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Hooray for Hollywood

Hollywood postcard

The 86th Academy Awards will be broadcast this Sunday but the Oscars weren't the first awards given out in Hollywood. In 1920 nine years before the first Academy Awards the movie magazine Photoplay created what is considered the first significant movie award - the Photoplay Magazine Medal of Honor. The award was chosen by the readers of the magazine and awarded to the producer of the film.

20,679 Physicians Say....

Luckies cigarette ad

Fifty years ago this month the first Surgeon General's report linking smoking to cancer and cardiovascular disease was published. The report, Smoking and Health, was released on a Saturday to minimize the effects on financial markets. The report completely changed the way Americans viewed cigarette smoking and tobacco use. In 1964 40% of adults in the U.S. smoked, today its 18%.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has devoted their January 8, 2014 issue to the fifty years of tobacco control in the U.S. There is an interactive timeline of tobacco related events from 1900-1914 in this issue.

Thomas Nast: Father of the American political cartoon

photo of Thomas Nast

Thomas Nast was one of the best known illustrators and cartoonists of the second half of the nineteenth century. He came to define the art of illustrating American political ideas and conflicts.

Nast was born in Germany in 1840 and came to the United States in 1846. A naturally gifted artist, Nast had only a year or two of formal art instruction when at 15 he apprenticed as a draftsman for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and in 1862 he became a full time illustrator for Harper's Weekly where he had his greatest influence and success.

Based on a True Story

Poster: Dallas Buyers Club

Real life stories have always been a source of great entertainment and there have been quite a few successful films that got their start as newspaper and magazine articles.

The just released Dallas Buyers Club is based on a true story first published in the August 9, 1992 Sunday magazine section of the Dallas Morning News. The story "Buying Time" by Bill Minotaglio is about Ron Woodroof who diagnosed in 1985 as HIV positive, tracks down drugs not available in the USA and starts a buyers club to sell them. Mr. Woodroof died only a month after the story was published.

Magazine of the Month

Highway sign - Future

"The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra

This time of the year there are lots of predictions about what will happen in the next year. But how good would you be at predicting what will happen 100 years from now?

In December 1900 John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. wrote an article for Ladies Home Journal entitled "What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years." Watkins, whose father was a curator of technological collections at the U.S.

Magazine of the Month - Scientific American

Cover Scientific American

Maybe you heard the news that downtown Denver will be the site of a new regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office scheduled to open by September 2014. But what you may not know is that the first branch of the U.S. Patent Agency was founded by Scientific American.

Started in 1845 by Rufus Porter, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S. Rufus Porter, an inventor himself, never stayed at any job for very long and in 1846 sold the weekly paper for $800 to Orson Desaix Munn and Alfred Ely.

Magazine of the Month - The New Brewer

photo prohibition demonstration "We want beer"

If you like beer you should be glad you live in Colorado. The Front Range is the largest craft brewing market in the U.S. with 74 breweries in operation.

A craft brewery also called a microbrewery is defined as a small independent brewery with an annual production of less than 6 million barrels.

Magazines of the Month

Magazine rack

And the winners are - 

On May 3rd the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) and the Columbia School of Journalism handed out the National Magazine Awards. The awards know as the Ellies, named after the elephant shaped trophy designed by sculptor Alexander Calder, have been presented each year since 1966. A group of 345 judges selected the finalists and winners and a group of 13 judges selected the top prize - The Magazine of the Year. This years' top prize went to Time Magazine.

Magazine of the Month - Mental Floss

Do you like trivia? Are you a fan of "Jeopardy"? Need to find the answers to such burning questions as - Does hand sanitizer really work? If I touch a baby bird, will its mother abandon it? Then this is the magazine for you.

Started in 2001 by a couple of students at Duke University, Mental Floss presents facts and trivia in a fun and entertaining style. You will find information on science, history, literature, music, popular culture and just about anything else you can think of all in a lighthearted style.

Magazine of the Month - Adbusters

Occupy Wall Street poster

So how did the Occupy Wall Street movement get started? Well I guess we can blame Canada.

Adbusters is a Canadian anti-consumer, anti-capitalist, pro-environment magazine started in 1989 by Kalle Lasn. Mr. Lasn, a former adman and documentary filmmaker, was born in Estonia, moved to Australia as a child and now lives in Vancouver. Adbusters has no paid advertising relying on subscriptions, newsstand sales and donations.

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