December 16, 1992 |
Talk about a double whammy. Consider the fate of the big building at 30th and Market Streets. Over the years, it was owned by two of Philadelphia's oldest institutions. First a newspaper, the Bulletin, and then a bank, the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society. Now both the paper and the bank are gone. Only the building still stands as a symbol of tragic failures in the city's business history. It was constructed in 1955 as the Bulletin's sixth home, a four-story office building and two-story publications annex that was described at the time as the world's largest and most modern newspaper plant.
July 18, 2012 |
THE VIRGIN MARY was due to appear on the night of Sept. 20, 1953. Reappear, actually, since she had already appeared to a group of youngsters twice over the previous two days at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue at the edge of Fairmount Park. More than 50,000 people showed up to witness the expected miracle. Among them was Henry R. Darling, a young reporter for the Evening Bulletin, who had been on the paper only a few years and had been assigned mostly to obits, 50th wedding anniversaries and a few innocuous features.
February 5, 1992 |
More than 200 former employees of the Bulletin gathered at two locations on Friday night to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of the newspaper. I attended one held at Colleen's Restaurant in the Park Towne Place Apartments. It was not a celebration so much as an acknowledgment that a lot of journalists who felt more like a family than mere colleagues or friends shared a common grief when the paper expired on Jan. 29, 1982. The Bulletin had been published for more than 134 years when it finally closed its doors.
April 16, 2015 |
Sandy Grady, 87, a respected Philadelphia journalist acclaimed for his sportswriting who also covered politics and seven presidents, died Tuesday, April 14, in Reston, Va., after a long battle with kidney cancer. A native of Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Grady arrived in Philadelphia in 1957 to weave tales at the Philadelphia Daily News and then the Bulletin. Frank Bilovsky, a former Bulletin sportswriter, said of Mr. Grady: "He destroyed my 1950s stereotypical view of Southern white men as backward, right-wing bigots.
March 3, 1987 |
The National Weather Service yesterday accidentally issued a bulletin that said the city of Rockford had been demolished by a tornado. The erroneous message was sent to hundreds of Midwest radio and television stations and was read on the air by some announcers. Rockford police and the weather service reported receiving several calls from local broadcasters and other members of the media, inquiring about the bulletin. Helen Davis, a police communications supervisor, said the office received 10 to 20 calls.
April 8, 2015 |
Loren Robert Craft, 86, of Middletown, Del., a retired newspaper editor, died Sunday April 5, at Christiana Hospital in Delaware. Mr. Craft's family moved around during World War II before settling in Delaware County, and he attended Temple University and Hunter College. His first newspaper job was in the composing room at the Bulletin, where he was taken under the wing of the highly regarded editor Walter Lister. "At one point, he was Lister's personal copyboy," said Sylvia Craft, Mr. Craft's wife.
May 31, 2009 |
One morning in the fall of 1972, Gene Roberts shambled up to the twin revolving doors at 400 N. Broad St. to begin his first day as executive editor of The Inquirer. As he pushed through one door, the photo editor - who had just quit - was walking out the other. " 'You've just made the dumbest mistake of your life,' " Roberts recalls him saying. " 'Welcome to The Inquirer!' " With that, Roberts - more certain than ever that he had come to the right place at the right time - took the elevator to the fifth floor and began what would become a legendary 18-year reign.
April 17, 1993 |
Prodigy, the information and entertainment service for computer users, announced a new pricing plan yesterday as some of its two million customers were participating in a boycott to protest the anticipated changes. In a message posted on one of Prodigy's many electronic bulletin boards, which customers can read in their computers through phone connections, Prodigy's president, Ross Glatzer, said the new rates, to take effect July 1, would increase costs for about one of every five households using the service, or about 20 percent.
April 16, 1993 |
Word of mouth can affect any company - especially one that provides a venue for chat. Consider Prodigy, the IBM-Sears partnership that provides interactive services to more than 2 million computer users nationwide. When its customers got wind that the company was considering a new fee structure, many used the Prodigy system to complain. And faster than you can say "electronic bulletin board," a boycott was born. It's as though a supermarket boycott was incited by a customer standing on a soapbox by the checkout counter.
March 17, 1991 |
Daniel Pinkwater's collision with what he calls the electronic "ministry of thought" began when he tried to send a note to other authors. Pinkwater sat down at his computer, which dialed up Prodigy - a service that links nearly one million computer users. He typed out a note and dispatched it to one of Prodigy's computer bulletin boards, a sort of electronic party line. But his rather innocuous posting was rejected by the Prodigy monitors who patrol the boards. Pinkwater thinks they misunderstood a word in his message.