November 5, 2009 |
NEW YORK - It takes years for the best of baseball players to get to Yankee Stadium. For Alex Jemann, it's a five-minute walk. Jemann is a 15-year-old from the Bronx. He's a freshman in high school. Jemann walked into the athletic complex at Macombs Dams Park late yesterday afternoon. He was carrying a gym bag, a baseball bat, and a dream. He wants to play big-league baseball someday. Preferably for the New York Mets, his favorite team. Or maybe the Phillies, his favorite team last night.
May 16, 1993
Maidenform pioneered the artform, showing women - albeit fantasy women - dreaming about fighting fires, performing operations and strutting the courtrooms in their bras. Jockey took it the next step, posing arguably real women in their underwear - a mother, a data processing exec, a construction worker. So should we be surprised to pick up Time magazine and find (fully clothed) Navy Adm. Marsha Evans staring steadily from a full-page ad for "No- nonsense pantyhose"? Well, call us old-fashioned, but it doesn't sit right.
December 16, 2010
If there were any doubt about what a first-class operation the Phillies have become, the signing of Cliff Lee ends the argument. As everyone now knows, Lee passed up about $30 million when he decided to join the Phillies instead of the New York Yankees. Free-agent athletes don't often shortchange their bank accounts deliberately. But Lee, who pitched the Phils into the World Series in 2009, actually liked playing in Philly. After he pitched for the Texas Rangers this year, he and his family wanted to come back.
May 9, 1989 |
OPERA CRITIQUE - ITALIAN STYLE At La Scala, the fans don't mince words. When they love the arias, the artist is heaped with "bravas" and bouquets. When they think it's the pits, they cut loose with catcalls and the Italian equivalent of the Bronx cheer - until someone in the wings mercifully puts out the hook. On Sunday night, the fans fell in love with American soprano Kallen Esperian, a pupil of Luciano Pavarotti and the 1985 winner of the Philadelphia opera contest. Esperian, 28, of Chicago, succeeded where Italy's Katia Ricciarelli had failed, winning over the demanding public at the famed Milan opera house.
May 14, 2010 |
The tavern in which most of The Good Heart unfolds is a Bronx cheer in the face of the Boston TV show Cheers. Here, even if the proprietor knows your name, he doesn't care about your well-being. He's in the business of "destroying" his customers drink by drink, as he reminds his protege, a formerly homeless man he has taken in to help out and keep him company. Yet underneath all the booze and blather, Jacques the barkeep, played by Brian Cox, has a good heart. Perhaps not as good as that of young Lucas, played by Paul Dano.
March 27, 1987 |
Stuart Denning, 29, is the self-proclaimed king of radio call-in contest winners. Practically every radio station in New York City has at one time or another been touched by Denning's phone, and relieved of its prize thanks to his tenacity on touch dialing, and a strange talent for getting his call in at the right time. "Keeping the faith and hanging in there. That's the secret," said Denning. Other aids include a phone that automatically redials, a knack for trivia, and a musical ear that can identify dozens of songs by hearing only one or two notes.
October 3, 1986 |
There were rousing cheers at the welcome home rally held for Jim McGowan yesterday afternoon on Temple University's Berks Mall. "My doctor in Dover told me I would survive the English Channel swim, but not the welcoming home in Philadelphia," said the 54-year-old paraplegic marathon swimmer in response to a thunderous round of cheers from more than 1,000 Temple students and faculty. McGowan was treated in Dover, England, for hypothermia. But the cheers turned to jeers when Temple President Peter J. Liacouras took stage center.
February 27, 1997
A proud NIMBY says light-rail is bad for S. Jersey As a proud NIMBY (not-in-my-back-yard) type, I've followed the light-rail plan intensely, weighed the pros and cons and done my research (Editorial, Feb. 15). It hasn't been easy because I've been put off and flat-out lied to by politicians and transit officials alike. I had myself appointed to the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee so I could have input in the process. The fact is, it's a great system, but a very bad idea for this area.
October 16, 1991 |
When the end finally came and victory tasted as strong as the whiskey sour in his cocktail glass, Clarence Barksdale allowed himself three loud roars. Barksdale, a 71-year-old Republican committeeman, shifted in his bar stool and grabbed the air overhead with both hands. His eyes flicked from the television set blaring the 52-48 confirmation of Judge Clarence Thomas to Barksdale's bar mates, who bolted down their melting drinks in disgust. Since midafternoon, passion and political pronouncements had filled the darkened jazz club of L.G.'s Blue Note in West Oak Lane and Barksdale had waited patiently for this moment.