Geena Davis accepts Bette Davis Lifetime Achievement Award at Boston University. I probably passed her many times the two years we shared there, but, as these things happen, have no memory. My favorite role: Geena as Dottie Hinson, the statuesque catcher in A League of Their Own.
Catherine Russell, former backup singer for Paul Simon, David Bowie, and Steely Dan, brings down the house with her mastery of jazz era works at Scullers Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA. The Huffington Post said, “If you don’t know of singer Catherine Russell yet, you are missing out on a legend hiding in plain sight.” See archive, 2012.
Joan Rachlin, executive director of PRIM&R (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research), wrapped in a Circle of Life/Elders Blanket at a luncheon in her honor at the 2013 AER Conference in Boston, MA. The blanket was presented on behalf of a number of members in the PRIM&R community to pay tribute to her commitment to diversity.
I met K. Gretchen Greene, steel sculpture artist, while touring the Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville. A mathematician and attorney who has also worked as a ship designer, Hollywood animator, carpenter and jackhammer operator, her work combines complex intelligence with artisan welding skill in the form of fractal and wave-like reflections of silver, bronze and cobalt.