Mark C. Reynolds is a freelance writer living in New York’s Hudson Valley.
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Rhoads, James Berton
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Rhodes, Richard
Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of twenty-three books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in History; an investigation of the roots of private violence, Why They Kill
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Rice, Elmer
On Trial was, of course, only the first of many successful plays by Elmer Rice. Among others have been The Adding Machine , Dream Girl, and Street Scene, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 1929. At present he is working on a new play —“not far enough along to be talked about.”
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Richardson, Edgar P.
Edgar P. Richardson has been director of two noted museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the H. F. du Pont Winterthur Museum, and is the author of many books on American and European art. Actire in the affairs oj many institutions, he is a resident of Philadelphia and a member of the American Philosophical Society (like Thomas Say, at left). He bec
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Richardson, Donna
Donna Richardson, an associate professor of English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, is the author of many articles on romantic poetry, especially that of Percy Bysshe Shelley, and of a book on teaching poetry: Visual Paraphrasing of Poetry (University Press of America).
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Richardson, David C.
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Richey, Elinor
Elinor Richey, author of several books on period architecture, lives in Berkeley, California. This article is adapted from her forthcoming book on noted American women.
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Rifkind, Robert S.
A student at Harvard Law School, Roberts S. Rifkind is the author of a previos article in AMERICAN HETITAGE . “The Colonel’s Dream of Power,” a study of Edward House’s little-remembered venture into fiction, Philip Dru.
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Riggan, Byron
Mr. Riggan, affiliated with the Great Books Foundation in Chicago, has been a film buff ever since the day he auditioned for M.G.M. as a boy soprano. He didn’t get the role.
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Rinella, Steven
Steven Rinella is a freelance writer living in Missoula, Montana.
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Rink, Paul E.
Paul E. Rink was for some years a ship’s engineer and later was employed by the State Department in Panama. He is currently a writer of television documentaries and lives in Monterey, California. For further reading: Yankee Stargazer , by Robert Elton Berry (McGraw-Hill, 1941);
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Rinzler, Carol E.
Carol E. Rinzler, an attorney with the New York law firm of Rembar & Curtis, is a collector of the work of early twentieth-century illustrators.
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Ripley, John W.
John W. Ripley, the publication director of the Shawnee County (Kansas) Historical Society, has been collecting song slides for twenty years.
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Ritcheson, Charles R.
Charles R. Ritcheson, now Lovell Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Southern California, served as Cultural Attaché at the American Embassy in London during the Bicentennial of the American Revolution.
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Robbins, Peggy
Peggy Robbins’s article on the Wesleys in Georgia ran in the April/May 1984 issue of American Heritage.
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Roberts, Gary L.
Mr. Roberts, who teaches history at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia, is currently writing a book about the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864.
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Roberts, David
David Roberts is the author of seventeen books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. In addition to writing for American Heritage, he has written for National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly.
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Robertson, Archie
The late Archie Robcrtson, a frequent and delightful contributor to both AMERICAN HERITAGE and HORIZON, was in recent years an editor of The Lamp. He was the author of a number of books, of which Slow Train to Yesterday is a hard-to-find classic, the finest book on American railroads. For further reading: Staten Island and Its
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Robertson, Peggy
Deane Robertson, a former newsman, teaches journalism at California State University, Sacramento. Peggy Robertson is a part-time researcher and editor.
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Robinson, Frederick B.
Dr. Robinson is Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts.
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Robinson, Phyllis C.
This article has been adapted from Phyllis C. Robinson’s forthcoming book Willa: The Life of Willa Cather , which will be published in August by Doubleday & Co., Inc.
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Robinson, Glynne
Glynne Robinson is a contributing editor and the co-publisher of the Lakeville Journal , in Lakeville, Connecticut, and the Millerton News , Millerton, New York.
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Robinson, Ray
Ray Robinson’s books include Iron Horse: Lou Gehrig in His Time .
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Rodell, Fred
Fred Rodell (1907 – 1980) was an American law professor most famous for his critiques of the U.S. legal profession. In 1939, he wrote the book Woe Unto You, Lawyers!He was one of the leading proponents of the “legal realism” approach and railed against overly abstract and theoretical legal arguments. A professor at Yale Law School for more than forty years, Rodell was described in
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Roderick, Lee
Stephen W. Stathis is an analyst in American history on the staff of the Library of Congress; Lee Roderick is Washington correspondent for a chain of newspapers located primarily in the western states.
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Rodibaugh, Jennifer J.
Jennifer Rodibaugh is an editor at Hark! New Era Publishing. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. She is also a legal writer and editor in Washington, D.C. Previously, she served four years as assistant editor of the national quarterly magazine American Heritage for which she wrote numerous articles including “Fu
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Rogers, Agnes
Agnes Rogers, associate editor of the Reader’s Digest Condensed Book Club, is the author of Women Are Here to Stay, From Man to Machine , and, with her late husband, Frederick Lewis Allen, of The American Procession and I Remember Distinctly .
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Rogers, Madeline
Madeline Rogers is the editor of Seaport: New York’s History Magazine , published by the South Street Seaport Museum in New York City.
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Rogers, Lynne
Lynne Rogers, a writer and lecturer, is co-author with Mari L. Henry of How to Be a Working Actor (M. Evans & Co.).
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Rolde, Neil
Charles G. Bolté is editor of The American Oxonian , published by the Association of American Rhodes Scholars; Neu Rolde was formerly majority leader of the Maine House of Representatives. Both writers live in Maine.
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Romines, Delma K.
A Louisville, Kentucky, numismatist, Delma Romines is the author of a book on hobo nickels.
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Ronnie, Art
Art Ronnie’s article is adapted from his biography of an early barnstormer, Locklear: The Man Who Walked on Wings , which will be published by A. S. Barnes & Company this fall.
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Roosevelt, Theodore
Reprinted by permission of the publishers from Cowboys and Kings: Three Great Letters by Theodore Roosevelt, Elting E. Morison, editor. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, Copyright, 1951, 1954, by The President and Fellows of Harvard College.
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Roosevelt, Archibald B. Jr.
Archibald "Archie" Bullock Roosevelt, Jr. (1918-1990), the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, was a career intelligence officer, serving with the Army in North Africa and the Middle East in World War II before joining the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947. A Middle East expert, Roosevelt spoke and understood nearly 20 languages and served as
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Rose, David J.
David J. Rose is a professor of nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Rosenberg, Dorothy
Marvin and Dorothy Rosenberg wrote “ The Dirtiest Election ,” an article about the presidential campaign of 1884, in the August, 1962, AMERICAN HERITAGE . Mr, Rosenberg teaches dramatic art at the University of California, Berkeley. For further reading:
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Rosenberg, Charles E.
Charles E. Rosenberg is Professor of History of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Rosenberg, Elliot
Elliot Rosenberg co-authored Louis Eisenstein’s memoir of Lower East Side politics, A Stripe of Tammany’s Tiger .
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