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Michael Chabon signs first novel in 1988 January 25, 2011

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Michael Chabon, UCI MFA in Creative Writing (1987), received one of the largest advances ever for a first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (Morrow, 1988), based on his UCI Master’s Thesis. Donald Heiney, co-director of the MFA writing program with Oakley Hall for nearly 20 years, was Chabon’s teacher and instrumental in promoting the first novel to the publisher. Michael Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Random House, 2000). At left, Chabon signs copies of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh at the UCI book store on May 11, 1988. He was 24 years old.

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More about “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” filmed at UCI in 1972 January 21, 2011

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“Conquest of the Planet of the Apes,” the fourth in the five-film “Planet of the Apes” series, was filmed at UCI in 1972.  Much of the film, including the opening sequence, was filmed outside of Social Science Tower. In the film the ape Caesar, son of the late simians Zira and Cornelius (and played by Roddy McDowall), leads the apes to a revolution against humans. Dogs and cats have been wiped out by a plague, and humans (led by Governor Breck, played by Don Murray) have domesticated the apes and are treating them like slaves.  Zira and Cornelius were murdered twenty years before because they had the ability to think and speak, but Caesar was spared. He works for and is protected by the circus keeper Armando (played by Ricardo Montalban). The protest and demonstration scenes, in which Caesar leads the apes in an attempt to overthrow the humans, were filmed at the University Administration building.  The film originally had a darker, more violent opening and ending. Test audiences had a negative reaction to the original ending, and changes were made in the final version. Even with those changes, the film was the only film in the series that didn’t receive a G rating, it received a PG rating.

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AS-061. University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

See more about the film (including the trailer) at IMDb.

Jerry Brown at UCI in 1974 January 8, 2011

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Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown, Jr. started his third (non-consecutive) term as Governor of California this month. Jerry Brown has been on the UCI campus several times, including his first visit on April 3, 1974 when he gave a speech in Humanities Hall 161 (below). Brown was California’s Secretary of State then. The primary elections for California governor took place on June 4, 1974, with Brown winning the Democratic nomination. The California gubernatorial election took place on November 5, 1974. Brown won with 50.11% of the vote, over Houston Flournoy with 47.25%. He was only 36 years old when he became California’s 34th Governor on January 7, 1975. He was 72 when he started his third term on January 3, 2011.

AS-061. University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Company January 8, 2011

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Big Brother & the Holding Company played for a dance in Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall) on Friday, September 27, 1968. Morning Glory was the opening band and lights were by Thomas Edison & Castle Lighting. Tickets were $3.50.  The New University called Big Brother “San Francisco’s only true heavies.”

AS-061.  University Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.

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