Frank McCourt, memoirist, author, and teacher passed on July 19th at the age of 78. 

 He received the Pulitzer Prize (1997) and National Book Critics Circle Award (1996) for his memoir Angela’s Ashes (1996), which details his impoverished childhood in Limerick, Ireland. He also authored ‘Tis (1999), which continues the narrative of his life, continuing from the end of the previous book and focuses on life as an immigrant in America.  Teacher Man (2005) detailed the challenges of being a young, uncertain teacher. 

McCourt’s memoirs can be found in your Alameda County Library System in the biography section: 

Teacher Man:  A Memoir by Frank McCourt B MCCOURT, F

 ‘Tis:  A Memoir by Frank McCourt B MCCOURT, F

 Angela’s Ashes:  A Memoir by Frank McCourt B MCCOURT, F

 

Madeleine M. Kunin, the first female Governor of Vermont, wrote the following about Walter Cronkite, who passed away on July 17th at the age of 92:

“It may be difficult for people under the age of 40 to fathom what an imprint Walter Cronkite had on my generation. He has been called “the most trusted man in America,” and possibly he was. All I can recall is that what he said seemed sound and sensible. I do remember that in the early years of the Vietnam War I was impatient with him because he reported on the war dispassionately with no hint of doubt. I already had my doubts.

But when he declared that this war could not be won, and at best, end in a stalemate, we knew that the dissenters were not only marching in Washington, they had reached Middle America. It was a turning point.

Few people today could serve as such a precise barometer of American public opinion. Lyndon Johnson saw it, and perhaps even Archie Bunker, who had argued with his son about the war on television every week.”

Cronkite’s autobiography can be found in Alameda County Library System in the biography section: 

A Reporter’s Life by Walter Cronkite B CRONKITE

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