January 30, 1996 |
Apple Computer Inc.'s debt was cut to the status of a junk bond yesterday, while a key survey said the personal-computer maker slipped to third in world-market share from second place. The double-dose of bad news comes as Apple is struggling with losses, takeover talks, and a restructuring plan to try to resurrect its battered business prospects. Standard & Poor's lowered its rating on $300 million worth of Apple's debt to "junk" level, citing expected operating losses, uncertain strategic direction, and management turmoil.
May 25, 1991 |
It won't go down as one of the great moments in rock history. The band had just finished playing a selection of standards - "Mustang Sally," "Under the Boardwalk," "Twist and Shout" - and the mystery guest was about to appear. The lights dimmed and he bounded on stage, guitar in hand, and ripped into a searing version of "Wild Thing. " Playing the strings with his tongue, dropping to his knees and screaming, "Sock it to me," Ron Howard electrified the crowd. OK, so what if his voice was a little thin and his moves a little clumsy?
March 9, 1991 |
If you are traveling through Colorado, watch what you say about the food. Cast no aspersions on the asparagus. Slander not the celery. Don't libel the lettuce. The folks who live in the Rocky Mountain State have become unfriendly to the sort of people who might ruin the reputation of a rutabaga. They have a bill, about to face its last legislative hurdle, that would make it possible to take legal action against someone who knowingly and falsely trashed the turnips. People could be sued, in the words of the bill, for disseminating "any false information which is not based on reliable scientific facts and scientific data, which the disseminator knows or should have known to be false and which casts doubt on the safety of any perishable agricultural food product to the consuming public.
November 1, 1995 |
Tyler Gettmann (right) beat Brian Dunlap yesterday at coming up with an apple in Barclay Elementary's sixth-grade apple-bobbing contest.
April 1, 2013
On the northern coast of Spain in Basque country and Asturias, a taste for hard cider instead of wine reaches its height in April, when cider houses called sagardotegi celebrate with calls for "Txotx!" (say: "choach!") and casks are tapped, sending newly fermented fall sidra streaming from holes in the barrel straight into revelers' glasses. Tinto is having its own Txotx party Thursday, and it's an ideal moment to taste how fascinatingly different these ciders are - low in carbonation and vivid with earthy apple essence.
May 8, 2011
All the cool Philadelphians are drinking Colonial these days. The Tavern ales from Yards, of course, set that standard long ago. But suddenly this month, a rare and precious Madeira named for Ben Franklin hit the scene. And now comes Revolution Cider, which allows us to crack open bottles of the Founding Fathers' other favorite drink - the origin of that old "apple a day" maxim for good health. This fizzy orchard blast from the past comes courtesy of brothers Jonathan and Gideon Gradman, whose new cidery in the Northeast is modeling its flavor and fermentation techniques on a Colonial style.
September 14, 2012 |
Longer. Thinner. Lighter. Faster. Larger screen. Better camera. Same price and colors - black or white, that is. No product stirs more buzz nowadays than a new Apple iPhone, and Wednesday's unveiling of the iPhone 5 punctuates the point. Yes, I plead guilty to participating, though I'm plainly torn in two directions - eager to get my hands on one and also a wee bit embarrassed to care. At one pole are analysts such as the Yankee Group's Carl Howe and Tim Bajarin, president of California's Creative Strategies Inc. After trying out the new iPhone at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens, each volunteered a strikingly similar analogy for the new glass-and-aluminum smartphone.
August 31, 1986 |
On a sun-baked afternoon in southern New Jersey, 61 years ago today, a thousand of the most brilliant minds in science descended on a small orchard. They came to celebrate a development that changed the course of American pomological history - as well as American eating habits. They came to witness the first Red Delicious apple. It was an event that drew legislators, as well as horticulturists, professors and agriculture officials from Oregon to New Hampshire to Georgia. Motion-picture moguls came to record the event for posterity but had hardly enough room to set up their cameras.