June 30, 2011 |
Andrea Mitchell, now chief foreign-affairs correspondent for NBC News, walked into the Philadelphia City Hall newsroom in the 1960s on the first day of her first job as a reporter for KYW-AM. The only woman in the room. A minnow among barracudas. Except for Philadelphia Daily News reporter Bill Fidati. "He reached out and mentored me," Mitchell said in a Wednesday phone interview. "He really made it acceptable for many of the other veteran male reporters to accept a young, eager, but inexperienced woman.
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.
February 6, 1992 |
Personal computers have transformed America into one huge electronic community, and everyone who is computer-literate ought to plug into it, says a Yardley author. "The telephone wires are red-hot at night with people communicating through their computers," said Alfred Glossbrenner, a nationally recognized expert on how to buy and use computer hardware and online information services and how to take advantage of free bulletin boards and computer software. Typically, the nation's estimated 2 million personal computer communicators will check in nightly with several of the hundreds of electronic bulletin boards and on-line information services located across the country to ask questions or obtain information of personal interest, Glossbrenner said.
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.
August 18, 2008 |
In the early 1950s, the hunt for communists disrupted careers not only in Hollywood and New York City. In Philadelphia, it forced two dozen teachers out of the public school system. Isadore Reivich had taught social studies at West Philadelphia High School for seven years when he was suspended in 1953 and fired in 1954 after an inquiry about "communist activities. " His daughter, Susana Silva, said last week that it took 15 years for Reivich to be reinstated. On Wednesday, Mr. Reivich, 88, died of renal failure at Pennsylvania Hospital.
April 29, 2008 |
Gaetano "Tommy" LaFauci, 79, of South Philadelphia, a retired newspaper mailer, union president and city employee, died of heart failure Saturday at home. From 1994 until retiring in 2000, Mr. LaFauci was president and business agent of Mailers Union Local 1414. He had previously held various offices in the union, which represents the workers who prepare newspapers for delivery at area presses including those of The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News, and the Camden Courier-Post.
September 28, 2015 |
WHEN THE Festival of Families kicks off tonight on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, one of the main musical acts will be Sister Sledge, who'll be belting out "We Are Family," a fitting anthem for the event. Except that particular "family" may be one member short, thanks to a feud between the Sledges. Kathy Sledge, the youngest member of the quartet, has apparently been ousted from the performance by her siblings Joni, Debbie and Kim, she said last night. "I don't want my fans to think I'm a 'no-show,' " Sledge said last night.
October 28, 1993 |
In an Information Age first, the White House yesterday gave reporters its hefty 1,336-page health-care reform plan on a pair of computer disks weighing less than 2 ounces. "Hey, this is the '90s. We're against killing trees," White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers said. Simultaneously, the White House distributed electronic copies of the plan to a federal computer bulletin board and a computer at the University of North Carolina. That made it instantly available to the estimated 15 million to 20 million people worldwide who tap into the global electronic neighborhood called Internet.
March 15, 1986
In a March 1 Letter to the Editor, a writer wrote, "At one time, two pennies bought a newspaper. " These youngsters don't go back far enough. As a boy, I sold evening newspapers for 1 cent each. The Bulletin cost me 1 cent for two, the Telegraph 1 cent for three and the Times 1 cent for 10. (You could only sell the Times when you ran out of the others, which was rare.) People mostly bought the papers for the baseball scores and the comics, and an occasional scare headline, like another war in the Balkans.
January 8, 1988 |
Adrian Lee, the Daily News' staunchly conservative editorial page columnist, is taking a leave from the paper to join an ideological soulmate - U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III. Beginning next Wednesday, and until the end of the Reagan administration in January 1989, Lee said, he will serve as a public-relations assistant to Meese - writing speeches, composing opinion articles that will be offered to newspapers around the country, and briefing...