October 21, 2011 |
A search for a husband, the American dream, and a pirate's quest for the Fountain of Youth are subjects of this week's DVD releases. Bad Teacher, Grade B-minus: Cameron Diaz plays a foulmouthed, husband-hunting teacher who is more concerned with getting high than dealing with her students. The film is like a student who can't fully make sense of a subject the first half of the year, then suddenly has an epiphany, after which everything becomes clear. That awakening in the second half is enough to bring up the grade.
September 18, 1986 |
It's an American Dream story. They met as struggling young artists trying to get a start. They were selling leather goods and jewelry to a few boutiques, working other jobs to make ends meet. Four years later, their jewelry is sold at Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Their raw materials are no longer scavenged, low-budget bits, but sterling silver and semi-precious stones. Their products sell for $80 to $400, and their merger has also become their marriage. Annual sales haven't neared the $100,000 mark yet, but that goal no longer seems out of reach to Sheldon Rossi and Kittura Dior.
October 19, 1993 |
Harry Butera, who fulfilled his father's dream, died Saturday. He was 94 and lived in Worcester Township, Montgomery County. And because his father's dream was the American Dream, Harry Butera's achievements fulfilled the dreams of many, many others. Harry Butera was a man who made friends, made money and made a difference. In 1912, Harry was a teen-age immigrant boy watching wide-eyed from the curb as Norristown held its centennial parade. Fifty years later, he was grand marshal in the town's sesquicentennial parade.
August 4, 2016
By Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan Forty-eight percent of millennials believe the American dream is dead, according to a 2015 Harvard University Institute of Policy study. Their pessimism is understandable, especially if we believe the American dream is that one can achieve success through hard work. In 1995, 62 percent of Americans with high school diplomas had jobs. Today, only 54 percent do. That's 5.7 million jobless high school graduates who, 20 years ago, would have had jobs.
August 20, 1996 |
When I took Theories of Communication in journalism school, they made us learn about cognitive dissonance and narcotizing dysfunction. There was a lot of that going around at the Republican convention last week. As a rather frazzled press corps kept trying to explain, the Republican Party on the television screen was not the Republican Party here in person (cognitive dissonance). But none of the Republicans much cared, since the Republican Party on TV was nice and pretty and they all liked it (narcotizing dysfunction)
February 26, 2016
I AM an Uber driver. I am one of the hundreds of people who circled City Hall to demand Mayor Kenney up hold the law and ensure a fair playing field for all drivers. No doubt this surprises some. Why would Uber and Lyft drivers follow the disabled community, taxi cab drivers and consumer advocates in protesting Uber? The answer isn't that hard to understand once you learn Uber operates different services in Philadelphia and only one of them, Uber Black, is required to follow the law. The others, UberX, Uber pool and Lyft are operating illegally.
April 22, 1988 |
"Jesse Jackson can win. If we Americans are the people we tell ourselves we are and can listen to the message rather than focusing on the color of messenger, he's a lock . . . But even if he loses, he will have put his dreams in front of the American people and made us think about reality and the dreams that can change it . . . " Philadelphia Daily News, April 21, 1988 The People Paper's endorsement of the nation's first "serious" black contender...
March 8, 2011
IHAVE UNION representation in the private sector and I barely keep my head above water with the everyday expenses of life. I know times are brutally tough right now, and I want no sympathy. I just want to know what has happened to the American dream. It seems everywhere you turn, every workplace and all of goverment are trying to take that dream from us. Why? I guess I'm asking a question that nobody will be able to answer, so in the meantime, I'll work ungodly numbers of hours to pay the bills of everyday life, miss anything my kids may have going on (I'm working)
July 13, 1992 |
Six elementary school students held up one of the banners in the Pacific Palisades, Calif., big Fourth of July parade: "Essay Winners. " For the last three years, a local real estate office has sponsored a contest open to kids there in the third through the sixth grades - and the subjects and winning entries have said something about the mood of America on our national holiday. "Sharing the American Dream" was this year's theme, which produced entries a bit more somber than last year's "My American Hero.
February 26, 2012 |
Besides the short respite from winter they used to afford me, my yearly visits to Orlando or Las Vegas for the International Builders Show also offered this highlight: a panel titled "What Today's Home Buyers Want. " In a word, that was everything , and they wanted it for nothing. As it turned out when the bloom faded from the rosy housing market, many had mortgaged themselves to their chins to get that everything, and nothing was what they ended up with. I miss the panel's two presenters - Gopal Ahluwalia, research director for the National Association of Home Builders, and Joan McCloskey, of Better Homes and Gardens, retired a few years back.