Senate Historian writes book on the Washington Press Corps

Donald Ritchie, the author of Doing Oral History: A Practical Guide, writes history of Washington Press Corps from FDR to 9/11

The Hill, a newpaper for about about the U.S. Congress, tells the story about the Senate Historian.

  Ritchie, a prolific author who specializes in oral history, has just put the finishing touches on his latest book, a look at how the press has covered Congress and the federal government in the last 70 years.

The book, High Level Sources: The Making of the Washington Press Corps, will be published early next year by Oxford University Press. It is a sequel to his earlier one that examined press coverage of Congress before Franklin D. Roosevelt became president.

Ritchie’s new book begins with Roosevelt’s inauguration and ends on Sept. 11, 2001.
In between those two seminal points in ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 20, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Rogue Amoeba - Audio Hijack Pro 2

Audio Hijack Pro 2 will do everything for audio input-to CD burning on MacOS X.

Audio Hijack Pro 2 features. It’s a MacOS X application, costs $32, and will bring in source sound, do noise processing, ID3 Tagging, and will preview output and burn CDs. Coming Summer 2004

Use Audio Hijack Pro to…save all your old vinyl and cassettes to AAC for digital playback. If your Mac can play it, Audio Hijack Pro can record it. And like always, you can use AH Pro to improve the sound quality on any audio you play or record as well.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • Audio: Software
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The Net’s Late Bloomers

Computer use among elders in a NYT (3/25/04) article

NYT Article  (Mar 25, 2004) by Katie Hafner

Once largely written off as a lost cause, older Americans are now coming into their own as Internet users. They are researching their family histories, sending e-mail, running virtual book clubs, reading about religion and travel, and pursuing other interests lifelong and new.

According to a new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, a research organization in Washington, the ranks of Americans over 65 who use the Internet have jumped by 47 percent since 2000, making them the fastest-growing group to embrace the online world.

...Susannah Fox, director of research at Pew, said the biggest factor pushing older Americans toward ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 10, 2004 in • General
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Recordings preserve adventures long past

Santa Cruz Sentinal story by Claudia Sternbach

May 9, 2004
SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz residents Janet Herman and Lisa Noble know family stories are important but often are lost as the years go by, along with heirloom quilts and a grandmother’s recipe for raspberry jam.

So the two women, who run an oral history and audio recording service called Lasting Voices, decided to volunteer some time recording the stories of seniors who take classes and meet for lunch at Louden Nelson Community Center

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 09, 2004 in • Oral history in the news
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Audacity: open source sound editor

Open source sound editor for Mac, Windows, Linux

Audacity is an open source application that’s developed for Mac, Windows, and Linux. What is Audacity (and what can it do?)? Here’s the answer given at the Sourceforge.net site, Audacity’s home:

Audacity is a free audio editor. You can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 files, and more. Use it to edit your sounds using Cut, Copy and Paste (with unlimited Undo), mix tracks together, or apply effects to your recordings. It also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Built-in effects include Echo, Change Tempo, and Noise Removal, and it also ...Read More

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on in • Audio: Software
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Scrapbooking family history

Better Homes & Gardens has a Family Heritage Scrapbooking section on its site.

Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 02, 2004 in
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