October 18, 2013 |
WHEN THE Bulletin closed in 1982, it was a considerable blow to the McBride family. In fact, the family tried to keep it open as best they could. They demonstrated at the building at 30th and Market streets, even holding a candlelight vigil. Nothing worked, of course. The 135-year-old newspaper was doomed. The emotional attachment was a family affair. The late Bill McBride, who died in 1978, was a longtime Bulletin sportswriter, specializing in horse racing, and other family members worked there over the years.
June 9, 2013 |
Sportswriter Bob Lyons was so organized, so diligent, that he wrote his own obituary and left it for his family to disperse to the media. Mr. Lyons, 73, an understated, dignified man who wrote several books connected to the Philadelphia sports scene, died Wednesday of heart disease. One of Mr. Lyon's five children, Rick, said his father left an obituary "not because he wanted to write it, but because he wanted it accurate. He started his career writing obituaries for the Bulletin, and he ended it writing an obituary.
April 30, 2013 |
JACK McBRIDE'S DOOR was always open. Friends, friends of friends, his sons' friends - all were welcome to drop in anytime, check out the refrigerator, have a meal, sleep over if they wanted to. A happy, congenial Irishman, Jack was the kind of guy who always gave of himself, whether it was to his five sons, his cherished grandkids or his many friends. Jack was there with an open door and an open heart. And his grandkids could wrap him around their fingers. They were spoiled rotten by Grandad.
March 28, 2013
By Don Harrison Frank Rizzo died in 1991, but he's still making news. Theatre Exile, a South Philadelphia company, recently announced plans to premiere a work about the former mayor by playwright Bruce Graham, hopefully next year. By the time Rizzo became mayor in 1972, he was on a first-name basis with just about everyone in Philadelphia's news business. For years before entering politics, Rizzo had been a cop - a very visible and quotable cop. A good quote (the more outrageous, the better)
March 6, 2013 |
As a journalist, Herb Drill always looked ahead. He made sure he would be remembered - by writing his own obituary, packed with details of his life. Herbert Alan Drill, 71, formerly of Richboro, Bucks County, a freelance journalist and a former reporter for The Inquirer, died of complications from a genetic disease Monday, Feb. 25, at his home in Jacksonville, Fla. He had been ill for several years, his family said. Mr. Drill worked for The Inquirer beginning in 1989, covering suburban business, police, and municipal government, and writing obituaries.
October 29, 2012
DEAR ABBY : The other day at my in-laws', my mother-in-law, father-in-law, "Bert," and I were in their computer room. Bert has pictures of his family posted on his bulletin board. One of the photos he posted recently I found disturbing. It was of a young, well-endowed woman in her early 20s wearing a tight tube top. What disturbed me was that Bert has printed my 16-year-old daughter's name underneath and the date "2017. " When I asked him about it, he said that was what she will look like at 21. I think it's unnerving for a grandfather to be picturing his only granddaughter in such a manner.
August 6, 2012 |
COLUMBIA, Pa. - The proprietor of a restaurant in south-central Pennsylvania who made national headlines when her Sunday discount for anyone showing a church bulletin was challenged by a member of an atheist group says the controversy hasn't hurt business. In fact, Sharon Prudhomme says business is up at Prudhomme's Lost Cajun Kitchen in Columbia, Lancaster County, because of the publicity. She said she had received thousands of supportive e-mails, as well as phone calls and social-media postings.
July 20, 2012 |
The Virgin Mary was due to appear on the night of Sept. 20, 1953. Reappear, actually, as she had already appeared to a group of youngsters twice in two days at 52d Street and Parkside Avenue at the edge of Fairmount Park. More than 50,000 came to see 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 obituaries, 50th anniversaries, and innocuous features.
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.
June 21, 2012 |
THERE WAS the Norristown welder who was adept at sneaking up on skunks, grabbing them by the tail and throwing them over a fence before they could react. There was the female recluse in Wayne who, when she died, left behind 400 bags filled with trash, including three boxes of string, one of which was carefully labeled: "String too short to use. " These were two of the characters whose stories emerged from the typewriter of Joseph P. Barrett during the more than 27 years he worked for the old Philadelphia Bulletin as a police reporter and feature writer.