Saturday, July 20, 2002

Neighborhoods


Authors rediscover Oxford

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        Two Butler County men have written new books. They are Discovering Sculpture and Welcome to Oxford by photographer Allan Miller, of Hanover Township, and Sixteen Years of Miami Memories: The Presidency of Phillip R. Shriver, by Randall W. Listerman.

        The retired Miami University professor describes the life and times of the school's popular 17th president, who managed to teach while serving as president from 1965 to 1981. Through the eyes of Miami students, the writer recreates Dr. Shriver's days of tumult and triumph, using numerous black-and -white photos to recreate the era.

        Dr. Listerman, a foreign-language professor, came to Miami to teach in 1966, just as Dr. Shriver and the country were entering difficult social times of student protests and struggles over Vietnam. The professor came to appreciate the president for his tenacity, grace and sense of place.

        “Dr. Shriver was president of Miami University for 16 years, but his influence as a teacher is timeless,” Dr. Listerman wrote. Mr. Miller speaks of Oxford in another way - through his color photography. In all seasons, he captures the campus and town for its picturesque qualities. He also writes about a locally newfound love for sculpture, showing all sorts of old and new pieces scattered across the county.

        His sculpture book sells for $10 ($8 for the Oxford book) at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Fort Hamilton Hospital's gift shop and Jenny's Hallmark in Hamilton, as well as at other stores around the county.

        Dr. Listerman's book sells for $20 at the university bookstore.

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        CLIFTON-The Cincinnati Preservation Association from 10-11:30 a.m. July 27 will sponsor a tour of the Hummel House, 3455 Whittfield Ave. and hear preservation architect Bruce Goetzma speak at U.S. Bank at 425 Ludlow Ave.

        Admission is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 721-4506.

        Randy McNutt's community column appears on Saturday. Contact him at the Enquirer, 4770 Service Center Dr., West Chester, OH 45069. Telephone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail: Rmcnutt@enquirer.com.

       



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