Richard Mitchell
American academic
Richard Mitchell
Dr. Richard Mitchell was a professor, first of English and later of classics, at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. He gained fame in the late 1970s as the founder and publisher of The Underground Grammarian, a newsletter of opinion and criticism that ran until 1992, and wrote four books expounding his views on the relationships among language, education, and ethics.
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PlayStation 4 Reviews: Here's What The Critics Are Saying
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Sony's PlayStation 4 is set to hit stores on Friday, Nov. 15, and a big question still lingers for many: Should I buy it? While the PlayStation 3 was by no means a failure, with 80 million units sold in seven years, that number is far off from the success Sony had with the PlayStation 2, which sold more than 150 million units. Can the PlayStation 4 bring back Sony's mojo? Over at Kotaku, Stephen Totilo praises the sleek look of a system that is not only quiet, but also surprisingly portable. The DualShock 4 controller for the PlayStation 4 looks a lot like its predecessors, but incorporates a new multi-touchpad feature along with useful incremental changes like a headphone jack, so your late-night gaming won't bother your roommates. For Matt Peckham at Time, the tweaks offer a well-rounded controller for gamers using the PlayStation 4 -- a system he refers to as "Sony's comeback console." Here's a comparison of the DualShock 3 and the DualShock 4. (Getty Images) Some revie ...
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Florida A&M requests dismissal of lawsuit filed by family in the hazing death of a drum major
Fox News - over 4 years
Florida A&M University, which has been rocked by a hazing scandal for nearly a year, insists in legal papers filed Monday that it is not to blame for the tragic death last year of drum major Robert Champion. The university maintained that it was Champion, not the school, who bears the ultimate responsibility for his death. Champion died last November after he was beaten by fellow members of the famed Marching 100 band aboard a charter bus parked outside an Orlando hotel. The university asserts that the 26-year-old Champion was a top leader in the band and he should have refused to take part in the hazing ritual. "No public university or college has a legal duty to protect an adult student from the result of their own decision to participate in a dangerous activity while off-campus and after retiring from university-sponsored events," states the lengthy filing by Richard Mitchell, an attorney with the GrayRobinson law firm hired by FAMU. ...
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A giant leap for hospice
Brighouse ECHO - almost 5 years
HIPPERHOLME’S Eve Barraclough, will be scaling new heights to help raise funds for a children’s hospice. Eve has volunteered to climb and abseil down two walls at ROKT climbing gym in a bid to raise £500 for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Brackenhall. Eve said it was a worthy cause that was struggling to make money. “I just thought why not raise some money and do something I have always wanted to do all at the same time,” she said. Supported by her colleagues at Mr Pizza in Bethel Street, family and friends, Eve has been trying to come up with an idea to raise money for a vital cause. “It just so happened that at the time I was thinking about it someone came into Mr Pizza with a leaflet and I thought why not do that,” she said. Eve has been to look at the walls she will be climbing and abseiling down but said it didn’t worry her. “I felt quite exhilarated when I saw them and I can’t wait to get on and do it. “I have always been quite active and do a lot of walking. An ...
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California Employment and the “Anchor Institution”
Fox & Hounds - almost 5 years
In January of this year, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) announced that it had chosen the City of Richmond as the site for its second campus.  It was a tremendous success for the City, which won over twenty competitors in the region, after a year- long competition. The LBNL is projected to include more than two million square feet of research and office space, housing three main divisions: the Joint Bio Energy Institute, the Joint Genome Institute and the Life Sciences Division. Construction of Phase One of the new facilities begins in 2013, with operations starting in 2016. It is not clear, though, how much the LBNL will impact Richmond’s unemployment (15.1% in December 2011) or how much LBNL will generate revenues for Richmond-based businesses.  In workforce parlance, LBNL constitutes an “Anchor Institution”—a major institution, that is both large employer and large contractor for goods and services.  The history in California and elsewhere indicates that ancho ...
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Cookie Monster eat Xbox, but Xbox not cookie! - Joystiq
Google News - over 5 years
It take long time, but Bloggy Monster finally allowed to write article for Joystiq again. Finding freelance work really brutal sometimes. Anyway, Bloggy Monster here to tell you about new video with Tim
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Uncharted 1 and 2 bundle available September 6 - Joystiq
Google News - over 5 years
Sony has announced a new game bundle that includes Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Game of the Year Edition, a mess of extra content and DLC for Uncharted 3 – all for only forty bucks
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Tiger Style's 'Lost Mars' debuts at Juegos Rancheros this weekend - Joystiq
Google News - over 5 years
Determined to start a war of jealousy between the Joystiq staffers who live in Austin, Texas and those who don't, Juegos Rancheros will debut yet another new indie title this weekend
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Mitchell vs. Hague for County Council Pos. 6 - PNW Local News
Google News - over 5 years
King County Councilmember and incumbent Jane Hague will face Island resident Richard Mitchell in the race for King County Council Position 6 in the Nov. 8 general election. Results of the Aug. 16 primary posted as of Monday, Aug
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Mitchell widens lead to face Hague in King County Council race - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
Richard Mitchell widened his lead over John Creighton on Wednesday, all but guaranteeing that Mitchell will face Metropolitan King County Councilmember Jane Hague in November in her bid for re-election. By Keith Ervin Master, you have a very selective
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King County Council: Mitchell in slight lead in race to face Hague - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
Political newcomer Richard Mitchell was headed toward a November faceoff with longtime Metropolitan King County Councilmember Jane Hague, who drew less than 40 percent of the vote count Tuesday. By Keith Ervin Wow -- Jane Hague gets only 39% of the ... -
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Creighton says: Go home, Brit! - The Seattle Times
Google News - over 5 years
A week after Metropolitan King County Council candidate Richard Mitchell blasted two opponents with a mailer raising questions about their character, one of those opponents has struck back in his own ad. "Using unfounded charges in politics may work
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Metal Gear Solid HD collection will run at 60FPS - Joystiq
Google News - over 5 years
There's nothing quite like a butter-smooth frame rate, is there? Fans should be happy to learn that the upcoming Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will indeed run at a slick 60 frames per second
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GameStop offering downloadable PC purchases at retail - Joystiq
Google News - over 5 years
GameStop is expanding its in-store digital sales initiative, now allowing customers to use "any accepted form of payment" in order to "purchase digital PC games at their local store and access the titles
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School businesses show off profits at celebration event - Halifax Evening Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Children from Salterhebble J&I School present a cheque for �250 to Richard Mitchell of the Forget Me Not Trust. On the right is the school s business mentor, Martin Haigh from Latitude 7 A TEAM of young entrepeneurs made £150 blossom into more than
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Mitchell
  • 2002
    Age 72
    He died in his home of diabetes complications on December 27, 2002 at the age of 73, and was survived by his wife, Francis, daughters Amanda Merritt, Felicity Myers, Sonia Armstrong and Daphne Keller, as well as five grandchildren.
    More Details Hide Details In December 1976, the students, faculty, and administrators of Glassboro State College in New Jersey were greeted by a small, 4-page missive printed from hand-set type distributed on campus that proclaimed the following editorial policy: The Underground Grammarian is an unauthorised journal devoted to the protection of the Mother Tongue at Glassboro State College. Our language can be written and even spoken correctly, even beautifully. We do not demand beauty, but bad English cannot be excused or tolerated in a college. The Underground Grammarian will expose and ridicule examples of jargon, faulty syntax, redundancy, needless neologism, and any other kind of outrage against English. Clear language engenders clear thought, and clear thought is the most important benefit of education. We are neither peddlers nor politicians that we should prosper by that use of language which carries the least meaning. We cannot honorably accept the wages, confidence, or licensure of the citizens who employ us as we darken counsel by words without understanding. And so, to the whole college community, to students, to teachers, and to administrators of every degree, The Underground Grammarian gives WARNING! RAPE OF THE MOTHER TONGUE WILL BE PUNISHED!
  • 2001
    Age 71
    Mitchell's final book, The Psyche Papers, was left uncompleted. Mitchell published the four chapters he had completed in the final four issues of The Underground Grammarian (see below). Mitchell said in 2001 that he had "lost his faith."
    More Details Hide Details Although he appreciated that his works would live beyond him, he could not help but note how little impact they had on changing education in America. John Simon said of Mitchell, "There exists in every age, in every society, a small, still choir of reason emanating from a few scattered thinkers ignored by the mainstream. Their collective voices, when duly discovered a century or so too late, reveal what was wrong with that society and age, and how it could have been corrected if only people had listened and acted accordingly. Richard Mitchell's is such a voice." Mitchell retired in 1991, but continued to teach part-time until the fall of 2002.
  • 1992
    Age 62
    Mitchell did not announce to his readers that he was retiring The Underground Grammarian. The final newsletter was mailed early in 1992, still with subscription information, ten years before his death.
    More Details Hide Details Articles in the final issue included: "Running on Empty," "Words, Words, Words," and "Psyche in Darkness." In the summer of 1979, Little, Brown & Company published Richard Mitchell's first book, Less Than Words Can Say. Mitchell had originally submitted the title as The Worm in the Brain but his editors felt it too frightening and grisly. The book is a gloomy contemplation of the new illiteracy, its roots and consequences, and its prosperous practitioners. Clifton Fadiman called it "the wittiest, the most brilliant and probably the most penetrating discussion now available of our growing American illiteracy." Josiah Mitchell Morse praised Mitchell for having "the courage to write well — an even rarer courage now that sloppy thought is equated with democratic virtue. His own prose illustrates the qualities and habits of mind our educationists don't want our children to develop: wit, clarity, precision, mastery of detail, intellectual self-respect, and contempt for charlatans."
    He gained fame in the late 1970s as the founder and publisher of The Underground Grammarian, a newsletter of opinion and criticism that ran until 1992, and wrote four books expounding his views on the relationships among language, education, and ethics.
    More Details Hide Details Richard Mitchell was born in Brooklyn and spent his early life in Scarsdale, New York. He attended the University of Chicago briefly, where he met his wife, Francis, and spent the balance of his undergraduate years at the University of the South, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Ph.D. at Syracuse University; sources conflict as to whether the subject of his doctorate was classical and Western Literature or American literature.
  • 1988
    Age 58
    Mention was also made of "Central Control," the real power behind the scenes. Central Control was Mitchell's title for his wife and apparently held the mailing list. Mitchell wrote in the March 1988 issue: "Every morning, the Associate Circulation Manager drives Central Control down to the post office.
    More Details Hide Details She sits there dearly hoping that you have not moved. She does not entirely approve of moving. And she has dark visions when your Grammarian comes back marked, Address Unknown, Not Even a Trace of You. She hopes that if you must move, a), that someone else is paying, and b), that you will send her your new address."
  • 1986
    Age 56
    In the December 1986 issue, R. Mitchell was quietly promoted to Associate Circulation Manager, and then in the Spring 1991 issue, he was promoted to Full Circulation Manager, "with tenure," the title he carried to the end.
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  • 1985
    Age 55
    In the March 1985 issue, Mitchell informed his readers that he had given up printing from hand-set type for a machine that could self-justify text on a line: the new Macintosh computer.
    More Details Hide Details Of hand-set type, Mitchell explained: This method of composition is interesting and full of suspense, to be sure, but it has certain disadvantages of which most writers have never even dreamed.sometimes, when thirty or forty lines have been set, it becomes obvious that the piece is just no good. That sort of catastrophe might mean a delay of a week or more in what we don't even bother to call a "production schedule." Even one such false start, added to the fact that all the type used to print the last edition has to be redistributed for the next edition, can set us back for a month or more.We are a bit sentimental and sorry. We'll miss the taste of lead. But the choice, although painful, was not difficult. Our proper business is to get this thing out, and not to preserve a fine and ancient craft.
  • 1981
    Age 51
    Mitchell started out using an ancient Gordon-Franklin press and within two years switched to a Chandler & Price press. By 1981, he had moved on to an elderly (circa 1935) cylinder letterpress, a Webebdorfer "Little Giant."
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  • 1979
    Age 49
    Mitchell eventually charged a modest annual subscription fee starting in September 1979: "U.S & Canada, $10; others, $14."
    More Details Hide Details In February 1984 Mitchell raised subscription fees: "Persons in USA & Canada, $15US; Persons elsewhere, $20; Institutions, $25." Institutional requests (i.e., libraries) seemed to have bothered Mitchell since before long he had replaced "Institution, $25" with "non-personal entities of any description, $25 or even more." By the April 1990 issue, the subscription information included the subtle declaration, "No more libraries allowed!" After several years, Mitchell gave half-price discounts to retired teachers, stating that their "presence among our readers indicates that they must have been good teachers, and the same discount, or even more, applies to readers who happen to need it." By then the request for back issues forced Mitchell to write, "We remind readers one and all that we approve when our readers make photocopies, however numerous. It just shows good judgment." Mitchell always encouraged free distribution of his writings. In 1983 Mitchell pulled back from nine issues per year to eight. The amount of text had doubled by then. In 1990 he reduced the number of printed issues to five, and in 1991, the final year, he published only four, but these two years saw double-sized issues (16 half-pages).
    By January 1979, The Underground Grammarian had garnered national attention and a circulation of 1800, with Mitchell receiving 12 to 15 letters per day from readers offering examples of bad writing, speaking, and teaching.
    More Details Hide Details Mitchell published The Underground Grammarian for 15 years.
  • 1977
    Age 47
    And so began the polemicist career of Richard Mitchell, launched with the January 1977 issue of The Underground Grammarian, wherein he exposed and ridiculed academics, educationists, school principals, and teachers who engaged in spreading mindlessness in the name of enlightenment.
    More Details Hide Details His maiden publication also asserted, under the heading "What Can We Do?", the following: The Underground Grammarian does not advocate violence; it advocates ridicule. Abusers of English are often pompous, and ridicule hurts them more than violence. In every edition we will bring you practical advice for ridiculing abusers of English. Regarding subscriptions, the editor stated rather tersely: There are no subscriptions. We don't lack money, and we may attack you in the next issue. No one is safe. We will print no letters to the editor. We will give no space to opposing points of view. They are wrong. The Underground Grammarian is at war and will give the enemy nothing but battle.
    He privately published the journal from 1977 to 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Although its circulation was limited, The Underground Grammarian was highly regarded, and, in addition to its academic audience, had a following outside academia that included George Will, Edwin Newman, and Johnny Carson, on whose The Tonight Show Mitchell appeared many times. Mitchell went on to publish four books: Less Than Words Can Say (1979), The Graves of Academe (1981), The Leaning Tower of Babel (1984), and The Gift of Fire (1987). Virtually all of his writings, including these books and The Underground Grammarian, are available online for free. Mitchell gave his permission that all of these works be made available on the Internet and be disseminated freely, without charge, especially to teachers for use in their classrooms.
  • 1963
    Age 33
    After teaching college English in Defiance, Ohio, Mitchell became a professor to Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Again, sources conflict as to Mitchell's subject at Glassboro; though he is more often listed as a professor of English, a few sources refer to him as a professor of classics. Those listing English, which include the dust jackets of his first three books, all occur before 1985, while those listing classics, including the dust jacket of his final book, all occur in or after 1985, suggesting that his position changed during late 1984 or early 1985; however, no source provides clear details. In addition to his reputation as a masterful lecturer and extraordinary teacher, Mitchell was a prolific and well-known author. He first gained prominence as the writer, publisher, and printer of The Underground Grammarian, a newsletter that offered lively, witty, satiric, and often derisive essays on the misuse of the English language, particularly the misuse of written English on college campuses.
  • 1929
    Born in 1929.
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