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January 18, 1987 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Call it a telephone book for snobs if you must. Dismiss it as frivolous, resent it as arbitrary, condemn it as elitist. But like it or not, the Social Register has just turned 100. Since it first appeared in New York in 1887, this little black book has served as the premier arbiter of who is, and who ain't, "upper class. " Today it is the closest thing to a peerage that we have in this democratic republic. The 1987 Register lists about 31,000 U.S. families within its discreet black-and-orange covers - covers whose simple design has hardly changed in a century.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2004 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Set in the exploitive world of Jerry Springer-style confessional shows, Little Black Book suggests this unpleasant theme: "Movies That Aren't Worth Your Eight Bucks, Let Alone Talking About!" It is the story of Stacy Holt, a childish woman who, much to her peril - and ours - hides behind the rationalization "she started it. " Did I mention that this grown-up version of Mean Girls, scored to the Carly Simon songbook, is played for comedy? Stacy (Bambi-eyed Brittany Murphy) wants to be the next Diane Sawyer.
NEWS
July 31, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
The name Marv Albert was found in a black book kept by a dominatrix who was shot to death in her apartment, and police sources told WNBC-TV yesterday that the entry apparently refers to the sportscaster. NBC's leading basketball play-by-play man is charged in Virginia with biting a woman and forcing her to perform oral sex. Albert denies the charges. Spokesman Howard Rubenstein said Albert's attorney, Roy Black, has instructed his client and his representatives not to comment on anything related to the case.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2001 | By Lloylita Prout FOR THE INQUIRER
Penn Relay weekend has arrived, bringing athletes and spectators from all across the U.S. of A., so maybe you'll see some new faces (and get new numbers for your little black book) at the following parties: At Aqualounge tonight, it's a rare weekend spin from Hollis P. Monroe. And at the TPDS Club on the same night, it's the kickoff for "Classic Fridays" with Lee Jones, Jason Leroy and Frank T. On Saturday, there is a Pajama Party at Evolution with resident Rob Lee. And Sunday, the "Progression Sessions Tour" brings LTJ Bukem to Envy, where Mass, Randall Jones, Lorne, Anton Chasm and others will also be behind the turntables.
NEWS
December 5, 1994 | by Bhavna Lad, Los Angeles Daily News
Criticizing the jury that convicted her of pandering, Heidi Fleiss said the names of clients in her "little black book" might not be kept secret much longer. A teary-eyed, emotional Fleiss spoke with reporters, signed autographs and greeted fans over the weekend at an exposition where she peddled her line of flannel underwear, one day after a seven-man, five-woman panel convicted her of three counts of pandering. Jurors deadlocked on two other pandering charges and found her not guilty on a drug charge.
NEWS
August 16, 1993 | BY ZACHARY STALBERG
I think I saw a sign that America might be ready to have fun with sex again. That was when The Inquirer - yes, even The Inquirer - played Heidi on Page One. Heidi Fleiss, the slender 27-year-old daughter of a pediatrician, came before the bar of the court last week. She was wearing a side-wrapped cocoa- colored Armani mini-dress. And, of course, spike heels. For those of us who are just a little bit bored by late summer, Heidi is a godsend. The policy wonks in the audience might prefer the Federal Register, but give me the fingered pages of Heidi's notorious black book.
NEWS
February 15, 1989 | By ABE ZAIDAN
Ever since the media disclosed the tidbit that Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar's name was right there in a call girl's little black book, it sent a shiver through everybody else who happens to carry around a list of other people's names and telephone numbers. Lord knows, we all have names in our books that would raise endless suspicions if somebody found one in a motel room and turned it in to the desk clerk. And how could you ever know how many little black books contain your name?
NEWS
April 13, 1995 | by Rick Selvin, Daily News Staff Writer
She's a singer . . . and although I've never heard her, I feel she is quite good. I base my opinion on nothing more than her repertoire: "September Song," "Hello, Young Lovers," "You and Me Against the World. " Tasty tunes. She also has a sense of humor on stage, offering up such novelty numbers as the ethnic-laced Streisand hit "Second Hand Rose" and Broadway's cute "I Won't Grow Up!" from "Peter Pan. " I do not know her name - and that is the situation addressed here.
NEWS
August 1, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Marv Albert's name has been tied to the criminal probe of a dead dominatrix, and some experts say the NBC sportscaster is bound to be hurt by the new revelation. The "Marv Albert" phone number listed in Nadia Frey's appointment address book in her apartment last weekend was an outdated number belonging to him, a police source told the Associated Press yesterday. It was not clear whether the outdated number was for Albert's home or office. The source said, however, that Albert was not believed to be linked in any way to Frey's killing.
NEWS
February 24, 1994 | BY MOLLY IVINS
The unfortunate events at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth last week (cops busted the joint for illegal gambling in the presence of that old newspaper favorite, "scantily clad women") remind me of a classic newspaper lead. Several years ago in New Jersey, state troopers busted a sex club, and the Jersey papers were full of details about the whips, boots, spurs and other interesting paraphernalia found at this establishment. As always happens in sex-ring stories, on the second day, the cops announced that they had found a small black book containing the names of the members of this unusual club, and, sure as a by-God, some extremely prominent people in Jersey society and political circles were found therein.
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October 29, 2013
AS A podiatrist, Dr. Maasi J. Smith knows a whole lot about scary - gangrenous cysts, bulging bunions, hammertoes so pronounced that they need surgery, icky fungal conditions and worse. Not much freaks him out. He's cool, calm and unflappable, which I suspect is why he's attracted to the horror genre. Smith recently came out with the revised edition of his self-published suspense novel, Mischiefmakers . It's an eerie tale about a young woman in Newark who's caught between reality and some sinister place.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2007
Written by Gerard Soeteman and Paul Verhoeven, directed by Verhoeven. With Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch and Thom Hoffman. In Dutch, German and Hebrew, with subtitles. Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics. 2 hours, 25 mins. R (violence, sex, nudity, profanity, the Holocaust, adult themes). Playing at the Ritz Five and Ritz Sixteen/NJ. Returning to the Netherlands for his first film since 1983's The Fourth Man , Paul Verhoeven brings much of what he plied in Hollywood to a tale of Nazis, Jews and the Dutch resistance.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2004 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Set in the exploitive world of Jerry Springer-style confessional shows, Little Black Book suggests this unpleasant theme: "Movies That Aren't Worth Your Eight Bucks, Let Alone Talking About!" It is the story of Stacy Holt, a childish woman who, much to her peril - and ours - hides behind the rationalization "she started it. " Did I mention that this grown-up version of Mean Girls, scored to the Carly Simon songbook, is played for comedy? Stacy (Bambi-eyed Brittany Murphy) wants to be the next Diane Sawyer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 27, 2001 | By Lloylita Prout FOR THE INQUIRER
Penn Relay weekend has arrived, bringing athletes and spectators from all across the U.S. of A., so maybe you'll see some new faces (and get new numbers for your little black book) at the following parties: At Aqualounge tonight, it's a rare weekend spin from Hollis P. Monroe. And at the TPDS Club on the same night, it's the kickoff for "Classic Fridays" with Lee Jones, Jason Leroy and Frank T. On Saturday, there is a Pajama Party at Evolution with resident Rob Lee. And Sunday, the "Progression Sessions Tour" brings LTJ Bukem to Envy, where Mass, Randall Jones, Lorne, Anton Chasm and others will also be behind the turntables.
NEWS
February 7, 2001 | by Donna W. Vance, Daily News Staff Writer
On Valentine's Day, keep your gifts romantic but redirect your thinking. Perhaps slipping between the covers of a book would be as pleasurable to you and your partner as slipping between the bedcovers. Let's check it out. Take the bite out of dating - or maybe put some in - with "Universal Dating Regulations and Bylaws" (Fireside, $9.95) from the ADA. The ADA - that's the American Dating Association, not American Dental Association - has gathered the wisdom of 300 "-ologists," who offer advice on issues like cohabitation, sex and break-up behavior.
NEWS
October 13, 1999 | by Don Russell, Daily News Staff Writer
Legends, they say, die hard. In the case of Wilt Chamberlain, we can only imagine. After all, by his own account,he was the world's greatest lover. Others will praise the glory of his athletic career. They'll quote his NBA statistics: 31,419 points, nearly 24,000 rebounds. They'll remember how he once scored 100 points in a single game. But there is one other number, and it is the one that everyone remembers with awe: 20,000. It is the number of women he once claimed he had made love to since he was a high schooler at Overbrook.
NEWS
August 1, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Marv Albert's name has been tied to the criminal probe of a dead dominatrix, and some experts say the NBC sportscaster is bound to be hurt by the new revelation. The "Marv Albert" phone number listed in Nadia Frey's appointment address book in her apartment last weekend was an outdated number belonging to him, a police source told the Associated Press yesterday. It was not clear whether the outdated number was for Albert's home or office. The source said, however, that Albert was not believed to be linked in any way to Frey's killing.
NEWS
July 31, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
The name Marv Albert was found in a black book kept by a dominatrix who was shot to death in her apartment, and police sources told WNBC-TV yesterday that the entry apparently refers to the sportscaster. NBC's leading basketball play-by-play man is charged in Virginia with biting a woman and forcing her to perform oral sex. Albert denies the charges. Spokesman Howard Rubenstein said Albert's attorney, Roy Black, has instructed his client and his representatives not to comment on anything related to the case.
NEWS
February 27, 1996 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
"You think that your troubles are unprecedented in the world . . . and then you read. " - James Baldwin Want to go beyond the obligatory PBS series, essay contest, film festival or special assembly and do something real for Black History Month? Begin building a black book library. Creating your own personal library ensures that you'll have a wealth of resources about the African-American experience at your fingertips the other 11 months of the year (and you'll never get fined because you left "Manchild in the Promised Land" on your nightstand the day it was due back at your local branch.
NEWS
April 13, 1995 | by Rick Selvin, Daily News Staff Writer
She's a singer . . . and although I've never heard her, I feel she is quite good. I base my opinion on nothing more than her repertoire: "September Song," "Hello, Young Lovers," "You and Me Against the World. " Tasty tunes. She also has a sense of humor on stage, offering up such novelty numbers as the ethnic-laced Streisand hit "Second Hand Rose" and Broadway's cute "I Won't Grow Up!" from "Peter Pan. " I do not know her name - and that is the situation addressed here.
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