On this day in 1928, Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie.
Created by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks in 1928, Mickey Mouse remains one of the most recognizable and reproduced symbols in the world. Journey with the cartoon rodent through the 20th century (and beyond).
Pictured: Mickey with a pile of children’s letters, circa 1930.
In 1961, her first marriage to Robert Wagner in trouble, Natalie Wood starred with an irresistibly brash and handsome Hollywood newcomer, Warren Beatty, in Elia Kazan’s romantic drama Splendor in the Grass. LIFE reported that Beatty, who had broken an engagement to actress Joan Collins, was “full of praise for young old-pro Natalie Wood… . He says she made his work in first film role easy.” Here, a never-published portrait of the couple by LIFE’s Eliot Elisofon, who captured some of the passion the stars would generate on screen as well as off.
From various corners of higher education come the cries that the humanities are dying, seemingly “all because somebody has a big lab somewhere,” said Barrett Taylor, a doctoral student at the University of Georgia.
And in rebuttal, he said at a session at the Association for the Study of Higher Education here, are those who point out that the number of humanities majors has stayed largely static since the mid-1980s. “You still have majors, so things are good,” they say.
In a paper presented here, Taylor and his co-authors seek to explore what he called “the murky middle ground” in the debate over whether the humanities are dying or thriving. “The Humanities Crisis: Death or Taxes?” examines the relationship between incoming revenues and the proportion of degrees awarded in the humanities at various types of four-year institutions, to see if the authors can identify a “qualitative change in the status of the humanities.”
The authors — in addition to Taylor, Brendan Cantwell, a professor of education at Michigan State University, and Sheila Slaughter, a professor of education at Georgia — find that “[n]either death nor prosperity seems imminent.” But while the humanities aren’t dying, the institutions (at least the private ones) that focus on them do pay a price in the form of a kind of “tax” that suggests a slow diminution, Taylor said.
“In 1949, just a few years after surviving the bombing of Dresden as a POW, 27-year-old aspiring author Kurt Vonnegut submitted a written account of the event to The Atlantic Monthly for consideration, along with two other pieces. Below is the rejection letter he later received from the publication’s editor at the time, Edward Weeks.”
The Atlantic Monthly
August 29, 1949
Dear Mr. Vonnegut:
We have been carrying out our usual summer house-cleaning of the manuscripts on our anxious bench and in the file, and among them I find the three papers which you have shown me as samples of your work. I am sincerely sorry that no one of them seems to us well adapted to for our purpose. Both the account of the bombing of Dresden and your article, “What’s a Fair Price for Golden Eggs?” have drawn commendation although neither one is quite compelling enough for final acceptance.
Our staff continues fully manned so I cannot hold out the hope of an editorial assignment, but I shall be glad to know that you have found a promising opening elsewhere.
An old joke asks why it’s obvious that Jesus Christ was Italian. Answer: Because he lived at home until he was 30, always hung out with the same 12 dudes, believed his mother was a virgin, and his mother thought he was God.