Roundup: Staples Players, Alexandra Korry, Pumpkins, More

Mark Potts has written for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and — while he was a Staples student — the school paper Inklings.

Last night he reconnected with his alma mater. He writes:

Several years ago an unexpected storm deposited me in Kansas, sans ruby slippers. But my hometown is Westport. Once upon a time I was part of the team that launched radio station WWPT, and playing in the pit band for a Staples Players production of “Oklahoma” is one of my favorite high school memories.

So being able to sit in distant Kansas on Sunday evening and listen to the charming, expertly performed WWPT/Staples Players radio production of “The Wizard of Oz” was a great treat.

Bravo to all involved on a delightful piece of entertainment. It just proves, once again, that there’s still no place like home.

Behind the scenes at “The Wizard of Oz.” Plastic separated the actors from each other, in the Black Box Theater.

Alexandra Korry did not have a high profile in Westport. But when she died at 61 recently of ovarian cancer, the New York Times took note, with a long, admiring obiturary.

It called her “a trailblazing Wall Street lawyer whose potent legal and moral rebuke as head of a civil rights panel helped spur the abolition of solitary confinement for juvenile inmates in New York City.”

She was one of the first women elected partner in the mergers and acquisitions department of the prominent law firm Sullivan & Cromwell. She was also committed to public service, as head of the New York State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Her committee’s reports “criticized the New York City Police Department’sstop-and-frisk strategy, intended to reduce the proliferation of guns, arguing that it was disproportionately directed at Black and Hispanic people.

“And it concluded this year that disparities in state and local funding of education should be considered a civil rights issue because they denied equal opportunity to students in poorer, Black and Hispanic school districts.”

Click here for the full obituary. (Hat tip: John Karrel)

Alexandra Korry (Dick Duane for Sullivan & Cromwell)

Gene Borio sends along this photo:

He explains: “I didn’t know what this was until a woman walking nearby said it was weird: Every pumpkin on her block had been attacked by squirrels. 76 years on this planet, and I’d never heard of such a thing. Neither had she.”

Two religious institutions’ coat drive for Person to Person is nearing an end.

Clothing should be bagged, and sorted by gender and age (adult or youth). Donations can be dropped off in a blue bin labeled “Coat Donations” on the side elevator entrance at Saugatuck Church, or The Conservative Synagogue.

Donation pick-ups are available too. Email for arrangements.

And finally … after more than 50 years on the road, Arlo Guthrie has retired from performing. The 73-year-old son of Woody Guthrie has suffered strokes.

He’s best known for “Alice’s Restaurant.” But his 5 decades of work go far beyond that 20-minute Thanksgiving garbage dump talking classic.

I saw him at the Westport Country Playhouse many years ago. He was the consummate performer. And I really loved that great head of white hair. (Hat tip: Amy Schneider)

10 responses to “Roundup: Staples Players, Alexandra Korry, Pumpkins, More

  1. The pumpkins are more likely eaten by deer than squirrels. My neighborhood has a large bunch of deer roaming about and they absolutely ravage many a pumpkin – will often hollow them out completely! One of the many side effects of seeing those “cute deer” roam about Westport

  2. Hungry animals in the fall portend a long cold winter ahead

  3. any chance there will be a wwpt-fm replay or a place online to listen to “the wizard of oz” performance?

  4. Catherine Ryan

    I watch squirrels attack our front porch pumpkins every year including yesterday.

  5. Hanne Jeppesen

    I saw Arlo Guthrie in the late seventies in a concert with Pete Seeger in Berkeley, CA., great concert. Go back and listen to his “Presidential Rag” it was about Watergate, but is still relevant.

    My grandson who was born in April of this year, is named Arlo. When my daughter and son in law informed me of the name, I right away after Arlo Guthrie, but they didn’t even know who he was (even though both are into different kinds of music), only knew of Woody Guthrie.

  6. About the pumpkins: I’m sure squirrels are the culprits. My display of mini-pumpkins along our stone wall was nibbled into oblivion in little chips and chunks….all the earmarks, er, toothmarks, of a squirrel attack. I noticed that a similar display along Soundview had remained intact until a few days later when it suffered the same fate. This IS new; I’d put little pumpkins out quite successfully for the past few years. Perhaps the sign of a cold winter to come, but more probably just another indication of all the craziness in the world right now.

  7. Hanne Jeppesen

    P.S. Guess I was in a hurry when I wrote my comment, sentence should have read “I right away thought it was after Arlo Guthrie”.

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