Hollywood Digest

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, March 30, the 89th day of 2002 with 276 to follow. The moon is waning, moving toward its last quarter.
By United Press International

UPI's Capital Comment for March 20, 2002

WASHINGTON, March 20 (UPI) -- Capital Comment -- Daily news notes, political rumors and important events that shape politics and public policy in Washington and the world from United Press I
By United Press International

Kennedy Center promises exciting season

WASHINGTON, March 7 (UPI) -- On the brink of its 32nd season, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts promised it would be an extraordinary year, with the rich sounds of the Nati

Nominees for 44th Annual Grammy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Here is a list of the nominees for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be presented tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, in ceremonies to be tele

Hot Buttons: Talk show topics

THOU SHALL NOT DISPLAY ON PUBLIC PROPERTY Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a lower-court decision banning the Ten Commandments from public property.
By United Press International

Bugs ran amok thanks to Chuck

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- "Bugs Bunny is who we want to be," he liked to say. "Daffy Duck is who we are."
MARTIN SIEFF, Senior News Analyst

Of Human Interest: News-lite

WHITE HOUSE OPEN FOR TOURS AGAIN, SORT OF Nearly 400 students and chaperones from schools across the United States were welcomed to the White House last Friday.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Think Tanks Wrap-up

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Think Tanks Wrap-up

Film of the week: 'Count of Monte Cristo'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- With "best picture" hopefuls still going strong in theaters, January is typically the month in which studios dump new movies that aren't quite bad enough to go
STEVE SAILER, UPI National Correspondent

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 23rd day of 2002 with 342 to follow.
By United Press International

Gizmorama: Life in the tech age

WES STEWART, United Press International

VideoView - UPI Arts & Entertainment

What's new on the home video scene ...
JACK E. WILKINSON, United Press International

A dollarized Britain?

QUERETARO, Mexico, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- The world appears to be becoming divided--into currency blocs. Most of continental Europe has now adopted the euro.
IAN CAMPBELL, UPI Economics Correspondent

Nominees for 44th Annual Grammy Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Here is a complete list of nominees for the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, which were announced in Beverly Hills Friday by the Recording Academy:
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Mark Twain
Actress Christina Applegate arrives for a program honoring 2006 Mark Twain Prize recipient Neil Simon at the Kennedy Center in Washington on October 15, 2006. (UPI Photo/Yuri Gripas)

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel."

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which became very popular and brought nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.

He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

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