November 16, 1994 |
Humans evolved, as did all living things, into their present forms through the process of mutations of mutations of mutations . . . all the way back to the dawn of earth life. Everything biologically-connected is a descendant of a rebel, a spinoff from and an improvement on the biological and social establishment. No mutations were created based on mere whim or transient predictions or ignorant, limited wishes until, of course, the age of humans, especially in modern times. Now rebellious mutations are not allowed to flower or even be tested because of self-serving establishment business.
February 3, 1990 |
Black pathology is big business. Two-thirds of teenage mothers are white, two-thirds of welfare recipients are white, and white youths commit most of the crime in this country. According to a recent survey, reported by the Oakland (Calif.) Tribune, the typical crack addict is a middle-class white male in his 40s. Michele Norris of the Washington Post has cited a study that discovered "no significant difference in the rate of drug use during pregnancy among women in the public clinics that serve a largely indigent population and those visiting private doctors who cater to upper-income patients.
September 12, 1991 |
What about that Robin Roberts you threw out when cleaning the basement? Well, not to rub it in or anything, but it could now be worth as much as $12,000. At a recent baseball card show at the T.J. Maxx Marketplace at the Bucks County Mall in Feasterville, the kids and adults were wisely aware of the following simple fact, one that escaped some of us when we were growing up: Collecting baseball cards may be a hobby, but it's also a business. "I'd rather spend my money on something that'll increase in value, rather than decrease, like food," said an astute Brian Schorn, 14, of Feasterville.
April 4, 2010 |
A landscaping crew was out repairing Joseph V. Mastronardo Jr.'s Montgomery County lawn Friday, two days after law enforcement people had ripped it up with shovels and backhoes. The crew replaced shrubs and plantings and filled in holes, the residue of Wednesday's raid. Sources say investigators seized nearly $1 million found in the home and buried in the yard. Mastronardo, 60, and his brother and business partner John, 54, were arrested and jailed to await a hearing later this week.
August 19, 2004 |
In the tightly controlled corporate atmosphere surrounding the modern Olympics, it's probably easier to smuggle weapons of mass destruction into venues than unsponsored products. Big Olympic sponsors such as Visa, Coke and Kodak have all the business in those places sewn up tighter than Andy Reid's jeans. So yesterday, when a lunchtime cleanup crew at a McDonald's discovered an empty Pepsi bottle on a table, they reacted as if it were terrorist-grade sarin. A gloved woman gingerly lifted the dangerous contraband and handed it to a fellow employee.
June 2, 1994 |
Since the days of Marco Polo, China has intrigued the Western world. For those raised on the other side of the world, China is a land of a thousand mysteries and exotic beauties. It is the land and people enshrined in Pearl Buck's fabulous novel, "The Good Earth. " It is a civilization where good manners and a simple lifestyle dominate the ways of its nearly infinite population. It is almost timeless, having developed its culture centuries before Europe, at a time when Rome was struggling to emerge from the Tiber.
August 22, 1994 |
This fall, "Frankenstein" will come to life in more ways than one. Just as director Kenneth Branagh's take on the Mary Shelley classic hits movie theaters in November, bookstores will be flooded with two versions of the story: the 1818 original and a new paperback edition based on the screenplay, known in the trade as a novelization. Call it what you want, it's still big business. With novelizations, "you tap into a market of book buyers who are maybe not reading The New York Times Book Review but are readers and are looking for something they're familiar with," says Peter Borland, head of the film and TV division at Signet Books.
May 5, 2011 |
In the Pacific Northwest, Bigfoot is big business. There are fan clubs and podcasts dedicated to the legend, and local police stations often field calls from true believers eager to report the latest sighting. The Loch Ness Monster enjoys the same sort of attention in Scotland. Nessie even has her (his?) own website. Here in Philly, Chase Utley is building toward that kind of crazy cult treatment. At this point, the patellar tendinitis in his right knee should have its own PR handler.
February 1, 1987 |
In September, Larry Fryer moved his auto-parts business from Exton to Valley Forge. Then he and his family moved to Florida. He runs his business from a post-office box in Valley Forge, an upscale address that he said gave his company "a little prestige. " "I wanted to overcome the image that the business was run out of a back yard or van. Actually, it's presenting a bit of a corporate image," he said. Like Fryer, hundreds of out-of-town businesses rent post-office boxes in Valley Forge, a tiny village adjacent to Valley Forge National Park on Route 23. Customer demand is so great that the Valley Forge Post Office is planning an expansion, and a commercial mail-box service recently opened nearby.
August 17, 2010
The remark attributed to Philadelphia Folk Festival director Levi Landis referring to the "Old Guard" of the festival having trouble negotiating the hill speaks volumes about why the festival is in trouble ("Different folk," Sunday). Back in the '60s or '70s, nobody would have dissed older folkies. We honored the bearers of traditions. Two years ago, my wife and I, both 59 at the time, brought our young adult daughter and her wheelchair-bound friend to an evening concert. There were no provisions for the handicapped, though we finally managed to bull our way through with our car into the artists' closed area, so we could get him down to the stage level, where he could maneuver his way to the lawn on his own, instead of having to be wheeled to a seat.