February 16, 1990 |
Duel and duet are almost exact opposites as activities, but as words they have a lot of similarities. Drolly, Tecnicas de Duelo (Details of a Duel) explores this, examining two challengers who, in defending their besmirched honor, learn that their armed conflict requires equal measures of antagonism and harmony. Set in an Andean village circa 1956, Sergio Cabrera's Tecnicas de Duelo purports to be based on a true incident. Whether or not this is actually the case, the director's roguish comedy truly lampoons the machismo of some Latin men. And as wryly depicted in this, Cabrera's first feature, macho is an equal-opportunity deployer, bloating the self-importance of intellectuals and proletarians alike.
February 6, 1994 |
Adam Baran, 89, a Holocaust survivor who was a prisoner at more than three concentration camps, died Friday at Newcomb Medical Center in Vineland. Born in Drobin, Poland, Mr. Baran was a farmer before the war. While serving during World War II, he became a political prisoner and was held in several concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Dachau. All but one of his family members perished in the camps. "He never thought that he would make it," said his son David. "There was a point that he had been beaten so badly that he was thrown for dead on a pile of bodies.
November 23, 1990 |
There was the "Great Turkey Rush of 1944," when seven shoppers fainted and police and firemen were called out to maintain order. There was the time that Bassett's Ice Cream created borsht (beet)-flavored ice cream for visiting Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev. There was the auto tycoon who had a special train deliver his weekly grocery order from the Reading Terminal Market to his Maryland farm. Perhaps no other Philadelphia institution is as steeped in tradition and history as the Reading Terminal Market.
May 23, 1987 |
A federal judge in Nashville yesterday sentenced bankrupt financier C. H. Butcher Jr. to 20 years in prison for banking practices that prosecutors say bilked thousands of people of their life savings. Butcher, whose family once held a banking dynasty stretching across Tennessee and Kentucky, stood motionless as U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Higgins pronounced the sentence. Higgins also ordered Butcher to serve five years' probation and pay a $320,000 fine. Butcher, 49, had faced up to 25 years in prison under a plea agreement with prosecutors.
June 22, 1988 |
We speak of more than one thing this day. It's mailbag day. A time to talk of some of the things that some of you, by your cards and letters, have let me know you're interested in talking about. Keep those cards and letters coming. It helps me answer the ever nagging question, "What'll I write about this week?" Nostalgia is the order of the day. A couple of letters have come across the old meat block that fall into the "why can't I get some of that good old stuff that I used to get before they started putting everything in plastic packages and I can't get anything good anymore" category.
August 26, 1986 |
Interest rates on short-term Treasury securities dropped about one-third of a percentage point in yesterday's auction, to the lowest levels in nine years. The Treasury Department sold $7.82 billion in three-month bills at an average discount rate of 5.32 percent, down from 5.64 percent last week. An additional $7.81 billion in six-month bills was sold at an average discount rate of 5.35 percent, down from 5.65 percent last week. The rates were the lowest since the 5.163 percent of July 25, 1977, for three-month bills and the 5.246 percent of July 1, 1977, for six-month bills.
December 17, 1986 |
Some things that I see in supermarket meatcases would like to drive me crazy. More than a few meat markets use merchandising tricks that are more than a little unethical. They're downright dishonest. They ought to be illegal, but they're not. One of the classics, and the one that makes me the craziest - it makes me want to run out of the store, find a lawyer and file a class action suit - is one I call the "roasting chicken rip-off. " These are chickens labeled "Roasting Chickens" that are no larger than those labeled "Frying Chickens" but are priced 50 cents to 75 cents per pound MORE!
September 18, 2008 |
In recent weeks, some voters may have acquired a curiosity, if not a taste, for moose - after hearing that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has stalked, shot, skinned and stewed moose. That may sound like a startling achievement to urbanites, though I'm not certain it bears much relevance to her vice-presidential qualifications. But there are women in other parts of the country who hunt moose for the meat - using either bows or rifles. And that got me thinking - What if I wanted to put myself to the moose test?
April 14, 2008 |
Although Comics Guy tries not to review the same book twice in a short period of time since there are so many quality books out there, I am breaking that rule with "The Boys. " Issue No. 17 reinforces the fact that there isn't another book like it on the stands. It includes perhaps the greatest, most memorable scene in comics this year, a scene so hilarious, Comics Guy was laughing out loud more than half an hour after he put it down. Which reminded Comics Guy that when he reviewed "The Boys" three months ago, I had focused on the (literally)
January 17, 1997 |
Night has fallen in Feltonville, ending for another day the Muslim fast of Ramadan. It is soup time at the Chicken Hut, a landmark for Philadelphia's Muslims that is part carryout, eat-in, grocery, butcher, bookstore and community center. "All the doors of hellfire are closed," explained owner Aimen Soudi Alqassabjy. It is time, he said last night, "for good deeds we like to do. One of the good deeds is to feed another fasting person. " So every customer or visitor after sunset gets a cup of turkey soup, and maybe some dates.