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The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis

Famous New Yorker: Bob Denver

Kevin Gilbert, Written for the New York Newspapers Foundation March 31, 2021

By the age of 28, Bob Denver was already famous around the world. He was recognized everywhere as a popular TV character, but worried that he’d never get a chance to play a different kind of role. Little...

Milton Rogovin, 1978
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Famous New Yorker: Milton Rogovin

Kevin Gilbert, Written for the New York Newspapers Foundation March 17, 2021

Milton Rogovin’s career as an eye doctor seemed to be ruined when he was exposed as a Communist, but the scandal only led him to start a new career and win fame as an acclaimed photographer of working-class...

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Famous New Yorker: Matilda Joslyn Gage

Kevin Gilbert, Written for the New York Newspapers Foundation March 3, 2021

For women in 19th century America, the struggle for voting rights was the cause of a lifetime. For Matilda Joslyn Gage, it was just part of a lifelong struggle for equality and social justice. Matilda...

Almanzo James Wilder

Famous New Yorker: Almanzo James Wilder

Kevin Gilbert, Written for the New York Newspapers Foundation January 20, 2021

It’s often said that behind a great man stands a great woman. In the history of American literature, behind two great women writers stood Almanzo Wilder, a real-life pioneer who became part of American...

Crysler Building

Famous New Yorker: William Van Alen

Kevin Gilbert, Written for the New York Newspapers Foundation January 6, 2021

For a brief time, William Van Alen could claim to have designed the world’s tallest building. Today, he gets credit for creating a towering icon of New York City. William Van Alen was born in Brooklyn...

Blanche Stuart Scott

Famous New Yorker: Blanche Stuart Scott

Kevin Gilbert, Written for the New York Newspapers Foundation December 23, 2020

In the early 20th century, Blanche Stuart Scott wanted fame and adventure. An automobile manufacturer and an airplane manufacturer wanted publicity. Everyone got what they wanted – and Scott made history...

Sybil Lundington

Famous New Yorker: Sybil Ludington

Kevin Gilbert, Written for the New York Newspapers Foundation December 9, 2020

Many acts of heroism by ordinary Americans during the Revolutionary War have been forgotten over time. In some cases, a deed long forgotten has been rediscovered and a hero reborn. Sybil Ludington is a...

Ernie Davis

Famous New Yorker: Ernie Davis

Kevin Gilbert, Written for the New York Newspapers Foundation November 24, 2020

If Ernie Davis’s life seems like a tragedy of promise unfulfilled, it’s because the “Elmira Express” had already done so much to fulfill his potential and break down barriers as an athlete and...

George Crum

Famous New Yorker: George Crum

Kevin Gilbert, Written for the New York Newspapers Foundation November 12, 2020

In his lifetime, George Crum was renowned as a skilled hunter, a successful businessman and a master chef to the nation’s elite. He probably never imagined that he would be remembered as the inventor...

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Mary Miller, Young Voices of New York, Publisher May 9, 2017

There's still time to read this year's serial story, The Path to Freedom, written by the YVNY editor, Mike Peterson and illustrated by Christopher Baldwin and then enter the quiz/essay contest for a chance...

The Path to Freedom - Chapter Eight, The Final Meeting

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Eight, The Final Meeting

A Statewide Serial Story made possible with funding from the New York State United Teachers
Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY April 4, 2017

When the British attacked again, they were desperate and fierce. As more patriots joined the Americans, Burgoyne found himself outnumbered and nearly out of supplies. He refused to retreat to Ticonderoga,...

The Path to Freedom - Chapter Seven, The First Battle

The Path to Freedom – Chapter Seven, The First Battle

A Statewide Serial Story made possible with funding from the New York State United Teachers
Mike Peterson, Author and Editor of YVNY March 28, 2017

“I filed the edges of his hoof and put some grease on it, to keep it from splitting,” the young rifleman said, as he came into the circle, sat on a log and took a dish of peas and salt pork from Sylvie. “Thank...

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