"'A "good" family, it seems, is one that used to be better."
"As anyone who has ever been around a cat for any length of time well knows, cats have enormous patience with the limitations of the human kind."
"I can't take a well-tanned person seriously."
"The facts of life are very stubborn things."
"The New England conscience does not stop you from doing what you shouldn't-it just stops you from enjoying it."
"The opera is like a husband with a foreign title - expensive to support, hard to understand and therefore a supreme social challenge."
was an American author
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who devoted his life to promoting animal rights
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. He was perhaps best known for his books about his cat, named Polar Bear, whom he saved from the Manhattan
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streets on Christmas Eve
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1977. The executive director of the Humane Society of the United States described Amory as "the founding father of the modern animal protection movement."
Amory attended Harvard
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where he was president of The Harvard Crimson
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. Upon graduation, Amory became the youngest editor ever of The Saturday Evening Post
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. During the Second World War Amory served in military intelligence
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in the United States Army
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from 1941 to 1943. He joined the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States
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in 1962, remaining there until 1970. In 1967, he founded the Fund for Animals. Amory was also the president of the New England Anti-vivisection Society (NEAVS) from 1987 until his death of an abdominal aortic aneurysm
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He also was a television
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critic for TV Guide
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during the 1960s and 1970s. Amory is noted for recruiting celebrities such as Doris Day
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, Angie Dickinson
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, and Mary Tyler Moore
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for his campaigns against fur clothing. He purchased the first ocean going vessel for Captain Paul Watson
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, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Watson used this boat in his first actions against the Japanese whaling fleet. He enjoyed playing chess
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and was a member of the New York Athletic Club.
In 1988, he made his only film appearance in the role of Mr. Danforth in Mr. North
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In 2005, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) formed a corporate combination with the Fund for Animals. The HSUS now operates the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary for animals in Texas.
Amory was the subject of a 2006 biography Making Burros Fly
by Julie Hoffman Marshall.
- The Cat Who Came for Christmas
The Cat Who Came for Christmas is the first book written by Cleveland Amory, an American author who wrote extensively about animal rights. In this book Amory recounts his rescue and adoption of Polar Bear, a cat he featured in several more books....
- The Cat and the Curmudgeon
- The Best Cat Ever
- The Proper Bostonians
- Who Killed Society? (1960) Table of Contents.
- Cleveland Amory's Compleat Cat
- The last resorts
- Newport: There she sits
- Cat Tales: Classic Stories from Favorite Writers
- Man Kind? Our Incredible War on Wildlife
- 1902 Edition of The Sears, Roebuck Catalog
- The Trouble with Nowadays : A Curmudgeon Strikes Back
- Ranch of Dreams: A Lifelong Protector of Animals Shares the Story of His Extraordinary Sanctuary
- Cleveland Amory: media curmudgeon & animal rights crusader, Marilyn S. Greenwald, University Press of New England
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, Lebanon, New Hampshire
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,568 people, 5,500 households, and 3,178 families residing in the city. The population density was 311.4 people per square mile . There were 5,707 housing units at an average density of 141.4 per square mile...
, 2009, ISBN 9781584656814