Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Twenty-Five Things That Made Genesee County Famous: #6 John Gardner

John Gardner was a renaissance man. He was comfortable in the dairy barns of Bethany or the townhouses of Manhattan.

Although he lived in the world of academia, he never forgot his rural upbringing. In Bill Kauffman’s book, Dispatches from the Muckdog Gazette, he quotes Gardner saying, “I grew up with farmers, I learned more from farmers than from professors.”

He wrote poetry, plays, operas, but is best known as a novelist. Gardner taught at universities across the country and was the mentor to many writers.

His influence on American literature will go on for a long time and he will always be honored as one of Genesee County’s greatest authors.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Twenty-Five Things That Made Genesee County Famous: #7 Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson was born in Ohio, spent the early part of his life in Albion, New York and graduated from Batavia High School in 1965.

He was a combat vet in Vietnam, then a journalist for the Associated Press. Anderson was kidnapped by Shiite Muslims in Beirut, Lebanon on March 16, 1985. He was held captive for 2,454 days.

Following is release in 1991, he taught at Columbia University and Ohio State University. He is a co founder of the Vietnam Children Fund, which has built schools and educated tens of thousands of Vietnamese children

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