Martha Brant

Stories by Martha Brant

  • Storming The Color Barrier

    You might raise a black child with the best intentions in the world-colorblind. But in the end theworld is still out there. He needs to know who he is. ...
  • Back In The Saddle Again

    PERCHED ATOP A DARK BROWN GELDING named Baypark, jockey Julie Krone shot up from behind along the outside of the track, driving her horse hard down the stretch and into third place. It was an unspectacular finish for the world's most successful female jockey. But for Krone the mediocre race Wednesday at New York's Belmont Park was a milestone. The last time she raced she ended up crumpled like a paper doll on the Saratoga racetrack. ...
  • Far Beyond White Gloves And Teas

    JUDY AKS HAD NEVER THOUGHT MUCH about sisterhood. Feminism was a bad word in her hometown of Massapequa, N.Y.-even before Amy Fisher put it on the map. When Aks applied to New York's Barnard College in 1987, she asked the admissions director, "Aren't women's colleges unnatural?" She chose Barnard "despite" its being a women's college and had hoped to transfer to Columbia University, until she "bonded" with her alma mater. ...
  • The Handwriting On The Wall?

    MIKE DOONESBURY IS TRYING TO GET his new palm-size computer to read his handwriting. "Hello J.J., how are you?" he writes on the newfangled device. It translates: "Hell jars, howard yoyo?" Not only has Apple Computer's much-ballyhooed Newton MessagePad been the unnamed butt of "Doonesbury" comic strips since its debut last summer; some industry watchdogs think the so-called personal digital assistant (PDA) isn't ready for prime time. Apple, which defends its latest technology as a gutsy if rough pioneer, says sales have been superb. But despite fancy marketing, and its many seductive features, Apple can't shake the bad rap over Newton's reading problems. Some computer experts fear Newton's handwriting hang-ups will taint the nascent PDA industry and discourage consumers. In a recent issue of P.C. Letter. editor David Coursey even lobbied for a Newton recall, warning: "The longer this turkey sits on the market the worse the catcalls are going to become." ...