" Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success. "
Louisa May Alcott

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West Point Opens

West Point, New York, was the site of a military post established by George Washington in 1778. In 1802, Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy there. Initially, civil engineering was the foundation of the Academy's curriculum, which broadened after the Civil War. After WWI, Douglas MacArthur pushed for major changes in the physical fitness and athletic programs. What did the graduating class of 1837 use instead of a class ring?



M. Night Shyamalan

Shyamalan is an Academy Award-nominated Indian-American film writer, director, and producer. The Sixth Sense, a film staring Bruce Willis, grossed over $600 million worldwide and is Shymalan's greatest commercial success. His filmmaking ambitions were encouraged when, at a young age, he received a Super-8 camera. He made his first film, Praying with Anger, while still an NYU student, using money borrowed from family and friends. What do his films have in common with Hitchcock's?

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hawthorne was one of the great masters of American fiction. His novels and tales are penetrating explorations of moral and spiritual conflicts, and his masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter, is often considered the first American psychological novel. Other celebrated works include: The House of the Seven Gables, "The Minister's Black Veil," "Roger Malvin's Burial," "Young Goodman Brown," and "Rappaccini's Daughter." What future US president did Hawthorne befriend in college?

Last updated on Wednesday, 4th July 2007

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