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Stiller says shooting 'Walter Mitty' scene was a fantasy come true

Stiller says shooting 'Walter Mitty' scene was a fantasy come true

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Actor-director Ben Stiller says closing off part of New York's Fifth Avenue to shoot a scene for "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" was "like a crazy fantasy come true."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.
By United Press International
Liza Donnelly: One of The New Yorker's 'funny ladies'

Liza Donnelly: One of The New Yorker's 'funny ladies'

RHINEBECK, N.Y., May 2 (UPI) -- U.S. cartoonist Liza Donnelly's humor is almost an inside joke. You don't have to be a woman to get it, but it helps.
GERRY HARRINGTON, United Press International
Politics 2013: Obama's address more a call to arms than unity-seeking

Politics 2013: Obama's address more a call to arms than unity-seeking

Inauguration Day 2013 is in the books. President Obama spoke about his hopes and aspirations for his second term in office -- a term unfettered by re-election because of term limits.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011.
By United Press International
Obama plans European, Middle East trip

Obama plans European, Middle East trip

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., hits the road next week with a five-country European and Middle East tour that should have plenty of up-front media coverage.

Alaska ranks first in pork-barrel spending

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- Alaska ranks top among all U.S. states in so-called pork-barrel spending, while Arizona is at the bottom, an academic researcher says.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2007.
By United Press International

Iraq visits popular with U.S. senators

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Making visits to troops in Iraq is popular among U.S. senators, as at least 76 of them have done so in the last year, The Hill reported Wednesday.

Myers positioned for 'Mitty' role

HOLLYWOOD, May 23 (UPI) -- Canadian comic actor Mike Myers is the latest star said to be lined up for the Hollywood remake of the 1947 Danny Kaye film "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty."

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Friday, Dec. 8, 2006.
By United Press International

Former 'SNL' writer captures Thurber Prize

NEW YORK, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Alan Zweibel, who was an original member of the writing team on "Saturday Night Live," has been presented with the literary world's Thurber Prize in New York.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Dec. 8, the 342nd day of 2005 with 23 to follow.
By United Press International

Jon Stewart wins Thurber Prize

NEW YORK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Comedy Central's "fake news" anchor Jon Stewart has won a share of the 2005 Thurber Prize for American Humor.
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James Grover Thurber (December 8, 1894 – November 2, 1961) was an American author, cartoonist and celebrated wit. Thurber was best known for his contributions (both cartoons and short stories) to The New Yorker magazine.

Thurber was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Charles L. Thurber and Mary Agnes (Mame) Fisher Thurber on December 8, 1894. Both of his parents greatly influenced his work. His father, a sporadically employed clerk and minor politician who dreamed of being a lawyer or an actor, is said to have been the inspiration for the small, timid protagonist typical of many of his stories. Thurber described his mother as a "born comedienne" and "one of the finest comic talents I think I have ever known." She was a practical joker, on one occasion pretending to be crippled and attending a faith healer revival, only to jump up and proclaim herself healed.

Thurber had two brothers, William and Robert. Once, while playing a game of William Tell, his brother William shot James in the eye with an arrow. Because of the lack of medical technology, Thurber lost his eye. This injury would later cause him to be almost entirely blind. During his childhood he was unable to participate in sports and activities because of his injury, and instead developed a creative imagination, which he shared in his writings. Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran suggests Thurber's imagination may be partly explained by Charles Bonnet syndrome, a neurological condition that causes complex visual hallucinations in otherwise mentally healthy people who have suffered some or more often a significant level of visual loss.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "James Thurber."
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