Mobile Register 01/01/01
Local case points up deficiencies in fire department record-keeping

by Russ Henderson
It could happen to any volunteer fire department.
Learning the holes in the financial record-keeping system of the St.
Elmo-Irvington Volunteer Fire Department took Mike Bedgood a few months,
Mobile County Assistant District Attorney Tom Harrison says. But almost
immediately after Bedgood became the department's treasurer in 1996, he
started stealing money that prosecutors say amounted to tens of thousands of
dollars by the time he was caught this year.
Bedgood was arrested, pleaded guilty in court and now must literally pay for
his crime - to the tune of $57,084 - broken into installments to the fire
department until 2004. Bedgood also received a suspended one-year sentence
and two years' probation. Harrison was the prosecuting attorney.

St. Petersburg Times 01/01/01/01
Mickey drawing leads man on quest
But Disney archivist disagrees with claims about the sketch

by Mike Brasfield
In 1984, Steven Stein was walking by a New York City junk shop when he saw a
dusty Mickey Mouse drawing in a broken frame. He thought it looked like
something special.
He bought it for $3.
Stein, now a Clearwater area art dealer, hopes to sell it for millions of
During the past 16 years, Stein has become convinced that he found a lost
treasure, one of the earliest drawings of Mickey from the 1920s, possibly
from Walt Disney's own hand.
There's just one problem: The chief archivist at Walt Disney Studios, the man
entrusted with cataloging and safeguarding Walt's legacy, thinks Stein's
drawing is nothing out of the ordinary.

San Francisco Chronicle 01/01/01
S.F. time capsule to include fedora from da mayor
A scrapbook of now for the future


by Ilene Lelchuk
San Francisco archivists hope Mayor Willie Brown's fedora weathers time as
well as his political career has, because his signature hat is about to be
locked away in a stainless steel box for future generations.
A mayoral fedora, a baseball signed by a San Francisco Giants player, a box
of Rice-A-Roni (the so-called "San Francisco treat") and Pokemon trading
--arguably symbols of San Francisco life in the year 2000 -- are among the
contents of a new time capsule that will be sealed into City Hall's
cornerstone Friday.
A committee of historians, archivists, City Hall architects, a high school
student and a fourth-grader decided to pack the box with the whimsical and
serious trappings of life at the turn of the century for future San
Franciscans to discover in perhaps another 100 years.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 01/01/01
Educational film archives preserve aura of postwar America

by Randall Chase
Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. -- As the 16mm projector begins to whir and light flickers on
the screen, Skip Elsheimer and his buddies open the beer and chips and settle
in for another Sunday night at the movies.
This evening's lineup includes "Understanding Others," "The Fundamentals of
Public Speaking," and "Physical Examination: Musculoskeletal System."
It's scintillating stuff for Elsheimer, a self-described audio-visual geek,
and fellow devotees of the 20th-century cultural phenomenon known as
"educational films."
"Those were great," Elsheimer says later, noting the role of socioeconomic
class implied in one film about getting along with others.

Bergen Record 01/01/01
Rescuer of art never leaves his mark

by Scott Fallon
The UPS driver storms in the door with a dolly full of brown packages while a
half-dozen workers scramble to assist customers, answer phones, and just try
-- in some way -- to meet the holiday rush head-on.
In the middle of all this bustle at Pequannock's Gate House Framemakers,
Walter Nowatka is quietly practicing his art.
Before him on an easel is a 19th century French portrait of a chambermaid.
The rich dark-green background is chipped throughout, making it look as if a
woodpecker had mistaken the painting for a spruce.
With a makeshift cardboard pallet, dotted with a dozen drops of paint,
resting on his left arm, Nowatka takes his first crack at trying to restore
this 175-year-old piece.

San Francisco Chronicle 01/01/01
Rollicking retelling of California's early days
UC's Bancroft Library issues series of tapes


by Carl Nolte
Berkeley -- UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library is trying a new way to tell
California's oldest story.
The Bancroft has just released a series of lively taped lectures on the
Spanish and Mexican days in California through the Gold Rush -- years when
California turned from an outpost on the far edge of the world to what
historian J.S. Holliday calls "a society unlike any other."
The University of California's Bancroft history tapes are what Holliday says
are "a new and inventive way to blend education and entertainment."

St. Louis Post Dispatch 12/31/00
Washington Yesterday: A Scholar uncovers the human Woodrow Wilson


by Lawrence L. Knutson
Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The president could wiggle his ears, play practical jokes,
recite limericks. He was a baseball fanatic who was also keen on movies,
enjoyed burlesque halls and was quite capable of falling deeply and
passionately in love.
At the same time, Woodrow Wilson was also a man viewed by many contemporaries
as remote, cold, bookish, moralistic, overly idealistic and preachy -- a
rigid executive stubbornly incapable of compromise.
Sorting out the Wilsonian hallmarks, making sense of contrary characteristics
and the impact of illness on his presidency, fell to the historians.

Detroit Free Press 01/01/01
Archer to open 100-year-old time capsule

Associated Press
DETROIT -- The Motor City's 300th birthday celebration began Sunday night
with Mayor Dennis Archer opening a time capsule sealed at Old City Hall
shortly after midnight, Jan. 1, 1901.
At 11:20 p.m., Archer opened the 10-pound copper box that was soldered shut
by city official Benjamin Franklin Guiney.
Guiney's grandson of the same name was among the 2,000 guests at Sunday
night's Detroit Symphony Orchestra New Year's Eve Gala.

Houston Chronicle 01/01/01
Chronicle library lacks first edition

by Allan Turner
Be careful of what you throw away, Grandma always warned; you may need it
Truer words never were spoken, much to our chagrin.
This year, the Houston Chronicle will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its
first edition, which was published Oct. 14, 1901. One small dark cloud
shadows the occasion: None of the 4,000 or so eight-page papers printed in
two editions that afternoon can be found.
The Chronicle has only a photocopy of one-half of the front page, and
repeated searches of newspaper and library archives have proved futile.

Peter A. Kurilecz CRM, CA
Richmond, Va
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