October 22, 1990 |
In 1861, the residents of Humphreysville changed the name of their town to Bryn Mawr, which is Welsh for "high hill. " Not to be outdone, the residents of Athensville changed its name to Ardmore, which is Irish for "high hill. " Darrah Street is named for a Quaker woman who eavesdropped on British army officers and tipped off George Washington about their plans. There was never a bank on Bank Street. All of this and much, much more can be found in Robert I. Alotta's extraordinary book Mermaids, Monasteries, Cherokees and Custer: The Stories Behind Philadelphia Street Names.
August 1, 1991 |
Perhaps because she was a woman working in a period dominated by male artists, or perhaps because Hodgkin's disease forced her to stop painting when her talent was in full flower, the late Reva Urban has been overlooked in chronologies of American painting over the last 30 years. The exhibition of her work in the Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania suggests that Urban's reputation deserves to be refurbished. If these works are typical, during the early to mid-1960s she was as innovative as any of her contemporaries, and more so than most.
February 9, 1997 |
Though Mary Coe is president of Friends of Radnor Trails, she had never hiked Skunk Hollow until last month. She said it reminded her of her childhood exploring the woods near her home at the foot of the Catskills. "I felt I was 9 years old again, catching pollywogs and skipping across streams. " With a little bit of work, Coe said, new generations of children could be exploring Skunk Hollow, their imaginations turning old stone walls into medieval fortresses. But to those Radnor residents who have heard of Skunk Hollow, a sylvan paradise is not necessarily the first image that comes to mind.
September 17, 1999 |
Dallas Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston will miss the rest of the season because of further neck problems related to 1997 surgery on a herniated disc. Johnston, 33, conceded the latest problem, discovered in tests Wednesday, could end his career. "It is going to be a tough decision," he said. "That will be considered at the end of the season. . .The strange thing is I thought after making it through last season, I'd be OK. " Johnston had surgery six weeks into the 1997 season to fuse two vertebrae in the neck.
May 9, 1986 |
On a recent cold, damp morning at Brandywine Raceway, Eddie Davis was grousing about the careless tactics of an inexperienced driver. Such drivers are one of the hazards of harness racing. And Eddie Davis knows all about the hazards. A series of injuries has provided painful punctuation to the career of Davis, the most successful driver in area harness-racing history and one who sometime next week should take his 4,000th trip to the winner's circle. In 1982, a racing fall left Davis with serious head injuries.
June 14, 1996 |
Interior designer Steven Weixler had long lived in spacious pre-World War II apartments when he decided to buy a small one-bedroom apartment in a newer building in Philadelphia. The two main rooms of the 850-square-foot apartment, the bedroom and living room, were not only tiny, but the biggest window and a balcony were located in the bedroom. The arrangement didn't suit Weixler's furniture, particularly his favorite large oil painting and a valuable English Regency table. "I didn't want to give them up or to cram them into small rooms," Weixler said.
November 26, 1989 |
On a wall in Norman Constantine's room hangs a poster of Bruce Lee, that powerful character from the old martial arts movies. It seems only fitting. After all, Norm Constantine was always a pretty powerful character himself. For two years a decade ago, the handsome, 6-foot karate black belt reigned as the colorful Nittany Lion mascot at Pennsylvania State University. Off the field, his tireless array of activities instructing, coaching and bringing cheer to disabled people would make the President's schedule look leisurely.
September 16, 1992 |
Expressing remorse and contending that he and his wife had never intended to harm their victim, Arthur Dixon Seale pleaded guilty yesterday to kidnapping and killing Exxon executive Sidney J. Reso in an unsuccessful attempt to extort $18.5 million from the company. A week after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy and extortion charges, Seale told Superior Court Judge Reginald Stanton that he was "truly sorry for everything that happened. " His attorney said afterward that Seale "wants the world to know that he is not a monster.
April 11, 1989 |
Standing in the back of the tiny City Hall courtroom yesterday was Tanya Dacri's only supporter. Estranged from her parents, stripped of her year-old daughter, accused of drowning and butchering her 7-week-old son, Dacri has been split from the rest of her world for three months by jail-cell bars. All she has is her husband, Phillip, with whom she mouthed an "I love you" exchange across the crowded courtroom. Then she blew him a kiss. But Phillip Dacri wasn't enough for a Common Pleas judge to release the young mother on low bail.
July 11, 1993 |
Nicholas Trabosh, Township Council president for the last 17 years, has accepted the position of municipal judge in Berlin Township, a seat left open when Angelo DeCamillo was named to the Camden County Superior Court. "I thought that maybe I'd move up to a state office one day," said Trabosh, 44. Despite the Democrat's nearly two decades in municipal government, Trabosh said he was looking forward to his days on the bench. "I'm excited about becoming a municipal judge.
May 7, 2002 |
Ship 'n Shore, a venerable brand name in moderately priced women's clothing, has been purchased by SWC Enterprises Inc., a Berwyn company owned by descendants of the man who started the apparel line in the 1920s, the company said yesterday. SWC bought the Ship 'n Shore name for an undisclosed sum from the bankrupt estate of Montgomery Ward Co., said Joel Schwartz, president of SWC. SWC, which was formed to buy the brand, intends to license the Ship 'n Shore name to manufacturers or retailers but has no agreements in place yet, Schwartz said.
October 9, 1996 |
A youngster grows up with a single athletic purpose: He wants to play linebacker at Penn State. His high school coach, recognizing the youngster's physical talent, asks him to play quarterback. But the boy wants to hone his skills at linebacker so he can move on to Penn State to do the same. No thank you, he says to the coach. Penn State recruits him as a linebacker after he has made just about every high school all-America team that matters. The plan is still intact - until three days before his first game as a freshman.
September 18, 2003 |
Camille Quattrone Ridarelli, 60, of Penn Valley, wife of former teen idol Bobby Rydell, her high school sweetheart, died Monday of cancer at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. She and Roberto Ridarelli - Bobby Rydell was a stage name - grew up blocks from each other in South Philadelphia. In an interview several years ago, she said that when she was a student at St. Maria Goretti High School, "I used to see him on the trolley car when he went to [the old] Bishop Neumann, and wait for him, but he never gave me a second look.
December 3, 1995 |
Seventeen years ago, a program was formed in Doylestown to help embattled parents take control of their lives and address problems with their children in a clear and deliberate manner. Called Tough Love, the program now has an international presence and a growing number of chapters. Phyllis York of Doylestown, the group's founder and a Tough Love International board member, said the program's resurgence is due in part to growing referrals from professional psychologists and legal authorities.