June 28, 2011
HOW IS driving more than 100 mph while intoxicated a "tragedy"? Ryan Dunn was famous for a show that attracted people best defined as trash. What's even more comical was that the parents of his co-star "Bam" stated he was like a son to them. Well, if that's the case, Mr. and Mrs. Bam, then you both failed as well. The real tragedy would have been if Mr. Dunn killed that innocent person, and he himself had lived. If that happened, would we see some crocodile tears from the supposed "star"?
June 13, 2009 |
This week was the Philadelphia Orchestra's "middle child" program. No hot soloists or provocative premieres, but homely, obviously temporary acoustical panels framing the Verizon Hall stage. When the orchestra began the concert with Debussy's Images, everybody seemed to be saving energy for next week's Berlioz Requiem. Elsewhere, though, the program's outcome was unexpectedly wonderful. The acoustical panels reportedly aid the orchestra's ability to hear itself - and thus play better.
January 30, 2009 |
While praying that Wax pulls off a Wing Bowl miracle today, it's time to look inside the e-mail bag . . . I actually saw Jeff Lurie being interviewed for that article. When he got choked up and pulled out that $1,000,000 bill and blew his nose into it really . . . (sniff) . . . excuse me . . . got to me, ya know ? - Kerry Kerry, - Gonzo Just because the Eagles didn't grow up here doesn't mean they don't care. How long does your depression last when you miss out on yet another Pulitzer?
April 30, 2008
Rude to guests My son and I drove from Montreal to catch Monday night's Flyers-Canadiens playoff game at the Wachovia Center. Your fans have many reasons to be proud of their city and team, but how they treat their guests at a sporting event is not one of them. As the game progressed, the level of threats and abuse heaped on us grew at an alarming rate. At one point, an unfortunate Habs fan had a glass of beer poured on her head, and her boyfriend thought it best for them to leave the arena.
February 28, 2008 |
Pending the unlikely reversal of his sentence on appeal, the Tracy McIntosh travesty appears over. On Feb. 13, the former University of Pennsylvania professor and preeminent stroke and brain-trauma researcher was led from a Philadelphia courtroom to begin a 3 1/2- to 7-year prison sentence for the September 2002 sexual assault of a then-23-year-old Penn graduate student in his office at Penn. In December 2004, McIntosh pleaded no-contest to sexual assault and possession of an illegal substance in connection with the incident.
January 3, 2008
WE WERE all shocked and saddened to learn of the assassination of Pakistani former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. While looking at the latest news breaking on TV and the Internet, I was exposed to many bothersome images, not the least of which was George W. Bush crying crocodile tears for the fallen prime minister from his vacation ranch. Has anyone ever bothered to ask why, after these years, President Bush has been unable to capture bin Laden? All anybody would have to do is look into the past dealings of the Bush family and see that there has been more than one piece of business completed with members of the bin Laden clan.
August 22, 2005
CHRISTINE Flowers tells of her childhood experience with anti-Catholic bigotry (Aug.8). She fast forwards to the present, alleging that this same bigotry is alive today in the form of questions about Supreme Court nominee and Catholic John Roberts' views on abortion. I grew up as a Protestant in an all-Catholic neighborhood in the 1960s. I was told repeatedly by my friends that "the nuns" said that anyone who wasn't Catholic was going to hell. So, Christine, spare me the crocodile tears.
February 17, 2003
RE "Romance turns into Gothic tale of death" (Feb. 11): Good story - but spare me the "she had a hard life" routine. It was no more then a lot of people. She took advantage of him just like Robert Blake's ex. If HE had done that to her and SHE shot him, it would be portrayed on Lifetime. I can see it now: "Lonely women is emotionally abused and scammed by Romeo, she shoots him in self-defense!" I'm not saying what he did was right, but, unlike her, he won't get off with a phony "battered-woman" defense.
October 18, 2002
THERE WAS ALWAYS something buffoonish about Ira Einhorn. The pseudo-ecologist, faux writer and full-time enzyme has been, as far as we can tell, a charlatan from the start. The fact that he bamboozled so many before he skipped bail and fled Philadelphia is both a testament to his evil charm and the squishy thinking of the '60s. We live in harder times now. But not as hard as Einhorn will experience. We just have one regret now that the jury has pronounced Einhorn guilty of the murder of Helen "Holly" Maddux: His prison cell will be bigger than the trunk he stuffed his victim into.
March 12, 2002
Ahhh, the 2002 Philadelphia Flower Show is but a pleasant scent in time now, but what a lovely prelude to the spring just around the flower bed. It will be hard to forget the yawning crocodile topiary with the shining red eyes, guarding the Burke Brothers of Glenside exhibit, "A Garden Fantasy. " The croc yawned and kids jumped, or looked twice. And how about the mother-in-law succulents growing down his spine, and the echeveria on his tongue? The exhibit also boasted weeping cherry trees, an elegant arbor of flowing forsythia, perky yellow snapdragons, sweet buttercups, and a colorful coleus.