Monday, June 27, 2011

Bob Dylan Shows Up At The Smithsonian Folklife Festival In Washington D.C. In 1986 To See And Hear The Sun Rhythm Section Band

In 1986 my wife Rachel was a volunteer at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. She volunteered at this festival for many years.
That year she came home and told me that young people were showing up with albums in their hands to get autographs from the members of The Sun Rhythm Section Band that was playing at the festival that year.
   Tennessee was the featured state that year.

Above is a sample of their kind of music.

Among the musicians in the Sun Rhythm Section were Paul Burlison, J. M. Van Eaton, Sonny Burgess and others that had played on many of the famous records made by Sam Phillips at The Sun Record Studios in Memphis in the 1950s.
   Here is some good information on the Sun Rhythm Section band.
And here is more on Paul Burlison.
Since I had seen an ad in the paper that Bob Dylan was to be in town to play a concert with The Greatful Dead and Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers I told her to keep an eye out for Bob since I felt certain he would show up to see The Sun Rhythm Section play.

On July the 5th 1986 I went down to the Festival and sat through 2 of the performances of The Sun Rhythm Section. They were all in their 50s by this time but they said they were rocking the 50s at 50.

I kept looking around for Bob to show up. He had a concert scheduled for the next day but I figured he would be in town a day early and would come down to see his early rock and roll heroes.

After the band had finished I walked back up the Mall.   I saw Bob and the people who were with him. I said "Hi Bob I am Joe B. Stewart. I met you in New Orleans at the Mardi Gras in 1964. Do you remember me?"
He stopped and turned around and said yes. We began a short conversation and then he asked where the Sun Rhythm band was playing. I told him they were finished for the day but would be playing at The Twist and Shout in Bethesda, Maryland that same night. He asked where Bethesda was.

Bob asked me if I was going to his concert the next day. I told him no but that my son was going.
He asked me why I was not going. I said because I didn't like those large stadiums like RFK in D.C.
He said he didnt either.
Note: The other reason I didn't want to go was that I planned to be back down on the Mall the next day listening to the Sun Rhythm Section. I would much rather hear the Sun Rhythm Section band play than The Greatful Dead and Tom Petty with Bob. And I did go back down to the Mall the next day July 6, 1986 and really enjoyed some good rocking 1950s style music while the Deadheads suffered in the heat at RFK.

I feel sure if he was free and not working he would have come back down to the Mall to hear the Sun Rhythm Section play again himself.

We walked over to the volunteer section of the Festival and sat at a picnic bench. I introduced him to my wife Rachel.
    Several people asked for his autograph and he said no.
  He also told one of his entourage to tell people not to take his picture. He told one of his men, "Go tell that guy it is 100 dollars to take my picture".
   The founder of the Festival was Ralph Rinzler(now deceased)walked up and said hello to Bob. He had known Bob in the early 1960's in Greenwich Village. Rinzler was a member of the folk group The Greenbriar Boys.
    Ralph asked Bob for some money to help restore Woody Guthrie's home in NY. Bob said "Tell me where to send the money. I will tell Bruce and Willie also".

About the Sun Rhythm Section Bob told me, "Have you got any idea how long I have waited to hear these guys". 
Bob Dylan did show up that night at the Twist and Shout in Bethesda, Maryland which was just a small dance hall in a local American Legion hall.
   Dylan sat off in a corner with his back to the wall. He kept a long table in front of him and one of his bodyguards kept people from approaching him. He also kept his black sunglasses on all the time staring straight ahead until the Sun Rhythm Section began their set. Bob got up and went right up front.
    After the set he asked to speak to the drummer J. M. Van Eaton. Bob asked him on what Jerry Lee Lewis records had he played and Van Eaton told him all the early hits.
Bob and J.M. Van Eaton had their picture taken together.
 Shortly after that Bob and his entourage left. I walked outside and saw them turning around in their long black limosine and off they went.

Note: The next year when the Sun Rhythm Section returned to The Twist And Shout J.M. Van Eaton was no longer with the band. Elvis's former drummer D.J. Fontana was now on drums.
I was told J.M. Van Eaton did not want to travel.

The next day(July 6, 1986) at RFK stadium Bob and the Greatful Dead and Tom Petty played for a large crowd. The temperature was around 105 degrees. Jerry Garcia passed out from heat exhaustion. Dylan's sound was terrible. No one could understand anything. After the show Bob Dylan fired that sound man or at least that is what I read in the newspaper.
Below is a link to some good descriptions of the show July 6 and July 7 at RFK stadium.
Below Paul Burlison takes us around Memphis and points out the sites from the old days(1950s).

Click on the label Bob Dylan below to read many more of my posts on Bob Dylan. One of them is my very first post on this blog. It is about meeting Bob Dylan at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 1964.
When I asked Bob in 1986 what he remembered about that Mardi Gras in 1964 he said, "The Greek Bars".
They were called the Acropolis and The Gin Mill. Both are now closed. They were located on Decatur Street in the French Quarter. See my post about that 1964 Mardi Gras to read more on those Greek Bars.

A Suicide At Notre Dame Cathedral In Paris Kills A 22 Year Old American Girl By Falling On Her October 1964

I remember reading this in the newspaper in October 1964. I had just returned from Paris the month before.
I have never forgotten it.

PARIS, Oct. 2 -- A 22-year-old American woman was killed today outside Notre Dame Cathedral when another woman, in an apparent suicide leap, plunged on her from the north tower of the cathedral.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Robert Stone Used This Incident From 1972 About A Guy Trying To Throw Robert McNamara Off The Ferry From Martha's Vineyard In A Short Story

Someone told me this morning about this incident from 1972 when a 27 year old artist tried to throw Robert McNamara off the ferry from Martha's Vineyard. I  had never heard of the incident.
Robert Stone used the idea in the story The Wine-Dark Sea that it in his collection of short stories called FUN WITH PROBLEMS. It is my favorite story in the book.

The link below is about FUN WITH PROBLEMS.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bob Dylan And The Movies Film Dialogue In The Lyrics Of Bob Dylan

The Sunrise Deli in Hibbing Minnesota. Formerly The Lybba Theater where Bob Dylan went to see movies.
I always knew he lifted lines from movies but I didn't know the full extent of that until I found this website.

I get the impression there was nothing much for him to do growing up in Hibbing, Minnesota but to go to the movies(also called "the picture show") and go home and play rock and roll in his garage.

The Lybba Theater was built in 1947. It closed in October of 1982. In 1984, the building was sold and it is now the home of the Sunrise Deli. The marquee is still used by the deli.
What gives this former theater some notoriety, is the fact that singer Bob Dylan (aka Bob Zimmerman) attended this theater many times while growing up in Hibbing. The theater was owned by Bob’s uncles. Their names were Max, Julius and Sam Edelstein. The Lybba Theater was named after Bob’s Grandmother, Lybba Edelstein.

Click on the label Bob Dylan  below to see and read 19 more posts on this blog about Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Place Where John Wilkes Booth Died Between Port Royal, Virginia And Bowling Green, Virginia

The actual spot is well hidden. You have to look hard for it. It is almost like someone doesn't want you to be able to find it.

I finally found a good video of the place. See below.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Making Lemons Out Of Lemonade In Bethesda Maryland Near The U.S. Open Golf Tournament

Montgomery County Maryland is one of the most regulated and over regulated counties in The United States.
Two days ago they busted and closed down a lemonade stand near the U.S. Open.
Now they have reversed that foolish mistake. The Washington Post has it covered.


No vendor’s permit? Sorry, kids: Move along. (But Montgomery drops the fine.)

By Michael Laris, Friday, June 17,11:35 PM

Lemonade stands are supposed to come with lessons — about camaraderie, teamwork, entre­pre­neur­ship.

Or, if you are in an elegant swath of Montgomery County, outside the gates of Congressional Country Club and the U.S. Open, the all-American rite of passage might instead become a master class in government overreach and how officials can score some truly atrocious press.

Near the U.S. Open in Bethesda, Sofia Fernandez, 9, tries to attract business. Her family’s stand, like another, had to be relocated after a Montgomery County inspector warned of safety concerns.

But is there any extra credit for the complete backpedal?

First, the basics: On Thursday, the first day of the Open, a cameraman from WUSA (Channel 9) captured a county inspector attempting to shut down a roadside stand manned by a half-dozen adorable children. They didn’t have a vendor’s permit, the inspector informed the moms. The result? A $500 ticket.

By the time Rory McIlroy ended opening day at the top of the leader board, the county had backed down, canceled the fine and greenlighted the stand a few dozen feet away, down a side street. But the story of the original fine snowballed across the Web and airwaves Friday, eliciting outrage and amusement.

“Waterboard them!!!” wrote one Web commenter of the kids, who had planned to give half the proceeds to the fight against pediatric cancer.

“I just think the whole thing was kind of insane that they made such a big deal about a small problem,” said Isabella, 13, a big sister standing near Persimmon Tree Road and Country Club Drive in Bethesda on Friday, “just watching the littles” as they resumed hawking bottles of natural cranberry lemonade in the afternoon sun. “In the first place, I don’t know how a 10-year-old could get a permit.”

Montgomery officials were chastened but unapologetic.

“It wasn’t that we were the big hand of county government trying to come down and squash anything. It was, we’re trying to find a solution to a problem,” said Jennifer Hughes, acting director for Montgomery’s Department of Permitting Services. “We were attempting to do what government is charged with doing, which is protecting communities and protecting the safety of people.”

Not that anyone else was seeing it that way. The vitriol, Hughes said, kept pouring into county e-mail boxes, with officials “being accused of being un-American, squelching children’s entrepreneurial spirit, just plain old, ‘You suck!’ ”

Hughes said the goal of county policy is to protect the suburban neighborhood from becoming a humming, street-side marketplace of illegal vendors like you might see outside another sports venue that lures hundreds of thousands of spectators. The vendor laws “don’t distinguish whether it’s little kids selling lemonade or if it’s some adults doing it for profit,” she said.

Of course, the public does distinguish between those things, even if the operation was not your grandfather’s Mayberry lemonade stand. There was a tent for shade, five plastic coolers, and a couple of industrial steel ones packed with ice and cans of Coke and Diet Coke. For the fundraiser, the kids’ parents had also secured cases of bottled lemonade wholesale from the Bethesda-based company Honest Tea. “Cold Drinks $2.00” read the paper sign.

And the neighbors being protected tend not to be the type of folks who take lightly to being told what to do.

Norman Augustine, former head of Lockheed Martin and the Red Cross, had helped his grandchildren build the wooden wagon-top stand sitting at the front of the tent, complete with a hand-drawn snowman poster, and he was the one who ended up with the nullified $500 fine. David Marriott, a member of the family behind the Bethesda-based hotel chain, and his wife, Carrie, were among the other adults who helped organize the renegade stand.

“You’re at the crime scene,” said Rene Augustine, a mom and retired lawyer.

“We stuck to our guns,” added Carrie Marriott.

The lesson for the kids?

“When something’s right, you stand up for your beliefs,” Carrie Marriott said. “That’s what America’s about. It’s about free enterprise. It’s about taking an idea, making it happen and making it successful.”

David Marriott emphasized how happy he was that the county decided to let things slide. A county official had actually come by Thursday night and bought a couple of drinks, letting them keep the change.

“Hooligans!” exclaimed one passerby Friday, momentarily confusing kids whose sarcasm detectors might have been a little rusty after all the talk of government enforcement.

After all the hubbub, the kids had decided that 100 percent of their take should go to the charity, Just Tryan It, which is running a kids’ triathlon Sunday in Bethesda.

“I learned that kids with cancer need the money way more than we do,” said Christian, 10.

Jack, 7, was focused on location, location and their original higher-traffic spot a chip shot away, which is now off-limits.

“Before, we could like run over there and jump up and down,” Jack said. “Now we can just stand here going, ‘Cold Drinks! Cold Drinks!’ It’s a lot more successful when everybody’s by the corner.”

Sex Without Guilt Albert Ellis

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Albert Ellis

Born September 27, 1913(1913-09-27)


Died July 24, 2007(2007-07-24)

New York

Residence United States

Nationality American

Fields Clinical psychology, philosophy & psychotherapy

Known for Formulating and developing Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Notable awards 2003 award from the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (UK), Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 1996 Outstanding Clinician Award, American Psychological Association 1985 award for Distinguished professional contributions to Applied Research, American Humanist Association 1971 award for "Humanist of the Year", New York slate Psychological Association 2006 Lifetime Distinguished Service Award, American Counseling Association 1988 ACA Professional Development Award, National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists' Outstanding Contributions to CBT Award

Albert Ellis (September 27, 1913 – July 24, 2007) was an American psychologist who in 1955 developed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). He held M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University and American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He also founded and was the president emeritus of the New York City-based Albert Ellis Institute.[1] He is generally considered to be one of the originators of the cognitive revolutionary paradigm shift in psychotherapy and the founder of cognitive-behavioral therapies. Based on a 1982 professional survey of U.S. and Canadian psychologists, he was considered as the second most influential psychotherapist in history (Carl Rogers ranked first in the survey; Sigmund Freud was ranked third).[2] Prior to his death, Psychology Today described him as the “greatest living psychologist.” [3]

Contents [hide]

1 Early life

2 Education and early career

3 Early theoretical contributions to psychotherapy

4 Work as sexologist and sex and love researcher

5 Ellis and religion

6 Later life

6.1 Professional contributions

6.2 Public appearance

6.3 Final years

7 Published works

8 See also

9 References

10 Further reading

11 External links

11.1 Main websites

11.2 Articles and features

[edit] Early lifeEllis was born to a Jewish family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1913. He was the eldest of three children. Ellis' father was a businessman, often away from home on business trips, who reportedly showed only a modicum of affection to his children.

In his autobiography, Ellis characterized his mother as a self-absorbed woman with a bipolar disorder. At times, according to Ellis, she was a "bustling chatterbox who never listened." She would expound on her strong opinions on most subjects, but rarely provided a factual basis for these views. Like his father, Ellis' mother was emotionally distant from her children. Ellis recounted that she was often sleeping when he left for school and usually not home when he returned. Instead of reporting feeling bitter, he took on the responsibility of caring for his siblings. He purchased an alarm clock with his own money and woke and dressed his younger brother and sister. When the Great Depression struck, all three children sought work to assist the family. Ellis was sickly as a child and suffered numerous health problems through his youth. At the age of five he was hospitalized with a kidney disease.[4] He was also hospitalized with tonsillitis, which led to a severe streptococcal infection requiring emergency surgery. He reported that he had eight hospitalizations between the ages of five and seven, one of which lasted nearly a year. His parents provided little emotional support for him during these years, rarely visiting or consoling him. Ellis stated that he learned to confront his adversities as he had "developed a growing indifference to that dereliction". Illness was to follow Ellis throughout his life; at age 40 he developed diabetes.[5]

Ellis had exaggerated fears of speaking in public and during his adolescence he was extremely shy around women. At age 19, already showing signs of thinking like a cognitive-behavioral therapist, he forced himself to talk to 100 women in the Bronx Botanical Gardens over a period of a month. Even though he did not get a date, he reported that he desensitized himself to his fear of rejection by women.

[edit] Education and early careerEllis entered the field of clinical psychology after first earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from the City University of New York in 1934. He began a brief career in business, followed by one as a writer. These endeavors took place during the Great Depression that began in 1929, and Ellis found that business was poor and had no success in publishing his fiction. Finding that he could write non-fiction well, Ellis researched and wrote on human sexuality. His lay counseling in this subject convinced him to seek a new career in clinical psychology.

In 1942, Ellis began his studies for a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, which trained psychologists mostly in psychoanalysis. He completed his Master of Arts in clinical psychology from Teachers College in June 1943, and started a part-time private practice while still working on his PhD degree – possibly because there was no licensing of psychologists in New York at that time. Ellis began publishing articles even before receiving his Ph.D.; in 1946 he wrote a critique of many widely used pencil-and-paper personality tests. He concluded that only the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory met the standards of a research-based instrument.

In 1947 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (doctorate) at Columbia, and at that time Ellis had come to believe that psychoanalysis was the deepest and most effective form of therapy. Like most psychologists of that time, he was interested in the theories of Sigmund Freud. He sought additional training in psychoanalysis and then began to practice classical psychoanalysis. Shortly after receiving his Ph.D. in 1947, Ellis began a personal analysis and program of supervision with Richard Hulbeck (whose own analyst had been Hermann Rorschach, a leading training analyst at the Karen Horney Institute and the developer of the Rorschach inkblot test). At that time he taught at New York University and Rutgers University and held a couple of leading staff positions. At this time Ellis' faith in psychoanalysis was gradually crumbling.[6]

[edit] Early theoretical contributions to psychotherapyOf psychologists, the writings of Karen Horney, Alfred Adler, Erich Fromm and Harry Stack Sullivan would arguably be some of the greatest influences in Ellis's thinking and played a role in shaping his psychological models. Ellis credits Alfred Korzybski,[7] his book, Science and Sanity,[8] and general semantics for starting him on the philosophical path for founding rational therapy. In addition modern and ancient philosophy and his own experiences heavily influenced his new theoretical developments to psychotherapy.[6]

By January 1953 his break with psychoanalysis was complete, and he began calling himself a rational therapist. Ellis was now advocating a new more active and directive type of psychotherapy. By 1955 he dubbed his new approach Rational Therapy (RT). In RT, the therapist sought to help the client understand — and act on the understanding — that his personal philosophy contained beliefs that contributed to his own emotional pain. This new approach stressed actively working to change a client's self-defeating beliefs and behaviours by demonstrating their irrationality, self-defeatism and rigidity. Ellis believed that through rational analysis and cognitive reconstruction, people could understand their self-defeatingness in light of their core irrational beliefs and then develop more rational constructs.

In 1954 Ellis began teaching his new techniques to other therapists, and by 1957 he formally set forth the first cognitive behavior therapy by proposing that therapists help people adjust their thinking and behavior as the treatment for emotional and behavioural problems. Two years later Ellis published How to Live with a Neurotic, which elaborated on his new method. In 1960 Ellis presented a paper on his new approach at the American Psychological Association (APA) convention in Chicago. There was mild interest, but few recognized that the paradigm set forth would become the zeitgeist within a generation. At that time the prevailing interest in experimental psychology was behaviorism, while in clinical psychology it was the psychoanalytic schools of notables such as Freud, Jung, Adler, and Perls. Despite the fact that Ellis' approach emphasized cognitive, emotive, and behavioral methods, his strong cognitive emphasis provoked the psychotherapeutic establishment with the possible exception of the followers of Adler. Consequently, he was often received with significant hostility at professional conferences and in print.[9] He regularly held seminars where he would bring a participant up on stage and treat them. His treatments were famed for often being delivered in a rough, confrontational style.

Despite the relative slow adoption of his approach in the beginning, Ellis founded his own institute. The Institute for Rational Living was founded as a non-profit organization in 1959. By 1968 it was chartered by the New York State Board of Regents as a training institute and psychological clinic.

[edit] Work as sexologist and sex and love researcherBy the 1960s, Ellis had come to be seen as one of the founders of the American sexual revolution. Especially in his earlier career, he was well known for his work as a sexologist and for his liberal humanistic, and controversial[citation needed] in some camps, opinions on human sexuality. He also worked with noted zoologist and sex researcher Alfred Kinsey and explored in a number of books and articles the topic of human sexuality and love. Sex and love relations was something he had a professional interest in even from the beginning of his career.

In 1958 he published his classic book Sex Without Guilt which came to be known for its liberal sexual attitudes. He contributed to Paul Krassner's magazine The Realist; among its articles, in 1964 he authored if this be heresy... Is pornography harmful to children?[10] In 1965 Ellis published a book entitled Homosexuality: Its Causes and Cure, which partly saw homosexuality as a pathology and therefore a condition to be cured. In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association reversed its position on homosexuality by declaring that it was not a mental disorder and thus not properly subject to cure, and in 1976 Ellis clarified his earlier views in Sex and the Liberated Man, expounding that some homosexual disturbed behaviors may be subject to treatment but, in most cases, that should not be attempted as homosexuality is not inherently good or evil, except from a religious viewpoint (See "Albert Ellis and religion", below). Near the end of his life, he finally updated and re-wrote Sex Without Guilt in 2001 and released as Sex Without Guilt in the Twenty-First Century. In this book, he expounded and enhanced his humanistic view on sexual ethics and morality and dedicated a chapter on homosexuality to giving homosexuals advice and suggestion on how to more greatly enjoy and enhance their sexual love lives. While preserving some of the ideas about human sexuality from the original, the revision constituted his current humanistic opinions and ethical ideals.

[edit] Ellis and religionIn his original version of his book Sex Without Guilt, Ellis expressed the opinion that religious restrictions on sexual expression are often needless and harmful to emotional health. He also famously debated religious psychologists, including Orval Hobart Mowrer and Allen Bergin, over the proposition that religion often contributed to psychological distress. Because of his forthright espousal of a nontheistic humanism, he was recognized in 1971 as Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association. Ellis most recently described himself as a probabilistic atheist, meaning that while he acknowledged that he could not be completely certain there is no god, he believed the probability a god exists was so small that it was not worth his or anyone else's attention.[11]

While Ellis’ personal atheism and humanism remained consistent, his views about the role of religion in mental health changed over time. In early comments delivered at conventions and at his institute in New York City, Ellis overtly and often with characteristically acerbic delivery stated that devout religious beliefs and practices were harmful to mental health. In The Case Against Religiosity, a 1980 pamphlet published by his New York institute, he offered an idiosyncratic definition of religiosity as any devout, dogmatic and demanding belief. He noted that religious codes and religious individuals often manifest religiosity, but added that devout, demanding religiosity is also obvious among many orthodox psychotherapists and psychoanalysts, devout political believers and aggressive atheists.

Ellis was careful to state that REBT was independent of his atheism, noting that many skilled REBT practitioners are religious, including some who are ordained ministers. In his later days he significantly toned down his opposition to religion. While Ellis maintained his firm atheistic stance, proposing that thoughtful, probabilistic atheism was likely the most emotionally healthy approach to life, he acknowledged and agreed with survey evidence suggesting that belief in a loving god can also be psychologically healthy.[12] Based on this later approach to religion, he reformulated his professional and personal view in one of his last books The Road to Tolerance, and he also co-authored a book, Counseling and Psychotherapy with Religious Persons: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Approach, with two religious psychologists, Stevan Lars Nielsen and W. Brad Johnson, describing principles for integrating religious material and beliefs with REBT during treatment of religious clients.

[edit] Later life[edit] Professional contributionsWhile many of his ideas were criticized during the 1950s and '60s by the psychotherapeutic establishment, his reputation grew immensely during the next decades. From the 1960s on, his prominence was steadily growing as the cognitive behavioural therapies (CBT) were gaining further theoretical and scientific ground.[13] From then, CBT, which was founded by Aaron T. Beck, the father of cognitive therapy, gradually became one of the most popular systems of psychotherapy in many countries. In the late 1960s his institute launched a professional journal, and in the early 70s established "The Living School" for children between 6 and 13. The school provided a curriculum that incorporated the principles of RE(B)T. Despite its relative short life, interest groups generally expressed satisfaction with its programmer.[13] Ellis had such an impact that in a 1982 survey, American and Canadian clinical psychologists and counsellors ranked him ahead of Freud when asked to name the figure who had exerted the greatest influence on their field. Also, in 1982, a large analysis of psychology journals published in the US, found that Ellis was the most cited author after 1957.[13] In 1985, the APA presented Dr. Ellis with its award for "distinguished professional contributions".

He held many important positions in many professional societies including the Division of Consulting Psychology of the APA, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, American Association of Marital and Family Therapy, the American Academy of Psychotherapists and the American Association of Sex Educators, Counsellors, and Therapists. In addition Ellis also served as consulting or associate editor of many scientific journals. Many professional societies gave Ellis their highest professional and clinical awards.

In the mid 1990s he finally renamed his psychotherapy and behavior change system, originally known as Rational Therapy, then Rational-Emotive Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. This he did to stress the interrelated importance of cognition, emotion and behaviour in his therapeutic approach. In 1994 he also updated and revised his original, 1962 classic book, "Reason and Emotion in Psychotherapy". Over the next years he continued developing the theory underlying his system for psychotherapy and behaviour change and in its practical applications[disambiguation needed].

[edit] Public appearanceHis work also extended into areas other than psychology, including education, politics, business and philosophy. He eventually became a prominent and confrontational social commenter and public speaker on a wide array of issues. During his career he publicly debated a vast amount of people who represented opposing views to his; this included for example debates with psychologist Nathaniel Branden on Objectivism and psychiatrist Thomas Szasz on the topic of mental illness. On numerous occasions he further presented inductive critiques on opposing psychotherapeutic approaches in addition to on several occasions questioning some of the doctrines in certain dogmatic religious systems, spiritualism and mysticism.

From 1965 on to the end of his life, through four decades, he led his famous Friday Night Live group seminars of REBT with volunteers from the audience for gatherings of often hundreds or more. The 1970s found him introducing his popular "rational humorous songs", which combined humorous lyrics with a rational and self-helping message set to a popular tune. Ellis became known and often applauded for “unshamefully” singing them aloud with his high pitched and nasal voice. In addition Ellis held workshops and seminars on mental health and psychotherapy all over the world all up until his 90s.

[edit] Final yearsUntil he fell ill at the age of 92 in 2006, Dr. Ellis typically worked at least 16 hours a day, writing books in longhand on legal tablets, visiting with clients and teaching. On his 90th birthday in 2003 he received congratulatory messages from well-known public figures such as then-President George W. Bush, New York senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the Dalai Lama, who sent a silk scarf blessed for the occasion.[14][15] In 2004 Ellis was taken ill with serious intestinal problems, which led to hospitalization and the removal of his large intestine. He returned to work after a few months of being nursed back to health by Debbie Joffe, his assistant, who later became his wife.

In 2005 he was subjected to removal from all his professional duties and from the board of his own institute after a dispute over the management policies of the institute. Ellis was reinstated to the board in January 2006, after winning civil proceedings against the board members who removed him.[16] On June 6, 2007, lawyers acting for Albert Ellis filed a suit against the Albert Ellis Institute in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. The suit alleges a breach of a long-term contract with the AEI and sought recovery of the 45 East 65th Street property through the imposition of a constructive trust.[17]

Despite his series of health issues and a profound hearing loss Ellis never stopped working relentlessly with his professional activities. His wife, Australian psychologist Debbie Joffe, assisted him in his work. Then in April 2006, Ellis was hospitalized with pneumonia, and spent more than a year shuttling between hospital and a rehabilitation facility. He eventually returned to his residence on the top floor of the Albert Ellis Institute.

At the time of his death on July 24, 2007, Dr. Ellis served as President Emeritus of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and had authored and co-authored more than 80 books and 1200 articles (including eight hundred scientific papers) during his lifetime. He died from natural causes, aged 93.[4]

During his final years he collaborated with Dr. Mike Abrams on his only college textbook Personality Theories: Critical Perspectives.[18] Ellis' penultimate book was an autobiography entitled "All Out!" published by Prometheus Books in June 2010. The book was dedicated to and contributed by his wife Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis to whom, Dr. Albert Ellis entrusted the legacy of REBT and described her as "The greatest love of my whole life, my whole life". In early 2011 the book Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy by Dr Albert Ellis and his wife Dr Debbie Joffe Ellis was released by the American Psychological Association. The book explains the essentials of the theory of REBT and is marketed towards for students of psychology and counseling.

In eulogy of Albert Ellis, APA past president Frank Farley states, “Psychology has had a handful of legendary figures who not only command attention across much of the discipline but also receive high recognition from the public for their work. Albert Ellis was such a figure, known inside and outside of psychology for his astounding originality, his provocative ideas, and his provocative personality. He bestrode the practice of psychotherapy like a colossus…” [19]

[edit] Published worksThis list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.

The Folklore of Sex, Oxford, England: Charles Boni, 1951.

The Homosexual in America: A Subjective Approach (introduction). NY: Greenberg, 1951.

The American Sexual Tragedy. NY: Twayne, 1954.

Sex Life of the American woman and the Kinsey Report. Oxford, England: Greenberg, 1954.

The Psychology of Sex Offenders. Springfield, IL: Thomas, 1956.

How To Live With A Neurotic. Oxford, England: Crown Publishers, 1957.

Sex Without Guilt. NY: Hillman, 1958.

The Art and Science of Love. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1960.

A Guide to Successful Marriage, with Robert A. Harper. North Hollywood, CA: Wilshire Book, 1961.

Creative Marriage, with Robert A. Harper. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1961.

The Encyclopedia of Sexual Behavior, edited with Albert Abarbanel. NY: Hawthorn, 1961.

The American Sexual Tragedy, 2nd Ed. rev. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1962.

Reason and Emotion In Psychotherapy. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1962.

Sex and the Single Man. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1963.

If This Be Sexual Heresy. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1963.

Nymphomania: A Study of the Oversexed Woman, with Edward Sagarin. NY: Gilbert Press, 1964.

Homosexuality: Its causes and Cures. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1965.

Is Objectivism a Religion. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1968.

Murder and Assassination, with John M. Gullo. NY: Lyle Stuart, 1971.

A Guide to Rational Living. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall, 1961.

Humanistic Psychotherapy, NY McGraw, 1974 Sagarin ed.

A New Guide to Rational Living. Wilshire Book Company, 1975. ISBN 0-87980-042-9.

Anger: How to Live With and Without It. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel Press, 1977. ISBN 0-8065-0937-6.

Handbook of Rational-Emotive Therapy, with Russell Greiger & contributors. NY: Springer Publishing, 1977.

Overcoming Procrastination: Or How to Think and Act Rationally in Spite of Life's Inevitable Hassles, with William J. Knaus. Institute for Rational Living, 1977. ISBN 0-917476-04-2.

How to Live With a Neurotic. Wilshire Book Company, 1979. ISBN 0-87980-404-1.

Overcoming Resistance: Rational-Emotive Therapy With Difficult Clients. NY: Springer Publishing, 1985. ISBN 0-8261-4910-3.

When AA Doesn't Work For You: Rational Steps to Quitting Alcohol, with Emmett Velten. Barricade Books, 1992. ISBN 0-942637-53-4.

The Art and Science of Rational Eating, with Mike Abrams and Lidia Abrams. Barricade Books, 1992. ISBN 0-942637-60-7.

How to Cope with a Fatal Illness, with Mike Abrams. Barricade Books, 1994. ISBN 1-56980-005-7.

Reason and Emotion In Psychotherapy, Revised and Updated. Secaucus, NJ: Carol Publishing Group, 1994. ISBN 1-55972-248-7.

How to Keep People from Pushing Your Buttons, with Arthur Lange. Citadel Press, 1995. ISBN 0-8065-1670-4.

Alcohol: How to Give It Up and Be Glad You Did, with Philip Tate Ph.D. See Sharp Press, 1996. ISBN 1-884365-10-8.

How to Control Your Anger Before It Controls You, with Raymond Chip Tafrate. Citadel Press, 1998. ISBN 0-8065-2010-8.

Optimal Aging: Get Over Getting Older, with Emmett Velten. Chicago, Open Court Press, 1998. ISBN 0-8126-9383-3.

How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable About Anything: Yes, Anything", Lyle Stuart, 2000, ISBN 0-8184-0456-6.

Making Intimate Connections: Seven Guidelines for Great Relationships and Better Communication, with Ted Crawford. Impact Publishers, 2000. ISBN 1-886230-33-1.

The Secret of Overcoming Verbal Abuse: Getting Off the Emotional Roller Coaster and Regaining Control of Your Life, with Marcia Grad Powers. Wilshire Book Company, 2000. ISBN 0-87980-445-9.

Counseling and Psychotherapy With Religious Persons: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Approach, with Stevan Lars Nielsen and W. Brad Johnson. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001. ISBN 0-8058-2878-8.

Overcoming Destructive Beliefs, Feelings, and Behaviors: New Directions for Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Prometheus Books, 2001. ISBN 1-57392-879-8.

Feeling Better, Getting Better, Staying Better: Profound Self-Help Therapy For Your Emotions. Impact Publishers, 2001. ISBN 1-886230-35-8.

Case Studies In Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy With Children and Adolescents, with Jerry Wilde. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Prentice Hall, 2002. ISBN 0-13-087281-4.

Overcoming Resistance: A Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy Integrated Approach, 2nd ed. NY: Springer Publishing, 2002. ISBN 0-8261-4912-X.

Ask Albert Ellis: Straight Answers and Sound Advice from America's Best-Known Psychologist. Impact Publishers, 2003. ISBN 1-886230-51-X.

Sex Without Guilt in the 21st Century. Barricade Books, 2003. ISBN 1-56980-258-0.

Dating, Mating, and Relating. How to Build a Healthy Relationship, with Robert A. Harper. Citadel Press Books, 2003. ISBN 0-8065-2454-5

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: It Works For Me—It Can Work For You. Prometheus Books, 2004. ISBN 1-59102-184-7.

The Road to Tolerance: The Philosophy of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. Prometheus Books, 2004. ISBN 1-59102-237-1.

The Myth of Self-Esteem. Prometheus Books, 2005. ISBN 1-59102-354-8.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: A Therapist's Guide (2nd Edition), with Catharine MacLaren. Impact Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-886230-61-7.

How to Make Yourself Happy and Remarkably Less Disturbable. Impact Publishers, 1999. ISBN 1-886230-18-8.

Rational Emotive Behavioral Approaches to Childhood Disorders • Theory, Practice and Research 2nd Edition. With Michael E. Bernard (Eds.). Springer SBM, 2006. ISBN 978-0-387-26374-8

Growth Through Reason: Verbatim Cases In Rational-Emotive Therapy Science and Behavior Books. Palo Alto, California. 1971.

Theories of Personality: Critical Perspectives, with Mike Abrams, PhD, and Lidia Abrams, PhD. New York: Sage Press, 7/2008 ISBN 978-1-4129-1422-2 (This was his final work, published posthumously).

All Out!. Prometheus Books, 2009. ISBN 1-59102-452-8.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, American Psychological Association, ISBN-13:978-1-4338-0961-3

[edit] See alsoAlfred Korzybski

Paul Tillich

Bertrand Russell

Karl Popper

George Kelly

Alfred Adler

Aaron T. Beck

Martin Seligman

Albert Bandura

William Glasser

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Therapy

Clinical psychology

Counselling psychology

Mental health

History of psychotherapy



[edit] References^ Albert Ellis Institute

^ New York Times: Despite Illness and Lawsuits, a Famed Psychotherapist Is Temporarily Back in Session December 16, 2006

^ Prospect Magazine: Albert Ellis. August 1, 2007 Issue 137 Jules Evans

^ a b New York Times: Albert Ellis, Influential Psychotherapist, Dies at 93

^ An Interview with Albert Ellis, PhD Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

^ a b Albert Ellis institute: A Sketch of Albert Ellis[dead link]

^ Ellis A. (1991). General semantics and rational-emotive therapy: 1991 Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture. Institute of General Semantics

^ Korzybski A. (1933). Science and Sanity. Institute of General Semantics, 1994, ISBN 0-937298-01-8

^ Dr. Mike and Dr. Lidia Abrams: A Brief Biography of Dr. Albert Ellis 1913–2007

^ Albert Ellis, Ph.D. (1964) if this be heresy... Is pornography harmful to children?, in The Realist No.47 pp.17-8, 23

^ Nielsen, Stevan Lars & Ellis, Albert. (1994). A discussion with Albert Ellis: Reason, emotion and religion, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 13(4), Win 1994. pp. 327–341

^ Ellis A. (2000). Can rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) be effectively used with people who have devout beliefs in God and religion?. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 31(1), Feb 2000. pp. 29–33

^ a b c Yankura J. & Dryden W. (1994). Albert Ellis. SAGE.

^ Recollection of Stevan Lars Nielsen, Ph.D. who was present at the 90th birthday party

^ The New Yorker: The Human Condition – Ageless, Guiltless

^ NY Courts: Ellis v Broder (2006 NY Slip Op 26023)

^ William Knaus, Jon Geis, Ed Garcia. A Message in Support of Dr. Albert Ellis from Three Former Directors of Training of the Albert Ellis Institute

^ Ellis, A. & Abrams, M. (2008). Personality Theories: Critical Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, Ca.:Sage Publications.

^ Farley, F. (2009). Albert Ellis (1913–2007). American Psychologist, Vol 64(3), pp. 215–216

[edit] Further readingAlbert Ellis. Theories of Personality: Critical Perspectives, with Mike Abrams, PhD, and Lidia Abrams, PhD. New York: Sage Press, 2008

Emmett Velten. Under the Influence: Reflections of Albert Ellis in the Work of Others. See Sharp Press, 2007

Emmett Velten. Albert Ellis: American Revolutionary. See Sharp Press, 2009

Albert Ellis. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy: It Works for Me – It Can Work for You by Albert Ellis. Prometheus Books, 2004

Joseph Yankura and Windy Dryden. Albert Ellis (Key Figures in Counselling and Psychotherapy series). Sage Publications, 1994

[edit] External links[edit] Main websitesThe Albert Ellis Institute (New York City)

The REBT Network – Albert Ellis and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Albert-Ellis-Friends.Net: A Rational Oasis

Albert Ellis Biography Site

Albert Ellis Information Site

Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy

[ Wife of Dr Albert Ellis and REBT Lecturer

[ Edinburgh REBT Practitioner

[edit] Articles and An Interview with Albert Ellis Albert Ellis

Santa Maria Times: Dr. Albert Ellis and his legacy

Boston Herald: Shrink was ours for a song – One last refrain for Albert Ellis

Prospect Magazine: Portrait – Albert Ellis

Friday, June 17, 2011

Eric Hoffer The True Believer And More

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The link below is to Eric Hoffer quotes.
   The link below is all about The True Believer.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Toy Sailboats At The Luxembourg Gardens Paris

We also once saw a remote controlled toy submarine being operated in this same place.

Carousel In The Luxembourg Gardens in Paris France And More

     This is how they do the carousel in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. The kids are given little sticks and try to catch metal rings from the box the man holds out for them each time around.

Click on the video to go to YouTube to see more about this carousel and other things for kids in the Luxembourg Gardens.

Pony Rides For Kids In The Luxembourg Gardens. See below and click to go to Youtube for more.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Dentzel Carousel Meridian Mississippi

Click and double click to enlarge and read the brochure.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tuba Skinny Is Leaving New Orleans And Heading To Australia Read All About It And Hear An Audio From Their New Album

Visit their website in the link below.

Two songs in the video above. The song You Gotta Give Me Some starts around 6:04 on the timer above.
You can move the bar across and go right to it if you want to skip the first song.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Crawfish Boil At Bayou Bakery In Arlington, Virginia Today. Chef David Gaus Tells All About It

Here is some more about this New Orleans style restaurant here in Arlington, Va.