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Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Edison’

Former Slate EIC Settles Into Atlas Obscura

AtlasObscuraLogoAre you old enough to remember Manhattan’s Museum of Famous People on West 50th Street, featuring dozens of vinyl mannequins? How about the apartment with a view that Gustave Eiffel built into the Eiffel Tower, recently re-opened for tourist view and featuring its own mannequin set of Eiffel and Thomas Edison? Have you visited that?

These two tidbits come from the rich content of website Atlas Obscura, where former Slate editor-in-chief David Plotz is now the chief executive. As he explained to the New York TimesLeslie Kaufman, his arrival in the fall followed a rather fanciful summer interlude:

Mr. Plotz made a list of more than 100 people to talk to. He included not only journalists, but also recruiters, financiers and people he found interesting, like Maria Popova, the author of the Brain Pickings blog on culture.

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Author Googles His Way to Tragic Tale of Wrongfully Executed Elephant

Ahead of journalist Michael Daly‘s 7 p.m. book reading and signing event tomorrow night at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, Samantha Samel of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle caught up with the author of Topsy: The Startling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P. T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison.

Published July 2 by Atlantic Monthly Press, the book offers a thoroughly researched look at the early days of U.S. circuses and the sad, symptomatic storyline of Topsy. Smuggled into the U.S. in 1877, the performing elephant ultimately met with a tragic, cruel end. Daly explains how he came to the topic:

“My editor suggested doing a murder case from earlier times. I Googled New York executions and came across the clip of Topsy being electrocuted in 1903.”

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EXCLUSIVE: For Its 110th Year, Popular Mechanics Will Embrace YouTube

When the announcement was made a few days ago that Hearst magazines is creating a pair of 2012 YouTube channels, FishbowlLA couldn’t help but notice the name Popular Mechanics. Founded in 1902, the publication will provide content for an automotive-themed channel alongside Hearst mates Car and Driver and Road & Track.

While spinning off the current Popular Mechanics feature “Jay Leno’s Garage” for YouTube seems like a no-brainer, Hearst men’s enthusiast group editorial director James Meigs (pictured) says that idea has yet to be broached. However, given that the magazine was, even back in Thomas Edison‘s day, dedicated to the coverage of cutting-edge technology, automotive and otherwise, he confirms there will definitely be some sort of historical component.

“The channel will be launching towards the middle of next year,” Meigs explains via telephone. “It’s an ambitious schedule with a whole range of distinct programming. It will be branded Car & Driver Television, but we’ll be tapping into the resources of all three participating magazines.”

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