Archive of International News Items

Aug 29, 2003
USA - Has the city declared war on the West Indian Carnival? We have insisted and continue to insist that the uniqueness of the West Indiankar-na-val is one that has to be understood in its own cultural context. This is not a parade. We're not marching. This is not a festival. We don't put on cultural dances. This iskar-na-val. Rebel Steelband advocate Dawad W. Philip
Jul 7, 2003
USA - It's been a tough year for Trinidad and Tobago. Tourism is way down, and its members of parliament are still fighting over disputed elections last December. But worst of all is the alleged theft of their national symbol: the steel drum. On April 16, the daily Trinidad Express broke the story that two Americans, George Whitmyre and Harvey J. Price, had won a patent for ''the process of formation of a Caribbean steelpan using a hydroforming process.''
May 16, 2003
USA - What do two guys from Delaware (George Whitmyre, Harvey Price), a lady from Germany (Judith Spoo) and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago all have in common? Steel pans, aka steel drums. Two inventors with University of Delaware ties have found a way to mass-produce the Caribbean's most unique musical instrument, the steel drum.

What A Steel (.pdf)
May 2, 2003
USA - Should Americans hold the patent for a production process used by Trinis?
Mar 24, 2003
USA - When Harvey Price and George Whitmyre recognized that there is great demand for steel pans - also known as Caribbean steel drums - they took a proactive approach to solving the problem by setting out to discover a new process for making them. Whitmyre, laboratory manager in the Department of Chemical Engineering, said it was their lack of knowledge about how steel pans are made that actually helped them to discover a new way of making them. The result? Price, assistant professor of music, and Whitmyre have developed the first successful machine process that allows steel pans to be made entirely of stainless steel.
Jul 1, 2002
The surge in international popularity of Trinidad's music of the poor made on the steel drums. By Celia Sankar, July 1, 1997
Jul 17, 2001
Writer unknown, taken from a photocopy made in 1980 by Ralph Richardson

Jul 31, 2000

Printed by Prospect printing Plant, year unknown (approx. 1970)

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