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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steve Fiffer  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: N/A

-- Steve Fiffer on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Fiffer lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Fiffer is a lawyer, journalist, and author. His personal essays and features have appeared in ''The New York Times'' Magazine, ''Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine'', and the ''Midwesterner''.

Selected Titles At Your Library

A season for justice :
ISBN: 0671778757. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 1992.

50 ways to help your community :
ISBN: 038547234X. OCLC Number:

Doubleday,. New York :. ©1994.

Tyrannosaurus Sue :
ISBN: 0716794624. OCLC Number:

W.H. Freeman,. New York :. 2000.

Over 65 million years ago in what is now Cheyenne River Sioux territory in South Dakota, a Tyrannosaurus rex matriarch locked in a ferocious battle fell mortally wounded. In 1990, her skeleton was found, virtually complete, in what many call the most spectacular dinosaur fossil discovery to date. And then another battle began--a free-for-all involving commercial dinosaur hunters, gun-toting law officers, an ambitious federal prosecutor, a Native American tribe, jealous academics, an enterprising auction house, major museums, and corporate giants. At stake: not just Sue's wealth of scientific riches, but her grant-drawing power and vast commercial potential as well. Sue is not just another dinosaur, and this is not just another dinosaur book. It is an introduction to the centuries-old history of commercial fossil hunting, a legal thriller, and a provocative look at academic versus commercial science and the chase for the money that fuels both.--From publisher description.

Three quarters, two dimes, and a nickel :
ISBN: 068485418X. OCLC Number:

. .

"What would you do if you were seventeen years old and broke your neck? It's tough enough to stand on the verge of adulthood without the extra burden of not being able to stand at all. Steve Fiffer had his whole life ahead of him in December 1967 when he fractured his fifth cervical vertebra in a wrestling accident at school, shattering his dreams. The diagnosis was quadriplegia, and his parents were told that he would never walk again. Steve, however, was not content to accept such a fate. He had always been taught that he was a leader, not a follower, and he was not going to take this news lying down. Within five months he was out of the hospital, within seven he was on crutches, and within nine he was beginning his freshman year at Yale University. And most remarkable of all, he never lost his wisecracking sense of humor or his hunger for all that life has to offer. Three Quarters, Two Dimes, and a Nickel is Steve Fiffer's story of his coming of age, and of how he created a normal life for himself despite his injury. Steve refused to be consumed or defined by his physical condition; he may not be a dollar bill, he explains, but he's still "three quarters, two dimes, and a nickel." His battle to come back from his injury casts into sharp relief the drama of becoming an adult and wrestling with issues of identity, relationships, and ambition. We join him around the dinner table as he rebuilds his once-distant relationship with his father and gains a new appreciation of their bond; we agonize with him as he tries to find true love (or at least lose his virginity) despite his self-consciousness about his physical awkwardness, and we join him at the Lawson YMCA in downtown Chicago, where he rebuilds his body under the watchful eye of the manic physical-fitness coach Dick Woit, a retired football star who puts Steve through a sort of boot camp to raise his sights even higher and propel him off his crutches for good. Part guru, part drill instructor, Woit helps Steve to develop the mental toughness to put the injury behind him and to embrace adulthood and all its responsibilities."--Jacket flap.

Tyrannosaurus Sue /
ISBN: 1596005009. OCLC Number:

Brilliance Audio,. Grand Haven, Mich. :. ℗2000.

In 1990, Peter Larson, with his team of commercial fossil hunters from the Black Hills Institute, discovered the most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex specimen in history. He dubbed it "Sue" after the field paleontologist who first saw it sticking out of a sandstone cliff on the ranch of Maurice Williams, a Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe member in South Dakota's badlands. Because the skeleton was 90% complete, its study promised to yield up priceless information on the life and habits of the T-Rex. Larson made out a check to Williams for $5,000 to purchase the bones, and planned to make Sue the centerpiece of a museum that he and his brother had dreamed of building. In 1992, however, federal agents raided the Institute and seized Sue, triggering the greatest custody battle in paleontological history. Tyrannosaurus Sue is an insider's look at how this discovery, and the ensuing legal struggle, played out.



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