By Terence McArdle Sept. 8 (Washington Post) -- John W. Kluge, 95, a self-made billionaire who became one of the leading entrepreneurs of his generation and a major benefactor of the Library of Congress and Columbia University, died Sept. 7 at his home near Charlottesville. His death was confirmed by the University of Virginia, which was also a major recipient of his largesse. No cause of death was reported. Mr. Kluge said he accumulated more than 200 companies in his lifetime, including seven television stations he sold to Rupert Murdoch in the mid-1980s, forming the foundation of the Australian media owner's Fox network. The stations were part of Mr. Kluge's Metromedia telecommunications conglomerate, which at various times counted among its holdings the Ice Capades, Harlem Globetrotters, Playbill magazine and a billboard advertising company. Publicity shy much of his career, Mr. Kluge quietly began
Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, hovered over a rare edition of Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” Monday night at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.
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President Barack Obama , saying music is “part of what gets us through tough times,” hosted a concert at the White House tonight honoring Paul McCartney , who received the Library of Congress’s third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.