Faith Matters: Remembering Louise and Giles McCrary


Giles McCrary was an oilman, a rancher, an art collector and a world traveler. On his treks across the globe he bought plenty of souvenirs, many of which now grace the OS Museum in Post.

McCrary, who died in 2011, also was a WW II Army veteran. From 1969 until 1991, he served as mayor of Post, where residents honored him and Citizen of the year in 1985.

Known for his generosity and philanthropy, McCrary often paid tuition, room and board and books for several...

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Texas Tech nutritional sciences professor Nik Dhurandhar.
Betsy Blaney

ITT: Obesity Tied to Viral Infection

Texas Tech nutritional sciences professor Nik Dhurandhar wasn’t looking for a virus that causes obesity. He wanted to learn IF one did. And he succeeded. The AD36 virus and Dhurandhar’s startling research since 1995 will be spotlighted by National Geographic this fall.

Studies by research groups across every continent except Africa have brought similar findings since he confirmed that infectobesity, obesity through infection, is real.

“Now I’m not alone anymore, and...

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This segment, from Jan. 18, 2008, is part of our Vintage Cafe series, in which we revisit some of our best studio performances. Here, we remember an Americana legend and drummer for the '60s rock group The Band, Levon Helm, who died in 2012.

Levon Helm first picked up a guitar at age 8, but soon switched to drums. Though best known as the famous drummer for the rock group The Band, Helm continued to influence music with his collaborations and solo works.

Melissa Walker On Piano Jazz

May 15, 2009

Marian McPartland recalls meeting singer Melissa Walker for the first time in the "powder room" at Birdland. McPartland was immediately taken with the young singer's glowing personality — and she probably heard hints of Walker's warm and rich vocals in the few words they exchanged that night.

"She's got such a wonderful voice," recalls McPartland. "The tunes she did aren't heard too often, they were very well done though. I enjoyed that session."

It's a rare thing to have three pianists at three pianos in one studio. But given the marriage of keyboard masters Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, host Marian McPartland thought it was a perfect opportunity to expand the Piano Jazz format with two of today's most gifted players as her guests.

Hod O'Brien On Piano Jazz

Jan 26, 2009

On the drive from his home in Charlottesville, Va., to the Manhattan studios of Piano Jazz, pianist Hod O'Brien was inspired to compose an original tune in honor of the occasion. By the time he'd arrived, he'd worked out a swinging little ditty in his head, so he kicked off this session with a tune he called "Clarion for Marian."

"His playing was wonderful," recalls host Marian McPartland. "And I really enjoyed playing on Charlie Parker ['Now's The Time'] with Hod. I thought it came off very well."

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