July 13, 1986 |
A 4-cent Great Americans Series definitive will be issued tomorrow by the U.S. Postal Service on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Rev. Edward Joseph Flanagan, whose work with abused and neglected youths led to his founding of Boys Town. First-day ceremonies will be held at the high school on the campus of Boys Town, 11 miles west of Omaha, Neb. The design of the stamp shows a portrait of Father Flanagan. Father Flanagan, who is being honored as a humanitarian, was born in Ireland and came to the United States in 1904 at the age of 18. He was ordained in 1912 and assigned to the archdiocese of Omaha.
February 19, 1988 |
It was one of those festive St. Valentine's Day affairs, the men in black ties, their ladies in fashionable gowns. There were roses at every table and the orchestra played all the grand old love songs. It was an evening you might expect to read about in David Iams' society column, but a young religious from Rome turned it into a showcase of love, Irish and Italian style. The guests had gathered to honor G. Fred DiBona, son and heir of the late Common Pleas Court jurist, dead now eight years.
December 30, 1994 |
So, he does have a shortcoming: Rep. Newt Gingrich (R., Ga.) may be the incoming speaker of the House. He may be an author with a substantial book advance. He may be the darling of the newly empowered political right. But he's no threat to Siskel and Ebert. Last night, Gingrich - who touched off a firestorm of criticism when he suggested recently that Hillary Rodham Clinton see the 1938 movie Boys Town instead of criticizing his proposal to put troubled youths and unwanted babies in orphanages - hosted a screening of the movie here.
December 6, 1994 |
When Hillary Rodham Clinton said House Speaker-to-be Newt Gingrich's idea of putting the children of welfare mothers in orphanages was absurd, he suggested she go rent the movie "Boys Town. " This is a 1938 movie about how Father Edward Flanagan, played by Spencer Tracy, founded a community for homeless boys in Omaha in 1917. Father Flanagan starts working with kids after helping to stop a scuffle in which a boy throws a rock that breaks a merchant's window. (The merchant blows a police whistle and officers come running.
September 27, 1992 |
Harry Levin, 92, who as a child tramped out of Russia and across Europe on a journey to America, where he opened a small hardware store that grew into Levin's Furniture & Appliance Co., died Friday at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center. A longtime resident of the Philadelphia area, he lived in Center City and also had a home in Ventnor, N.J. Mr. Levin was born in a small Russian village, where his father was a bookbinder for a synagogue. The family fled the Cossack pogroms on foot, said Mr. Levin's daughter, Cissie Vizak.
July 24, 2013 |
For more than 60 years, bells ringing at college campuses, churches, cemeteries, and world's fairs have been crafted in a Bucks County borough of 4,200 people. The artisans of Schulmerich Carillons create handbells, steeple-top bells, and electronic systems to ring out the sounds of music and convey the time of day. But Sellersville may soon lose its well-known manufacturer. The company, which employs 40 people, has an agreement to sell its seven-acre property and is looking for a new place to produce the bells that have made Schulmerich a big name in a small industry.
August 15, 1986 |
Cornelius Ward, 93, owner of the oldest tavern in Wildwood, died Wednesday at his home in Gloucester City. He was born in Ireland in 1893 and left County Donegal to come to the United States in 1915, settling in Bayonne, N.J., to seek his fortune. Though he didn't strike it rich, he did put enough aside to marry an Aggary girl, Katherine Duffy, in 1922. After a bit, he and his wife settled on South Jersey as the place to go into business, and he began his 50-year career as a tavern owner.
March 2, 1997 |
Wiping the sweat from my brow, I ducked cautiously under the low-hanging palm fronds and stepped across the stream. Discovering a winding dirt trail on the other side, I followed it through the forest to the base of a cliff, where a narrow stone stairway coaxed me upward, through a cleft in the rocks, to an overlook. The view was spectacular. A 50-foot waterfall cascaded majestically down rocks, splashing into a deep pool below. In the dense rain forest beyond, a monkey swung gracefully through the branches of a massive tree.
February 25, 2011
THIS WEEK, in honor of the upcoming Academy Awards telecast, I mounted my own personal Oscars Film Festival. With the help of Netflix, Jiffy Pop and the only non-flat TV screen left in captivity, I spent hours admiring the type of performances that lead people to say, "We like you, we really like you!" Ironically, I managed to pick films that provided eerie parallels with current events. It got to the point that I realized that Hollywood is just better- quality reality programming (better scripts, cleaner women, smarter men)
May 8, 1998 |
Camped in an abandoned railcar, his face bearded and his eyes dead, Alan Darcy is, at the opening of Shane Meadows' TwentyFourSeven, a man who has given up on life. And, clearly, life has given up on him. But it wasn't always so. Like Jim Sheridan's The Boxer, with its Belfast prizefighter trying to unite Catholics and Protestants in the boxing ring, Darcy (Bob Hoskins) sought to bring meaning to the lives of a group of disaffected British youths by having them put on gloves and knock each other in the gut and head.