[PW] writer who was a Harvard event planning dept. staff member

Kevin O'Kelly rkokelly at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 16:57:35 PDT 2018


George Scialabba is exactly whom I was thinking of!

Thank you!

On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 6:33 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole <
adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:

> Kevin O'Kelly  wrote:
> > A few years ago the Globe ran a profile of a writer who spent most of his
> > working life as a relatively low-level employee in Harvard's event
> planning
> > office. His writing appeared in journals devoted (I think) to foreign
> > policy/international affairs. He is apparently highly regarded. An  event
> > was held in his honor at the Brattle Theater. The house was packed.
>
> You are probably thinking of George Scialabba. Here is the data for
> the Boston Globe article which says: "the Baffler and the city of
> Cambridge are both honoring the 67-year-old Scialabba, culminating in
> an event this Thursday at the Brattle Theatre".
>
> Date: September 08, 2015
> Newspaper: The Boston Globe
> Article: Cambridge’s George Scialabba gets his day of glory
> Author: James Sullivan (Globe Correspondent)
>
> I came across Scialabba's name when I was researching a quotation.  In
> 1984 Scialabba wrote the remark: Perhaps imagination is only
> intelligence having fun.
>
> Over time the statement evolved to yield a saying that is often
> attributed to Albert Einstein: Creativity is intelligence having fun.
>
> https://quoteinvestigator.com/2017/03/02/fun/
>
> Garson O'Toole
>
>
> On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 5:29 PM, Kevin O'Kelly <rkokelly at gmail.com> wrote:
> > A few years ago the Globe ran a profile of a writer who spent most of his
> > working life as a relatively low-level employee in Harvard's event
> planning
> > office. His writing appeared in journals devoted (I think) to foreign
> > policy/international affairs. He is apparently highly regarded. An  event
> > was held in his honor at the Brattle Theater. The house was packed.
> >
> > I also remember he has suffered from severe depression at times.
> >
> > I cannot remember his name and it is driving me nuts. I want to say it's
> > Italian origin and that his first name is Tony but my brain may have made
> > that out of whole cloth.
> >
> > I have gone the Globe database and "done the Google" (as Dick Cheney
> would
> > say). My research skills appear to have failed me completely.
> >
> > Any help would be appreciated.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Kevin
> >
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