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Gary Snyder

Poet Gary Snyder made his fame as an associate of the Beat Generation, set apart by his years in Japan (1956-68) and his involvement in Zen Buddhism. He grew up on the West Coast and went to school…

Milton Wolff Biography

American commanderDied: January 14, 2008 (Berkeley, California) Best Known as: last commander of the American volunteers who fought against Franco in the Spanish Civil War…

Ben Affleck Biography

Ben Affleckactor, writerBorn: 8/15/1972Birthplace: Berkeley, California Oscar and Golden Globe-winning co-screenwriter and co-star of Good Will Hunting (1997) (with longtime friend Matt Damon). His…

Patty Hearst

The granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, Patricia "Patty" Hearst was a college student in Berkeley, California when she was kidnapped in February of 1974 by a neo-…

Pat Morita Biography

Pat Morita (Noriyuki Morita)actorBorn: 8/28/1932Birthplace: Berkeley, California   This Japanese-American actor, who lived in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, programmed computers…

Michael Chabon Biography

Michael ChabonwriterBorn: 1964Birthplace: Columbia, MD Voted one of the 20 Best American Writers under 40 by The New Yorker in 1999, Chabon has been compared to Nabokov, Philip Roth and Don…

The Grateful Dead Biography

The Grateful Deadpsychedelic, country rock band Groundbreaking band that was an innovator in psychedelic and country rock. The group is best known for its cult-like following, trance-inducing…

Movies and Film: The Lean Years

The Lean YearsMovies and FilmBritish Film HistoryThe BeginningsShooting (in) the WarThe Lean YearsEngland's Left Foot: Irish Cinema In the decades following World War II, the British film industry…