August 16, 1992 |
The cowboy boot rides again. Fashion's preoccupation with western gear means the cowboy boot is once again tops in footwear. But, strangely, the boot of the '90s is not necessarily paired with western duds, and it comes in multiple styles and exotic skins. Consider, for example, the snakeskin half-boot. What self-respecting ranch dude would wear such a shoe? It's aimed not at the rancher but at the fashion animal who wants style, not something practical. The height of style for men who travel in fashion circles is a pair of skintight Gianni Versace couture jeans, a silk print shirt and a pair of cowboy boots.
March 3, 2003 |
The first George W. Bush-Saddam Hussein Debate: President Bush: Mr. Dictator, we know you folks have a mass of destructive weapons, mass weapons of destruction, destructive mass weapons, and so forth, and you'd better ... Saddam Hussein: I cannot talk with this man until I am paid my usual speaking fee, in cash. President: You'll have to see Cheney on that. Saddam: In any event, I require an hour before beginning, in order to collect my notes. President: He's stalling again.
January 14, 2004 |
George W. Holland, 61, of Southwest Philadelphia, an outdoorsman with a love of horses who, his son said, was born two centuries too late, died of a heart attack Saturday at Presbyterian Medical Center. Mr. Holland attended Bartram High School, and worked any job that allowed him time to hunt, fish, and be around horses. He bought his first horse, Rusty, when he was 20, and built a stall for him in his grandmother's backyard in Eastwick. Two days later, while Mr. Holland was grooming Rusty, the 800-pound chestnut bolted and galloped away, plunging into the Delaware River, the Philadelphia Daily News reported in April 1963.
December 22, 1997 |
It felt like Christmas in July. And it was. If you were looking for the ancestral home of the classic Western boot, you would find your way to the corner of North Main and Exchange in the Stockyards section of Fort Worth, Texas. There, where the herds passed on their way to the great steakhouse in the sky, is M.L. Leddy's. Leddy's began shoeing cowboys before the cows came home. There are trendier bootmakers today, with handles like "Rocketbuster" and "Falconhead," but there is no finer practitioner of this particularly American craft than the outfit that still bears the name of Martin Luther Leddy.
September 27, 2010 |
In John Sandford's latest novel, "Bad Blood," there's a scene involving a siege at a farmhouse that's so violent, so intense, one suspects the author has either been involved in a shootout or witnessed bullets flying over his head. Fortunately, neither scenario is true. Sandford has only witnessed the aftermath of violence. "I did a lot of cop work, and I saw a lot of dead people," says Sandford. "I went to Iraq for awhile . . . and I talked to people who have been in these situations, who have fired machine guns at people and have had machine guns fired back at them.
July 22, 2007 |
More than 50 mounted steeds thundered through Fairmount Park yesterday in a final farewell to the first black Mounted Patrol Philadelphia police officer, Russell W. Neugent, 79, who died of lung cancer July 10 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Neugent's last request, made two days before he died, was to have his cowboy boots placed on his feet. His funeral was Friday. Yesterday, Neugent's son, Eric, placed those same boots facing backward on the saddle of his father's riderless horse, Classic Babe, to "honor his service in the Merchant Marine, Army, Police Department and Air Force," his son said.
March 14, 1989 |
Lloyd "Fatman" Smith, 67, a joking, jovial disc jockey at radio station WHAT (1340) for more than three decades and a popular Philadelphia entertainer, died Friday at Jefferson Park Hospital. Smith, who was also a comedian, musician and singer, performed with Count Basie, Sammy Davis Jr., Ray Charles, the Louis Jordan Band and other musicians at many Philadelphia nightclubs during a 30-year career as an entertainer. He also was active in community work. "He was always trying to make people feel good," said a daughter, Barbara McPherson.
May 24, 1999 |
Rafi Stevens left Roman Catholic High in 1997 as an undersized power forward with a goal of battling his way into Division I basketball. Consider it achieved. Fresh off leading his league in rebounding two consecutive seasons for New Mexico Junior College, Stevens has signed with Stephen F. Austin, which competes in the Southland Conference and is located in Nacogdoches, Texas. New Mexico. Texas. Yo, what's up with that? "I like it in that part of the country," said Stevens, of West Philadelphia.
November 30, 2007 |
One of those show-biz phenoms, Greater Tuna went from party sketch in somebody's house to an Off-Broadway smash hit, to a permanent fixture in regional theaters across the United States, to HBO. The current entertaining production at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio showcases the virtuosity of John Zak and Benjamin Lloyd, who quick-change in 20 roles. Two guys on the OKKK radio station - Thurston in overalls and cowboy hat, Arles in giant pompadour and cowboy boots - keep us informed about the doings (or lack thereof)
May 8, 1986 |
Joe Russo's having a Jim Tayoun sale this Saturday. One day only. Starts at 11 a.m. Everything $4. One-item-per-person limit. "This stuff - some of it's fantastic and some of it's cheap. But where else can you get a nice Formica table for $4?" Russo asked. Tayoun, owner of the Middle East restaurant and a former city councilman, is a Democratic candidate for the 1st District congressional seat in the May 20 primary. Russo, 44, has a small second-hand store on 7th Street near Moyamensing Avenue.