Corn Wetter Than Expected

first_img Previous articlePeterson Farm Video Will Raise Money for FFANext articleCorn Wetter Than Expected and Sunny and Dry Expected this Week on the HAT Monday Podcast Eric Pfeiffer By Eric Pfeiffer – Oct 4, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Wetter Than Expected SHARE Corn yields coming in across the state have been average to above average. Purdue Extension Corn Specialist Bob Nielsen told HAT in the latest Purdue Crop Chat podcast that he’s been pleasantly surprised by yields in their research trials after a very dry August and September.He is hearing from farmers, and experiencing himself, that corn harvested is wetter than expected.“I’m sort of struggling personally deciding whether that’s real or some sort of an optical illusion because you know, after all, it is only the first couple days of October. I think it is probably fair to say that as we look back into September, while we had a lot of sunny days and a lot of low humidity days, which are good for drying, I don’t think the temperatures were quite as warm as they could have been to facilitate rapid drying.”Nielsen says farmers might be spending more money drying their corn than they thought they were.“We’ve got fields now, it’s early October, they’re still running in the maybe mid-twenties that are yet to be harvested, and, frankly, once you get out to early October the typical drying rate per day begins to drop off pretty rapidly anyway, so we really can’t expect more than a quarter to half a point dry down per day if the weather’s decent and then if we get in the cool spells like we’ve had the last couple days you just don’t get much drying at all. So, it could continue to be a slow drying harvest season.”Nielsen is still concerned about stalk quality in drought-stressed fields. He’s also found another concern from pulling ear samples.“It seems like the connection of the cob to the ear shank is not terribly strong in some cases and that worries me in terms of ear drop with either severe wind or if folks simply delay getting in the fields to the point where once they get into them, the physical action of the combine itself knocks ears off. So, again, that’s something else I would encourage people to look at when they’re walking their fields is how strongly attached are these ears.”Hear more from Nielsen and Extension Soybean Specialist Shaun Casteel in the latest Purdue Crop Chat podcast. Facebook Twitter Corn Wetter Than Expected Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Men’s golf brings home first win of season

first_imgAlexa Wallen ReddIt + posts Twitter TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Alexa Wallenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexa-wallen/ Facebook TCU Men’s Golf takes home first win of the season. (GoFrogs Photo) Linkedin Men’s golf brings home second win of season Facebook Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt printAfter a long battle for first place against Georgia, TCU men’s golf won the 18-team Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Tuesday in Hilton Head, South Carolina.The Frogs ended the first round in first place after shooting one–under 287. They shot an improved 7 –under 281 in the second round, but Georgia shot 11-under 277 to end round two in first place and one stroke ahead of the Frogs.The Frogs shot 11-under 853 to finish one shot ahead of Georgia (-10), earning their first tournament of the season.Junior David Ravetto shot five-under 139 over two rounds and was tied for second. Ravetto tied for his career-low by shooting five-under 67 in the second round and ended the tournament tied for fifth at a three-under 213.Junior Stefano Mazzoli ended the tournament as an individual champion and with a new course record of 65. The win was the second of his TCU career. Mazzoli also won the USF Olympic Invitational on Sept. 13, 2016, as a sophomore.Stefano Mazzoli set a course record and won the individual title Tuesday. Photo courtesy of gofrogs.comMazzoli began the first round of the tournament tied for ninth and shot five-under 31 on the back nine, including an eagle on the 11th hole, a par-five hole. Mazzoli finished two strokes ahead of Davis Thompson (-8) of Georgia to end the tournament.The score put Mazzoli’s name in the TCU record books with former All-American Julian Brun. Only Brun has recorded more rounds of 7-under par in a career than Mazzoli. Brun did this five times over the course of his four-year golf career at TCU from 2012-15.Junior Turner MacLean shot 7-over 233 for the tournament with a tie for 25th. Junior Triston Fisher shot 8-over 224 with a tie for 29th.The Horned Frogs will be back in action Monday, March 5 as they head to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Southern Highlands Collegiate three-day tournament.The team poses with the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate Trophy. Photo courtesy of gofrogs.com Alexa is a junior journalism major with a minor in business and news & media at TCU from Greenville, Texas. When Alexa is not in class or writing papers, you can find her at your nearest Starbucks enjoying a refresher while watching, reading or talking about sports. She is a die hard basketball fan, Kevin Durant being her favorite player, so you can find her watching any and every Warriors basketball game. She also enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix and taking her dog Piper, on walks. Linkedin Previous articleReview: Netflix’s ‘Seven Seconds’ crime drama disappointsNext articleThe English department kicks off spring Live Oak Reading series Alexa Wallen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordan

first_img Receive email alerts to go further August 12, 2020 Find out more Organisation April 14, 2020 Find out more Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown News RSF_en JordanMiddle East – North Africa News News October 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in Jordancenter_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests International Press InstituteActive Watch – Media Monitoring AgencyAfrica Freedom of Information CentreArabic Network for Human Rights InformationARTICLE 19Association for Freedom of Thought and ExpressionBahrain Center for Human RightsCanadian Journalists for Free ExpressionCartoonists Rights Network InternationalCentre for Independent Journalism – MalaysiaCommittee to Protect JournalistsElectronic Frontier FoundationFoundation for Press FreedomFreedom HouseI’lam Media Center for Arab Palestinians in IsraelIndependent Journalism Center – MoldovaIndex on CensorshipInstitute for the Studies on Free Flow of InformationMedia, Entertainment and Arts AllianceMedia Foundation for West AfricaPEN InternationalReporters Without Borders JordanMiddle East – North Africa News The following letter was sent to King Abdullah II, urging an end to restrictions on websites and amendments to the country’s media laws: June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Jordan Help by sharing this information His Majesty King Abdullah IIThe Royal PalaceAmman, Jordancc: His Excellency Abdullah Ensour, Prime Minister7 October 2013International free expression groups call for an end to Internet censorship in JordanYour Majesty,We the undersigned are deeply concerned about the continued restrictions placed on dozens of news websites in Jordan and provisions in the Press and Publications Law that enable the government to block Internet news media.According to the information available to us, nearly 300 websites have been affected by the restrictions that were imposed on 1 June 2013 by the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and many continue to be blocked to users within Jordan. We consider these moves by government authorities to prevent the distribution of news and information to be out of line with internationally accepted press freedom standards and practices. They also contravene Jordan’s longstanding commitment, under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the national Constitution, to respect freedom of expression and access to information. Many Jordanians believe these restrictions are in violation of the principles of press freedom and guarantees made in the Jordanian Constitution.Despite the commitments made by high-level representatives of the Jordanian government during the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress, which was held in Amman in May, and promises they made during an emergency press freedom mission by representatives of several of our organisations, including ARTICLE 19, Human Rights Watch and IPI, there is little evidence that your government is taking any steps to redress the restrictions placed on information sites. No draft amended law has been discussed by the government and no attempt has been made to communicate with affected media and civil society to discuss possible solutions.To end any doubt about Jordan’s commitments to press freedom and a pluralistic media environment, we urge your government to immediately end the blockage of news websites within and outside Jordan. Furthermore, we urge the government to amend provisions of the Press and Publications Law that require the licensing of all news websites.By reversing policies that effectively silence independent voices of information Your Majesty would send a strong message that Jordan respects its international commitments to freedom of information and expression, and would underscore your ministers’ stated commitment to press freedom in the country.We thank you for your personal attention to this urgent matter.Sincerely,last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders voices concern to Canada and EU about stalled justice in Zahra Kazemi case

first_imgNews IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en January 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders voices concern to Canada and EU about stalled justice in Zahra Kazemi case February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa News News to go furthercenter_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern to Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham and his 15 EU counterparts on 20 January over the stalled Zahra Kazemi case in which, it said, Iranian authorities appeared to be in no hurry to see justice done.”Since the trial of the alleged killer was adjourned, there do not appear to have been any further developments in the case. The lawyers for the victim’s family have not been allowed to look at the legal file so that they can properly prepare their case,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders.”The authorities have not fixed any date for the adjourned hearing and we do not even know if the lawyers will have an opportunity to examine the complete file,” he added.The international press freedom organisation called on the foreign ministers to do all within their power to see that this case was thoroughly investigated and justice was done and to obtain the repatriation of Kazemi’s body to Canada.The journalist’s body was buried in Shiraz in the south of the country on 22 July 2003, contrary to the wishes of her son, Stéphan Hashemi, a French-Canadian living permanently in Canada. As you know Zahra Kazemi’s mother who lives in Iran, had asked for the body to be repatriated to Canada and had signed a request to that effect at the Canadian embassy in Teheran. The Canadian authorities moreover supported the request.Despite this there was a hurried burial in Iran and since then, calls for the body to be exhumed and repatriated to Canada have fallen on deaf ears. The journalist’s mother has said publicly that she had been put under pressure to allow the burial in Iran.Reporters Without Borders appreciates Canada’s initiative that led to a resolution in the UN General Assembly on 12 December 2003 condemning human rights violations that continue in Iran. In accordance with the European Parliament’s invitation to the Council on 15 January 2004, our organisation strongly supports and encourages the European Union to present a similar draft resolution at the next session of the Human Rights Commission in particular to vigorously condemn unfair detention, which is still current practice in this countryThe Iranian-Canadian journalist, who was living in Canada, was arrested on 23 June 2003 while photographing families of prisoners in front of Evin jail in the north of Teheran. She was beaten during her detention and died of her injuries on 10 July. After first trying to hide the cause of the journalist’s death, the Iranian authorities recognised on 16 July 2003 that she had been “beaten”.Following a struggle between reformists and conservatives who mutually accused each other over the death of the journalist, an Iranian intelligence services agent, Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi, was named as the suspected killer and arrested. His trial was adjourned on 4 November 2003. Lawyer Shirin Ebadi, who won the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize has said that she will defend the interests of Kazemi’s family. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Organisation last_img read more

The Importance of Giving Back

first_imgFaith Essays & Inspirations The Importance of Giving Back From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 4:49 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Business Newscenter_img Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeauty No matter how tough you think your life is there’s always someone who has to face challenges that are even tougher than yours. Giving back has a strong meaning – you give and nothing happens. No benefits for you, no recognition, no reward. Your biggest and sole reward is the realization that you’ve made a significant change in someone’s life; and if not “significant” then a positive change nevertheless.Pasadena Presbyterian Church realizes the importance of giving back and through its “Take 6” program provides hot meals to more than 125 people each Sunday after morning and evening worship. These meals fill a critical need for these people, many of whom are homeless. The church also provides “take-away sacks” for homeless people who come on Sunday and during the week to the church office.Your input makes this ministry possible.You may donate money, or any of the following: granola bars, power bars, power drinks, small bottled water or canned food with easy-to-open pop-tops. Members of PPC also serve a meal once a month at Union Station with PPC providing the food.Your cash donations help make these vital programs continue. If you wish to make a donation you can do so through PPC’s Online Giving program at www.ppc.net or by check payable to PPC (mark “Food Ministry” in the memo line) mailed to the church office.Contact the church office at (626) 793-2191 for more information. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena or visit www.ppc.net. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Cattleman Park hosting horse whisperer

first_img Print Article Cattleman Park hosting horse whisperer Skip By Blood Sugar Blaster Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author You Might Like Two arrested for possession of crystal meth Donald Long, Brundidge, was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of a controlled substance after Donald and his wife, Consuelo,… read more By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “We want people to come because they want to be there,” he said. “We don’t want people to stay away because they are unable to pay. We don’t want attending The Horse Whisperer to be a hardship on anyone. We just want people of all ages to come and enjoy watching as an unbroken horse puts his faith in his trainer and allows the trainer to lead him in the right direction, just as we should put our faith and trust in God and let Him lead us in the right direction.“Chance’s performance will be a lead-in to Sunday morning when we will hold the first worship service at The Burning Bush Cowboy Church, which is located on the grounds of Cattleman Park,” Walker said. “We have a newly renovated sanctuary and we’ll have a baptism as a part of the service. We invite all of those who feel they would benefit from Cowboy Church to join us as we begin this new ministry in Pike County.”The service will begin at 10:30. Dress is informal and all are welcome. Latest Stories Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 22, 2015 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) The Burning Bush Cowboy Church and the Alabama State Board of Missions will present Chance Hill as “The Horse Whisperer” at 6:30 p.m. aSaturday at Cattleman Park.Admission is free, door prizes will be given and everyone is invited.Alvie Walker, pastor of The Burning Bush Cowboy Church, said watching the horse whisperer work is a unique and inspirational experience. “Chance will take a unbroken horse and work with him in such a way that the horse will put his faith and trust in him,” Walker said. “At the end of the program, Chance will get on the horse and ride.”Walker said Hill uses the time he trains the horse as a vehicle to illustrate a person’s relationship with God.“We have to learn to put our trust and faith in God and be willing to follow him and submit to his will for us,” Walker said. “The Horse Whisperer presents a visual example of what can be accomplished when the horse begins to trust and respect his trainer and obey his commands. The same applies to us in our Christian walk.”Walker said The Horse Whisperer is offered to the community free of charge simply because the sponsoring organizations want people to come. Hill is from Satsuma and travels across Alabama training horses and sharing the gospel.“Chance Hill learned to whisper train an unbroken horse to the saddle from his dad, and what he can do with an animal like that is amazing,” Walker said. “Chance is only about 23 years old but he is a horse whisperer.”Walker said Hill will take a horse that has never been saddled or ridden and work with him as he shares the gospel of Jesus Christ with the audience. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Feds charge pharma executive Lawrence Doud in a first over opioid crisis

first_imgDarwin Brandis/iStock(NEW YORK) — Federal prosecutors charged pharmaceutical company Rochester Drug Cooperative and two of its former executives Tuesday in a new method of charges for a drug distributor related to the nation’s ongoing opioid crisis.Rochester Drug Cooperative (RDC), one of the nation’s largest distributors of opioids, has entered into a non-prosecution consent decree with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which accused the company of failing to properly report thousands of suspicious orders of oxycodone, fentanyl and other controlled substances.At the same time, the company’s former chief executive, Laurence Doud III, has been placed under arrest by federal drug agents and is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court later Tuesday. He’s believed to be the first pharmaceutical executive associated with the nation’s opioid crisis to face a criminal charge of diverting drugs for an illegitimate purpose.In the nation’s opioid epidemic, RDC is a middleman that buys controlled substances from manufacturers and sells them to individual pharmacies. As one of the nation’s 10 largest drug distributors, it delivers to more than 1,300 pharmacies. Along the way, federal prosecutors claim, it ignored certain pharmacies that were placing suspicious orders.“RDC was well aware that many of its largest pharmacy customers exhibited ‘red flags’ associated with the diversion of controlled substances, but failed to report these customers or their orders to the DEA as required,” court records said.RDC was among the drug distributors named last month in a civil lawsuit by the New York Attorney General’s office, which alleged fraud, willful misconduct and gross negligence.Between 2010 and 2018, the company sold more than 143 million oxycodone pills to customers in New York alone, the state’s attorney general’s lawsuit said.The DEA has been investigating for years whether RDC failed to comply with pharmaceutical reporting laws. The company has previously paid to resolve claims it failed to properly report the theft of opioids.According to court records, from 2012 through 2016, RDC filled more than 1.5 million orders for controlled substances from its pharmacy customers but reported just four suspicious orders to the DEA. In reality, there were at least 2,000 suspicious orders in those four years, federal prosecutors said.“During this period, RDC shipped large quantities of opioids to pharmacies that RDC knew exhibited dispensing patterns that suggested the pharmacies were dispensing controlled substances for illegitimate medical purposes,” court records said. “They did not report suspicious orders or pharmacy customers to the DEA because they did not want to risk losing revenue from these customers.”Opioid manufacturers are facing over 1,700 lawsuits over their role in the current crisis. Paul Hanly, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the federal litigation who said he is handling 2,000 cases, welcomed the move by U.S. prosecutors.“The charges make the civil case against RDC easier to try and provide a potential roadmap to evidence that may prove the civil claims against other distributors,” Hanly told ABC News on Tuesday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Developing a nowcasting capability for X‐Class solar flares using VLF radiowave propagation changes

first_imgA technique for analysing very low frequency (VLF) radiowave signals is investigated in order to achieve rapid, real‐time detection of large solar flares, through the monitoring of changes in VLF radio signal propagation conditions. The reliability of the use of VLF phase and amplitude perturbations to determine the X‐ray fluxes involved during 10 large solar flare events (>X1) is examined. Linear regression analysis of signals from the NPM transmitter in Hawaii, received at Arrival Heights, Scott Base, Antarctica over the years 2011‐2015 shows that VLF phase perturbations during large solar flares have a 1.5‐3 times lower mean square error when modelling the long wavelength X‐ray fluxes than the equivalent short wavelength fluxes. The use of VLF amplitude observations to determine long or short wavelength X‐ray flux levels have a 4‐10 times higher mean square error than when using VLF phase. Normalised linear regression analysis identifies VLF phase as the most important parameter in the regression, followed by solar zenith angle at the mid‐point of the propagation path, then the initial solar X‐ray flux level (from 5 min before the impact of the solar flare), with F10.7 cm flux from the day beforehand providing the least important contribution. Transmitter phase measurements are more difficult to undertake than amplitude. However, networks of VLF receivers already exist which include the high quality phase capability required for such a nowcasting product. Such narrowband VLF data can be a redundant source of flare monitoring if satellite data is not available.last_img read more

The Pac-12 Approves Plan For Non-Conference Football Games

first_img Tags: Pac-12 November 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local The Pac-12 Approves Plan For Non-Conference Football Games Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO-In a Thursday statement released by the Pac-12 Conference, its CEO group has approved the flexibility for Pac-12 universities to schedule non-conference football game opponents.These potential games are subject to certain parameters. They are as follows:All Pac-12 testing and related protocols must be adhered to by the non-conference opponent.The non-conference game will, in all cases, be a home game for the Pac-12 team and be broadcast by a Pac-12 television partner.If a Pac-12 opponent becomes available by the end of day Thursday in any given week, the conference game must be played in lieu of any non-conference game.As a Pac-12 institution, the University of Utah is affected by this ruling.last_img read more

The life and legacy of Gore Vidal

first_imgVidal’s interest in Harvard, while not obvious, was longstanding. Some speculate it dates to his initial desire to matriculate at the College. In an interview with “Inside Higher Ed” in 2007, Vidal said he had been planning to attend until his military service interfered. When he mustered out of the Army in 1946, he thought that another four-year commitment, this time to Harvard where professors would tell him how to write, seemed, he told the publication, “too great a risk.” (His book “Williwaw” was already being published.)In the late ’40s Vidal visited campus to lecture, addressing many of his former Phillips Exeter classmates in the crowd. He continued to lecture at Harvard through the years and even played the part of a Harvard professor in the 1994 film “With Honors.” During a campus visit in 2007 to check on his archive, library staff hosted him for lunch at the Faculty Club, where he was “incredibly charming and told great stories,” recalled Morris. “It was just a very, very pleasant occasion.”Little did Morris know she would one day visit his home. Morris and assistant Heather Cole flew to California to survey the material in Vidal’s house in the Hollywood Hills. It was warm and welcoming, she said, filled with fine art and antiques alongside quirky memorabilia, such as casts of Abraham Lincoln’s hands honoring the publication of “Lincoln.” His bedroom was “beautifully decorated,” said Morris, with an “immense bed.” Its walls were covered with framed magazine covers of the author’s face, family photos, as well as a document commemorating his appointment by President John Kennedy to a White House cultural commission.“His home was just lovely, with a lot of personality to it,” said Morris. “You could imagine him giving fabulous parties.” Houghton Library will host a celebration in honor of the Gore Vidal bequest at Loeb House on Wednesday (Nov. 14) at 5.30 p.m., highlighted by “Gore Vidal in His Time,” a talk by Jay Parini, author of “Empire of Self: A Life of Gore Vidal.” A reception and pop-up exhibition at Houghton Library from Vidal’s papers will follow. To RSVP for the event, click here. Writer and public conscience Vidal on Washington, Adams, Nixon, Bush, Dean Updike’s roots and evolution Still caustic after all these years Related Gore Vidal was driven, brilliant, irascible, irreverent. He was a public intellectual, author, political candidate, autodidact, essayist, playwright, and provocateur.He was also generous to Harvard.Several years ago, Vidal left his papers and library to the University. Now the fruits of that gift, combined with an earlier gift of a portion of his papers in 2001, have been meticulously cataloged and archived at Houghton Library. The expanded collection captures the varied accomplishments of Vidal, who died in 2012, and traces the arc of his personal and professional life.Spanning his boyhood to his final years, the roughly 500 shelf feet of material includes correspondence, drafts of his books and plays, photographs, videotapes, fan mail, and material related to his famously fiery exchanges with conservative author and commentator William F. Buckley Jr.“He was involved in so many cultural issues of 20th-century America and contributed such an important voice, and his papers capture that,” said Leslie Morris, Houghton’s first Gore Vidal Curator of Modern Books & Manuscripts, who worked with the author through the years to fulfill his desire to bring the archive to Harvard. “From a historical and a cultural point of view, it’s an incredibly interesting and important collection that will continue to support research, teaching, and creativity at Harvard.”In addition to the newly named curatorial position, Vidal’s gift also supports the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing. Author and essayist Teju Cole holds the position that began this academic year.“It is very gratifying to see Leslie Morris become the first Gore Vidal Curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, as her work on the collection and the relationship she fostered with Vidal and then his estate over the past two decades led to this transformative gift to the University,” said Thomas Hyry, Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library and director of arts and special collections of the Harvard College Library.,Collecting the pastOne afternoon last summer, in a room on Houghton’s second floor, Morris gathered a sampling from the papers, among them a selection of Vidal’s early manuscripts. In the corner of one handwritten page, yellowed with time, the author had scrawled the date, March 25, 1967. A few inches down begins the first chapter of his groundbreaking satirical novel about sexual norms.“I am Myra Breckinridge,” Vidal’s swooping script reads, “and no man will ever possess me.”Nearby lay an early draft of his 1946 debut novel “Williwaw,” written while Vidal was a maritime warrant officer with the Army. On the title page of the black-and-white notebook, Vidal underlined “40,000 words” for chapters 1 through 4, begun, according to his note, in “January 1945 on Cucumber Island in the Chesapeake Bay aboard the F.S. B5.”Morris called the handwritten texts “typical of the manuscripts in the collection. Throughout his life, Vidal’s first draft was always longhand.” The pages offer viewers a window into the author’s self-editing zeal. Sections of an early version of his most popular novel, “Lincoln,” about the country’s 16th president, are written on yellow-lined legal paper and covered with marginal notes, inserted words, and deletions in red or blue ink. “A cold winter day” becomes “an icy winter day.” “Shone” is replaced with “ablaze.” Later typewritten versions of the same manuscript include more revisions, revealing how Vidal tinkered with his words throughout the writing process.,“Throughout his life, Vidal’s first draft was always longhand.” — Leslie Morris,Yet, his manuscripts, while popular, are not the most requested works in the collection. According to Morris, the literary entry attracting the greatest attention is Vidal’s screenplay for the erotic historical drama “Caligula.”Other items in the archive point to Vidal’s friendships and feuds, including documents related to a libel lawsuit filed in 1975. Vidal sued novelist Truman Capote and the magazine “Playgirl” for an interview in which Capote claimed Vidal had been thrown out of the White House years earlier by Robert F. Kennedy. The case was settled in 1983 when Capote agreed to apologize to Vidal in writing.Photos in the archive capture Vidal in his youth and later, alone and with friends. A black-and-white Polaroid from 1955 shows actor Paul Newman in a white T-shirt. In a photo dated 1956, Vidal is chatting with Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward. The couple were well-known members of Vidal’s inner circle.Vidal’s long ties to HarvardMuch of Vidal’s official archive arrived at Harvard years ago. The author initially deposited his papers at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research in the 1960s. Near the turn of the millennium, James Walsh, retired keeper of rare books at Houghton, visited Vidal’s cliffside villa in Ravello, Italy. While sipping drinks on the terrace overlooking the Amalfi Coast and listening to Vidal express concern about the handling of his papers, Walsh told the author he was certain Harvard would be happy to house the collection. Vidal agreed. Wisconsin released them, and the papers arrived in Cambridge in 2002.“We promised that we would immediately catalog what he gave us, and that took us four years. It was a major investment of time on our part, but it was a very important gift, and a major research resource for us, so we were happy to make it a priority,” said Morris. Library exhibit offers tantalizing insights into author last_img read more