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November 27, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Edgar Berman, 72, a physician and author who gained notoriety for saying that women could not be leaders because of their "raging hormones," has died of a heart attack. Dr. Berman was pronounced dead Wednesday at Sinai Hospital after he was stricken while driving near his home Tuesday night. In the 1950s, he successfully completed the first implantation of a plastic esophagus in a human and assisted in the first heart transplant in a dog. Dr. Berman, the physician of former senator and vice president Hubert H. Humphrey, wrote books about Humphrey and Albert Schweitzer, with whom he worked in Africa in 1960.
LIVING
September 4, 2009 | By Sally Friedman FOR THE INQUIRER
From the curb, the home of Molefi Kete Asante and his wife Ana Yenenga looks like many well-manicured stone split levels in Elkins Park. Inside, however, it springs to life with striking signs of African heritage around every corner. And no wonder. Molefi Asante, 67, professor and former chairman of the Department of African American Studies at Temple University, has earned international recognition as one of the most distinguished scholars in his field, with no fewer than 70 books to his credit.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 20, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
What if buying life-giving literature were just as easy as buying a bag of Herr's Original Crisp 'N Tasty potato chips or Goldenberg's Peanut Chews? There's a vending machine for that. Nic Esposito is the founder of Fishtown craft book publisher the Head & the Hand Press. Among his many duties, he is mixing his passions for literature and food - with a vending machine that dispenses tasty, nourishing books of locally themed fiction and poetry. Esposito sees an abiding connection between writing and growing food.
NEWS
August 26, 2005
Thank you, Ocean City, for a wonderful month. After years of talking about it, my husband and I decided to spend July at the Shore. We rented the top floor of a duplex. The first two weeks, we shared the apartment with my brother and sister-in-law. The second two weeks, friends joined us. We did all the things we had talked about all winter: bike rides in the morning, afternoons on the beach, day trips to Atlantic City, Cape May and Rehoboth, and walks on the boardwalk at night.
NEWS
November 8, 1988 | G. LOIE GROSSMANN/ DAILY NEWS
Ralph Brooks Jr., the 7-year-old South Philadelphia boy paralyzed by a suspected drug dealer's bullet in July, arrives at school in a paratransit bus yesterday to start in the second grade.
NEWS
July 25, 1992
You know librarians, they're always trying to give away books (provided people agree to return them). Nothing newsworthy there . . . except that at the Free Library of Philadelphia, they've done a rather spectacular job of giving out books in the last 12 months. Library officials report that the central library and 53 neighborhood branches circulated some six million volumes during the fiscal year ending June 30. That's the highest count since 1966, the period city librarians reverentially refer to as the Free Library's "heyday," when 6.2 million tomes were borrowed.
NEWS
February 15, 1996 | by Yvonne Dennis, Daily News Staff Writer
JumpStart, A Love Story Robb Armstrong (HarperCollins / $12) A VALENTINE KISS Carla Fredd, Brenda Jackson, Felicia Mason (Pinnacle / $4.99) If you're saving your sweetie's Valentine treat for the weekend (or you just plain forgot), two new books appealing to the traditionally mushy and the playfully poetic may be just the ticket. Philly resident Robb Armstrong moves his JumpStart comic strip up to the big time with his first full-length cartoon, "JumpStart, A Love Story.
BUSINESS
October 20, 1990 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / WILLIAM F. STEINMETZ
The opening of Borders Book Shop in Center City yesterday invited browsing and the sampling of coffee in a corner espresso bar. In the former Nan Duskin building at 1727 Walnut St., it is the 11th of a Michigan chain known for its large selection and hard-to-find books.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, STAFF WRITER
Jamie Lee Curtis has had many acts in her career. She started as a scream queen and is currently on Scream Queens , returning to Fox at 9 p.m. Tuesday. In addition to starring in comedy classics such as the Philadelphia-shot Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda , Curtis is also a children's author. She'll be at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Sunday to read from her latest book, This is Me: A Story of Who We Are & Where We Came From . Curtis spoke via phone - while getting a manicure to play her Scream Queens character Dean Munch - about the secret sauce of her work and why Philadelphia means freedom to her. Did you always want to write?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
Six-year-old Elaina Dick loves to read, draw, and play catch with her dad in the front yard. But her favorite activity is driving. Perched on her father's lap in his Permobil C500 wheelchair, Elaina deftly operates the controls as the two scoot around the curves and cul-de-sacs of their Chalfont neighborhood. As a toddler, Elaina learned to walk by grabbing her father's shoes as he slowly rolled backward. Later, the chair became the mutable hub of their pretend-play: a rocket ship, a school bus, a royal coach, a tractor.
NEWS
September 12, 2016
The Lady Chablis, 59, the transgender performer who became an unlikely celebrity for her role in the 1994 best-seller Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil , died Thursday in Savannah, Ga. Ms. Chablis' sister, Cynthia Ponder, confirmed the death. A close friend, Cale Hall, said Ms. Chablis died of pneumonia and had been in the hospital for a month. A modern, nonfiction take on Southern Gothic storytelling, author John Berendt's Midnight thrust Savannah into the pop-culture spotlight.
NEWS
September 11, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
'Don't trust the government," Oliver Stone was saying the other day, on the phone from Washington. "I've always said this, from the beginning of my career, my own experience in Vietnam, and Salvador - what I saw there with my own eyes. Never trust the government. They lie all the time. " Stone, acknowledging that his films tend to be controversial - an understatement if ever there was one from the provocateur behind Platoon, Salvador, JFK, Nixon, World Trade Center , and W - was in the nation's capital to screen Snowden . On Wednesday night, he presented his two-hour, 14-minute biopic about Edward Snowden, the NSA whistle-blower who leaked a data storm of classified documents exposing the security agency's mass monitoring of Americans' emails, phone calls, Facebook posts, and dating-site missives.
NEWS
September 9, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS New textbooks shouldn't be news A new school year has started in Philadelphia ("New thing in city schools: New books," Tuesday). How wonderful that the children will have new books, technology, counselors, and nurses. How dreadful that this is such a rare occurrence for the schools that it is the headline across the top of the front page. Of course there should be books and technology and counselors and nurses. This should be a matter of course.
NEWS
September 8, 2016
It says a lot about the state of the Philadelphia School District that the big news on opening day is that its 130,000 students will actually have new textbooks. But given the perpetual financial crisis that the city's public schools have been mired in the last few years, just buying books is a positive development worth celebrating. After all, this is a school district that has gone several years without librarians, school nurses, guidance counselors, or assistant principals in many of its schools.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2016 | By Sofiya Ballin, Staff Writer
Ask any comic-reading child to name his or her favorite superhero, and the answer may range from Spider-Man to Wonder Woman. Someday, such a child might also name civil rights activist and now comic-book protagonist U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Ga.). The 76-year-old congressman recently released March: Book Three , the final installment of a graphic novel trilogy about his life working for civil rights. The saga takes us through Lewis' life, from growing up in the 1940s on 110 acres of farmland in Pike County, Ala., to his speech at the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963.
NEWS
August 15, 2016
As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' new temple in Logan Circle opens for public viewing, consider Philadelphia's ties to early Mormon history. Though the church was founded in New York and associated with Illinois and Utah, Philadelphia played a significant role in its early history. Missionaries had reached Chester County and parts of central New Jersey by the 1830s. In 1839, the Philadelphia branch of the church was organized by Joseph Smith Jr. while returning from Washington, D.C. Smith and fellow early converts met on the corner of Seventh and Callowhill Streets.
NEWS
August 14, 2016
By Donald Ray Pollock Doubleday. 365 pp. $27.95 Reviewed by Kevin Grauke It's 1917, but along the border of Georgia and Alabama, it might as well be 1817. There, the three Jewett brothers eke out a miserable life along with their father, Pearl, who looks forward to dining at the heavenly table, where there will be "no scrounging for scraps," a table only for "them that shun the temptations of this world. " Pearl has not always been so pious, however. According to the narrator, his sons' names - Cane, Cob, and Chimney - are what one should expect "when a man who's been off the sauce for a while consumes too much whiskey and then insists on having his way. " But The Heavenly Table isn't merely Southern Gothic.
NEWS
August 8, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, FOR PHILLY.COM/GEEK
Big City Comics Founder Jeffrey Kaufman is excited about changes in his company's publishing plan-and a unique new offering. "We used to allow other people to publish our books for the last seven years and since we decided to go monthly with single-issue books, it was just silly for us to go through other people," Kaufman said. "So, Big City Comics became its own publisher. We went to Diamond . . . and they were fully satisfied. " "Our model is very clear-publishing with a purpose," Kaufman continued.
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