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The Making of Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner

Before Prince of Persia was a best-selling video game franchise and a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, it was an Apple II computer game created and programmed by one person, Jordan Mechner.

Mechners candid and revealing journals from the time capture his journey from his parents basement to the forefront of the fast-growing 1980s video game industry... and the creative, technical and personal struggles that brought the prince into being and ultimately into the homes of millions of people worldwide.
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Something Good — The Sound of Music

The Real-Life Story of Maria von Trapp

The real-life Maria could hardly have been more different from her portrayal in the classic film musical which came out 50 years ago. The Sound of Music came out 50 years ago and held millions of cinema goers spellbound. But the real-life Maria could hardly have been more different. How she left a convent to become a governess, married her boss and fled with the children to escape the Nazis. Maria was sent to live with a violent uncle.

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Wedding (Maria Reprise) — The Sound of Music

Photo added by The Perplexed Historian. Born Maria Augusta Kutschera on a train enroute to Vienna, Austria, her mother died when she was just two years old. Her father left her with a cousin, so that he could travel, and she was raised as a socialist and atheist, becoming cynical towards all religions. Her attitude changed while in college, when she entered a crowded church believing she was about to hear a Bach concert, only to find that it was a sermon by a visiting Jesuit priest, Father Kronseder. They quickly fell in love, and on November 26, , they married, with Maria becoming the stepmother of his seven children: Maria, Rupert, Agathe, Werner, Hedwig, Johanna and Martina.

In , she entered Nonnberg Abbey , a Benedictine monastery in Salzburg, as a postulant intending to become a nun. Maria was asked to teach one of the seven children of widowed naval commander Georg von Trapp in , while she was still a schoolteacher at the abbey. Captain von Trapp saw how much she cared about his children and asked her to marry him, although he was 25 years her senior. She was frightened and fled back to Nonnberg Abbey to seek guidance from the mother abbess, who advised her that it was God's will that she should marry him. She then returned to the family and accepted the proposal. She wrote in her autobiography that she was very angry on her wedding day, both at God and at her husband, because what she really wanted was to be a nun.

It is as authentic an Austrian experience as is possible in America. The more adventurous ride mountain bikes or cross-country ski on the well-groomed trails. Both tourists and the local population appreciate the relatively recent addition of the Trapp Brewing Bierhall, where dirndl-clad waitresses serve up Golden Helles lager, Bohemian Pilsner, and home-brewed kombucha alongside such traditional Austrian dishes as bratwurst and schnitzel. Maria and Georg and many of their children are buried in the family cemetery on the grounds. Like any fictionalized account of real life, The Sound of Music bent facts to make a cleaner narrative.

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