November 2, 2011 |
JUST ABOUT everywhere Whitney Smith Williams went, someone would want to talk about her father. "Your dad helped me get into college," they would say. "Your dad gave me the opportunity to get a higher education. " Even in the hospital when her father was in his final illness, a young man came up to her and expressed his sympathy - but not without adding: "Your dad helped me get into college. " Scores of men and women leading successful lives today never would have gotten the education that led to their success without the help of Eldridge Witherspoon Smith Jr. As director of admissions for Temple University in the '70s and '80s, Eldridge was in a position help people not only with the admissions process, but also with the encouragement that many needed to be convinced that they could succeed in college.
June 7, 2013 |
CICERO, a childhood buddy of mine from the 'hood in Rome, once said that any man may make a mistake, but only a fool continues in it. While some of his critics might disagree, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is not a fool. He'll be the first to admit that one of the main reasons why the Eagles failed to make the playoffs the last two seasons, and why Andy Reid's current mailing address is in Tornado Alley rather than still on the Main Line, is because of the organization's poor decisions in the 2010 and 2011 drafts and in '11 free agency.
January 9, 2014 |
BACK IN 1986, Ebony magazine featured local TV director Gregory David Reid as its most eligible bachelor. Oops! Two years later, Mr. Reid was no longer a bachelor, and Jet magazine told its readers how he had married Treena Sammons-Brooks on Jan. 16, 1988. Gregory was then a news director at WCAU-TV CBS (now NBC10), which he joined in 1981 as the 11 p.m. news director. Over the next 32 years, he directed other news programs, sports and entertainment shows, telethons, documentaries and just about everything else the station produced.
January 1, 2011 |
John Stokes was a 29-year-old U.S. Department of the Interior fellow when, in 1979, at the behest of then-Gov. Brendan T. Byrne, he helped write a plan to safeguard the newly established Pinelands National Reserve. He has been at the center of the Pinelands preservation fight ever since. The plan he helped draft protects 1.1 million acres of sandy-soil forests and wetlands full of rare and endangered wildlife and plants, covering nearly a quarter of New Jersey. And, as the executive director of the Pinelands Commission since 2003, Stokes has been overseeing the independent state agency governing the area that includes parts of seven counties, including Burlington, Gloucester, and Camden.
February 17, 2015
Howard, Brenner & Nass, an asbestos and personal-injury law firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, changed its name to Nass Cancelliere Brenner with the addition of Michael A. Cancelliere Jr. as a partner. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has announced the following promotions: Robert F. Mucerino has been promoted to vice president in the treasury services department from assistant vice president; Julia Cheney to assistant vice president and assistant director in the payment cards center from officer and assistant director; Kim Taylor to assistant vice president in human resources from officer.
January 19, 1994 |
Henry Smith has a wife, three kids, a college degree and a white-collar job, and he owns a home in Southwest Philadelphia. One thing he no longer has is this secret: He never took the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Smith, who starred in basketball at West Philadelphia High (class of 1984) and later became a rebounding leader and consistent scorer at St. Joseph's University, read with interest last week about the concerns of the Black Coaches Association. The BCA, among other things, continues to question why the NCAA places so much emphasis on a test, the SAT, that has been found to be culturally biased.
February 5, 2015 |
It's really an honor and I'm sure all of you shared my excitement when The Inquirer announced last week I had been promoted to Senior Executive Columnist for Sports Content. There's nothing like a new title to make a guy feel important, and I'd also like to congratulate colleagues Bob Brookover, the new Vice President for Sports Columnizing, and Mike Sielski, who steps into the role of Director of Sports Opinion/Columns. There's no doubt in mind that we will work together seamlessly to help the department achieve its goals with the structure now in place.
February 5, 2012 |
J.M. Ada Mutch, formerly of Wynnewood, a nurse, World War II veteran, and volunteer for the elderly, died at Rosemont Presbyterian Village on Friday, Jan. 27, a week before her 107th birthday. In 1932, having taught physical education for eight years at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, Miss Mutch had to have her appendix removed. "I went to the hospital for a week, and had the most wonderful time," she later told The Inquirer. "I decided to become a nurse. I figured I could take care of people as I got older, but I wouldn't be able to run up and down a hockey field forever.