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In the News - Kooser Laureate

November 13, 2014 by sdc
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posted August 17, 2004
Ted Kooser named Poet Laureate of the U.S./photo by Kathleen Rutledge

On August 12th, 2004, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced the appointment of Ted Kooser to be the 13th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. He will take up his duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary series on Oct. 7 with a reading of his work. Kooser will also be a featured speaker at the Library of Congress National Book Festival poetry pavilion on Saturday, October 9, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

On making the appointment, Billington said, “Ted Kooser is a major poetic voice for rural and small town America and the first Poet Laureate chosen from the Great Plains. His verse reaches beyond his native region to touch on universal themes in accessible ways."

 

Kooser, the author of ten collections of poetry, most recently Delights & Shadows (2004), was born in Ames, Iowa, in 1939. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Iowa State University in 1962 and his master’s degree at the University of Nebraska in 1968. Kooser is the former vice-president of Lincoln Benefit Life, an insurance company in Lincoln, NE, and currently lives on an acreage near the village of Garland, NE, with his wife, Lincoln Journal Star editor Kathleen Rutledge.

 

Kooser’s other collections of poetry include Sure Signs (1980), which received the Society of Midland Authors Prize for the best book of poetry by a midwestern writer published in that year; One World at a Time (1985); Weather Central (1994); and Winter Morning Walks: One Hundred Postcards to Jim Harrison (2000), winner of the 2001 Nebraska Book Award for Poetry. A book of his essays, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps (2002), won the Nebraska Book Award for Nonfiction in 2003. The book was also chosen as the Best Book Written by a Midwestern Writer for 2002 by Friends of American Writers, and it won the Gold Award for Autobiography in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Awards. Kooser is also the author, with his longtime friend Jim Harrison, of Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry (2003), for which the two poets received the 2003 Award for Poetry from the Society of Midland Authors.

 

Among Kooser’s other awards and honors are two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Pushcart Prize, the Stanley Kunitz Prize from Columbia, the James Boatwright Prize and a Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council. He is a visiting professor in the English department of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

 

UpdatedBeginning in January 2005 (and continuing through June 2005), information kiosks will be on display at various branches of the Lincoln City Libraries to celebrate Kooser's era as Poet Laureate. You can find more information about these kiosks and their schedule of appearances at this page.
In the News - Resources in Our Collection
The links in this section of this list will take you directly into the items' entries in the catalog of the Lincoln City Libraries, where you can check on the items' availability throughout the library system.

Poetry Collections (or other books) by Ted Kooser

Official Entry Blank: Poems  811 Koo [1969]
Grass County  Heritage 811 Koo [1971]
Twenty Poems  811 Koo [1973]
A Local Habitation and a Name  811 Koo [1974]
Shooting a Farmhouse [and] So This is Nebraska  Heritage 811 Koo [1975]
Not Coming to Be Barked At: Poems  811 Koo [1976]
Hatcher  Kooser [1978] -- Novel
Old Marriage and New  811 Koo [1978]
Cottonwood County  811 Klo [1979] with William Kloefkorn
Sure Signs: New and Selected Poems  811 Koo [1980]
Weather Central  811 Koo [1984]
One World at a Time  811 Koo [1985]
Blizzard Voices  811 Koo [1986]
A Book of Things  Heritage 811 Koo [1995]
A Decade of Ted Kooser Valentines: 1987-1996  Heritage 811 Koo [1996]
Journey to a Place of Work: A Poet in the World of Business  658.314 Koo [1998]
Winter Morning Walks: 100 Postcards to Jim Harrison  811 Koo [2000]
Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps  917.823 Koo [2002]
Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry  811 Har [2003] with Jim Harrison
Delights & Shadows: Poems  811 Koo [2004]

Anthologies including poems or other work by Ted Kooser

The Pushcart Prize  810.8 Pus vol IX has a Kooser poem
The New Salt Creek Reader  Heritage Periodical New [1967-75]
A Bestiary  811 Sch [1973] one Kooser poem
Heartland II: Poets of the Midwest  CALL [1975]
Voyages to the Inland Sea VI: Essays and Poems  811.08 Voy v.6 [1976]
Silent Voices: Recent American Poems on Nature  Heritage 811.08 Fer [1978]
Brother Songs: A Male Anthology of Poetry  811.08 Per [1979]
Blue Hotel  Heritage Periodical Blu [Jan 1980]
Windflower Home Almanac of Poetry  811.08 Win [1980]
On Common Ground  811.08 San [1983]
Poetspeak: In Their Work, About Their Work, a Selection  811.08 Jan [1983]
Three Rivers, Ten Years  811.08 Cos [1983] one Kooser poem
Christmas in the Midwest  813.08 And [1984] illustration by Kooser
Out Here  Heritage 811 Rat [1984] cover design by Kooser
Strings: A Gathering of Family Poems  j811.08 Jan [1984]
Pocket Poems: Selected for a Journey  j811.08 Jan [1985]
Going Over to Your Place: Poems for Each Other  j811.08 Jan [1987]
As Far as I Can See: Contemporary Writing of the Middle Plains  810.8 Woo [1989]
Swamp Root, vol 1 num 4, Summer 1989  Heritage 811.08 Swa [1989]
Vital Signs: Contemporary American Poetry from the University Presses  811.08 Wal [1989]
Dreams in Dry Places  917.82 Bru [1990] foreward by Kooser
Wellsprings: A Collection From Six Nebraska Poets  811.08 qGeo [1995]
Wherever Home Begins: 100 Contemporary Poems  811.08 Jan [1995] one Kooser poem
The Plains Sense of Things: Eight Poets from Lincoln, Nebraska  811.08 San [1997]
A Man in Love With the Wind  811 Wel [1997] commentary by Kooser

Audio and Videotapes including readings by Ted Kooser

Ted Kooser: Voices of the Plains  Audio 791.447 Voi [1991] Radio broadcast
Nebraska Humor Month  Heritage Video NebH4 BETA [1984]
The Frontier in Contemporary Literature: Part I  Video 810.9 Fro5 [1985]
The Frontier in Contemporary Literature: Part II  Video 810.9 Fro6 [1985]
The Frontier in Contemporary Literature: Part III  Video 810.9 Fro7 [1985]
Hansen, Kooser, Saiser and Scheele  Video 811.08 Han [1999]
Ted Kooser Reads His Poetry, 1984  Video 811 Koo [1984]
Poetry Nebraska: Lesson #6  Video 811 Koo [1984]
Ted Kooser Reads His Poetry, 1986  Video 811 Koo [1986]
Nebraska, the Individual Voice: Part 2  Video 811 Neb2 [1986]
Blizzard Voices: a Dramatic Reading  Video 812 Koo [1986]


In the News - On-Line Resources

The following databases and/or webliographies on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources on-line. [If you have difficulty using these databases, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Database: Ebsco Masterfile Elite [periodical index and database]
Database: eLibrary [periodical & broadcast media index and database]
Database: Wilson Omnifile [periodical index and database]
Lincoln City Libraries Webliography: Poetry Resources

Additional on-line resources * about Ted Kooser, the United States Poet Laureate program, and Poetry in general:

Poet Laureate of the United States information from The Library of Congress
Nebraska Center for Writers page for Ted Kooser.
Critical Commentary about Kooser's work on the Nebraska Center for Writers page.
Access to some of Ted Kooser's poems at PoemHunters.com.
Archive of past "poems of the day" at Poems.com [scroll down to Kooser]
Kooser page at the Academy of American Poets Web site.
Poetry.about.com's list of all past Poet Laureates of the United States
Articles about the naming of Kooser as U.S. Poet Laureate
Official announcement from the Library of Congress [August 12, 2004]
USA Today
National Public Radio
San Francisco Chronicle
ABCNEWS.com
Kansas City Star
Washington Post
Minneapolis Star Tribune
BBC News

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In the News

November 27, 2012 by sdc
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posted January 25, 2005
The Death of Johnny Carson

Generations of American television viewers were caught by surprise on Sunday, January 23, 2005, to learn that Johnny Carson, the legendary "King of Late Night" had passed away at his home in Malibu, California. The cause of death was emphysema. For three decades, encompassing the eras of seven different United States Presidents, Carson had ruled the airwaves of late-night television on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, setting what his successor Jay Leno called "the Gold Standard" for all who would follow in his footsteps.

He was born John William Carson in Corning, IA on October 23, 1925. When Johnny was eight, his family moved to Norfolk, NE, where he spent the rest of his formative years. At the age of 12, he read a book about doing magic tricks, purchased a mail-order magic kit, and that quickly became an obsession. By the age of 14, he was already performing a magician/comedy routine professionally as "The Great Carsoni", entertaining social groups such as the local Rotary Club. Following a three year stint as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1943-46, Carson returned to Nebraska, attending the University of Nebraska, and graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in 1949. During his time at NU, Carson acquired his first broadcast experience, working for the college radio station. When Omaha television station WOW began broadcasting in 1949, Carson was part of their earliest line-up, hosting an early afternoon talk/skit show, The Squirrel's Nest.

 

Enjoying the challenges of his earliest forays into television, Carson moved to California in the early 1950s, eventually landing a weekly comic series on CBS, Carson's Cellar. While working on this low-budget show, Carson was able to perfect his monologue and sketch comedy skills, and he was soon noticed by the hot new comic talents of the day, including Fred Allen and Red Skelton. Skelton eventually hired Carson to be a writer on The Red Skelton Show. An on-set accident which incapacitated Skelton provided a break for Johnny, who filled in on the live show and gained even more attention in the industry.

 

After hosting the quiz show Earn Your Vacation and the short-lived The Johnny Carson Show (a variety show), Carson settled into hosting the ABC daytime show Who Do You Trust? in 1957, where he was teamed up with Ed McMahon (as an announcer) for the first time. During his stint with ABC, Johnny served as the occasional guest-host during Jack Paar's period (1957-62) as host of Tonight!, and when Paar eventually stepped down, Johnny was hired as his full-time replacement. Against NBC's wishes, Carson insisted on McMahon's coming along as his sidekick, and Carson's era on The Tonight Show officially began on October 1, 1962.

 

During Johnny Carson's 30-year run as host, The Tonight Show went from black and white to color broadcasts, and in 1972 moved from New York City to "beautiful downtown Burbank" in California. Over the course of over 4,500 original episodes, Carson played host to over 22,000 guests, and created such popular on-going sketches (with his Mighty Carson Art Players) as Aunt Blabby, misguided super patriot Floyd R. Turbo, Tea Time Movie with Art Fern, and Carnac the Magnificent. Despite bringing his marital troubles (four wives and three divorces) into his monologues, Carson managed to keep his private life very private.

 

After 30 years at the helm of The Tonight Show, Carson officially called it quits on May 22, 1992, with weeks of special episodes and special guests culminating in an emotional final episode, in which he signed off with the following comments: "And so it has come to this. I am one of the lucky people in the world. I found something that I always wanted to do and I have enjoyed every single minute of it. You people watching, I can only tell you that it's been an honor and a privilege coming into your homes all these years to entertain you. And I hope when I find something I want to do and think you would like, I can come back and (you will be) as gracious in inviting me into your homes as you have been. I bid you a very heartfelt good night."

 

Since that date, Johnny Carson had lived a life out of the public eye. There were a few cameo appearances on other shows, including a 1994 appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman that earned him a 73-second standing ovation, but for the most part, Carson wasn't seen. He was busy behind the scenes, though, especially with philanthropic activities. Among the many monetary gifts he passed out were numerous funds for facilities in his former home state of Nebraska -- including: $5.3 million for the renovation of The Temple Building at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, and a substantial investment to support the original construction of The Lied Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, where the Johnny Carson Theater is situated. Johnny was also extremely generous with financial gifts to numerous facilities and causes in Norfolk, Nebraska, which continued to hold a special place in his heart. Among his beneficiaries there were the Carson Regional Cancer Center, the local library, an arts center, the Elkhorn Valley Museum (now host to a trove of Carson memorabilia) and the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College. Johnny Carson is suvived by his fourth wife, Alexis, and sons Christopher and Cory, from his marriage to first wife Joan Wolcott Carson. He was preceded in death by his second son, Richard, who died in an automobile accident in 1991.

 


In the News - Resources in Our Collection
The links in this section of this list will take you directly into the items' entries in the catalog of the Lincoln City Libraries, where you can check on the items' availability throughout the library system.

Biographies, Interviews & Profiles
of Johnny Carson and/or The Tonight Show

The Playboy Interviews  081 Hal [1993]
Show People: Profiles in Entertainment  790.2 Tyn [1979]
Carson: The Unauthorized Biography  791.452 CarYc [1987]
Here's Johnny: Thirty Years of America's Favorite Late Night Entertainment  791.452 CarYc [1992]
Here's Johnny: Thirty Years of America's Favorite Late Night Entertainment [updated]  791.452 CarYc [2002]
King of the Night: The Life of Johnny Carson  791.452 CarYl [1989]
King of the Night: The Life of Johnny Carson  791.452 CarYl [1990 paperback]
Johnny Carson: An Unauthorized Biography  791.452 CarYs [1987]
The Tonight Show  791.457 Met [1980]
40 Years at Night: The Story of The Tonight Show  791.457 qTonYv [1992]
Johnny Tonight!  791.457 Ten [1980]
The Playboy Interview, Volume II  Heritage 081 Gol [1983]

Additional Works With References to Johnny Carson

I'm So Happy  306 Hei [1990]
My Wild World  636.088 Emb [1980]
Johnny Came Lately: A Biography 
[Tonight Show producer Fred Decordova's biography]
791.452 Dec [1988]
Peter's People  920.02 Pet [1979]
Double Exposure, Take Two  SOS 779.12 McD2 [1989]
For Laughing Out Loud: My Life and Good Times 
[Ed McMahon's biography]
791.452 McM [1998]

Books by Johnny Carson

Happiness is-- A Dry Martini  Heritage 817 C23h [1965]
Misery is... A Blind Date  Heritage 817 C23m [1967]
Both of these items are located in the non-circulating collection of our Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

Audio and/or Video Materials

Ultimate Collection Starring Johnny Carson vol. 1-3  DVD 791.452 Car [1989]
Whales! 
[Carson is host/narrator of this Nature video]
Video 599.5 Nat [1988]

Vertical File/Clippings



In the News - On-Line Resources

The following databases and/or webliographies on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources about Johnny Carson on-line. [If you have difficulty using these databases, or need the log-on passwords, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Database: Ebsco Masterfile Elite [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text]
Database: Wilson Omnifile & Biographies Plus [Index of magazine/journal articles - many full-text; plus - biographical profiles]
Database: eLibrary [Index of magazine/newspaper/radio articles - many full-text]
Database: New York Times [Database of articles from the NYT]
LCL Webliography: Entertainment and Arts Resources

Additional on-line resources * about Johnny Carson:

"The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson"
Official site of the Johnny Carson years of the "Tonight Show". Features video clips from Johnny's most memorable moments on the show. Also features video ordering information
Brilliant Careers: Johnny Carson
A February 2001 tribute to Carson from Salon.com
Johnny Carson page at the IMDb
The Internet Movie Database's complete list of Johnny Carson's TV and movie credits
The Elkhorn Valley Museum
Norfolk, NE museum which houses Carson memorabilia, including his six Emmy Awards
The Museum of Broadcast Communications
Biographical page
E!Online's "The Facts"
Biographical Information
"So Long to Johnny, America's Sandman"
New York Times columnist Frank Rich on Carson's last 'Tonight Show' episode. From May 10, 1992
Profile of Carson after his death
Washington Post detailed obituary, January 23, 2005
Profile of Carson after his death
Foxnews.com detailed obituary, January 23, 2005
"Johnny Knew What He Wanted"
A Q&A Session With Ed McMahon on "The Today Show", January 24, 2005
Steve Martin's tribute to Johnny Carson
From the New York Times Op/Ed pages, January 24, 2005
Johnny Carson: America's Late-Night Host
A collection of links to articles from the New York Times database
Profile and Obituary of Johnny Carson
Detailed profile from Investors Business Daily
A Life in Broadcasting
A slideslow on CNN.com of Johnny Carson's career
An Appreciation: Late-Night's "King of Cool"
A look at Carson's impact, by CNN.com's Todd Leopold
A History of The Tonight Show
Straight from the official Carson "Tonight Show" website
NBC's Official The Tonight Show Page
Page for the current version of "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno"

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In the News - 2006 Winter Olympics

November 27, 2012 by sdc
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posted February 14, 2006

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The ancient Olympic games were held to celebrate the Greek Gods every four years between 776 BC. and 393 AD on the plains of Olympia. The games, simple by today's standards, included such sports as running (various distances), long jump, shot put, javelin toss, discus, wrestling, boxing, martial arts and equestrian events. Although women were not allowed to participate in the ancient Olympic Games, a separate event held every four years, the Herean Games, offered women an opportunity to compete with each other. The ancient Olympic games gathered athletes and spectators from throughout the region, including many cities often at war with each other. Even during times of warfare, truces were called during the duration of the games, and all athletes and their families were provided safe passage through disputed territories.

In April, 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held. The site was Athens, Greece, to pay tribute to the ancient origins of the Games. Athletes competed in 43 events in 9 sporting categories: aquatics, athletics (track & field), cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. One of the major highlights for these first modern games was the introduction of the 25+ mile Marathon, which was created to honor the legend of Pheidippides, who was said to have carried the news of the Greek victory at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC by running from Marathon to Athens (and then dropping dead). The Greek hosts of the 1896 Games were proud to have Spyridon Louis, a 24-year-old Greek shepherd, win this inaugural event. The first-ever medal won in the modern Olympics went to American James Connolly, who took gold in the triple jump on April 6, 1896. Ultimately, 14 nations had 241 (all-male) athletes compete in 43 separate events that year. Since 1896, the summer Olympic Games have been held every 4 years, with the exceptions of 1940 and 1944 during the waging of World War II. The most recent summer games of Athens 2004 were be the games of the 28th Olympiad.

 

In 1921, the International Olympic Committee voted to stage “International Sports Week 1924” in Chamonix, France, featuring winter sports. This event was a complete success and was retroactively named the First Olympic Winter Games. The Winter Games (with the same WWII exceptions) have been held every four years since, through 1992. After only a two-year gap, they continued from 1994 onwards every four years. The 1924 Winter Olympics featured 258 athletes (11 women, 247 men), from 16 nations, competing in 16 sports. At the most recent Winter Games (2002) in Salt Lake City, 77 countries were represented by 2,399 athletes (886 women, 1,513 men), who competed in 78 separate events. The 2006 events in Torino, Italy, will be the XXth Olympic Winter Games!

 

The Lincoln City Libraries has a large collection of materials about the Olympics and the sports that are included in the Olympic games. In addition to the examples shown below, we encourage you to visit our on-line catalog and use a "Subject" search under "Olympic Games -- ____", substituting a year for the ____, to see specific items about many of the specific Olympiads from 1924 to the present. Additionally, we have numerous sports biographies of athletes whose crowning achievements were accomplished during the Olympics.

 


In the News - Resources in Our Collection
The links in this section of this list will take you directly into the items' entries in the catalog of the Lincoln City Libraries, where you can check on the items' availability throughout the library system.

ABOUT THE OLYMPICS

The following are a sampling of books in the library's collection dealing with the history of the Winter Olympic games. Click the first two links for larger lists under those respective subject headings.

 

SUBJECT HEADINGS     
Olympic Games [general subject heading]     
Olympic Games [Winter] [general subject heading]     
SPECIFIC TITLES     
Olympics Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Gold Medal Gaffes, Improbable Triumphs and Other Oddities  796.48 Con [2001]
The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games  796.48 Gut 2002 [2002]
This Great Symbol: Pierre de Coubertin and the Origins of the Modern Olympic Games  796.48 Mac [1981]
The Olympics: Athens to Athens -- 1896-2004  796.48 qOly [2004]
Inside the Olympics: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandals and the Glory of the Games  796.48 Pou [2004]
Power, Politics and the Olympic Games  796.48 Sen [1999]
Edge of Glory: The Inside Story of the Quest for Figure Skating's Olympic Gold Medals  796.912 Bre [1998]
The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics  796.98 Wal [2002]
The Second Mark: Courage, Corruption and the Battle for Olympic Gold  796.98 Goo [2004]

ABOUT OLYMPIC WINTER SPORTS

The library owns materials about most of the following sports, all of which are contested in the Olympic Winter Games. The date in parentheses following the sport is the year in which that sport first appeared in Winter Olympic competition. If the name of a sport is hotlinked, clicking it will connect you to that subject heading in our on-line catalog. Keep in mind that not all the materials on these varied subjects will be specifically about the Olympic versions of these sports, especially for such popular winter sports as skiing, hockey, skating, etc.

 

Biathlon [1924]
Bobsleigh [1924]
Curling [1924]
Ice Hockey [1920 Antwerp]
Luge [1964]
Skating [1908]
Skiing [1924]

AUDIO/VIDEO

The following are a sampling of videos featuring footage from past Olympics, plus the soundtrack CD including music used during the Olympics television coverage of the past 20 years.

 

Summon the Heroes  Compact Disc 781.68 Bos [1996]
100 Years of Olympic Glory  Video 796.48 One [1996]
Sixteen Days of Glory, Pt I  Video 796.48 Six [1986]
Sixteen Days of Glory, Pt. II  Video 796.48 Six [1986]
USA! USA! USA!  Video 796.48 Spo [1992]
Record Breakers of the Olympic Games  Video 796.48 Spo [1992]
Great Olympic Confrontations  Video 796.48 Spo [1992]


In the News - On-Line Resources

The following databases and/or webliographies on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources on-line. [If you have difficulty using these databases, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Database: Ebsco Masterfile Elite [Magazine articles]
Database: Electronic Journal Service [Magazine articles]
Database: eLibrary [Magazine, Newspaper, Book, Radio & TV articles]
Database: Wilson Omnifile [Magazine articles]
Database: Health & Wellness Resource Center [sports medicine & physical fitness articles]

Additional on-line resources * about the 2004 Summer Olympics:

Official Web site of the Olympic Movement The International Olympic Committee's site
Torino page on the Official Web site of the The International Olympic Committee's site
Torino 2006 Official Web site of the 2006 Winter Games
NBC 2006 Olympics Coverage Web site for NBC's coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics
United States Olympic Committee Official Web site of the U.S. Olympic team
1924 Chamonix Olympics A look back at the first Winter Olympics at Wikipedia
The Olympic Information Center
Sports Illustrated/CNN's Olympics Web site

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In the News - 2004 Olympics

November 27, 2012 by sdc
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posted September 2, 2004

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The ancient Olympic games were held to celebrate the Greek Gods every four years between 776 BC. and 393 AD on the plains of Olympia. The games, simple by today's standards, included such sports as running (various distances), long jump, shot put, javelin toss, discus, wrestling, boxing, martial arts and equestrian events. Although women were not allowed to participate in the ancient Olympic Games, a separate event held every four years, the Herean Games, offered women an opportunity to compete with each other. The ancient Olympic games gathered athletes and spectators from throughout the region, including many cities often at war with each other. Even during times of warfare, truces were called during the duration of the games, and all athletes and their families were provided safe passage through disputed territories.

In April, 1896, the first modern Olympic Games were held. The site was Athens, Greece, to pay tribute to the ancient origins of the Games. Athletes competed in 43 events in 9 sporting categories: aquatics, athletics (track & field), cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. One of the major highlights for these first modern games was the introduction of the 25+ mile Marathon, which was created to honor the legend of Pheidippides, who was said to have carried the news of the Greek victory at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC by running from Marathon to Athens (and then dropping dead). The Greek hosts of the 1896 Games were proud to have Spyridon Louis, a 24-year-old Greek shepherd, win this inaugural event. The first-ever medal won in the modern Olympics went to American James Connolly, who took gold in the triple jump on April 6, 1896. Ultimately, 14 nations had 241 (all-male) athletes compete in 43 separate events that year.

 

Since 1896, the summer Olympic Games have been held every 4 years, with the exceptions of 1940 and 1944 during the waging of World War II. The summer games of Athens 2004 will be the games of the 28th Olympiad. Winter games were added in 1924, and (with the same WWII exceptions) have been held every four years since. At the last summer Olympics (2000 in Sydney, Australia), 199 countries were represented by 10,651 athletes (4,069 women, 6,582 men), who competed in 300 separate events.

 

The Lincoln City Libraries has a large collection of materials about the Olympics and the sports that are included in the Olympic games. In addition to the examples shown below, we encourage you to visit our on-line catalog and use a "Subject" search under "Olympic Games -- ____", substituting a year for the ____, to see specific items about many of the specific Olympiads from 1924 to the present. Additionally, we have numerous sports biographies of athletes whose crowning achievements were accomplished during the Olympics.

 


In the News - Resources in Our Collection
The links in this section of this list will take you directly into the items' entries in the catalog of the Lincoln City Libraries, where you can check on the items' availability throughout the library system.

ABOUT THE OLYMPICS

The following are a sampling of books in the library's collection dealing with the history of the modern Olympic games. Click the first three links for larger lists under those respective subject headings.

 

SUBJECT HEADINGS     
Olympic Games [general subject heading]     
Olympic Games [Ancient] [general subject heading]     
SPECIFIC TITLES     
Black American Women in Olympic Track and Field: A Complete Illustrated Reference  796.42 Dav [1992]
Olympics Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Gold Medal Gaffes, Improbable Triumphs and Other Oddities  796.48 Con [2001]
The Olympics: A History of the Modern Games  796.48 Gut 2002 [2002]
This Great Symbol: Pierre de Coubertin and the Origins of the Modern Olympic Games  796.48 Mac [1981]
The Olympics: Athens to Athens -- 1896-2004  796.48 qOly [2004]
Inside the Olympics: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Politics, the Scandals and the Glory of the Games  796.48 Pou [2004]
Power, Politics and the Olympic Games  796.48 Sen [1999]
Complete Book of the Summer Olympics -- Athens 2004 edition  796.48 Wal [2004]

ABOUT OLYMPIC SPORTS

The library owns materials about most of the following sports, all of which are contested in the Olympic Games. The date in parentheses following the sport is the year in which that sport first appeared in Olympic competition. If the name of a sport is hotlinked, clicking it will connect you to that subject heading in our on-line catalog. Keep in mind that not all the materials on these varied subjects will be specifically about the Olympic versions of these sports, especially for such popular sports as baseball, basketball, tennis, etc.

 

Aquatics [1896]
  • Diving [Platform, Springboard, and Synchronized]
  • Swimming [variety of Individual and team Relay]
  • Synchronized Swimming [Duet and Team -- women only]
  • Water Polo [Mens and Womens teams]
Archery [1900]
Athletics [1896] [Track and Field, Sprinting, Running, Jumping]
  • Track [Sprints, Middle- and Long-Distance Running, Hurdles, Relays and the 3000m Steeplechase]
  • Field [Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, and Hammer Throw]
  • Road [Marathon, and Race Walks]
  • Combined [Heptathlon for Women, Decathlon for Men]
Badminton [1902]
Baseball [1992]
Basketball [1936]
Boxing [1904]
Canoe/Kayak [1936]
  • Flatwater
  • Slalom
Cycling [1896]
Equestrian [1900]
Fencing [1896]
Football [a.k.a. Soccer] [1900]
Gymnastics [1896]
  • Artistic [Individual and Team]
  • Rhythmic [Individual and Team]
  • Trampoline
Handball [1936]
Hockey [a.k.a. Field Hockey] [1908]
Judo [1964]
Modern Pentathlon [1912]
Rowing [1896]
Sailing [1900]
Shooting [1896]
Softball [1996]
Table Tennis [1988]
Taekwondo [2000]
Tennis [1896]
Triathlon [2000]
Volleyball [1964]
Weightlifting [1896]
Wrestling [1896]
  • Freestyle
  • Greco-Roman

AUDIO/VIDEO

The following are a sampling of videos featuring footage from past Olympics, plus the soundtrack CD including music used during the Olympics television coverage of the past 20 years.

 

Summon the Heroes  Compact Disc 781.68 Bos [1996]
100 Years of Olympic Glory  Video 796.48 One [1996]
Sixteen Days of Glory, Pt I  Video 796.48 Six [1986]
Sixteen Days of Glory, Pt. II  Video 796.48 Six [1986]
USA! USA! USA!  Video 796.48 Spo [1992]
Record Breakers of the Olympic Games  Video 796.48 Spo [1992]
Great Olympic Confrontations  Video 796.48 Spo [1992]


In the News - On-Line Resources

The following databases and/or webliographies on the Lincoln City Libraries site can be used to access numerous articles and/or links to additional resources on-line. [If you have difficulty using these databases, please contact the Reference Department at 441-8530 for assistance.]

Database: Ebsco Masterfile Elite [Magazine articles]
Database: Electronic Journal Service [Magazine articles]
Database: eLibrary [Magazine, Newspaper, Book, Radio & TV articles]
Database: Wilson Omnifile [Magazine articles]
Database: Health & Wellness Resource Center [sports medicine & physical fitness articles]

Additional on-line resources * about the 2004 Summer Olympics:

Official Web site of the Olympic Movement The International Olympic Committee's site
Athens 2004 Official Web site of the 2004 Summer Games
NBC 2004 Olympics Coverage Web site for NBC's coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics
United States Olympic Committee Official Web site of the U.S. Olympic team
1896 Athens Olympics A look back at the first modern Olympics
The Olympic Information Center
Sports Illustrated/CNN's Olympics Web site

* Please Note: The presence of a link on this site does not constitute an endorsement by Lincoln City Libraries.


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