Theodore Pappas

Theodore Pappas is the current executive editor of Encyclopædia Britannica.

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  • May 1998

    The Life and Times of the King Plagiarism Story

    12 ¼ min

    Three death threats, one left hook to the jaw, 40 rejections from 40 publishers in 40 months, and a sold-out first edition. Such was the response to my 1994 book, The Martin Luther King, Jr., Plagiarism Story.

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  • National Love-Fest

    4 ¼ min

    Jackie, Tiger, and Ellen—not as catchy as Martin, Bartin, and Fish, or Abraham, Martin, and John, but good enough to mesmerize the press this spring. In one respect, the mainstream media were right: Jackie Robinson was a courageous man; Tiger Woods is an extraordinary golfer; and Ellen DeGenerate—well, two out of three ain't bad.

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  • October 1996

    The Model and the Maid

    10 min

    "It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness." Tolstoy's remark shot to mind this summer, when supermodel Linda Evangelista won 80,000 French francs in damages from her lawsuit against Jean-Marie Le Pen and the National Front Party of France.

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  • August 1996

    Playing Politics With Pericles

    10 ¼ min

    Somewhere toward the middle of The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Moral Stories, William Bennett has included "The Funeral Oration of Pericles" from Thucydides' The Peloponnesian War.

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  • Christopher Hitchens & Vanity Fair

    3 min

    Christopher Hitchens and Vanity Fair get the Connie Chung Award for May. "Thanks for your help," read the letter inserted in my complimentary copy of the May issue of Vanity Fair. It seemed like a polite gesture, a pat on the head for sharing my research on plagiarism.

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  • Denied Justice

    6 ½ min

    Joe Occhipinti continues to be denied justice. As Greg Kaye reported in the October 1993 Chronicles, Occhipinti was the highly decorated undercover agent for the Immigration and Naturalization Service who was framed, tried, convicted, and sentenced to prison for doing his job too well.

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  • January 1996

    The New Sexual World Order

    2 ½ min

    The New Sexual World Order is taking shape, thanks to the Peace Gorps, the United Nations, and the U.S. Congress. In late September, Dr. J. Ricker Polsdorfer, the Peace Corps' director of medical services in Africa, was fired for promoting abstinence as a method of preventing AIDS.

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  • December 1995

    Quintessentially American

    3 ½ min

    ABC News recently broadcast contradictory stories about the Balkans War. The first story highlighted a press conference where NATO personnel denied that Americans were engaged in warfare and that any Serb civilians had been killed during the thousands of round-the-clock sorties conducted by NATO forces.

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  • The Edinburgh Brute
    November 1995

    The Edinburgh Brute

    8 ¾ min

    It was the spring of 1893, and Arthur Conan Doyle was plotting murder. "I am in the middle of the last Holmes story," Doyle wrote to his mother, "after which the gentleman vanishes, never to return.

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  • Our Blessed Plot
    October 1995

    Our Blessed Plot

    16 ½ min

    As if we needed more proof of the threat to national sovereignty, there comes John Gardner's latest "James Bond novel," SeaFire. Gone is Ian Fleming's wonderful cast of characters.

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  • Brief Mentions I
    September 1995

    Brief Mentions I

    2 ¼ min

    "She was 'The Woman' the press whispered about, with Dr. Martin Luther King on that last tragic trip to Memphis," reads the back-cover blurb in oversize type. No, not Irene Adler, but the "first black woman senator from Kentucky."

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  • August 1995

    "Open the Files!"

    5 ¼ min

    "Open the files!" demands Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. And right fully so. The files in question involve the federal government's attempt to entrap Qubilah Shabazz into a conspiracy to assassinate Farrakhan, who has long been accused of involvement in the 1965 murder of Shabazz's father, Malcolm X.

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  • Brief Mentions
    June 1995

    Brief Mentions

    2 min

    "Harry's gone mad," yelled Mrs. Barnes. "I just saw him running around the side of the house with a gun, muttering something about the plumbers." Young Robert ran outside, and there found his dad, distinguished historian and man of letters, lying on his belly, blasting away with his old Army rifle at the foundation of their house.

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  • May 1995

    Peddlers of Virtue

    11 ¼ min

    The recent controversy involving Olympic diving star Greg Louganis highlights more than the moral degeneracy of the latest poster boy for AIDS. When Louganis hit his head on the diving board and bled into the pool at the 1988 Olympics, the only honorable and morally just thing for him to do was to notify all concerned that he was HIV-positive.

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  • Brief Mentions
    February 1995

    Brief Mentions

    4 ¾ min

    Lynn Nicholas has written the most comprehensive account of the Nazis' attempt to steal, sell, dismantle, and destroy Europe's artistic heritage, but her stunning illustrations nearly tell the story for her.

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  • All Such Filthy Cheats
    September 1994

    All Such Filthy Cheats

    14 min

    When Vice Admiral Bobby Ray Inman announced on January 18 his decision not to pursue confirmation as Secretary of Defense, he repeated Robert Massie's old charge that William Safire is a plagiarist, saying this "does not, in my judgment, put [Safire] in a position to frame moral judgment on any of us, in or out of public service."

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  • Where Have You Gone?

    4 min

    Joe DiMaggio, where have you gone? One could add Babe Ruth, Bobby Hull, and Dick Butkus. On good days American sports stars were treated more as gods than as mortal heroes, but on bad days they were booed mercilessly by fans.

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  • November 1993

    In Praise of Tyranny

    9 ½ min

    "I'm always sorry when any language is lost," Samuel Johnson told Boswell during their tour of the Hebrides in September 1773, "because languages are the pedigree of nations." Linguistic pride is not a dead artifact of Romantic nationalism.

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  • September 1993

    Truth or Consequences: Redefining Plagiarism

    9 ½ min

    Considering the cowardliness and disingenuousness with which the scholarly community has greeted the revelations of [Martin Luther] King's literary thefts, this call for a kinder and gentler definition of plagiarism in light of King's chicanery is not surprising.

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  • January 1993

    The Last Battleground

    1 ¾ min

    The breakfast table is the latest battleground in the war against the family. School-based breakfast programs have been tried at the local level for years, and the idea goes back at least as far as the Black Panthers in the 1960's. The big push now is for a national program.

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