December 29, 2015 |
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On playing a bad hand: I've been going toe-to-toe with an autoimmune disorder for 40 years. It went undiagnosed for 13 months; once it became clear what it was, I spent several years being livid that it was not cancer, because I was sure at least cancer would kill me. I also went through periods when I had to get up in the morning to take my meds, then go back to bed to wait for them to work....
March 21, 2015 |
No professionals are forced to bear witness to more mind-numbingly bad dates than bartenders, making them uniquely qualified to comment on the singles scene. Now that it's put-yourself-out-there, spring-fling season, online dating tools like Tinder, Match.com, and OkCupid will be flooded with activity from new users and from dating vets returning after a long, cold hiatus. Bartenders see everything that happens - even if they don't want to. "It's like watching a movie, and there's that awkward moment where you're like, 'I don't want to watch!
April 18, 2013
Mickey Rose, 77, a childhood friend of Woody Allen's who cowrote his movies Bananas and Take the Money and Run , died of cancer April 7 at his home in Beverly Hills, his daughter, Jennifer, told the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Rose and Allen met in high school in Brooklyn, N.Y., and became friends. They shared a love of jazz and baseball. Mr. Rose met his late wife, Judy, through a blind date arranged by Allen. Mr. Rose became a TV comedy writer. He wrote for Johnny Carson and Sid Caesar and for shows including The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour , All in the Family , and The Odd Couple . Allen said Rose was one of the funniest people he has known - and a "wonderful first baseman.
January 27, 2013 |
Movie 43 is a collection of one-joke short films strung together as a feature, movies seemingly built on this guiding directive: Find big-name stars and see how far they'll go for a laugh. Thus, you have Kate Winslet on a blind date with Hugh Jackman trying not to notice - or be utterly revolted by - the scrotum growing out of his neck. There's Halle Berry caught up in a first-date game of Truth or Dare with Brit comic Stephen Merchant that involves tattoos, plastic surgery, and sitting still while Snooki from Jersey Shore gives an interpretive reading of Moby Dick . If you're the sort who laughs at the title of that novel, this might be the movie for you - a dizzying array of actors in a wide variety of oh-no-they-didn't sketches, almost all using sex as punch lines.
January 17, 2013 |
Joseph Straus Jr., 91, of Lafayette Hill, retired chairman of the former Strouse, Greenberg & Co., died Saturday, Jan. 12, of natural causes at his home. Mr. Straus was a nationally known real estate figure in Philadelphia from the 1950s through the mid-1990s. He joined Strouse as a partner in the mid-1960s and became its chairman. "He was one of the early pioneers in the development of large, enclosed regional shopping centers on the East Coast," said his son, Jim. One was Deptford Mall.
January 8, 2013 |
M ARK WAHLBERG and director Allen Hughes will be in town Tuesday to attend a red-carpet screening of their new film, "Broken City," at 7 p.m. at the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut). Mayor Nutter and Greater Philadelphia Film Office chief Sharon Pinkenson will introduce the pair and make a special presentation to Wahlberg, who has shot several films in the area, including "Invincible," "The Lovely Bones" and "Shooter. If you'd like to attend, email your name and phone number to Philly@43KIX.com . A limited amount of free tickets remain.
January 1, 2013 |
Jane Grinspan, 66, of Merion, a writer, cook, and longtime publications director for the Franklin Institute, died Sunday, Dec. 30, of breast cancer, at her home. Mrs. Grinspan was a 50-year resident of the Philadelphia area. Her family said she was a renaissance woman with wide-ranging talents. In 1971, she was hired at the Franklin Institute, where she spent 39 years as a writer and editor before retiring in 2010. She relished the city's food and arts scene, and parlayed her knowledge into restaurant reviews that appeared in the Bulletin in the early 1970s.
December 18, 2012 |
AFTER HIS USUAL hyperactive week as the city's chief financial watchdog, City Controller Alan Butkovitz spends a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon chillin' a few blocks from home at the Country Club Restaurant in Rhawnhurst with his wife of 39 years, Theresa. "We met in 1971 when I was late for a blind date with Theresa's friend, Mary, at Logan Circle," Butkovitz said. "Mary said she left after a couple of sailors tried to pick her up. " "I was in the room afterward when Mary told Alan off on the phone," Theresa says.
December 11, 2012 |
Barbara Ann McBride Nolan, 67, a nurse and longtime zoo volunteer who taught visitors about animals and nature, died on Wednesday, Dec. 5, of ovarian cancer at her home in Springfield, Delaware County. Mrs. Nolan became enamored with nature, animals, and conservation while growing up on a farm in the Valley Forge area and parlayed that love into 23 years as a docent, or volunteer teacher, for the Philadelphia Zoo. During that time, she served on many zoo committees and participated in several animal behavior programs.
November 14, 2012 |
Stan Morantz, 69, of Warrington, a longtime Philadelphia business owner and inventor, died Saturday, Nov. 10, at Doylestown Hospital of complications from Lou Gehrig's disease. Morantz Ultrasonics, headquartered in Northeast Philadelphia, with an office in Las Vegas, and having $3 million in revenue annually, grew from his father's drapery business at 40th and Chestnut Streets. While working for his father, who used labor-intensive techniques to make draperies, he invented tools and processes to speed up manufacturing.