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REAL_ESTATE
January 19, 1986 | By Gregory R. Byrnes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1986 | By Peter Binzen, Inquirer Staff Writer
"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.
SPORTS
December 12, 1989 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 22, 1993 | Inquirer photographs by J. Kyle Keener
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.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1987 | By GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
July 15, 1986 | By Gerald B. Jordan, Inquirer Washington Bureau
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.
NEWS
July 2, 1987 | By Doreen Carvajal and Mike Schurman, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
November 22, 1988 | By Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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SPORTS
August 15, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Americans won't like it, but the world in 2016 is a cynical place, and much of it will suspect doping in the spectacular success of the U.S. Olympic swim team. Like the polluted smog that shrouded Beijing in 2008, the cloud of illegal drug use hangs over Rio and every Olympic Games. Through half a century and constant advancements in detection technology, the cheaters have persisted in outpacing the authorities. And when nothing is certain, everything is suspicious. So when we watch these Rio Games and see Nathan Adrian's V-shaped physique or Katie Ledecky's oddly receding hairline or a performance that far exceeds expectations, it's only natural to wonder: Did they or didn't they?
NEWS
July 27, 2016
Ripples of unrest were spreading through the pro-Bernie Sanders crowd among the delegates at the first night of the Democratic National Convention when work crews suddenly dragged a keyboard and drums onto the big stage. The attendees waiting for the Vermont senator instead got a music superstar, Paul Simon. There were murmurs that the aging rocker might play Sanders' campaign theme song - "America" - but instead he launched into a 1970 classic - a new theme for calming an already restless Philadelphia confab: "Bridge Over Troubled Water.
NEWS
July 25, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
On the first day of the 1936 Democratic National Convention, 10,000 Philadelphians gathered by lamplight near Independence Hall as the Liberty Bell tolled to mark the convention's start. "The soft ring of the ancient tocsin spanned a century and a half before those early patriots who fought and died to create the first modern Republic and 700 principal officers of city, State and Nation who last night applauded appeals to defend that Republic against foreign ideas of returning to kings and dictators," the Inquirer reported.
NEWS
July 25, 2016
As Philadelphians brace for the crush of humanity arriving for the Democratic National Convention, commiserate with your counterparts in 1948. That year, the city hosted three conventions - Republicans, Democrats, and Progressives - the only city ever to do so. That these three parties clamored to host their shindig in Philadelphia is perhaps not surprising. The city played host to the most famous convention of all, that which created the U.S. Constitution. There was a practical reason as well.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Sarah LeBlanc, STAFF WRITER
Calling all gamers-Runnemede, N.J., is about to get a lot more exciting with the arrival of New Jersey Gamer Con 2016 on Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and the festivities will run until 6 p.m. both days at the convention hall at the LaQuinta Inn (109 9th Avenue, Runnemede, N.J.) and feature gaming tournaments with a collection of more recent and classic game offerings. The best of the best will have the chance to win over $500 in gift cards and assorted prizes through tournaments broadcast live on Twitch.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, Staff Writer
When delegates and visitors arrive for the Democratic National Convention this month, it will mark the 12th presidential convention in Philadelphia history. In 1848, the Whig Party nominated Zachary Taylor for president at the former Chinese Museum at Ninth and Sansom Streets. In 1856, the American Party chose Millard Fillmore as its candidate at National Hall, 12th and Market. Ulysses S. Grant was the Republican Party choice in 1872 at the Academy of Music, at Broad and Locust. Just some of the history you can uncover at an exhibit showcasing Philadelphia's presidential convention history, 1848-2016, unveiled Thursday by former Gov. Ed Rendell, chairman of the Philadelphia host committee for the convention, at Philadelphia International Airport's Terminal A-East.
NEWS
November 21, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two entertainment industry heavyweights have signed on to produce the Democratic National Convention. Emmy-winning producer Ricky Kirshner and longtime creative producer Vicangelo Bulluck will plan and implement stage design, lighting, music, and entertainment at the Wells Fargo Center convention from July 25 to 28. Organizers have said they will raise $84 million to cover the cost of the convention - nearly double the cost of the papal visit....
NEWS
September 29, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAPE MAY - It was a respectful, but smaller than anticipated, group of worshipers that gathered in Convention Hall here Sunday to view Pope Francis' public Mass on a giant screen, the culmination of a Jersey Shore "Pope Weekend. " "We knew we needed to get away from all that," Lisa Bialy, 52, of Mount Ephraim, said of the crowds gathered 85 miles away on the Parkway in Philadelphia. "I don't even want to think of what it was like to get around up there. We just wanted to get down here and avoid it all. " Still, Bialy and her boyfriend, Jim Schaffer, also of Mount Ephraim, took time out from strolling around Cape May and catching a classic-car show in Wildwood to watch the Mass simulcast.
SPORTS
June 25, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
HARVEY POLLACK was all about the numbers. And no one was better at recording them than he. Given the nickname "Super Stat" in 1966 by then- Bulletin sports writer George Kiseda, Pollack introduced terms including triple-double, blocked shots, assists and steals into the everyday basketball vernacular. But the numbers stopped yesterday, as Pollack passed away at the age of 93. Pollack was involved in a one-car accident on New Year's Day, after serving as a judge for the Mummers Parade, suffering numerous injuries.
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