In This Issue
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“The professional baseball fan is an American cultural phenomenon. His fund of quotable statistics, his trove of memorable traditions, his collections of valueless mementos comprise a mine of guilt-edged insecurity. Although he can neither do nor teach, he regards himself as a player-coach.”
Now staff science writer for the Rockefeller Foundation. GREER WILLIAMSwas Assistant Director of the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, and precious to that he served for five years as Director of Information for the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health. He was the editor of the Commission’s report to Congress, ACTION FOR MENTAL HEALTH, published in hook form by Basic Books, and is the author of VIRUS HUNTERS and numerous magazine articles on scientific and medical subjects.
SCOTT CORBETT is on the staff of the Moses Brown School in Providence,Rhode Island, He is Ihe author of many books and articles.
VICTOR HILLwas formerly in newspaper and advertising work and is now employed in Providence by the Rhode Island Department of Health.
An American novelist who is most at home in Tidewater, Virginia, JOHN DOS PASSOS,who had served as an ambulance driver in the First World War, made his initial hid with his war novel, THREE SOLDIERS. MANHATTAN TRANSFER,his novel of New York, was the most original of any published in the 1920s, and with his big trilogy, U.S. A., he established his reputation as a close observer of contemporary society with a passion for detail and a sympathy for the underdog. Recently, he has been taking a new look at our country, and these are his findings.
A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, JOHN T. RULE was Dean of Students at M.I.T. from 1956 to 1961. He is now engaged in a study of the nature of the interactions between students and universities, and for twelve years has been educational consultant to the Committee on the College Student of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.
A Southern writer whose short stories first appeared in these pages , and whose first novel, MOUNTAINS OF GILEAD, appeared under the Atlantic—Little, Brown imprint, JESSE HILL FORD lives in Humboldt, Tennessee. Now at work on his second novel,Mr. Ford manages to recapture in his dialogue and wry comments some of the essential flavor of the small Southern community.
A graduate of Amherst, CHALMERS M. ROBERTS has been a journalist for more than thirty years and is now chief of the national news bureau of the Washington POST. From his vantage point in the nation’s capital he has followed the workings of Congress and of the coalition which has on many occasions blocked effective legislation.
A member of the ATLANTIC’S editorial staff, with a love for antiquity, Phoebe Lou Adams conducted a one-woman exploration of the Greek Islands and the mainland in the spring of the year. We published four of her papers in 1963, and this is the beginning of a new series.
BY GERARD PIEL A Harvard graduate, GERARD PIEL has been president and publisher of the SCIENTIFIC AMERICANsince 1947, and under his aegis the magazine has become one of the most influential periodicals of our day. His belief that the surpluses of the American economy can be converted into a dynamic force for India and for other developing nations in the free world is a forecast of breathtaking possibilities.
DAN JACOBSON was born in Johannesburg in 1929, graduated from the University of Wilwatersrand, and came to Leland Stanford on a fellowship. The author of five volumes of fiction, he now lives in London, where he is at work on a long novel.
Author and historian, OSCAR HANDLIN has from his early boyhood spent countless hours in the public and special libraries of this country, reading and studying their immense treasures. His article is particularly appropriate for the celebration of National Library Week, April 12 to 18.