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 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.
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 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, 2013
James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, has appointed the following directors to its board of trustees: William S. Aichele, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Univest Corp. of Pennsylvania and chairman of Univest National Bank & Trust Co., Univest Investments Inc., and Univest Insurance Inc.; Beth Beans Gilbert, vice president of the Fred Beans Family of Dealerships; Bill Mandel, art director and head designer for CBS and Channel 13 Educational TV in New York; Al Pritchard, a certified public accountant; and Bob Welch, president of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and owner of Central Bucks Properties L.P., Buckingham Properties L.P., R.W. Group Inc., and Academy Wealth Advisers.
April 5, 1987 |
David C. Campbell, outgoing superintendent of the Rose Tree Media School District, has been appointed assistant executive director of the Delaware County Intermediate Unit (IU) for a term running until June 30, 1990. The Intermediate Unit Board of School Directors voted, 9-0, with one abstention and five members absent, Thursday night to name Campbell to the post held previously by Judson E. Newburg, who retired in January. The abstaining vote came from Ruth Bretz, who represents the Rose Tree district.
February 25, 1990 |
You think car-insurance premiums are prohibitive? Pity the filmmaker whom insurers deem too old to make a movie. Senior artists often produce the most memorable works. Think of Henri Matisse, Louise Nevelson and Willem de Kooning. Sadly, their moviemaker counterparts such as David Lean and Billy Wilder are thwarted by carriers who demand impossibly high premiums for "completion bonds" before a project may begin. This compulsory coverage amounts to a collision-and-damages policy for the film: If investors withdraw their money after a director dies, becomes ill or is involved in an accident, funds are guaranteed to finish the movie.
March 29, 2005
Pssst! Hey, if you are ever accused of ripping off a grocery store or snatching a few watches from a jeweler's shop, just reimburse the business within, say, three years, and everything will be all right. Don't believe it? Well, consider the case of John McDaniel, assistant managing director for Philadelphia. The Pennsylvania Black Conference for Higher Education accused McDaniel of stealing $13,000 after the money turned up missing from its bank account in 2000 and 2001. McDaniel had access to the bank account because he was chairing the group's 2001 convention.
June 18, 2002 |
A longtime top aide at the Pinelands Commission has been suspended from his post, apparently after clashing with a superior. Assistant director William F. Harrison was suspended last week after a confrontation with executive director Annette M. Barbaccia, according to sources familiar with the incident. The exchange, during which Barbaccia accused Harrison of insubordination, was apparently sparked by Harrison's giving information on regional growth areas in Atlantic County to Bradley Campbell, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection.