January 17, 2006
GEORGE WASHINGTON was taller. Thomas Jefferson more presidential. John Adams more fervent. But of all the Founding Fathers, our favorite has always been Benjamin Franklin. How can you not love a guy who once said that "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to prosper"? Franklin was Joe Sixpack before we had a Joe Sixpack. Franklin lived a life as large as the nation he helped form. And even though he went out seeking immortality only as a printer, he was so much more.
December 24, 2006 |
Shawn Andrews, the Eagles' third-year offensive guard, received an early birthday present last week when he was named to his first Pro Bowl. Andrews, who turns 24 tomorrow, could earn an even bigger present - a playoff berth - if the Eagles upset the Dallas Cowboys in tomorrow's showdown in Big D. After suffering a season-ending fractured right fibula during the first game of his rookie season in 2004, Andrews bounced back to start all 16 games...
April 2, 1987 |
The birthday party filled the Food-A-Rama market at Torresdale and Longshore Avenues on Saturday and spilled out on to the sidewalk. The clown, the man on stilts, the organ grinder with his monkey, the Mummers trio and the dancers swirled around as Joe Rosenwald held court of sorts near his beloved produce section. The party was for Rosenwald's birthday - his 91st - and was held in the store he founded as a roadside stand more than 50 years ago. Rosenwald's birthday was actually yesterday, but an April Fool he is not, and he still works six days a week.
February 28, 1993 |
A birthday bash for old George was celebrated at Washington Crossing Historic Park on Monday. Above, all 261 candles on a huge cake - measuring 5 feet by 3 feet by 2 feet - baked by students at the Bucks County Technical School in Fairless Hills are lighted by James W. Gallagher, in costume as the birthday boy, and Ann Hawkes Hutton. Below, (from left) Amanda, Julia and Jan Reed of Burlington, N.J., enjoy some of the food at the party while dressed in their colonial finery.
July 25, 2011
Wishing One Sweet Day this week to Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris . On Friday the heart-melting tenor turns a boyishly manly 38. On July Fourth, Morris joined fellow Boyz Shawn Stockman and Nathan Morris at the ?uestlove-orchestrated Wawa Welcome America Philadelphia finale. That night, the most successful R&B group of all time crooned its greatest hits and handed red roses to swooning fans - but it was a beefed-up Morris who turned extra heads with his etched-out lightning bolt 'do. (Perhaps he was hoping ex-flame Brandy was tuning in to rekindle their Unique Attraction?
August 11, 2003 |
With the Festival Pier's sky-high staging on a humid Saturday night, Ween - sitting on stools with acoustic guitars - could have been mistaken for your typical outdoor act. Until, that is, the summery sheen of the Weens - singer/strummer Gene and guitarist Dean, the pride of New Hope - and their tight, mighty band turned to the Moorish folk and hippie-gypsy sentiment of "Birthday Boy" or its steel-drummed, mocking '70s treatise "Bananas and...
August 27, 1993 |
It's not unusual to hire an entertainer for a child's birthday party these days. Clowns are always a hit. Barney is popular this year. Felicia Miles pushed the envelope for kiddie parties. She hired a stripper for her son's 12th birthday party. The dancer stripped down to a halter and G-string at the March 6 party, and the son licked whipped cream off her breasts as his mother looked on. Her 6- year-old daughter and 3-year-old son also were at the party. Well, the party's over for Felicia Miles, 30. She got 45 days in jail, a year's probation and was fined $200 on Wednesday after pleading guilty to permitting the sexual abuse of a child.
June 29, 1988 |
The Paris Opera Ballet may not always be joli, but it can't be beat for la gloire. The oldest dance company in the world has descended on the Metropolitan Opera in full sail, bringing more than 100 of its 150 dancers, 90 students from its school (founded in 1661 by Louis XIV) and a repertory that places the company as emphatically in the present as in its illustrious past. The troupe's three-week New York season, which will end July 9, came to a climax Monday when some 250 people joined in a unique French processional called the grand defile.
December 13, 2012 |
Hello there Michael was half an hour early for Mihir's 30th birthday party, but there was already one person sitting in the festively decorated restaurant booth. "I see this girl, with lovely long hair, busy texting on her phone," he remembered. "The birthday boy told me to get there early to greet people," Sophia explained. The inevitable conversation about how they both knew their mutual friend led to some remarkable discoveries. Sophia and Michael grew up mere blocks from each other in Somerton.