James Nachtwey: alive

Wei told me that Nachtwey was injured recently in Iraq. I’m glad to hear he was wearing his flak vest and helmet! Nachtwey is a Dartmouth grad and one of the foremost photojournalists alive today. A hero of mine. Best wishes for his recovery.
Update: Weisskopf, Protective Gear Saved Nachtwey’s Life


Dartmouth Wireless Summit

Looks like Dartmouth is hosting a wireless conference this weekend. Why was I not notified! (Just kidding, sort of.) I could have brought my notes from the moblogging conference in Tokyo.
Dartmouth – Unleashed Summit Program


Mr. Rogers at Dartmouth

ABCNews: Mr. Rogers Causes Stir at Dartmouth
“It’s like Barney the dinosaur speaking at our graduation,” said history major Michael Weiss. “We’re 22 years old and we’re getting lectured by a guy who plays with puppets for a living.”
Dartmouth seniors obviously haven’t gotten out into the REAL WORLD and therefore can’t appreciate that Fred Rogers is a much better role model than corrupt corporate CEOs, dysfunctional government leaders, as well as some of the past Dartmouth commencement speakers.
No one is perfect, but a man who spent his lifetime educating children all over the world, including probably the majority of Dartmouth students, is a man to be awed by and honored with respect and deference. Albright, Reich, Mitchell, Clinton, all have their skeletons and negatives. What can you say bad about Fred Rogers? He’s only done good for parents and children.
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NYT: Editorial/Op-Ed – Anita Hill on “Insider Women With Outsider Values”
I think the increase in the number of women in positions of prominence, coupled with the tension that can develop between insider status and outsider values, brings us to this point. A similar phenomenon is at work when women and men complain about discrimination in the workplace. And like those who have had to challenge workplace bias, Ms. Rowley and Ms. Watkins differed from their superiors in their notions of appropriate institutional conduct. Similarly, Ms. Rowley and Ms. Watkins ultimately found that their chances for bringing change to their workplaces existed only outside those workplaces.

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Owen Gottlieb

One of my old college friends has just signed a significant deal with Universal. This is the Variety article below. Owen tells me that Variety got some of the facts wrong: Owen optioned the story, and the main character doesn’t have a PhD yet (has the credits though.)

Posted: Sun., Aug. 12, 2001, 3:28pm PT
U buys pitch of female CIA candidate
Scribes Gottlieb, Susco base story on real-life figure
HOLLYWOOD — Universal Pictures has acquired an untitled adventure pitch from Owen A. Gottlieb and Stephen Susco’s for an undisclosed sum.
Story is based on the real-life exploits of an eclectic candidate for the CIA who, since the age of 12, has devoted her life to becoming a superhero.
“This is much like ‘Erin Brockovich’ in that it’s about a woman’s
journey,” Susco said. “Ninety-nine out of 100 people give up on their journey toward dreams, and she refused to relinquish it.”
The duo would identify the real woman upon which the pitch is based only as Zora. She was rejected from the CIA despite immense qualifications and now works for international investigative firms. Duo had first learned of her in a profile on National Public Radio that they subsequently optioned.
Gottlieb listed Zora’s various real-life abilities as proficiency in archery, camel-riding, Arabic and French; she also possesses a Ph.D. in geopolitics.
Susco recently rewrote the spec “Life During Wartime” for Paramount and “Dumbstruck” for Universal Pictures; Gottlieb was until recently a staff writer of the UPN sci-fi series “Seven Days.” His short “Cutters” played Slamdance in 1997.
Kennedy/Marshall Prods. is producing, with U production VP Tim O’Hair overseeing development.
Susco was repped in the deal by his managers at Tavel Entertainment; Gottlieb was repped by Paradigm.