February 19, 2013 |
BRIAN UTAIN WAS one of a group of Temple University students who used to harmonize on the lawn or in Mitten Hall or even on street corners in the '60s, lending their own original take on R&B and soul numbers. A lot of their singing was a capella, but there was a piano in Mitten Hall, and a member of the group, Daryl Hohl, could play accompaniment. They called themselves the Temptones, the name taken from the school they were attending and the popular Temptations, whom they idolized.
November 5, 1998 |
The sound that fills the cavernous hall on the Boardwalk is so large, so magnificent, so stirring that it would seem only the ocean a few steps away could surpass it in grandeur. Internet rumors to the contrary, the largest pipe organ in the world has not been walled up inside the old Convention Hall on the Boardwalk. Its eight pipe chambers have not been converted into meeting rooms. Its parts - both massive and intricate - have not been consumed by flood. Just ask the 8,000 screaming boxing fans who on Halloween night heard the organ played for only the second time this year, heralding the entrance of preening featherweight champion "Prince" Naseem Hamed in true Phantom of the Opera style.
May 26, 1994 |
While two battalions of firefighters were quelling a fire that seared a section of the roof of the famous Convention Center and Visitors Bureau, their off-duty counterparts were across town to witness City Council's approval of a contract that raised their pay. The fire, according to officials, may have been started around 2 p.m. when sparks came in contact with roofing materials as welders were installing a new section of the circular peaked Convention...
August 31, 2004 |
The Republican National Convention's unscripted moments last night came from filmmaker Michael Moore, whose movie Fahrenheit 9/11 skewers President Bush and the war in Iraq. Moore, who is writing a convention column for USA Today, caused a minor stir when he tried to enter the convention hall as a member of the press. After some confusion over the credentials for his security guard, Moore was escorted to the press seats. Republican catcalls began to erupt in his direction.
December 10, 1987 |
The Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority yesterday hired a pair of politically connected law firms to work on its impending $200 million bond issue. The firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll will be the lead bond counsel for an undetermined fee. The firm was among Mayor Goode's largest campaign contributors at $25,000. Atkinson & Archie will be the minority bond counsel. Nolan Atkinson is Goode's personal attorney, and the firm contributed $7,000 to his campaign.
September 7, 1990 |
On this September weekend every year, sofa spuds are sprawled in front of the tube ogling the Miss America pageant and maybe wondering what it would be like to roll down the Expressway, lumber into Convention Hall, and see America's most famous skin-and-dental-reconstruction show live. Hmmm, they may be thinking, maybe it's got all the thrills of a ballgame at the Vet - there you are in the bleachers in casual attire, hooting, hollering, stomping your feet with the organ's beat and maybe catching a fly ball.
February 17, 2012 |
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - This week the National Constitution Center premieres its exhibit dedicated to the Boss, "From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen," open through Sept. 3. But you can also take a weekend trip to see where it all began for Springsteen - in the actual Asbury Park, which is just a little over an hour's drive from Philadelphia. Springsteen's 1973 album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. is a classic that not only told the world about the Jersey Shore but also gave the city a slogan it still uses today, even though the album showcased the tribulations of people living in a then-depressed town.
November 26, 2014 |
ON A SWELTERING July morning in 1948, President Harry Truman stood inside Convention Hall in University City, accepted the Democratic nomination, and promised to win the election and "make these Republicans like it. " He also used the word "poppycock. " Yesterday, officials announced that Philadelphia is one step closer to hosting the Democratic National Convention again, in 2016, as it was named as one of three finalists along with Columbus, Ohio, and New York City. "Since our first planning meetings 15 months ago, I and a small group of dedicated Philadelphians have worked for this day," Congressman Bob Brady said in a statement yesterday after the announcement was made.
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 that 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.
August 16, 1988 |
Republican Senate candidate Pete Dawkins of New Jersey took to the podium of the convention center here yesterday and ripped into his Democratic opponent, Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Never mind that his speech lasted only 4 minutes and 6 seconds. Or that the convention hall was largely empty. Or that the chants of "Pete, Pete" came from the New Jersey delegation, which gathered on the floor for his midday moment in the spotlight. Dawkins was doing what a lot of other Republican Senate candidates are doing here this week as they prepare to do battle this fall - courting press attention and introducing themselves to the hundreds of wealthy Republican fund-raisers who are on hand.