A businessman displays the screen's industry
The first-ever Thai International Film Festival opened in February this year as the brainchild of Baltimore's Scott Rosenberg, an international business consultant and film buff.
Mr. Rosenberg, 44, who graduated from Milford Mill High School and the University of Maryland College Park, recently returned to Baltimore to visit family. He moved to Bangkok two years ago for his work with the Brooker Group Ltd., an investment company where he is a senior investment analyst. In Bangkok, he says, he felt the need to give the people of Thailand a behind-the-scenes look at the film industry after he realized his 15-year-old adopted Thai son, Nuong, did not share his appreciation for the art.
Mr. Rosenberg says, "Thai people love movies. But . . . they don't understand that movies are made by people that are very much part of an industry. That became a goal [of mine] -- to educate the people of Thailand to that."
The opportunity came for Mr. Rosenberg when his company was planning an industrial fair in honor of the 50th year of the king
of Thailand's reign. After a meeting with the company's board of investment, the film festival was launched as part of the fair.
Ten thousand people attended the festival, says Mr. Rosenberg, which showcased films from Indonesia and the United States.
Rosenberg says he hopes there will be a second Thai film festival next year. "I'm very passionate about the film industry in the region," he says. "There is real hope for it."
Maya Kulycky announced she wanted to be president when she was 4 years old.
She still wouldn't mind if life takes her to the White House. But she'd be happy to be a federal judge, say, as long as her life's work was as an advocate for children.
A junior in political science at the John Hopkins University, Miss Kulycky got a big step up toward her goals last week when she was awarded a $30,000 Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Miss Kulycky, 20, of Evanston, Ill., is one of 68 Truman Scholars chosen from among 763 candidates nationwide. She is the only one from Hopkins.
Usually, one Truman Scholar is chosen from each state. Miss Kulycky survived a rigorous selection process to receive hers as a student from Illinois. The scholars this year get $3,000 for their senior year and $27,000 for graduate study.
Truman Scholarships were established in 1975 to honor the 33rd president. They're awarded to college juniors who show exceptional leadership qualities and a desire for a career in public service.
Miss Kulycky has been active as student council representative, with the Black Student Union, in a career symposium.
Miss Kulycky was surprised at the award: "I didn't think pre-law students had much chance."
But she pretty much took her good fortune in stride.
"Money isn't everything," she says.
Her mother, now an elementary school teacher, grew up the last child in a poor Chicago family.
Her father, an English professor, had a very rough boyhood in Ukraine.
"Both my parents had very difficult childhoods," she says. "They didn't have to go through the things they went through. It wasn't necessary. That's why I've ended up [interested] in child advocacy. Childhood really frames who you are."