March 30, 2000 |
We've just learned of another record price paid for a collectible item on auction, this time a $120,000 successful "hammer bid" for a Checker taxi cab. It was the last Checker taxi cab in revenue passenger service in the Big Apple, according to its driver Earl Johnson, reports Old Cars magazine. Sources say it was sold by Sotheby's to a buyer rumored to be a well known comedian and actor. But Sotheby's isn't saying anything. But the six-figure sale price should not impact upon current prices on not-so-famous Checker collectible sedans, according to Checker expert appraiser George Cuhaj.
October 16, 1992 |
Uncertainty spread through the port yesterday about a new labor agreement aimed at keeping the lucrative winter fruit trade in Philadelphia after one of the longshoremen's units unanimously rejected part of the deal. Local 1242 of the International Longshoremen's Association, known as the checkers, voted Wednesday night to give up a $1-an-hour raise but not overtime pay for working a ninth hour on the docks. Seven other ILA locals have agreed to both concessions for those longshoremen working on the docks, while those aboard ships would only give up the overtime pay. For the new agreement to take effect, all area ILA locals must approve the concessions or the international union must overrule the checkers - so called because they match cargo to paperwork.
July 27, 1988 |
For 18 years running, the regulars have gathered for checkers at 38th Street and Melon Avenue, outside the 654 Bar (or inside when the weather is foul). The leader is Frank Turner, 74, at right above, who has more than 50 years of checkers experience. Yesterday, Turner took on Cornelius Gary, 46, with George Crocker, 68, in the wings. Turner says the fellows once played for 24 hours straight: "We just love it that good. "
February 23, 1996 |
An ambitious plan to open 125 Burger King restaurants in five cities with empowerment zones - including 25 restaurants in Philadelphia and Camden - was announced at yesterday's Empowerment Zone conference in Washington. The owner and operator of the shops would be Le-Van Hawkins, a former franchisee and director of the Checkers hamburger chain, who severed his ties with Checkers last month. The first 15 Burger Kings here will open within the next 18 months, and the rest in the following two years, Hawkins said in a telephone interview.
October 2, 1986 |
Joseph "Joe the Barber" DePasquale, barber, checkers champion, opera buff and stock market analyst, died Monday. He was 84 and lived in South Philadelphia. For most of his 60-year barbering career, DePasquale cut the hair of students, faculty members and professionals in the University of Pennsylvania area. Born in Italy and raised in Scranton, DePasquale had little choice in becoming a barber. In a 1972 interview with Daily News writer Joe Clark, DePasquale recalled being put into the trade when he was 10. "My father, he was a stonemason, came home one day and told me I wasn't going to school anymore.
January 22, 2013 |
A health-food nut Jiger Patel is not. At least not from an entrepreneurial perspective. And his certainty over Americans' continued affinity for that which is not exactly fitness fare is why he is spending his days lately in the shadow of the Market-Frankford El in West Philadelphia, amid remodeling contractors, security-system installers, and job applicants. There, on a high-profile corner at 52d and Market Streets, the finishing touches are being applied to the second of what Patel plans as a Philly-centric empire of fast-food hamburger restaurants.
July 30, 2012 |
MARGATE, N.J. - Call it Margate Muscle. Actually, some people on the beach do just that. Like George Orfe of Mount Laurel, who raised an eyebrow in 100-degree heat Tuesday when approached by beach-badge checker Samantha Tepedino, 18, and her, well, backup. "Oh, are you the muscle protecting her?" he said to Tim Goodwin, 6-foot-1, 250 pounds, standing silently behind Tepedino in Margate Beach Patrol T-shirt, shorts, and visor. As a matter of fact, yes. And you should see his partner, Andrew Baumgardner, 6-2, 272 pounds.
August 5, 1993 |
In a possible preview of things to come in area high school basketball, a team of players from West Chester Henderson rolled through the opposition to win the senior (16- and 17-year-olds) division at the third annual William "Pop" Ransom Basketball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday in Coatesville. The Henderson team of John Robinson, Tyrone Burton, Derrick Ray, Ed Hovington, Keith Davis, Lane Dutton, and Scott Dennis defeated a Coatesville Community Center team of Darrell Lewis, James Miller, Cliff Williams, Glen Hines, Ira Purnsley, Abby Watson and Jamal Ward, 58-54, in the finals at Ash Park.
October 13, 1990 |
"Original" and "president" were the two words that tripped up Brian McCarthy, 9, when he wrote his fourth-grade essay on the topic of the American flag. When his teacher gave him back his paper with the words circled, Brian's assignment was to find the correct spelling. Pushing back his desk chair and walking to the research materials section at the rear of the classroom, Brian reached for an electronic spell checker. "It takes too long to use the dictionary," Brian said as he punched in his "orginl" mistake on the electronic speller keypad.
December 13, 1990 |
Bored? This year, the answer may be boards. Board games. As in Monopoly and checkers. But we're talking about board games with a '90s (or, more often, an '80s) twist. "This is a very good year for board games," said Frank Reysen, editor of Playthings, the top magazine on the toy industry. "One theory is that, with the uncertainty about the economy, people are looking for less expensive means of social interaction. " Reysen's magazine annually surveys buyers for about 10,000 American toy stores to find out what toys and games are selling best.