December 4, 2013 |
Aunt Charlotte's Candies in Merchantville was so busy around the holidays that the "Candy Man" sometimes spent $300 a day entertaining his customers. C. Brooks Oakford kept his clientele happy asking children, their parents, and various customers to pick heads or tails. Then he flipped a fresh dollar bill that turned as it fluttered to the ground. Those who guessed the way it would land got to keep the bill. On Friday, Nov. 29, Mr. Oakford, 90, who lived most of his life in Merchantville, died of cancer.
April 28, 2013 |
Eugene B. Goldenberg, 78, of Northeast Philadelphia, a former wholesale seafood dealer who later worked as a police officer for the Defense Department, died Wednesday, April 24, of complications of dementia at Sierra Oaks of Bensalem. Mr. Goldenberg was known throughout the city as "the Candy Man" because he always passed out candy - especially Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, a Philadelphia favorite made in the Northeast. Despite his name, he had no relation to the company. In the 1960s, Mr. Goldenberg founded Delaware Sea Food Co., a wholesale seafood dealership at the Food Distribution Center on Lawrence Street in South Philadelphia.
September 24, 1999 |
His "candy business" provided sweets aplenty for David Burry. He had posh homes, one in Kennett Square, Chester County, and another near the beach, in Stone Harbor, N.J. He owned a helicopter, a 1999 Mercedes Benz, a Land Rover Cruiser, fine artwork and a home fitness center. Now, his candy empire's gone to pay off creditors. Turns out, Burry was nothing more than a sweet-talking con artist. "He sweet-talked his way into $25 million," Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Pease said yesterday after Burry was charged in federal court in Philadelphia with a $25 million swindle.
June 20, 1995 |
Forrest Gump might say you could tell a lot about a candy company by the kind of candy it makes. Where they've been and where they're going . . . Falcon Candy Co. sure hopes so. It wants a lot of people to find out about it by trying its latest offering: Forrest Gump candy. And it hopes it takes them far. Forrest Gump, the fourth-highest-grossing film in movie history, has spawned a variety of merchandising from cookbooks to hats. The Philadelphia-based company beat out five to six other companies to gain the licensing rights to make the candy.
October 11, 1992 |
In the bright spotlight of October baseball, some men rise above the masses to do things people remember forever. And then there is Candy Maldonado. Before yesterday, they didn't call the Blue Jays' plucky leftfielder "Mr. October. " They called him "Mr. 0-for-October. " The good news is, he has seen action in the playoffs six times since 1983. The bad news is, he has been one of the worst postseason hitters who ever lived. Going into yesterday, his career average in the playoffs and World Series was a ghastly .118 (8 for 68)
May 15, 1992 |
The title of "I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore" refers to the chocolate, not lip-planted, variety. This modestly budgeted, even more modestly imagined, love story can at least claim to be the first known example of diet romance. Beyond that, there's not an original idea on the table. Coupled with the film's below-sustenance levels of wit and insight, it makes for pretty thin entertainment. Jason Alexander, the sleazy lawyer in "Pretty Woman" and shlubby sidekick on TV's "Seinfeld," plays big baby Bernie Fishbine.
March 21, 1991 |
HE IS: Sidney Rosenblatt. HE DOES: Candy-making. HE SUCCEEDS: By making employees feel important. After making his way down the bunny trail, Peter Cottontail probably stopped at Sidney Rosenblatt's workplace. There the bunny could see the making of more than five million chocolate Easter eggs this season - mixed, churned, filled with coconut or peanut butter, then packaged to await a home in some child's colorful, straw Easter basket. Being an Easter egg supplier is new for Rosenblatt, now the owner of S. Zitner Co., a 55-year-old, North Philadelphia-based candy factory.
March 18, 1991 |
The Buddy Bar . . . A half-ounce chunk of pure chocolate that would make the finickiest of taste buds do backflips. Wrapped in foil and costing only a penny, it was one of the biggest bargains of the day. Buddy was conceived, molded, produced, and packed in an old brick building in Bridesburg. In the beginning, some people - like Uncle Meyer - said Buddy would be a flop. Like its namesake, however, the Buddy Bar enjoyed a long, healthy and profitable life. Bernhard "Buddy" Blumenthal - candy man extraordinaire - will be 80 in July.
May 18, 1990
Wednesday was a sad day for people who listen and clap and laugh. It brought the news that Sammy Davis Jr. - the sparkling can-do entertainer - had died after six decades of entertaining America in vaudeville, clubs, movies and television. And Jim Henson died on the same day, leaving behind his famous creations, the floppy, happy, moody, inspirational Muppets, the real-life/ make-believe stars of television's Sesame Street. With the sadness over the early passing of Mr. Henson at age 53, there is also some consolation in the reassurance that his marvelously funny and versatile creatures will live on on our TV screens, and in the hearts of the littlest among us, for scores of years to come.
May 17, 1990 |
Sammy Davis Jr., the Harlem kid whose dazzlingly versatile 60-year show- business career earned him the appellation "Mr. Entertainment," died of throat cancer yesterday at his Los Angeles home. Mr. Davis, 64, whose disease was diagnosed in September, underwent chemotherapy in the fall. In January, he sought treatment of a gum infection at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and doctors discovered a recurrence of the cancer. He was discharged from the hospital on March 13 to rest at home.