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Port Imperial Ferry
Subjective Time Dilation & The Miracle On The Hudson
During the production of of Sully, Tom Hanks, who played the commercial pilot (Chesley Sullenberger) who famously made an emergency landing in the Hudson River off Manhattan in January 2009, spoke to some of the passengers (all of whom survived the ordeal). "People were in freezing water," he recalled, "and an extraordinary story is that... folks dropped everything they were doing and went right there. I spoke to one guy. I said, 'How long were you out on the wing?' He said, 'If you had asked me, I would have told you I was out there for an hour.' He went back and looked at the actual footage. He was on the wing for seven minutes."* A National Transportation Safety ...
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Walter Cronkite - We Interrupt This Newscast For...
In her book We're Going to Make You a Star, journalist Sally Quinn recalled an anecdote about Walter Cronkite, best known for his 19-year run as anchorman on the CBS Evening News. According to Quinn, Cronkite once had a problem in the middle of a newscast—when a laxative that he had taken suddenly started working its magic.Naturally, Cronkite denied the story. "That never happened," he claimed during an interview one day. "I am known as Old Iron Bladder. Thank God, though," he added, "for long commercials."[Here's a newsflash: bladders are not the organs targeted by laxatives.]
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Jennifer Aniston - They're Laughing Because You're Funny
Jennifer Aniston:As I began studying at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York City, there was a turning point. I was doing what I thought was a highly dramatic scene from The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, and I could distinctly hear laughter in the audience. I walked off stage thinking, Huh, laughing at Chekhov; not really the reaction I was going for.Later when my acting teacher, Anthony Abeson, was going over the scene with me he said, "You know, Jennifer, they're laughing because you're funny."And I said, "But I don't want to be a funny actress, I want to be a serious actress.""No, you've got it wrong," he said. "This is a wonderful thing. You should ...
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Maxwell's Tavern
Kurt Cobain's "audacious" Proposal For Dinosaur Jr's J. Mascis
While hanging out after one of Nirvana's first shows, at Maxwell's Tavern in Hoboken, one day in 1989, Dinosaur, Jr frontman J. Mascis mentioned his plan to form a band with some people from Screaming Trees. "Don't do that," Kurt Cobain said. "Join our band instead."Mascis, who had released three albums, thought the idea was "pretty audacious" and it never happened.
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Maxwell's Tavern
Nirvana's First Show
One day in the summer of 1989, Susanne Sasic, who had designed the sleeve for Nirvana's cover of "Love Buzz" (by the Dutch band Shocking Blue) invited Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon to join her and watch Nirvana's debut show at Maxwell's Tavern in Hoboken, New Jersey. "They're not as good as Mudhoney," she said, "but they're kind of interesting."After a few notes, Moore knew "they were amazing," and he went and stood in front of the stage. He never forgot the show's finale. "They end the set with Chad [Channing] kicking his drums over and Krist Novoselic throwing his bass across the stage. Kurt just starts slamming his guitar onto the stage and everything is in shambles. ...
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Lincoln Square Synagogue
Young Elena Kagan, Bat Mitzvah Barterer
Elena Kagan's penchant for firmly stating a preference before agreeing to a compromise developed at an early age. When she was twelve, Kagan asked to have the first bat mitzvah ever performed at Lincoln Square Synagogue. "I remember she was very definite," recalled Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the congregation's leader at the time. "She came to me and very much wanted it; she was very strong about it. She wanted to recite a Haftorah like the boys, and she wanted her bat mitzvah on a Saturday morning." Riskin told her that he "could not give her everything" she wanted. She could have her bat mitzvah on a Friday night, not a Saturday morning. And instead of reciting a Haftorah, she could ...
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Professional Children's School
Rob Reiner - Casting Jerry O'connell
Jerry O'Connell never planned to be an actor. He got his big break during the production of Rob Reiner's Stand by Me, in which he played husky schoolboy Vern Tessio. "An assistant to the casting director saw me at school," O'Connell later recalled, "and said, 'Would you like to meet Rob Reiner?' I said, 'Sure.' I went home and showed my mom the appointment sheet, and she said, 'You're going to go meet the guy from All in the Family.' I thought I was going to meet Archie Bunker. Here I am at age 11, I walk into Rob's office, and my face falls with disappointment. I say, 'You're not Archie. You're Meathead!' Whenever I see Rob, he still says, ...
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Metropolitan Opera House
Robert Benchley & Dorothy Parker's Tiny Office
Algonquin Round Table wits Robert Benchley and Dorothy Parker once shared a tiny office in New York's Metropolitan Opera House. "One cubic foot less of space," Benchley once declared, "and it would have constituted adultery."
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Metropolitan Opera House
Rudolph Bing - Negotiating With A Screamer
Opera impresario Rudolph Bing disliked negotiating with the trade unions at the Metropolitan Opera. During a meeting with representatives of the Opera's stagehands one day, Bing, facing a confrontational union lawyer, leaned across the table. "l'm awfully sorry, I didn't get that," he said. "Would you mind screaming it again?" Fittingly, Bing later appeared on the cover of TIME, above the caption: "After the curtain goes up, there can be no apologies."
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Metropolitan Opera House
Why The Metropolitan Opera Canceled Salome
The first time the Metropolitan Opera staged Richard Strauss's Salome, it was shut down after the first night because J. P. Morgan's daughter Anne had blanched at the sight of a soprano kissing a severed head in the Dance of the Seven Veils.