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Gordon S. Black is the retired founder and Chairman of Harris Interactive, which was when he retired in 2005 the fastest growing market research firm in the world, and highly profitable. Harris Interactive owns the Harris Poll, which Dr. Black supervised and which polled for many national media companies including NBC News, Newsday, USATODAY, Businessweek, the Wall Street Journal and more than 30 other national and regional publications. Dr Black received awards For his role in making Harris Interactive into the pioneering Internet company in the market research industry, including “Research Executive of the Year in 2000” (Research Business Report), a” Demographic Diamond” by American Demographics Magazine, and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Earnest and Young.
Prior to creating the Gordon S. Black Corporation, Dr. Black was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester, where he taught from 1968 to 1978, full time, and until 1981, part-time. He was a Social Science Research Council Award winner in 1968 and a Ford Foundation Fellow in 1970. His curriculum vita includes some 30 articles written for professional journals.
Dr. Black received his BA in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 1970.
This project has a complicated audience. On the one hand, the story is designed to be read by children between the ages of 10 and 15 years of age; andl to parents and grandparents of children these ages..
This is a novella, Most of the story takes place in one of the great theaters in the United States, the Fox Theater in St. Louis, Missoui. The theater can be found at: .http://www.fabulousfox.com/history.aspx.
The story is about a family, in financial trouble just before Christmas and living in a shelter for abused women and their children in St. Louis. The mother has two childen, including a young boy, 12, named Michael, who is blind, and a daughter, named Melody, who is ten. They are invited to a performance of the famous ballet, Swan Lake, two days before Christmas -- the gift of a generous patron on the arts who donates all of the theater to students and poor people for the performance. During the intermission, the boy asks his friend from the shelter, Antoine Flammonde, to take him to the orchastra pit to see the cello that is part of the orchestra. While he is being shown the cello, it turns out that he knows how to play and at the request of the Director of the Orchastra, he plays the famous song, Ava Maria, to the complete astonishment of everyone in the theater. The small, curly haired boy, with his large cello, becomes a celebrity almost overnight.
An 8.5 by 11 inch cover for a novella described below -- orginal work required, with no payments involved for copy righted materials. PSD and PFD files required. There should be no boundary showing on the page; no white borders. This will be added as the cover to the story when it is put on sale. The designer will be acknowledged on the inside page from the cover.