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E2 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, People COMPILED BY RECOVERING '-fv T" ' "i'i'. 'Associated Press A seabird rescued after the Erika oil spill off the French coast lact month snrearlc itc uinnc nt tho Voowoirlo Animal Hnsnitfll ni.:. it to become triple threat Basketball star, businessman and now song and dance man: That's the resume of Kobe Bryant. The Los Angeles Lakers' 21-year-old All-Star guard will unveil his debut single, KOBE on the NBA-TeamUp Celebration 2000 TV special Feb. 12. The show honors teen-agers who do volunteer work. The performance will be Bryant's first before a live audience. His first album, Visions, will be released In March. Bryant says he's been singing for the past two years, and "I wouldn't do it if I wasn't serious," Bryant said. Asked If he was any good, he said, "Pretty good. I really enjoy it." Last month, the 21 -year-old Bryant bought Into Olimpia Milano of the Italian basketball league, a team his dad once played for. Marie Osmond, husband separate, ask privacy Talk show host Marie Osmond says her separation from her husband of 13 years, music producer Brian Blosil, is amicable. "We hope the media will respect our privacy during this period of our lives," she added In a statement released Monday by her publicist, Marleah Leslie. The couple has seven children. After giving birth to the seventh, Matthew, last July, Osmond, co-host of The Donny & Marie fihnm had nnitnarhim rfpnrpssinn and left her family for a few days. Frederick Douglass site to be recognized T - In 1838, an escaped slave named "Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey and his wife arrived in New Bedford, Mass., and took ref 1 '- V in Diusscia, DtMyiuiii. ii wets unw ui inuiw uidii i,uuu uiuuyiu iu the clinic after the tanker broke up off the Brittany coast. Many are making a full recovery and are expected to be released next month. , SHOW US YOUR PACERS PRIDE! Tonight, you could be the PACERS SUPERFAN! If you're going to tonight's game you could win PACERS SUPERFAN apparel and be featured on the FOX Sports Net telecast. Show us your Pacers Pride. Go nuts! Wear Pacers gear! Paint your face! Help drive the Pacers to victory! Watch FOX Sports Net to see tonight's PACERS SUPERFAN and remember to turn to The Indianapolis StarzW season for complete Pacers coverage. SPORTS NET 2000 THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR ELLEN MCKINNEY FROM WIRE REPORTS i 4 nnn u-.. .u t. uge with Nathan and Polly Johnson in a house on Seventh Street. The Johnsons were part of the city's abolitionist black community, and Bailey changed his surname to Douglass, from a hero in Sir Walter Scott's Lady of the Lake, on Nathan Johnson's suggestion. Now, because of Douglass, the house is on the verge of becoming a National Historic Landmark. The secretary of the Interior is expected to approve it in February. Landmark status, for properties deemed to have national historic significance, Increases their eligibility for preservation grants. 'Stone Cold' cools heels after surgery on spine All those body slams finally were too much for World Wrestling Federation star "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. He is recovering after almost three hours of surgery Monday in San Antonio, Texas, to remove bone spurs from vertebrae in his neck. Dr. Lloyd Youngblood, chief of neurosurgery at Methodist Hos-, pital there, said the surgery on the 34-year-old Austin was intended to relieve chronic pain. Austin is expected to leave the hospital in a few days. A year elder Actress Jean Stapleton is 77. Actor-singer Michael Crawford is 58. Actress Shelley Fabares is 56. Country singer Dolly Parton is 54. ABC newswoman Ann Compton is 53. Actor Desi Arnaz Jr. is 47. Actress Katey Sagal is 44. Actor Paul McCrane is 39., Singer Trey Lorenz is 31. v Tfc .Jfr, ? X THL INDI WAPOLIS STAR . The Official Newspaper of the Indiana Pacers ei m wkmu swm tmmt swrs njt . m txm mm o. I CAMELOT Continued from Page 1 year" and a roving photographer for a Washington newspaper, and the years after, when she hid from the constant invasion of her privacy by marrying Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis. In fact, the constant bombardment of Jackie in this comedy makes her decision to marry Onassis perfectly understandable, even though the marriage turned Into a Greek tragedy (exactly the way it is portrayed here). The cartoon quality of the show comes across in everything about It, from the quick ins-and-outs of the various scenes to the boxy, cartoon-strip playing areas to the overstuffed puppets and cardboard-cutout props that populate the stage. This is a show In which everything came together and, thanks to CARNEGIE Continued from Page 1 James Madison. "People hungered for books." Carmel's dignified brick and limestone building was one of 165 libraries built In 156 Hoosier communities from 1901 to 1918 by steel and railroad tycoon Andrew Carnegie. Got the most Indiana had more Carnegie libraries than any other state, followed by California with 142 and Illinois with 106. Nevada had one but it was demolished In 1931. There's no clear reason why Indiana had the most libraries. "Probably because we had a lot of people and not many libraries," speculated David Kaser, a retired IU library science professor. "And Carnegie built them, for free," he added. Hoosiers like a bargain. Free is probably the best answer. Across the country, Carnegie spent $41,748,689 building 1,689 public libraries in 1,419 cities and towns, doubling the number of American libraries In a 30-year period and opening the world of books and ideas to millions of people. Amazingly, 147 of the 165 Hoosier Carnegie buildings still stand, although only 107 remain as libraries. Many have been converted to town halls, police stations, museums or local historical societies. The North Manchester, Goshen and KendalMlle buildings are law offices. Mooresville's is a bank, and Westfield's is a printing company. The Carnegie building in Franklin has been converted into condominiums. In Carmel, the venerable building where Miss Van Camp whistled solo is now Ye Olde Library, a restaurant offering sauteed veal leg with crimini mushrooms and shallots for $23.95. "It's one of the reasons I chose this place: People identify with this wonderful building," said Woody Rider, owner of Ye Olde Library. The 1904 library on North Street in Greenfield also is an expensive restaurant; it specializes in roast duck. It's called Carnegie's. "My neck hairs prickled in that old familiar way when I saw the stairway leading down to the hostess stand of Carnegie's, a shy, young restaurant in the basement of a former Carnegie Library in historic Greenfield," wrote Julia Spalding in an Indianapolis Monthly magazine review of the restaurant. Still cherished Spalding didn't say why her neck hairs prickled In that old familiar way or how a restaurant could be shy, but Hoosiers are sentimental and highly protective of their Carnegie library buildings. "I remember my grandmother taking me to the Carnegie Library in Hobart to get Harold and the Purple Crayon books," recalled Marsh Davis, 41, of Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana. "They are always high on our list of buildings to watch." Several years ago, it was suggested that the 1903 Carnegie in Lebanon be sold or demolished and a new and improved library built with a bigger parking lot and more room for CDs, videos, video games, audiovisual gadgets, computers and talking books. DONOR Continued from Page 1 ing and Hunting Club outside of Johnstown, Pa., were warned that the inadequate dam they had built would not withstand heavy rains, Carnegie and his friends ignored the warning to fix the dam. It rained. The dam broke and 2,209 people downstream died in the notorious Johnstown flood. In 1892, Carnegie Steel Co. slashed employee wages at its Homestead, Pa., plant. The company then hired 300 private security guards to protect the plant from angry workers. The ensuing riots Knowledge is Jackie: An American Life Author: Gip Hoppe. Cast: Martha Jacobs, LeBron Benton, Tom Forman, Jade Graves, Stephen Hunt, Karen Irwin, Tony McDonald and Beverly Roche. Location: Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave. When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 13. Tickets: $20, youth tickets $10. Special discounts as part of New Audiences for the New Millennium Festival: ages 8-15, up to four free tickets with each paying adult; ages 16-18 free. Free tickets limited to 20 on Thursdays and Sundays and 10 on Fridays and Saturdays. Call (317) 635-7529. Star ratings: excellent, good, fair. poor generous sponsors, the often-struggling theater had plenty of money to work with. (Signed performances for the hearing-impaired have been scheduled WIN IwUJhh grg.-J.ui,,J,:t..,j1 .).. ' ..jt, .v.-,, Cot DtWn I Hnn.1 Mchala TnlKart Recycled: The Carnegie-funded building in Carmel now houses restaurant. Of the state's original 165, 107 remain libraries; only "The community strongly resisted abandoning this building," recalled Lebanon librarian Fern P. Miner. Instead, the building underwent a $1.4 million expansion, retaining its unique limestone exterior and old furnishings. "This building is a part of people's lives," said Miner. "There's Just something satisfying about coming into this old library and sitting in an easy chair, reading, with a cat in your lap." "Oh, that's Libby," says Atlanta Carnegie librarian Mary Palmiero, pointing to a calico kitty sleeping on a big, upholstered .chair. "Libby lives here." You don't see cats lounging around in the new, generic suburban libraries that resemble CVS Pharmacies or insurance offices. Carnegie buildings are distinctive, built of brick and Indiana limestone, native timbers and thick steel girders. Many retain the original stained glass, brass lamps, fireplaces, dark oak bookshelves and marble floors; they have comfort-able chairs and sofas. The buildings have two levels, and you ascend the marble stairs to enter the temple of books, the throne of knowledge. "Free libraries maintained by the people are cradles of democracy, and their spread can never fail to extend and strengthen the democratic ideal, the equality of the citizen and the royalty of man. They are emphatically fruits of the true American ideal," Andrew Carnegie said in 1903. That noble sentiment is embodied in the buildings' architecture. They were constructed with a lasting belief in permanence; they were designed as symbols of the community's culture and history, a statement of stability and the cherished ideals of knowledge and ideas. Cherished and cat-friendly There is no city so great that it does not wear its library as its chief jewel," a Carnegie library organizer in Montana said at the turn of the century. Big city "jewels" today are left four dead and thousands Injured in the violent Homestead strike. Whether building libraries was a slick marketing stunt to rehabilitate his image is a matter of conjecture. Yet there is no disputing the impact he had on American life, most of it good. "I don't think he cared about his image," suggested David Kaser, a retired Indiana University library science professor. "I think he genuinely wanted to help mankind through free access to books." In contrast to many of today's philanthropists, Carnegie didn't want the buildings named after him. In fact, he discouraged it, be power CALL 1 - 000 - Jan. 27 and Feb. 11 with a third date to be chosen later. The Phoenix has not had the resources for signed performances for some time.) The cast includes eight performers playing dozens of roles, led by Martha Jacobs as Jackie and LeBron Benton as Jack. Jacobs bears an uncanny resemblance to the former first lady, except for the wispy little-girl voice that she eschews in favor of being heard. Benton doesn't look like Jack at all, but sounds uncannily like him. If he lacks the former president's charismatic charm, that's because the key to this satire is that the dialogue is not what the people said in public, but what they might have been thinking at the time. In the supporting cast, Karen Irwin, a big woman with a big voice, is surprisingly effective as Frank Sinatra, among many other roles. Jade Graves' Bobby Kennedy, Stephen Hunt's Richard Nixon, Tony McDonald's Truman Capote and often malls and sports stadiums. In small-town Indiana, the Carnegie Library often remains the "jewel." "The history of this Carnegie Library is a direct connection to people's lives," said Osgood librarian Don Rice. "It's the most prominent public building in town." What's the cat's name? "Earl." The citizens of Osgood in Ripley County faced the same dilemma as Lebanon. Build a new, improved generic library building and get rid of Earl or expand the 1913 Carnegie. Preserving and expanding "Thank heaven, our library board listened to the people," said librarian Rice. "We're spending $2 million to enlarge and remodel this historic building. New libraries don't look like libraries." When architects examined the 87-year-old Osgood building, they pronounced It in "remarkable condition." The original slate roof didn't leak. The 18-tnch-thick brick walls were sturdy and the 22-inch steel beams would last another century. "Hi, Jean," Don Rice sang out to a library patron. "Don't you take all our good magazines, honey." She said she wouldn't. "How's Earl?" asked Jean. "Over here, sleeping," said Rice. When a new library was built in Cicero in Hamilton County several years ago, the tiny town of Atlanta feared for its Carnegie and Libby, the calico cat. "Closing it was never an option," said librarian Palmiero. "We reduced our hours, but circulation is up. I have people that won't go to the new Cicero library on principle." In 1989, in Union City in Randolph County, 4,000 residents raised $108,000 in grants and private donations to save their 1904 Carnegie Library. A $375,000 Lilly Endowment grant saved the 1904 Carnegie building in Rensselaer. It was restored and is now a community center. lieving that attaching his name to the building diminished and cheapened his noble intentions. None of the 165 libraries he built in Indiana officially bears the name Carnegie. Roann's, for example, is known officially as the Paw Paw Township Library. Over the years, however, because of their distinctive style and importance to the community, people began referring to them as Carnegie libraries and it stuck. "This Building The Gift of Andrew Carnegie," says a small plaque in the lobby of the 1912 library in Sheridan. Bill Shaw 669 - 7027 ext. 021 1 Beverly Roche's Marilyn Monroe are particularly eiiective. And Tom Forman does a formidable job of maneuvering soft puppets around and playing everyone from Sander Vanocur to Eunice Kennedy. People who lived through the Kennedy years will find some of the satire hilarious. Nixon in the Nixon-Kennedy debates: "Let me just say first off that I look like an escaped convict" (he did). Bobby Kennedy calling plays In the 1960 presidential election like a quarterback (the Kennedys were known for playing touch football). Ethel -Kennedy crossing the stage with , tiny babies stuck to her clothes. But for those who didn't live through those years, the satire makes enough sense on its own. And because this is the Phoenix's entry in the New Audiences for the New Millennium Festival, designed to attract young people to the theater, a study guide has been pre- . pared by dramaturg Jason Carr . that should answer any questions. Staff Photo Mpozi Mshale Tolbert Ye Olde Library, an upscale 18 no longer stand. Roann, on Ind. 16 in Wabash County, is the smallest Hoosier town with a Carnegie Library. Built In 1914 with $10,000 of Andrew Carnegie's money, it still serves the 500 citizens of Roann as a community center and library. "It's the hub of the town," says librarian Joy Harbor. "A lot of people spend a lot of time here reading the newspaper. Teen-agers come in to get on the Internet." Do you have a cat? "We're looking for one." Not all Carnegie buildings have been treated kindly. " Columbus, Gary, Connersville," East Chicago, Evansvllle, Fort I Wayne, Kokomo, Plymouth, Valparaiso and Tipton demolished theirs. Four of the five Indianapolis Carnegie buildings survive, and three are still neighborhood libraries. The , fourth, on the near-Westside in the Hawthorne neighborhood, is a . community center. The fifth, on . Madison Avenue, was knocked down in 1968 to make way for 1-70. A 1948 tornado blew down the Coatesville Carnegie Library. Several others around the state have burned down, which is diff cult to Imagine. - Hardy structures I "I put a blow torch on one of ; those old timbers when we re- modeled and It wouldn't burn," recalled Rider of Ye Olde Library in" Carmel. Eleven Hoosier Carnegie buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. Most Carnegie libraries in Indiana cost $10,000 to $20,000 to -build. The most expensive was the $90,000 Fort Wayne library, which later was demolished. To receive a Carnegie grant, the town had to provide the building site and pledge 10 percent of the . grant amount for annual maintenance, salaries and books. In other words, a $10,000 grant required a $1,000 annual pledge of tax dollars. Carnegie allowed the communities to select from six floor plans. Usually, women's clubs or literary societies sponsored bake sales to raise money to buy the first books. The Sorosis Club in Bloom-ington sponsored a chicken pie dinner. Mrs. Emma Pusey, president of the Entre Nous Club, handled fund-raising chores in Osgood. ' The libraries were, and still are in many cases, the most Imposing and significant buildings In Hoosier cities and towns, enduring legacies and symbols of the power of knowledge, freedom and the right of rich and poor alike to have access to ; free books. "A public library is the never-failing spring in the desert," as Andrew Carnegie once said. ; Bill Shaw writes about people and places ' along Indiana's backroads and Main : streets. TO SUBSCRIBE! , y r V

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