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Robert Wallace, '66, Regents Professor of Literature and Language at Northern Kentucky University and a Melville scholar, has written a new book examining the interplay between a series of art works linked with Moby Dick and Melville's novel itself. The book, Frank Stella's Moby-Dick: Words and Shapes, is published by the University of Michigan Press.

Stella created a series of art works, ranging from metal reliefs to a large mural, each relating to one chapter of Moby Dick. In his interpretation, Wallace analyzes the development of the series and its relation to the novel.

Wallace earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University and has taught at Northern Kentucky since 1972. Recipient of Fulbright, Woodrow Wilson, and NEH fellowships, he has won awards for A Century of Music-Making (1976) and Jane Austen and Mozart (1983). He has written many essays and reviews on Melville, teaching, and music and letters, and he has published two other books, Emily Bronte and Beethoven (1986) and Melville and Turner (1992).


John Zilly, '85, has published his seventh mountain biking guidebook, Kissing the Trail: Northwest and Central Oregon Mountain Bike Trails (Sasquatch Books, 2000). In it, he explores over 1,000 miles of Oregon trails including scenic rides in the Hood River, East Mount Hood, Bend, Salem, and Eugene areas. The book offers trail maps, photographs, detailed descriptions, and recommendations. Zilly, who has introduced mountain bikers to trails in Washington and Idaho, also writes a column for the Seattle Times.


Timothy Ramey, '73, a public policy researcher at RAND, is the author of Lean Logistics, High-Velocity Logistics Infrastructure and the C-5 Galaxy. The book was published in 1999 by RAND as part of Project Air Force. Ramey also co-authored an article, "A Global Infrastructure to Support EAF," which was selected as the most significant article to appear in the Air Force Journal of Logistics in 1999.


John Morrison, '83, is coauthor with his wife, Catherine Wright Morrison, of Mavericks: The Lives and Battles of Montana's Political Legends. Published in 1997 by the University of Idaho Press, the book examines Montana's populist-progressive tradition as illuminated by the careers of nine 20th-century politicians.

The book's conclusion, notes Gordon Bennett, a retired district judge, "is as piercing and enlightened a statement on the state of the state and its future as we've seen."

A public interest trial lawyer who has handled more than 200 civil cases on behalf of Montana consumers, Morrison was elected Montana state auditor in November. He will serve as Montana's chief regulator of the insurance and securities industries, and he will join other top elected officials on the state Land Board. Catherine Morrison is a former legislative analyst and member of the Capitol Hill Women's Political Caucus in Washington, D.C.


Thane Lewis, '90, is the author of Fiddling with Life: The Unusual Journey of Steven Staryk. He wrote the book in collaboration with Staryk, a Canadian-born violinist noted as a concertmaster, chamber musician, and soloist. Published by Mosaic Press, Fiddling with Life probes the experiences of Staryk's half century as a major musical personality and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the world of classical music.

Lewis, who earned a master of music degree in performance at the University of Washington, is a violist with the Northwest Sinfonietta and performs regularly as a freelance musician in Seattle. He teaches at Northwest College and serves as artist in residence at the Magnolia Performing Arts Center.

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