March 15, 2015 |
'It's about sharing what you know, who you are," says master Philly bassist Gerald Veasley says. That's why he, his wife Roxanne, and his pal Lee Patterson started the Bass BootCamp in 2002. For its 14th iteration this weekend, they're all heading to Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West. "There are unanticipated rewards to be found at the camp," Veasley says. "So many people come, thinking that they're going to get tips on how to better play bass, and wind up with real-life breakthroughs.
November 7, 2014
WE, THE anti-consumerists, are losing the battles to curtail the consumerism that drives America, especially during the holiday season. Again this year, major retailers are leaping over each other in an effort to be the first to open early on Thanksgiving Day - before you even have a chance to cut the apple pie. This trend has been building since 2011. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is no longer the traditional kickoff of the holiday shopping season. We now have Black Thursday.
October 3, 2014 |
CRAIG BERUBE is in midseason form. This can be a good thing or a bad thing when it comes to an NHL head coach finishing up his first-ever training camp. But when the team in front of you has been notorious for starting poorly over the last couple of seasons, it is, for him, the only way to go. So the quotes keep jumping from the page, as tonight the Flyers finish up a brutal preseason schedule that seems more like an act of revenge than one of negligence. He's "disappointed in our veterans and the way they performed" one night, fried at his shoddy defense the next.
September 13, 2014 |
James Bartleson says there's a big difference between low crawling through mud in full military gear with a rifle in your hands and running around the football field in pads. He would know. His Triton High School teammate and close friend, Paul Mueller, also appreciates the difference between boot camp with the National Guard and training camp with a high school football team. But the remarkable thing about what the two squared-away seniors did this summer was their willingness and ability to embrace both: to sign up for the National Guard, endure 10 weeks of intensive training, come to celebrate the military lifestyle, and still set their sights on a successful senior season with the Mustangs.
August 25, 2014 |
Boot-camp workouts have been a staple of the fitness scene for some time now. Early boot-camp workouts were typically led by former drill sergeants and drill instructors. Today, some are led by fitness pros with no military background. Nate Griffin, who calls himself "Sgt. Nate," was a member of the Army Reserve for 17 years, where he worked as a medic and attained the rank of sergeant. While he was never a drill sergeant, true drill sergeants often whipped him into shape. During his years in the Army, he became an admirer of high-intensity Ranger training.
November 17, 2013 |
PHOENIXVILLE Growing up in Montgomery County, Liam Nevins loved adventure. He ran around with toy guns, built tree forts, and once commandeered a golf cart with his sister, Raven Henin. As a high school student in Bucks County, Nevins enlisted in the Army under the Delayed Entry Program. As a Special Forces Green Beret, Nevins sometimes navigated the rugged terrain of Afghanistan on dirt bikes with a smile, which is why his sisters called him "Bond," after the fictional secret agent.
July 30, 2013 |
RAY WALL AND HIS business team created a catchy name for their chicken-and-doughnut business and designed an eye-catching logo. But the best part was their slogan: Donut you want some chicken? Let's get lickin' . The group presentation was part of a weeklong business and leadership camp at the Enterprise Center in West Philadelphia. The camp, for students ages 12 to 18, teaches basic financial literacy and lessons about entrepreneurship, and gives them a chance to meet influential business leaders.
July 30, 2013 |
Penn Medicine chief executive Ralph Muller is convinced that information technology is central to improving health care. That's why Penn joined with Independence Blue Cross to sponsor DreamIt Health Philadelphia 2013, a four-month boot camp for 10 start-up companies that wraps up Aug. 9. "Having more powerful information available to patients, to doctors, to everyone makes it a better health-care system," Muller said last week after watching all...
March 18, 2013 |
NILES, Mich. - It was 1953, and then-Pvt. Bob Rodgers had just arrived at Fort Campbell, Ky., for basic training when he sat down to write a letter to his wife after the post's power went out. Sixty years later, that letter finally turned up, when the U.S. Postal Service gave it back to Rodgers, who's now living in southwestern Michigan. In the June 13, 1953, letter, the 20-year-old told his wife, Jean, about the routines of life in boot camp. "All you do is march, KP, shine boots, shine boots and shine more boots and brass and more brass," he wrote.
January 4, 2013 |
There's a moment in the musical Les Misérables when Jean Valjean, who had spent the last 19 years imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, narrowly escapes being sent back after snatching silver from a kindly bishop. It's a turning point for the protagonist, who uses the reprieve to launch into a song - "What Have I Done?" - and a new way of life. It's kind of like what happened to Trinity Wheeler a few years back. The production manager for the touring company of Les Misérables (currently at Philadelphia's Academy of Music)