We’ve had several grandfathers in the Vice President’s Residence before, but we’ve never had one who was quite so grand.
When he was a child, Joe Biden’s father used to tell him, “Champ, when you get knocked down, you get up. You just get up.”
Little did Joe Biden know how many times [...]
Published in Issue 22 May/June 2008
Grandmother Cathy Rigby knows a lot about the highs and lows of all-out dedication to the regimented life of an Olympic athlete. She burst on the scene as a blond, pigtailed 15-year-old at the Mexico City Summer Olympics in 1968. But the thrill of victory was paved with dangerous [...]
Originally published in GRAND Magazine Issue 17 July-August 2007 pp 42-47
Becoming a grandparent fulfilled an important goal for Nancy Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi’s entry into politics seems preordained. She comes from a family where public service is a tradition and a privileged calling. Her father, Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., served as mayor of Baltimore for [...]
Think of the word “crystal” and you naturally conjure up images of elegance and beauty. And that’s what you think when you hear the name Crystal Gayle. The Grammy-winning, platinum recording artist made country music “cool,” in the words of one reviewer, and thrust that genre into the mainstream listening audience as never before.
Ronnie Milsap talks with Mary Ann Cooper about his passion for his music and his family
Country And R&B legend Ronnie Milsap was born blind and into extreme poverty in the Appalachian town of Robbinsville, North Carolina. Unwilling to accept her newborn’s blindness, Ronnie’s mother gave him to his grandparents to raise when he was [...]
Published in GRAND Magazine Issue 19 Nov/Dec 2007 pp 46-51
Born Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor on July 12, 1951, the actress who would be known as Cheryl Ladd was raised in Huron, South Dakota, dreaming of a career in show business. She spent her childhood focused on singing, dancing, acting-and moving on. “My mother says [...]
Novelist Nora Roberts celebrates another kind of love: for family, for community and for grandchildren.
Like some preternatural beast clawing its way from the womb, [the fire] burst to life with a cackle that rose to a roar. And changed everything in one magnificent instant.”
Three years after Nora Roberts wrote-in Blue Smoke-of a fictional [...]