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  • Van Cliburn was a Cold War cultural ambassador

    Van Cliburn was a Cold War cultural ambassador
    Van Cliburn, the lanky Texan pianist who died Wednesday at 78, was an unofficial cultural ambassador for the United States during much of the Cold War. His win at the 1958 International Tchaikovsky competition in Moscow made him a beloved musical figure both in the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
  • Van Cliburn dies at 78; pianist who gave U.S. a Cold War victory

    After a tense decade of air raid sirens, duck-and-cover drills and fears of Soviet superiority, hope for America came in an unlikely form in the late 1950s: a lanky, 23-year-old Texan with a head full of curls and huge hands that ranged across a piano...

    Young woman helps bring chess to new Chicago audiences

    Young woman helps bring chess to new Chicago audiences
    Checkmate, Chicago. Thanks in part to the daughter of Russian immigrants, bar theme nights and the rise of nerd culture, chess is shedding its image as a game for old men in the park or geeky social outcasts. "I think already with this generation, we'...

    Iceland: the quirky home of Bobby Fischer, Björk and the Blue Lagoon

    Iceland: the quirky home of Bobby Fischer, Björk and the Blue Lagoon
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland - This is the only country that gives you a bath before they send you home. The Blue Lagoon, open year-round, rain or shine, envelops thousands of tourists from all over the world in its misty embrace. Many of them come in big...

    Jose Arguelles dies at 72; New Age thinker conceived 1987's Harmonic Convergence

    Jose Arguelles dies at 72; New Age thinker conceived 1987's Harmonic Convergence
    In 1983, art historian Jose Arguelles was driving down Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles to return a rental car when a vision bloomed: On Aug. 16, 1987, a critical mass of humanity would congregate at sacred spots around the world to bond with the...