July 31, 1990 |
Ancient History opens with Jack and Ruth, having just made love, lying in bed talking a blue streak and taking great delight in one another's company. "I don't know when I've been this happy," Ruth concludes. Their apparent happiness takes the form of bright, witty, bantering dialogue that goes on so long that the audience begins to wonder if this can possibly be a play about a sexually satisfied, truly happy couple who are never going to disagree or quarrel. It would be a pretty boring business if it were, even with two attractive, able performers such as Patrick O'Connell and Liz Larsen speaking the articulate dialogue of playwright David Ives in this production of the New Hope Performing Arts Festival.
February 18, 1994 |
The wooden sign marking the entrance to the Carpenter Complex has carried an inscription that became a mocking echo in recent years. This property, it noted, was used by baseball's 1980 world champions. When the onillies' pitchers and catchers report for their first official workout today, they might notice an addition, hanging from two small chains at the bottom: National League Champions 1993 If the players do notice, manager Jim Fregosi would prefer that they consider that ancient history.
July 23, 1989 |
More than 2,500 years ago, around the time the Greeks were building the temple at Delphi and the philosopher Confucius was born in China, what do you suppose was happening in the Ohio Valley? The phrase "nothing much" may leap to mind. But that would be wrong. In the river valleys that reach north from the Ohio, where hillsides cradle farms and small towns today, the Adena and Hopewell Indian cultures thrived for more than a thousand years, beginning as far back as 800 B.C. Their mark on the land was lasting: great conical burial mounds, earthen fortresses on hilltops, animal effigies formed from tons of clay and rich Ohio topsoil.
March 18, 1988 |
David MacDonald Felsen, principal of the upper school at Germantown Friends School, has been named headmaster of Friends Central School in Lower Merion, school officials have announced. In a news release describing the appointment, Peter Arfaa, chairman of the board of trustees at Friends Central, said Felsen would assume the post July 1. Joseph R. Ludwig, assistant headmaster at Friends Central and principal of the lower school, has been acting headmaster since Thomas A. Wood, the school's longtime head, left in June to become director of consulting for Independent Educational Services in Princeton.
November 6, 1997 |
Margaret Magee Wilde, 96, a retired Latin teacher who was active in church activities, died Sunday at Cairnwood Village in Bryn Athyn, Montgomery County. Born in Birmingham, England, Miss Wilde was 12 when her family moved to Canada, where she was educated in public schools. She went on to the Savage School in New York City, where she received training in education and physical education. She later moved to Flushing, N.Y., where she was affiliated with the New Church/New York Circle and did office work in New York City.
March 17, 1988 |
David Macdonald Felsen, an administrator at Germantown Friends School, has been named headmaster of Friends' Central School on City Avenue, effective July 1. He will replace Thomas A. Wood, who resigned effective Jan. 1 to become director of consulting for Independent Educational Services in Princeton after 17 years as head of Friends' Central. Joseph Ludwig, lower school principal, has been acting headmaster since then. Felsen, 43, who began his career at Germantown Friends in 1966, is currently principal of the upper school and dean of faculty at Germantown Friends in Philadelphia.
February 6, 2009
"We storm the ranch, or we die trying!" Who doesn't want to like a jokey road movie about a band of Star Wars nerds breaking into George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch to steal a print of Episode I ? Set in the fall of 1998 - six months before the release of the fabled Phantom Menace (seems like ancient history) - Kyle Newman's slapdash feature boasts cameos from Star Wars alums Carrie Fisher and Billy Dee Williams, along with Danny McBride, Seth Rogen (in dual roles as a Star Trek geek and a Las Vegas pimp)
January 25, 1991 |
Most Americans are anxious about the Gulf War, but archaeologists who specialize in ancient Middle Eastern cultures have an added fear - the destruction of ancient treasures. In the minds of University of Pennsylvania archaeologist Dr. Richard Zettler and his colleagues, Iraq is "Mesopotamia," where nearly every spade of earth contains remnants of ancient history. "It's a very flat flood plain (between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers)," Zettler says. "The mounds are the highest points, and that's where the Iraqis have installed their anti-aircraft guns.
September 7, 2010
THOSE TRASH citations are a joke. I've received a few in recent months, and all but one has been thrown out. I had one ticket placed on my door just before my son left for school. It said there was trash in front of my door. I saw no trash, I called as did the person in the article. I have yet to get a return call. This is simply a revenue-generator for the city. I have owned my house for 14 years in University City and always kept a trash can on the porch. It's only been lately that the city has started enforcing a statute that no one in my neighbor hood is aware of. The employees you speak to only want to settle before seeing the judge.
May 13, 2011 |
It's said that fussy roses attract obsessives and garish tropicals speak mainly to men. What do we know, then, about the people and personalities who lust after peonies? It's a question Eleanor Tickner, veteran peony personality herself, answers without hesitation: 75 percent are female, older than 50, and sentimental about "Grandma's floppies. " Those are the old-fashioned red, white, and pink beauties beloved by earlier generations, even though their huge blooms went face first in the mud during spring rains.