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James J. Taylor

James J. Taylor was a videographer instrumental in the creation of the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive. Taylor was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, he entered the creative arts working as a technician and stage crew member for a college production of the Mozart opera Così fan tutte during his senior year. Drafted after college into the U. S. Army, he was stationed in Japan and learned Chinese military terminology until being discharged in 1956, he earned a master's degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Michigan. He went on to take graduate courses in public administration and urban planning, became a city planner in the 1960s, beginning in St. Louis, he went on to work in Cleveland, by the 1970s, Washington, D. C.. In 1977, he left his career to enter theater, becoming a stage manager at Stage 70, which became the Round House Theatre in Montgomery County, with the troupe the New Playwrights, he learned videography in the late 1980s while directing programs at a Montgomery County public-access cable channel.

Using inheritance money after his father's death, he bought video equipment and began recording and editing live theater for archival purposes, securing permission from the Actors' Equity Association in New York City to tape stage performances in Washington. His recordings of area theater and dance from 1993 formed the basis and the bulk of the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive, stored at the Washington, D. C. Public Library system. In December 2004, the archive was donated to the University of Maryland's Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. On March 28, 2005, following Taylor's death the previous month, the archive was named after him. Taylor divorced Mimi Cazort, Curator Emerita at the National Gallery of Canada, their children include TV and film director Alan Taylor. James J. Taylor, who lived in Washington, D. C. at the time of his death, died of cancer at Washington Home Hospice. James J. Taylor WAPAVA Collection at the University of Maryland. Retrieved 31 Jul 2013

Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery

Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery is a United States National Cemetery located in Schuylerville, New York in Saratoga County, New York. Administered by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, it encompasses 351.7 acres, as of 2014 had over 14,000 interments. The Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery is located on Duell Road in the town of New York; the closest village is Schuylerville, New York, in the town of Saratoga. The postal address is New York; the National Cemetery is within a mile of Saratoga National Historical Park's battlefield unit. Dedicated on July 9, 1999 as Saratoga National Cemetery, it was the 116th National Cemetery, it was renamed to Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on January 24, 2002, in honor of Congressman Gerald B. H. Solomon, known for his support of veterans' causes, and, interred there. During his tenure in the U. S. House of Representatives, he sponsored the legislation which created the Department of Veterans Affairs and secured approval for the creation of the national cemetery now named for him.

He served in Congress from 1979 to 1999, was Chairman of the powerful Rules Committee in the House at the time of his retirement. As of the end of 2005, only the first 60 acres were developed for interments; the ship’s bell from the USS Saratoga. A pyramidal memorial made of granite, erected in 2002 and dedicated to Congressman Gerald B. H. Solomon. Medal of Honor recipients Sergeant Thomas A. Baker, for action in World War II Technical Sergeant Peter J. Dalessondro, for action in World War II Specialist Four Raymond R. Wright, for action in the Vietnam War Others Joseph E. Persico, author Gerald B. H. Solomon, US Congressman Jack Briggs, actor National Cemetery Administration Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery U. S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery at Find a Grave