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Vol. LXII, No. 4
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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(Photo by Ellen Gilbert)

PROTO I-POD? Dr. Alexander Magoun, Executive Director of the David Sarnoff Library, and an early radio. Dr. Magoun is the author of a recent book, “Television: The Life Story of a Technology.”

The Spirit of Invention Prevails in Sight and Sound at Sarnoff

Ellen Gilbert

The older couple was showing Dr. Alexander B. Magoun, Executive Director of the David Sarnoff Library, a photograph of a radio console — really a retro entertainment center. “He had just come back from the War [World War II],” explained the woman, “and we needed a table and chairs. We got to the top of the escalator in Gimbel’s and saw this.” She didn’t mention whether or not they ever got around to buying anything as practical as kitchen furniture, but the must-have, beautifully-maintained piece of furniture in the photograph was clearly a source of pride.

Substantially Revised Memorandum Subject of School Board Meeting

Ellen Gilbert

The Princeton Regional Board of Education was scheduled to consider a revised version of the Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement between Education and Law Enforcement Officials (MOA) at an open meeting on Tuesday evening after Town Topics went to press. The Board already discussed this document at a closed meeting on January 8.

Going Gentle Into That Good Night and Giving the Family Peace of Mind

Ellen Gilbert

“I’m always rushing to be home,” said one harried woman, describing the situation she and her partner face as her aging mother becomes less and less able to care for herself. Many children and spouses of declining seniors told similar stories at an informative program on “Senior Care Options” at the Princeton Public Library last Wednesday evening.

Board Warms to Nassau Inn Expansion, but Parking Could Present an Obstacle

Matthew Hersh

A plan to expand the Nassau Inn in downtown Princeton could provide the Borough landmark the room it needs to compete with hotels and conference centers on the Route 1 corridor, but, as is the case with any development prospect downtown, parking will likely be a particular concern.

Hitting the Slopes and not Over the Hill: Local Skier Thrives Octogenarian Style

Matthew Hersh

If it’s winter, Jim Johnson keeps one eye on his daily business and the other on the weather channel. At first chance of some fresh powder, the 80-year-old is primed and ready to head north, hitting the slopes when most of us would stay in the warm cabin.

Cockroaches, Vultures, and French Kings Take a Bow in News of Children’s Books

Ellen Gilbert

The wit, utility, power to move, and sheer gorgeousness of children’s books is currently being celebrated in two Princeton venues. At the Princeton Public Library, copies of the recent winners of top prizes in new children’s books, including the esteemed Newbery and Caldecott medals, are on display along with a descriptive note of “Congratulations!” by Youth Services Librarian Lucia Acosta. Meanwhile, “The Art of Having Fun” is in joyful evidence in an exhibition of “Père Castor’s Activity Books” at the Cotsen Children’s Library in Firestone Library on Washington Road.

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