Latest Bruce Conner Stories

2008-10-02 03:00:30

By Walker, Jesse The late Bruce Conner made lasting art out of junk. WHEN THE Wichita-bred filmmaker Bruce Conner moved to San Francisco in 1957, he was stimulated by the bohemian individualism of the Beat scene, by the bustling avantgarde art community, and, above all, by the city's garbage men. "In San Francisco," he told an interviewer in 1983, "the trash was picked up by an organization call the Scavengers Protective Association. They went around the city with big trucks, gathering the...

2005-12-29 15:29:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bruce Conner failed to qualify for the U.S. speed skating team in 1976. He promptly put his skates away, went to college, got married and became an airline pilot. Now, nearly 30 years after the Innsbruck Games, at the age of 49, Conner is back trying to make the 2006 Olympics squad in Turin in February. He has qualified to compete this week in Kearns, Utah for a spot on the U.S. team. Most of his rivals are younger than his own children who watch him from the...

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Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'