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.
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...
May 16, 1993 |
Wally Harris calls Prodigy his "electronic Cheers," after the fictional Boston bar. "You can go to the electronic Cheers and meet people of like interests," said Harris, a Norristown electrical contractor. "You can discuss politics, business, home and child care and education. I, myself, hang out with a group of electricians. " Using their computers, phone hookups and the Prodigy on-line service, Harris and his buddies all over the country chat about electrical construction codes and the latest technology.
January 21, 1991 |
"If you think this is about oil," Paul Van Randwyk told Nicole Gittleman in no uncertain terms Wednesday night after news that the war had begun, "you're as wrong as if colonists in Revolutionary War times thought that war was for tea. " Never mind that Van Randwyk did not know Gittleman, and probably never will, though both of them live in Michigan. Never mind that they were not arguing in person or even by phone. Van Randwyk was giving Gittleman a piece of his mind electronically - via computer - responding to her note on an electronic bulletin board.
July 19, 1997
A billboard across from 30th Street Station used to proclaim: "Welcome to Philadelphia and Gimbels. " Philadelphia is still here, but Gimbels isn't. And neither are Wanamaker's and all the other old department stores. Years ago, a young man out of high school called home and said he'd just gotten a job at the Bulletin. "Wonderful," rejoiced his mother. "You'll always have a job. " He isn't working for the Bulletin anymore. It's been 15 years since the Bulletin landed on your doorstep.
March 14, 1995 |
I remember when there were nine daily newspapers in New York City? Many Philadelphians have never forgotten the deceased Bulletin's slogan: In Philadelphia, Nearly Everybody Reads The Bulletin. Newspapers are dying. In this contemporary era, television has been the grotesque murderer of newspapers and magazines. Today, pay-for-TV-cable has been an ugly motive for not reading newspapers. Newspapers are in my blood. I read newspapers voraciously. In the past golden age of newspapers, it was cranky typewriters, inexpensive copy paper, rewritemen receiving stories from reporters over old-time telephones.
October 8, 1997 |
Eugene S. Harris, 69, former reporter and editor who wrote hard-hitting police and investigative politics stories and occasional off-beat feature articles, died yesterday at Abington Memorial Hospital after an eight-year battle with cancer. He lived in Jenkintown. Mr. Harris worked for three of the city's largest daily newspapers - The Inquirer, Daily News and the former Bulletin - from the 1960s to the 1980s. He also worked for United Press International wire service. "Gene was a great guy and a very good writer," said Harry Belinger, his former city editor at the Daily News and Inquirer.