June 21, 1997 |
When did we become a society that moves to places that we don't like? I began pondering this question after reading an article about residents complaining about a local airport. Surely the airport, which has existed since the 1930s, predated the housing developments and schools that were now endangered by the airport. Didn't anyone know about the airport when they built the school? We've become a society that moves to a place, then immediately starts complaining and trying to change it. Didn't you take a good look around before you moved there?
November 21, 2001
UNION SHOP steward Bill Whitehead was going to lose his job at the end of this month anyway: The valet parking operation at the Philadelphia airport, for which he worked, is being scuttled. But, as the Daily News's Bob Warner reported, Whitehead was given a head start on unemployment last week. He was fired right after he contacted the News to complain that the Parking Authority had thrown away thousands of dollars worth of uniforms. Whitehead may be gone, but that doesn't mean the questions he raised about the 18-month valet parking service at the airport won't continue to be asked.
May 13, 2012
Pioneering female pilot and Guinness world record holder Evelyn Bryan Johnson, 102, known as "Mama Bird," died Thursday, according to a funeral home in Jefferson City, Tenn. Mrs. Johnson, of Morristown, Tenn., started flying in 1944 and went on to run her own flying service and manage a small-town airport. "I don't care how many problems you have down on the ground, you forget about them" while flying," the barely 5-foot-tall woman told the Associated Press in 2005. Mrs. Johnson was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2007 after flying for 55 years and spending the equivalent of seven years in the air. She was estimated to have flown 5.5 million miles — equal to 23 trips to the moon — and never had a crash despite her share of mechanical troubles in the sky. She held the Guinness Book of World Records certificate for most hours in the air for a female pilot.
March 8, 2008 |
The Wings postponed today's scheduled game against the Toronto Rock when severe weather in Ontario left the National Lacrosse League team unable to depart from the airport. The game will be rescheduled, with an announcement of the new date expected Monday, team president Russ Cline said.
August 7, 1997 |
Students from the Martin Luther King High cluster, participating in the National School and Community Corps Program, had ideal weather yesterday to launch model rockets from Belmont Plateau as an exercise in aerodynamics. The students also built and flew kites, and will visit the airport this week.
November 25, 1993 |
Departing is sweet. Arriving is sweet. The drag is in the middle as travelers join the teeming crowds heading to and fro for the holiday. At the airport yesterday, Christy Lindberg (left) bid farewell to fellow Haverford College senior Virginia Price, who was flying home to St. Louis.
July 27, 2011 |
HE PENNSYLVANIA Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, the city's fiscal watchdog, yesterday approved Mayor Nutter's five-year financial plan, though board chairman Sam Katz raised concerns about the future of the city's pension fund. Katz even said the city might need to sell an asset - such as the airport or the Philadelphia Gas Works - to improve the health of the pension fund, which has just 47 percent of the assets needed to pay projected benefits. "When you think that $500 million a year in an operating budget of $3.6 billion goes to benefits paid for services rendered in the past, that's a tough place for a city to be," said Katz, after the five-member PICA board voted to approve the five-year plan.
July 6, 1992
Remember the decline and fall of Philadelphia taxi service when the old Yellow Cab Co. had a virtual monopoly on all cab business? Remember when it seemed as if all the world was focused on making sure Yellow Cab got plenty of money? Well, get ready for SUPER YELLOW. Under an agreement with the folks who run the airport, SUPER YELLOW says it has a five-year "exclusive taxicab concession to service the needs of all outbound patrons" from the airport. A close look at the fine print of all the contracts and agreements involved in this deal, however, suggests something other than improved cab services is involved.
June 22, 2006
TO THE TRUSTEES of the Philadelphia Award, given annually to the area resident who has "contributed outstanding service or completed a body of work, which advances the best and largest interest of the community": Please consider this our nomination for next year's $25,000 prize. The award should go to Saul Ravitch, the Philadelphia airport's public-relations specialist who isn't afraid of telling the truth. In your nomination form you ask for details on "why the nominee should be considered for the Philadelphia Award.
March 13, 1992 |
Yo cabbie! They want to send you to charm school. That's right, charm school. It seems that some in the hospitality industry are fed up with the manners and dress of some cabdrivers. So they've come up with a proposal to buff up their image. PhilaPride wants to train drivers in etiquette and provide them with information on various historical and cultural locations in Philadelphia. The booster group also wants to offer English-as-a-second-language help and have drivers wear uniformed shirts.