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Alsop

Alsop

[awl-suhp]
Alsop, Joseph, 1910-89, and Alsop, Stewart, 1914-74, American political journalists, b. Avon, Conn. Joseph joined (1932) the New York Herald Tribune as a staff reporter and moved (1936) to its Washington, D.C., bureau. His Washington political column, written (1937-40) with Robert E. Kintner under the title "The Capital Parade," was later renamed "Matter of Fact." After World War II, Joseph resumed the column, writing it with his brother Stewart from 1946 to 1958. Stewart went on to write for the Saturday Evening Post and Newsweek. When Joseph retired (1974), the column was believed to be the longest-running nationally syndicated opinion column, appearing thrice weekly in 300 newspapers. Although consistently anti-Soviet, the column expressed opposition to Senator Joe McCarthy's "Red scare" tactics. Stewart described himself and his brother as "very square, New Deal liberals." Joseph was a conservative on foreign issues and supported the war against Vietnam.

See S. Alsop, Stay of Execution (1973); J. Alsop, FDR (1982); and his posthumously published autobiography I've Seen the Best of It (1992), completed by A. Platt.

Alsop, Marin, 1956-, American conductor, b. New York City. The daughter of professional musicians, she began playing the piano at two and the violin at five. Alsop started conducting studies with Carl Bamberger in 1979 and also studied with Harold Farberman, Leonard Bernstein, and Seiji Ozawa. She founded the Concordia Orchestra in 1984 and accepted her first formal conducting position with the Richmond Symphony in 1988. From 1989 to 1995 she was music director of the Eugene (Oreg.) Symphony and the Long Island Philharmonic and from 1993 to 2003 she led Denver's Colorado Symphony. A guest conductor of many leading orchestras in the United States and Europe, Alsop was principal conductor (2002-8) of England's Bournemouth Symphony and the first conductor to be awarded (2005) a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." In 2007 she became the first woman to lead a major American symphony when she assumed the music directorship of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Extremely popular, she has reinvigorated the orchestra. Throughout her career, she has shown particular interest in Romantic, contemporary, and American music.
Alsop, Richard, 1761-1815, American author, b. Middletown, Conn. Best remembered as one of the Connecticut Wits, he collaborated with Theodore Dwight and others in writing light satiric verse for the Political Greenhouse and the Echo.
Willow Geer-Alsop is a Southern California-based stage actress and the daughter of actress Ellen Geer and her husband, children's musician Peter Alsop.

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