August 20, 1996 |
This summer, my old friend Watson, whom I hadn't seen in more than two decades, came back home from California. As he visited family, caught up with old buddies, and enjoyed some local culinary treats, he shared with me some subtle, and some not-so-subtle, changes that those of us who live here have come to take for granted. We had not seen each other since one hot summer day in 1972, when he, along with his wife and two sons - one an infant, the other barely a toddler - headed for Berkeley and the University of California.
June 20, 2006 |
What do you do with a bunch of vacuous, cocaine-snorting, whiny young college grads who embrace nihilism as a value system and choose to live in New York but are not ing it? If you're author Jay McInerney, you put them into a book and explore their claustrophobic world view, which he did with style and dark humor in the 1984 best-seller Bright Lights, Big City. Four years later, the novel became a movie. In 1999, composer Paul Scott Goodman adapted the story for the stage, creating music, lyrics and script, and it premiered at the New York Theater Workshop.
July 10, 2006 |
Perhaps some day Angela's smiling, expressive face will light up a Broadway stage or charm a movie audience. She hasn't decided on a career yet, but the 8-year-old loves to act, and isn't shy on stage or in front of a camera. Her favorite memory is of a role in a church play; though she had no lines, she was delighted to be part of the production. Angela also participates in her church ministry and likes attending Sunday school. Even at her young age, Angela takes pride in her appearance.
November 19, 2004 |
With only 400 more miles to race before the winner of NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup is decided, stock car racing's top drivers may feel they're spending all their time outside the cars answering reporters' questions. Before they buckle up for their Sunday drive around the tree-lined Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Ford 400, NASCAR's stars will be pressed for pithy quotes and intriguing sound bites. The interrogation continues in the track's infield media center this morning when series leader Kurt Busch joins fellow contenders Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Mark Martin.
December 7, 1986 |
It is a tradition on the South Philadelphia block: The elders, who have seen many Christmases, scramble up and down a ladder, their arms full of multi-colored lights and electric stars to tie to a central flagpole, then string from home to home to form a glowing tent. The young ones watch from below, knowing that one day the honor will pass to them. So it has been for maybe 50 years - nobody can remember precisely when the custom started - on the 2700 block of Colorado Street, where the light of Christmas is a canopy of 2,000 red, green, yellow and blue bulbs connecting the homes of the 40 families who live there.
December 13, 1995 |
At the Merriam Theater on South Broad Street yesterday, there was no question which hams were hogging the limelight. The theater hosted 18 potbellied pigs who vied for the title "Most Beautiful Pig in Philadelphia. " The contest was tied in with the Merriam's production of State Fair, which spotlights a prize porker, Blue Boy. Apart from the species of the contestants, the pageant was similar to many: Competitors showed off their skills, donned evening gowns, and faced interview questions before a panel of judges, including Mayor Rendell.
May 24, 1987 |
Director Joyce Chopra, who last year won acclaim for her first independent feature, Smooth Talk, has been replaced by veteran James Bridges (Urban Cowboy, The China Syndrome) on the set of Bright Lights, Big City, shooting in New York. In a carefully worded statement, United Artists Pictures announced that Chopra "steps aside" for Bridges but also praised her work on Bright Lights. Facing a possible Directors Guild strike at the end of next month, United Artists said that it had decided "a more experienced director is needed to assure us of meeting our completion deadline of June 30," said producer Mark Rosenberg.
February 6, 2006 |
Filisha, 14, is fascinated by anything relating to the entertainment world because she envisions some day being a part of it. She sees herself as an actress, a singer or a model when she grows up. The teenager is involved in a variety of activities. She likes to sing, dance, style hair, watch football and cartoon shows, listen to lectures and read, especially adventure stories. She also likes to eat healthy foods. Filisha has a good sense of humor and can be charming. She responds to adults and respects them "if they respect me. " She also gets along well with children and says she tends to "parent" the younger ones, who frequently come to her for advice.
December 25, 1986 |
For some, Christmas decorating is simply stringing lights or putting candles in the window. For others, it is an art form. For those who enjoy looking at displays, some of the more scenic routes are along Springfield Road from Darby to Springfield, and Providence Road from Penn Pines to Secane. In Drexel Hill, the Pflaumer home, in the 500 block of Fairfax Road, has everything from music to Santa and his reindeer traveling on a track around the lawn. The display draws crowds, so parking can be a problem.
May 24, 1990 |
A Radnor Township auto dealer has won approval to significantly increase the lighting for his new display lot after an array of consultants presented testimony to the Township Zoning Hearing Board. After three hours, the board voted 3-2 last week to permit Paul Mastropieri of Wayne Ford Inc. to make the change. Residents who live near the lot protested. The decision modified a March 15 special exception allowing Mastropieri to renovate the lot at 327 E. Lancaster Ave. to display new cars.