Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes is our Featured Book for April 2014

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Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes: the Mutant Melding of Two Volumes of Classic Interviews by Tom Weaver is the Special Collections Featured Book for April 2014.

“This book pays homage to the many people that have contributed toward producing a body of work who entertainment (if not always artistic) values have only increased through the years. Assembled herein is a cross-section of talents: writers, producers, directors, actors, actresses, even a movie mogul and makeup man. We’ve kept our questions and interjected comments as terse and to-the-point as possible, our goal being to present a book in which the filmmakers and performers do nearly all of the talking.” ~ Tom Weaver

The people who directed, produced, and starred in the scary and fantastic movies of the genre heyday over thirty years ago created memorable experiences as well as memorable movies. This McFarland Classic brings together over fifty interviews with the directors, producers, actors, and make-up artists of science fiction and horror films of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. From B movies to classics, Samuel Z. Arkoff to Acquanetta, these veteran vampire baits, swamp monsters, and flying saucers attackees share their memories. This classic volume represents the union of two previous volumes: Interviews with B Science Fiction and Horror Movie Makers (“more fun than the lovably cheap movies that inspired it”–Booklist/RBB); and Science Fiction Stars and Horror Heroes (“candid…a must” –ARBA). Together at last, this combined collection of interviews offers a candid and delightful perspective on the movies that still make audiences squeal with fear, and occasionally, howl with laughter.

This book is from the Alan Rogg Collection of Modern Cinema. This collection began with an inital donation by Allan Rogg, New York Private Collector and Bibliographer, to the Libraries in 2006. This preeminant collection of modern cinema contains over 9,000 monographs spanning over one hundred years (1893-2010). Most of the Allan Rogg Collection of Modern Cinema can be found in Bartle Library Stacks. However, several limited editions and unique and fragile items are housed in Special Collections.

Return of the B Science Fiction and Horror Heroes is located in Special Collections. We are located on the second floor of the Bartle Library off of the North Reading Room.

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Where are they now? The Outing Club lets out a secret

By Diana Bean ’81


When we came across this photo in the 1963 yearbook, we couldn’t help but wonder if any of the Outing Club members still enjoyed the outdoors. And if they still climbed trees. We tracked down four of them; here are their remembrances (and confessions) about the club.

From Richard Foster ‘64

“Fifty years have slipped away, but the memory of that particular photo op remains vivid. I believe it was the brainchild of Al Goldsmith (top, center) who was a very creative fellow and on the yearbook staff. Al, John O’Meara (in tree, right) and I were on the soccer team (John and I being co-captains that year). It was the third year of the program and the first year with as many wins as losses on the season’s record.

“Betsy (B. Harvey) and I were married August 1965 and became teachers. She became a reading and writing specialist at the middle-school level and I became a high school English teacher, department chair, soccer and tennis coach. Both of us spent most of our careers in the Warwick Valley Central School District in Warwick (Orange County) N.Y.

“We always enjoyed the outdoors: hiking, family camping, backpacking, canoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, golfing, gardening and biking. In 1976, I became an original member of a hardy band of fellows nervously approaching middle age and its diverse debilities, both imagined and real, called the White Mountain Safari Club. We proceeded to climb mountains, canoe rivers and take bike rides of up to 100 miles a day throughout that dreaded phase of life.

Read more here

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A Jataka folktale of a rabbit and a lion is the March Book of the Month

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Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake by Rafe Martin and illustrated by Ed Young.  G.P. Putnam’s Sons: New York.  1985.

Rafe Martin is a professional storyteller.  He is also the author of over 20 books that have been translated into many  languages including Swedish, French, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, Korean,   Japanese and Portuguese.

Rafe’s retelling of a well-known Jataka tale, Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake, illustrates how jumping to conclusions can lead to trouble. It is the story of how a little rabbit misinterprets a loud crash, and how a brave lion’s common sense restores order to chaos. It is, essentially, a story about fears and rumors, and ultimately of courage.  A funny, rhythmic beautiful picture book about courage and facing fears—with a very happy ending.

For over forty years, Rafe has been  investigating, working with and writing about the  ancient, traditional Buddhist teachings expressed in the Jataka Tales. For the past several years, he has been sharing these teachings and his profound interpretations of them at Buddhist communities throughout the world.

In addition to being a storyteller and author,  Rafe Martin is also a graduate of Harpur College.   Foolish Rabbit’s Big Mistake is housed in the Alumni Authors Collection in the University Archives in the Special Collections department.  Special Collections is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Call number:  PZ7. M364 1835 Fo 1985  Alumni Authors Collections

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Maria Mazzioti Gillan to appear at Binghamton’s River Read Books on Thursday, March 27!


Featuring Maria Mazziotti Gillan

RiverRead Bookstore │ 5 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901

Maria Mazziotti Gillan is a recipient of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and the 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us (Guernica Editions). She is the founder/executive director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, Review. She is also director of the Binghamton Center for Writers and the creative writing program, and professor of poetry at Binghamton University‐SUNY. She has published 18 books, including: What We Pass On: Collected Poems 1980‐2009 (Guernica Editions, 2010), The Place I Call Home (NYQ Books, 2012), The Silence in an Empty House (NYQ Books, 2013), Ancestors’ Song (Bordighera Press, 2013), and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (MiroLand, Guernica, 2013). With her daughter Jennifer, she is coeditor of four anthologies. Visit her website at

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CEMERS lecture Wednesday

Sean Dunwoody, visiting assistant professor of medieval and early modern studies, will speak on “A Common Denominator? The Making of Religious Peace in Sixteenth-Century Augsburg” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in LN-1106. Sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS), this lecture is free and open to the public.

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Webcast from the Library of Congress: Exploring the Graphic Novel

Heidi MacDonald discusses the progress of the graphic novel after the successes of the two groundbreaking works from the end of the last century, “Maus” and “Watchmen.” Heidi MacDonald is an American writer and editor in the field of comic books based in New York City. She is the creator of The Beat (a daily news blog about comics) and a former editor at DC Comics.

SPEAKER: Heidi MacDonald
EVENT DATE: 09/13/2013
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 53 minutes
TRANSCRIPT: View Transcript (link will open in a new window)


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Expert to discuss Dead Sea Scrolls

Lawrence Schifman, world-renowned expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, will speak at the Rohr Chabad Center on Friday, Feb. 21.

Shabbat services will be held at 6 p.m., followed by dinner. Schiffman’s presentation on “Scholars, Scrolls and Scandals; Judaism, Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls” will follow dinner, at approximately 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 22, Schiffman will speak during lunch on “Confronting Academic Challenges to the Jewish Tradition.” Services begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Rohr Chabad Center, 420 Murray Hill Rd., Vestal, followed by lunch at noon. RSVP via e-mail. For directions, go online.

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CEMERS bus trip scheduled

The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (CEMERS) is offering a bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters on Friday, March 14. The bus, admission fees to the museums and guided tours at each are included in the price. The cost is $30 for students and $40 for faculty, staff and others. If interested, visit Barbara Knighton at the CEMERS office (LN-1129), call her at 777-2730 or send an e-mail.

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Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies lecture

Elizabeth Robinson, UNC-Chapel Hill, will speak on “From Independent Town to Roman Municipium: The Integration of Larinum into the Roman State” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in UUW-324.

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You are here: Exploring the Southern Tier of NY with Special Collections


Using maps, books and artifacts from Local History collections, Special Collections takes the visitor on a journey around the Southern Tier. Highlighted are manufacturing, industry and cultural landmarks using materials from the Mark Kulikowski Collection, the Local History Collection, the Edwin A. Link Collection, and the Julie Cizieski Collection of Postcards.


You Are Here will be on display throughout the Spring 2014 semester and is located in Special Collections on the second floor of the Glenn Bartle Library. Special Collections is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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