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American Lady: The Life of Susan Mary Alsop

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Susan Mary Alsop (1918-2004) was a society beauty who morphed into a great saloniste and hostess, but the best reason I found to read this 193-page biography is that it chronicles a low-battery marriage, a torrid romance with a married womanizer and, after the deaths of her husband and lover, a second marriage to a […]... READ MORE
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A personal appreciation of Marion “Oatsie” Charles

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Back in the fall of 2007, British actor and writer Stephen Fry arrived in Newport, Rhode Island, camera crew in tow. His destination was The Whim, a former eight-car garage and adjacent manager’s cottage that Oatsie Charles had combined into a residence in the late 1960s. At one point, the conversation, which was being recorded […]... READ MORE
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Schulenberg’s Page: New York, Part CLII

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Schulenberg’s Page, New York, Part CLII. It’s 1969 and we’ve got a new President (Nixon) who has a new adviser (Kissinger), protests... READ MORE
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What to Wear Where to a Debutante Ball

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At this time of year some of us have ginger plum fairies dancing in our heads,  the young among us listen for the prancing of each little hoof, and the rest of us are dashing through the snow for last minute shopping, whilst an intimate group of young women are engaged in a time-honored tradition, […]... READ MORE
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Strolling the Avenue in advance of the 32nd Miracle on Madison Avenue

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Get ready to fa la la, fa la la while strolling Madison Avenue on Saturday, December 1st, as the 32nd Miracle on Madison Avenue takes place to benefit the pediatric programs of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. What could be a more meaningful way to source the perfect gifts for all of […]... READ MORE
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Schulenberg’s Page: New York, Part CLXXXV

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August, 1970. To take your mind off of the cold — if it’s cold where you’re reading this, let me take you back to August, 1970 in New York where it is decidedly not cold! In fact it is undeniably hot! And I found myself on a hot subway going to Brooklyn to see a musical. My friends […]... READ MORE
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No Holds Barred: Bringing it in NYC

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All my friends warned me that I would really have to “bring it” on my recent NYC visit.  The city was struggling between frequent rains and 40 mph winds and the upcoming mid-term elections.  They insisted I better bring my best “game face.” A tough proposition since I hate to travel, and New York trips […]... READ MORE
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Schulenberg’s Page: New York, Part CLXXXIV

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November, 1969, on the 23rd, a Sunday, Vice President Spiro Agnew was still calling the media biased for reporting the My Lai Massacre and there’d been a huge anti-war moratorium with two million people in Washington. While all this was going on, I distracted myself and took the Subway with a friend to go to […]... READ MORE
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Schulenberg’s Page: New York, Part CLXXXIII

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I’m going back to 1969 because I overlooked almost the whole end of the year, the end of the ’60s, one of the most creative yet turbulent decades in American history! Paul Bartel and I were driving out to his aunt Connie’s beautiful old stone house a quarter of a mile from the Delaware River.  Connie had turned her […]... READ MORE
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Schulenberg’s Page: New York, Part CLXXXII

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1956. I got a surprise! A visit from an old army buddy! Jim Dwyer. Yes. I was in the army. Drafted! I used to wonder why I had no memory of a graduation from UCLA! I knew I had graduated. Finally I put it together. I’d been drafted and sent to Fort Ord just before […]... READ MORE
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Schulenberg’s Page: New York, Part CLXXXI

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In early March of 1970 a townhouse on West 11th Street in Greenwich Village exploded killing three members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) who were presumably building a bomb in the basement! Other members of SDS (Weathermen) went underground becoming known as the Weather Underground! A month earlier a bomb had exploded outside […... READ MORE
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Schulenberg’s Page: New York, Part CLXXX

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1970: This is my friend, Craig Caswell whom I’d met two years earlier in August of 1968. When I first met him he’d come up to Manhattan from Washington, DC where he was a student at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. I was immediately struck by his very obvious intelligence. He’d gone to a prep […]... READ MORE