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All About Barbra17Allaboutbarbra.blogspot.comUs! Yes, we finally have a Blog. It came about due to sheer boredom actually.Recovering from carpel tunnel (wrist) surgery, I was going insane while offwork and being stuck inside most of the time. I stumbled on Blogger, clickedhere and there, and after adding some news and a newly releasedFockerpicture,I realised it was fun! Pages were added (Movies, TV Specials, a Gallery etc. etc.)and we have a mighty packed blog! Thanks for all your emails and support ofthe blog, which enjoyed almost 10,000 hits in its first two months alone. The Blog will be the place for 'current' news, although we may include a briefroundup of happenings in the 'online' magazine.Overall, you likely will have noticed a thread developing - everyone behindeach web endeavour, be it a Blog or a web site, have helped one another.This is something I have found very refreshing and encouraging. I believe, ultimately, the winners are the fans and Barbra. The fans have a placeto go and read about Barbra. Great features and opinions often written andpresented by fans. Fans who try to find and present the truth. Fans who exercisewise discernment when considering rumours, hearsay and obvious rubbish topresent. It's a popular alternative to the press and the mis-quotes, mean-spiritedand often baseless reporting. We know from feedback here at the magazine fanseverywhere appreciate this. Barbra wins. These web pages are out there,promoting her, presenting that alternative and make no mistake, she appreciatesthese efforts enormously. My personal attitude is, if any of the web pages have news we don't have - wecan either get the news for ourselves or simply post a link that directs fans to thenews (especially when it's fun!). I don't care for being competitive, being firstor being number one. And, I believe everyone else thinks likewise. It really is alot more fun!We at the magazine are grateful to those who have happily wrote about andfeatured the magazine as each new issue has appeared - thanks to you all. Ihope the harmony lives on! Bjsmusicguide.comThis was one of the very first web pages to pop up devoted to Barbra. Ourfriend, Mark Iskowitz, did a remarkable job of cataloguing and maintaininghis site. Each facet of Barbra's career was represented here, with live streamingof some of her recordings. Again, Mark, like others readily helped and promoted the magazine on hissite and at one point it was definitely the 'go to' place for all things Barbra!Recently, Mark decided, much to many fans' disappointment, to cull his siteand semi-retire from web based fandom. With his blessings, much of hiscatalogue has been adopted by Barbra-archives. BjsMusic.com still maintainsa site on the web and is worth visiting.BarbraStreisand.comBarbra's official web page has by and large disappointed some fans. Althoughit does offer official information and news, often it appears atBarbraStreisand.com long after fan-run sites have announced everything.Barbra does present much of her political rhetoric here, but, while interesting,it is mainly applicable to the US audience. I suspect much of the curtailing here is derived from copyright issues and thelike. Fans posting pictures with GETTY IMAGES slapped on them while naff tolook at, do tend to 'get away with it.' However, in order for anything to bepublished on an 'Official' board, it must be cleared (and likely paid for). WhenBarbra is snapped out and about, she doesn't own the rights to the pictures(even at events like the Oscars and Grammys etc). Regarding news andinformation, fans can speculate on rumour, it may come good, it may not, butwith fan sites that's OK. However 'Rumours that Barbra may Tour next year'would look a little outta whack on Barbra's site. (Imagine, you meet Barbra andshe says, "It's rumoured I may tour this year." You say, "Really? That would be great!"And she responds, "Uh, huh. It's just a rumour though.").Like other web pages, it too offers a posting board and again it is a strict, well-policed virtual community. When you post, it is first vetted then approved.There are games and interesting information bites. However, if you want tolearn anything substantial about Barbra, visit a fan site. BarbraNews.comThis Blog present news about Barbra (hence the title) as well as a forumwhere many fans meet and post. Again, I find the fans that post here are afriendly bunch. The like to share news and pictures and love to debate Barbra'smovies, music and even her politics. If you have just come to Barbra you canlearn a lot about Barbra's recent tour here. Other forums offer varieddiscussions as well as a video section and photo forum.Again, we advise anyone considering joining the virtual community to reada few threads. Lurk a while, get a feel and sense of the opinions and the peoplethere then join in - it really can be fun!SimplyStreisand.comCreated and run by Michael Roman, this is one of the best virtualcommunities out there. Michael runs a tight ship and the board is wellpoliced. Fans visit this board to share and enjoy daily Barbra information,whether it happened that day or ten years ago.There are several forums to visit, a gallery forum, video forum and anothernamed 'Where is it written' where you can find rare/interesting articles andinterviews fans have posted.Ever expanding, Michael tells us he is currently working on the site and willbe providing additional pages. In addition to this, he, with Allison (Waldman)has created a real interesting site titled Simply Showbiz.com. Here all thingsshowbiz grace the site. If you are passionate about showbiz, movies, TV Shows,Theatre etc., then SimplyShowbiz is the place for you. Likewise, if you wouldlike to contribute editorial to the site, then Michael would like to hear fromyou. He can be easily reached at SimplyStriesand.com. SimplyStreisand recently became a friend of All About Barbra.While I knewof the site, I rarely visited. Unfortunately, as it sometimes happens in thefandom world, I had been told some unsavoury things about Michael and hissite. However, when Allison told me how Michael had come to her aid,without her asking, and helped her with the Nothing's Impossibleproject, Idecided to contact Michael and try to get to know him for myself. Heencouraged me to join the SimplyStreisand community; we're in touch oftenand the forum is a great gathering of fans.If you have never posted before but have been considering it, visitSimplyStreisand.

All About Barbra18Barbra Streisand was honoured on December 3,1984 with the Scopus Award of the HebrewUniversity of Jerusalem at the 15th AnnualScopus Award Gala. It was held at the BeverlyHilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Mistress of ceremo-nies wasactress, Shirley MacLaine. The evening's entertainmentwas provided by Barbra's friend, singer Neil Diamond."The black-tie gala raised $1.5 million in scholarships for students at theHebrew University in honour of Emanuel Streisand, Barbra's father. He wasa scholar and a teacher who died when Barbra was 15 months old. She said,'I know he's here tonight. I think he's very proud.' The recipients are to beknown as Emanuel Streisand Scholars.Barbra was honoured for herexcellence in her profession and fordevotion to the Jewish education, saidAbraham Harman, Chancellor of theHebrew University of Jerusalem. Hehosted Barbra in Jerusalem lastspring, when she dedicated theEmanuel Streisand Centre for JewishStudies on the Mount ScopusCampus of Hebrew University.Among previous recipients of theAward are First Lady Nancy Reagan,Frank and Barbara Sinatra, JohnWayne, Gregory Peck, Dinah Shore,and President Gerald Ford and MrsBetty Ford.Barbra entered the packed (1,500people) room to the musical strainsof Evergreen, and to the applause of many of Hollywood's finest. Guestsincluded George Burns, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Burt Bacharach andCarole Bayer Sager, Gregory and Veronique Peck, and Danny and RosemarieThomas.Co-chairman Vidal Sassoon had one of the evening's funniest lines. Hemade ma-ny references to Barbra's film Yentl as 'Yenta' only to be correctedby Barbra herself. He quipped, 'Yentl, Yenta what's the difference? I oncemade reference to Cedar's Sinai, as Caesar's Sinai!'Barbra looked radiant in a low-cut, gold gown, similar to one she wore inHello, Dolly!She had a matching gold and silver choker. She was escorted by,then, current boyfriend, composer Richard Baskin, and they exchanged manyprivate jokes du-ring the festivities.Barbra's mother was with her as she entered the pre-dinner photo session.Then Barbra, together with Israeli Ambas-sador Simcha Dinitz, ShirleyMacLaine and Neil Diamond posed with the Scopus Award. She said ofreceiving this honour, 'It was like the Bat Mitzvah I never had!Neil Diamond performed many of his songs from The Jazz Singeras well ashits from the 1960's like Cherry, Cherryand Play Me.He commented on beingvery honoured to sing for Barbra because he joked, 'Who else would sing foryou, Barbra? Not Barry Manilow!' He finished with You Don't Bring MeFlowers, Neil and Barbra's 1978 hit, and a guitar-accompanied Hava Nagila.As Barbra spoke of the members of the dais, she thanked Neil and said,'Many people think that You Don't Bring Me Flowerswas the first time thatNeil and I sang together, but they're wrong. It was in the chorus of ErasmusHigh School in Brooklyn, when he was 16, and I was 15.'After Barbra received her Award, the audience was treated to a filmretrospect of Golda Meir and Barbra from the Salute to Israel's 30th Birthdayspecial from 1978. We watched on TV monitors posted around the largeroom, as Barbra sang Happy Days Are Here Again.We also relived Barbra'scharming interview with the late Golda Meir. Many in the room were movedby its warmth.It was a very special evening for Barbra Streisand. She thanked everyone fortheir kind donations in helping make her dream become a reality. She alsothanked her close friends by joking, 'You'll be happy to know that this is thelast fund-raiser honouring me for a while! Shalom.' We thought it would be nice to set away one or two newcolumns for the online issues of the magazine. In thisfeature,I Remember,we will take the opportunity to revisitthose events we reported on many years ago.We begin with...The 1984Scopus Awards IRemember...