November 3, 1991 |
Back in the mid-1980s, when Robert Bynum was working in the import-export business, he spent a couple of years in Togo, Africa. The experience was a kind of cultural shock, but not the way you might think. "I noticed there was a lot more happening there at night than here in Philadelphia," Bynum said. "All the hotels had things going on and there were tons and tons of French restaurants. " When Bynum, now 34, got back to the States, he decided he'd try to do something to reshape Philadelphia's nightlife.
December 6, 1994 |
Americans usually look to Washington for solutions to social problems. On Sunday, Washington looked to Hollywood. Hollywood, 1938. Asked to comment on Hillary Clinton's criticism of his proposal to ship welfare children to "orphanages," Rep. Newt Gingrich (R., Ga.), told the panelists of NBC's Meet the Press that the First Lady should hie on down "to Blockbuster and rent the Mickey Rooney movie about Boys Town. " This advice, from the man who yesterday was elected speaker of the House of Representatives, confounded the nation's movie lovers, not to mention its social-service professionals.
April 5, 2001 |
The crisis at Zany Brainy Inc. is deepening. With the King of Prussia retailer's cash almost gone, a major toy supplier said yesterday that it had halted shipments to Zany Brainy warehouses until the company solved its most pressing problem: finding a willing banker within two weeks. First Union Corp. froze Zany's credit line last month, and raised the interest rate on its outstanding loans, saying Zany was in default. The bank first became troubled after it inventoried the toys in Zany's warehouses, and placed a lower value on them than it had expected.
September 14, 1993 |
For a couple of decades, one of the coolest anecdotes in Philadelphia pop music lore had The Temptations dragging a teen-age Daryl Hall and his group, The Temptones, down to South Street to pick up magenta sharkskin suits at Krass Brothers. Born Daryl Franklin Hohl in Pottstown, the lanky towhead knew from witnessing numerous R&B shows at the Uptown Theater that any self-respecting vocal act was nothing without natty attire. Now Hall wants to set the record straight. "It was actually a purple mohair suit," Hall said.
June 29, 1989 |
The Upper Providence Planning Commission has voted 4-0 to recommend approval for the "concept" of two common driveways, proposed by S.A.M. Construction, to serve the rear section of a 7 1/2-acre property along Rose Tree Road. Commission members Kevin Buck and Stephen Polaha were absent from Tuesday night's meeting and commission member Vincent Mancini abstained from the vote. Sam Grace, the owner of both the property and S.A.M. Construction, gained recommendation for approval of a five-lot subdivision for the front of the property, where the Meagher Mansion stands, at last month's Planning Commission meeting.
January 2, 1986
Bravo to Secretary of State George Shultz for standing up to the President by refusing in advance to submit to a lie-detector test. By his action he speaks for millions of Americans who object to be considered "guilty" before proved so. America and Americans have prospered by living and functioning quite well with the idea of innocent until proved guilty. It is a great concept that is slowly slipping out of the people's grasp because of changing federal and state jurisprudence.
July 14, 1988 |
While delaying a formal vote on a proposal establishing an agricultural district in the township, the Willistown Board of Supervisors adopted the resolution in concept at its meeting Tuesday. Supervisors were prepared to vote on the resolution at Tuesday's public meeting but found the resolution lacked specifications about the minimum acreage that would be needed for a noncontiguous landowner to join the agricultural area. The proposal also fails to address how acreage would be added to the district.
January 15, 1998 |
New data lend support to the idea that the universe will continue to expand forever and is potentially infinite. While these studies resolve some mysteries, they leave others untouched. For instance, it doesn't take an analytic philosopher to feel uneasy when applying temporal and spatial concepts to cosmology. In these new studies, the term "Big Bang" is seemingly used in a standard way, but is it? "Five minutes before Super Bowl kickoff" makes sense, but what is meant by "five minutes before the Big Bang"?
March 30, 1987 |
Keith Taylor was an easy convert. "The way I felt was that anyone on our team could go on someone else's team and start," said Taylor. "So it made sense to me. " The other Chester Clippers fell quickly into that line of thinking. "We had a couple players who were upset," said Taylor, who is co-captain with Joe Abner. "We had to sit them down and tell them what was up. And that was that. " What Taylor, Abner and the rest of the Chester Clippers had to be convinced of was a team concept of basketball that truly emphasized the team.
August 28, 1989 |
The name Forrest J. Willingham evokes a certain ring of majesty for a producer and director of musical theater, even if his namesake wasn't the noble Edwin Forrest but the Confederate Civil War general Nathan Bedford Forrest - and even if his troupe, the Songs of Broadway Company, is as indigenous to that street of dreams as a truck-and-bus company doing business in South Florida. Which is literally what it is. After 17 seasons of playing condo social halls, hotel ballrooms, country clubs, amusement parks and civic auditoriums from Fort Lauderdale to Apalachicola, Willingham has decided to "spread our wings a little" by bringing the Lerner-Loewe Arthurian opus "Camelot" to the Walnut Street Theatre for three weeks.