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AROUND THE HORN: Of fathers and sons: Recalling old memories, and making new ones, with Cal Ripken Jr.

While standing in a long line earlier this week at Barnes & Noble in Princeton, I found myself directly behind two fathers and their young sons.

We were all there to meet baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., who was in town to sign copies of his new children’s book. Mr. Ripken, without too much argument I suspect, is considered among baseball’s living legends by most fans. In 21 seasons, all with the Baltimore Orioles, he compiled 3,184 hits, 431 home runs, 1,695 runs batted in, won two Gold Gloves for his defense, was a 19-time All-Star and American League Most Valuable Player Award winner.

But he’s most remembered for breaking one of the most cherished records in baseball, one that had stood for 56 years, that of playing in 2,632 games over a 16-year period. That eclipsed the old record of 2,130 games held by the New York Yankees legend Lou Gehrig.


    The drama pitting the Institute for Advanced Study against the Friends of Princeton Battlefield reached a critical point two weeks ago when the D & R Canal Commission, which a few days before rendered a decision failing to approve the institute’s housing development in the Battlefield area, reversed course and approved the application based on a change of vote by one member, a state employee.
   The following letter was read as a petition to the Princeton Council at its Feb. 24 meeting:
Ron Lessard, Princeton
Philip Abram, Princeton



Intimate and Powerful
Maureen McGovern is bringing her tribute to female singer-songwriters to New Hope
MAUREEN McGovern was performing at an AIDS benefit in San Francisco several years ago, an event that also featured fellow singer Helen Reddy, a contemporary of Ms. McGovern’s during the 1970s.

   After 9/11, Ms. Reddy — the “Queen of ‘70s Pop” as she was known during that decade — quit performing for a time and returned to her native Australia, where she became a licensed hypnotherapist.

   The San Francisco benefit would be Ms. Reddy’s first time back performing on stage in a while.


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