March 6, 2015 |
How often have you walked past a homeless person, in Philadelphia or elsewhere, and felt a pang of anguish over your inability to help - or do anything at all? As a Midwestern transplant, taught not to ignore anyone in obvious need, I've never quite adjusted to the counsel that "just giving money doesn't really help. " While I taught my own children that there were other ways to help those who might suffer from addiction or mental illness, I worried that they could become inured to people's plights.
October 14, 1992 |
Reputations die hard in this genteel Southern town - especially for hard- drinking, boy-crazy, country singers from the wrong side of the tracks. This was the home of Patsy Cline, the country music legend who died in a plane crash in 1963. But for years there were no streets named after her, no memorials, no way to know where she was born or where she was buried. The chamber of commerce doesn't even mention her in its tourist guide, although the tomb of Lord Fairfax, "proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia" in the mid-1700s, is listed prominently under "Points of Interest.
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.
April 11, 2015 |
In those cash-strapped days when you first moved into your own place and used plastic milk crates as furniture, you might not have considered yourself part of the sustainability movement. But you were, by repurposing that crate. A few years ago, Morgan Berman decided she, too, wanted to live a greener existence. "I kept thinking, 'I want to make these life choices,' but I didn't know how," the 29-year-old Philadelphia resident recalled. So she developed an app, MilkCrate, to help her and other like-minded consumers connect with local sustainable businesses and other resources.
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.
June 21, 2015
Summer is always ripe for cherry pie. But this year, I'm excited about the one that's pouring on draft: Cherry Pie, the cider. This wickedly good blush of sweet-tart dry cider comes from Stone & Key Cellars in Montgomeryville, the eight-month-old custom crush winery from the owners of Keystone Homebrew Supply that's also become one of the state's innovative new cideries. S&K's initial cider series ferments a blend of up to 17 apple varieties from Solebury Orchards to complete dryness followed by a variety of vivid finishes, including a funky wild yeast for "Untamed," or the oaky vanilla of brandy barrels.
November 1, 2014
LOGAN COHEN, 24, of Malvern, is co-founder and COO of ed-tech startup Kudzoo. The company built a mobile app that rewards students, aged 13 and older, for their grades and achievements with deals and opportunities. Cohen also teaches a weekly entrepreneurship class for 14-to-16-year-olds at the Science Leadership Academy. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Kudzoo? A: My co-founder, Trevor Wilkins, came up with it to reward students for academic achievement. It started as discounts and deals and we wanted to see what would get kids excited and it evolved into an app. Q: The startup money?
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.