July 24, 1987 |
An early death is almost commonplace among pop stars, but there is surely no more unusual epitaph associated with all of rock's tragedies than the one written on Ritchie Valens' headstone in Los Angeles. His stage name, Ritchie Valens, and his given name, Richard Valenzuela, share equal space on the marker. Beneath them are the title and music to the opening bars of his first hit, "Come On Let's Go. " "That's just the way Connie (Valens' mother) wanted it," said Luis Valdez.
April 8, 1987 |
If it had to happen to any of the TV preachers, it was bound to happen to Jim Bakker. Granted, there are others whom I'd rather it happened to, but if I were taking bets, I would've put on the collapse of the PTL Club. I spent a summer watching TV evangelists, mostly out of curiosity, comparing their approaches. It was fascinating. There was Jimmy Swaggart, who relocated his tent-show revivals into gigantic auditoriums. Oral Roberts and Rex Humbard would trot out their families to sing, pray and generally demonstrate the Wonderful World of Jesus.
June 13, 1990 |
Dear Polly: Could you tell me if milk and powdered eggs have any cholesterol? I have to watch my cholesterol intake. - Tana Dear Tana: If the powdered milk were whole milk, yes, it would contain cholesterol, as do powdered whole eggs. However, powdered non-fat milk, which is the kind normally found in the supermarket, does not contain cholesterol. Powdered egg whites (as opposed to powdered or dried whole eggs) also do not contain cholesterol. Dear Polly: Here's a quick dish: Heat a can of chicken-and-rice soup (don't dilute)
November 16, 2015 |
What's so exciting about the region's current brewpub boom? The sheer diversity of the movement. Yes, the area's corporate pioneers are still thriving. But the indie newcomers have gone well beyond the familiar templates, with quirky concepts in unlikely locales, from far-flung strip malls to bike paths along the river, colonial inns, emerging city neighborhoods, and vibrant suburban main streets. Some have full kitchens. Others make the most of crock pots, induction burners, and a panini press.
June 26, 1988 |
There's a technique to visiting country stores in rural Maine. Unfortunately, I don't know it. When I walk into a store like Solari's, here in Fryeburg, the chattering stops and it grows unnaturally quiet. People sitting on stools and milk crates sip coffee, eat their powdered-sugar doughnuts and don't say a word. They just look at me like I've stopped in from Mars on my way to the Maine coast. I've tried most tricks. I've worn baseball caps (Red Sox) and tractor caps (John Deere)
April 10, 1994 |
If you're looking for excuses to hate Rod and Bob Jackson-Paris, you don't have to look far. You could dislike them for political or moral reasons. The Jackson-Paris guys are gay. They're gay and they're married. They're gay, married and making a pretty good living publicizing it. As if that weren't enough, they're gorgeous. Bob and Rod are buff. They're hunks. Bob, formerly Bob Paris, is a former Mr. Universe. He has curly brown hair and a voice as gravelly as a country road.
June 14, 1989 |
A riverboat tour of the Delaware River waterfront in Pennsauken will take place Saturday as part of the preparation for the township's 1992 centennial celebration. Participants will get a look at the township's past and future from the decks of the Liberty Bell, a Philadelphia-based tour boat. "We'll have a speaker on the river and the . . . history of Pennsauken, the Indians and the settlers, and how Pennsauken started as a river community," said Bernie Kofoet, chairman of Up With Pennsauken, which is coordinating the event.
April 3, 1992 |
When Richard M. Segal heard on the radio that a man named Edward I. Savitz was accused of molesting teen-age boys, he knew he had to call the Ed Savitz he knew and kid him about it. "I thought it had to be somebody with the same name," Segal said. "I thought, 'I have to call Ed and pull his chain.' " But as more details of the case unfolded, Segal, a lawyer who had business dealings with Savitz, came to the horrible realization that this was the Ed Savitz he knew. "I was completely floored," said Segal, who heads the pension department of the law firm of Dilworth, Paxson, Kalish & Kauffman.
April 2, 2004
A group photo will be taken at 11 a.m. tomorrow in front of a former 7-Eleven convenience store at Baltimore and Highland Avenues in Lansdowne. Residents and well-wishers are invited to participate to encourage Starbucks to put a coffee shop there.
January 26, 1990 |
If ever a medical report had an instant effect on people's lives, it doubtless was the recent bombshell that a cup of coffee - let's see, I want to be sure to get this right - improved one's sex life. The news broke on the same day that we were told oat bran was of less importance than an apple a day in extending your life on earth. Within 24 hours of each other, then, the modern roles of two American staples - coffee and oats - were reversed. Among the many libidinous imbibers, long-maligned coffee was elevated as the elixir of romantic pleasures and oats were downgraded as just one more deceptive marketing scheme.