Pat's Timeline on Richard Russo

Richard Russo vs. History

Richard Russo's Life

Birth

1949

Richard Russo is born in Johnstown, NY.

The Move

1950 - 1953

Russo moves to Gloversville, your run of the mill working town.

Divorce

1954 - 1962

Parents split up.

Father

1958

"Lived a life of studied bad habits"

College

1967 - 1968

Went to college in Tucson, Arizona (University of Arizona).

Summers at College

1968 - 1971

He spent his college summers with his father (odd?).

Serious Writing

1971 - 1979

He became bored of his studies, so he decided to write more professionally in his spare time.

Teaching

1980 - 1996

Taught at many universities, such as "Arizona State, Penn State-Altoona, Southern Connecticut State University, South Illinois University, and Colby College in Waterville, Maine."

First Published Novel

1986

Mohawk, his first published novel, was published in 1986.

Retired from Teaching

1996

Russo retired from teaching to pursue a writing career.

Pulitzer Prize

2002

He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, Empire Falls, in 2002.

History

JFK Assassination

1963

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

Pentagon Papers

1971

The Pentagon Papers were allowed to be published by both the NY Times and Washington Post in 1971.

Communist Takeover

1975

In South Vietnam, the Communists have taken complete control by 1975.

Supreme Court

1981

Sarah Day O'Connor was voted into the Supreme Court in a 99-0 vote as the first female justice in history.

Lebanon

1983

In Lebanon (Beirut International Airport), 241 keepers of the peace were killed in a car bombing incident in 1983.

Black Monday

1987

Black Monday, where the stock market fell a record breaking 22.6%, occurs in 1987. This has a great affect on other nations' economies, as well.

Hubble

1990

The Hubble Telescoped is launched into orbit and becomes operational in 1990.

Gulf War

1991

The Gulf War officially ends in 1991, forcing Iraqi troops to disband, as well as take their ballistic missiles and atomic weaponry with them.

Assault Weapons Ban

1994

In 1994, Bill Clinton (President at the time) signed the Assault Weapons Ban. This made it illegal to use any assault weapon for 10 years. This referred to semi-automatic weapons primarily, and only weapons made after the bill was set into place.

9/11

2001

In 2001, terrorists hijacked 4 commercial airlines and drove two into the World Trade Center, while the third hit the pentagon, and the fourth crashed in a Pennsylvanian field.