In his latest column, John Cross ’76 uncovers a great hoax played on the College community and the town of Brunswick surrounding a visit by Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette.
In 1824, nearly a half-century after the beginning of the American Revolution and a quarter-century after the death of George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette accepted the invitation of President James Monroe to tour the United States as an honored guest. As you may have guessed, there were connections to Bowdoin College in Lafayette’s travels.
Lafayette’s story was well known to the American people at the time. A French aristocrat, he spent his own fortune to come to America at age 19 and fight in the American Revolution. He became a close friend of George Washington, who thought of him as an adopted son. Commissioned a major general (without pay) by Congress in 1777, Lafayette was wounded at Brandywine, recruited the Oneida as allies, returned to France to raise support for the American cause, and soon returned to the battlefield. Later in the war, American forces under his command pinned down Cornwallis’s troops at Yorktown, leading to the British surrender.
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Alvin Hall '74
Financial advisor, author, television and radio broadcaster, and trustee emeritus Alvin Hall ’74 has written a new book, The Stock Market Explained, published this year in the U.K.
The Telegraph reports that in the book, Hall “claims that, with a bit of know-how, anyone can be a successful investor.”
Hall has also recently published an essay, “Photography Changes Our Sense of Financial Security,” in Photography Changes Everything, published by the Aperture Foundation. Other notable authors included in the book are Hugh Hefner, John Waters, Candice Bergen and John Baldessari.
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Boat-billed Flycatcher (Megarynchus pitangua), 2012. Image: Todd Forsgren '03.
No birds are harmed in the works of photographer and Maryland Institute College of Art professor Todd Forsgren ’03, who accompanies biologists into the field as they catch wild birds in mist nets.
“It’s kind of like guerrilla 4×5 photography,” Forsgren tells Time. “I basically give myself ten minutes or so to set up and take the photographs so that biologists can get to the birds as quickly as possible so they don’t get stressed out.”
Forsgren’s work is highlighted in a Time feature that includes a slideshow of his work. His ornithological work recently was part of Winging It, a group show at Heiner Contemporary in Washington, D.C.
With data from the International Olympic Committee, the folks at Statista have compiled an infographic that provides a round-up of the business behind the Olympic Games. View the entire infographic here.
Infographic detail: Visual.ly