January 19, 1986 |
Atlantic City is gambling that a new convention hall will make it one of the nation's preeminent convention cities again. Back in 1929, the world's largest and finest convention center was built in Atlantic City. And for several decades, thanks to its scenic shorefront location and an abundance of fine hotels, it held a near monopoly on trade show and convention business. "We were number one for years and years," said Harold K. Persina, executive director of the Atlantic City Convention Center Authority.
June 23, 1986 |
"The City of Philadelphia is planning to seek the Republican as well as the Democratic National Convention in 1988, even though it will not be able to offer a new convention center as the site, City Representative Dianne L. Semingson said yesterday. " The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 16. It has been almost four decades since Philadelphia hosted a national political convention, and its chances of doing so two years from now are virtually nonexistent. One big reason, of course, is that the city's 55-year-old Convention Hall, though renovated over time and made part of a much-enlarged Civic Center complex on 34th Street, still can't really compete with modern convention centers elsewhere.
December 12, 1989 |
Built with concrete and steel and a Depression-era austerity, dimly lit Convention Hall was a stark setting for college basketball. Yet for two decades the foreboding facility on 34th Street, which officially opened Sept. 17, 1931, was frequently filled for doubleheaders featuring La Salle, Temple, St. Joseph's and an ever-changing cast of imposing visitors. "It was a different time," said Harvey Pollack, the 76ers' statistician, who served as an official scorer or timekeeper at games there as far back as 1935.
January 22, 1993 |
Ancient mariners and boating beginners will find a fleet of boats, trailers, engines and accessories at the 57th annual Philadelphia Boat Show at the Philadelphia Civic Center. The show, which will be launched tomorrow at 11 a.m., runs through Jan. 31. In addition to the boating merchandise on display, the show will offer special events such as free fishing workshops, ski clinics and an introductory session on boating basics. Manufacturers will be introducing hundreds of their 1993 models.
August 19, 1987 |
While Philadelphia's proposed Center City convention center sinks deeper into a morass of political finagling, Philadelphia's "other" convention hall is showing signs of improvement each month. The city-funded Civic Center's customary annual deficit shrunk to $764,000 during the fiscal year ended June 30, the facility's first full year under professional management. The deficit in the previous fiscal year topped $1.4 million. Executives of Spectacor, the management company picked last year to operate the Civic Center and the Port of History Museum, say the deficit dwindled because revenue at the convention hall shot up at an unprecendented pace.
December 13, 1986
So another University of Pennsylvania professor has come up with another study about the economic impact of the proposed convention center, not quite so far in never-never land as preceding studies. Why keep consulting these oracles, instead of looking at some simple facts? As former director of public relations for the Philadelphia Civic Center, I suggest we consider the following: Earlier studies prophesied that the new convention center would provide more than 10,000 permanent jobs.
July 15, 1986 |
Philadelphia has decided not to bid on the 1988 Democratic National Convention because it cannot provide adequate convention facilities, a city official said yesterday. "We really wanted to explore whether there was any chance of getting it," said Lenora Berson, director of special projects in the city representative's office. But she said Democratic Party officials requested convention seating and facilities that the city could not provide. She said, for example, that the Democrats said they would need VIP skyboxes and broadcasting booths inside the convention hall.
July 2, 1987 |
New York real estate mogul Donald Trump vowed yesterday to supervise the construction of this city's mammoth new $170 million convention hall for free. The developer made his pledge the day before a hearing scheduled today by the state Casino Control Commission to weigh the question of whether Trump's expanding stake in the Atlantic City casino industry could stifle competition. The announcement will have no bearing on deliberations, said commission Chairman Walter Read, who also said the timing of Trump's promise was worth pondering.
February 15, 1986
I find it sad that Philadelphia's special-interest groups are attempting to brainwash the helpless taxpayers into providing a new convention center. Millions of dollars would be spent for a Band-Aid for the city's economic problems. We have a huge Convention Hall that could be remodeled and made efficient. It is in an area that is good enough for the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University and Children's Hospital. It is easy to reach from the airport and from 30th Street Station.
November 22, 1988 |
The irony is that Craig Bodzianowski had intended to get rid of the motorcycle, because he knew that riding it could be dangerous. But they say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And when Bodzianowski attempted to pass a car on his motorcycle on the afternoon of May 31, 1984, it suddenly was too late to think about finding a safer mode of transportation. The driver of the car started to turn into a driveway when he slammed into the motorcyle and unprotected right leg of Bodzianowski, a rising young cruiserweight from Tinley Park, Ill. In one horrifying moment, Bodzianowski's leg and career seemed forever shattered.