May 9, 1991 |
Say what you will about low voter turnout or public apathy over world events. Take a pot shot, even, at TV-addled couch potatoes. But some people still care enough to take a stand, thank you very much, and they aren't above grabbing a poster, waving a sign, and chanting for what they believe in outside the offices of the powerful. Democracy in action. It happened yesterday afternoon outside KYW-TV headquarters at 5th and Market streets. There, 50 of the faithful gathered to protest the likely demise of their favorite TV show, "Dark Shadows.
March 24, 1991 |
Spring's here - time to begin planning summer travel. Following is a rundown of some of the many special events and activities that will make the summer of '91 an especially memorable travel season. Some are rare (a total solar eclipse), some are milestones (Switzerland's 700th anniversary, Vermont's 200th), and some are designed to entertain and inform us about our past. Any mere listing of such events would more than fill this section of the paper so choices had to be winnowed to a manageable number.
February 26, 1991 |
It's that time of the season when networks are retooling, revamping, rethinking, downsizing, putting things on hiatus (the TV equivalent of storing leftovers in the fridge till they're thrown out) and just plain canceling shows. If you think this means fresh new ideas are on the way, forget it. "Twin Peaks" and "Cop Rock," two examples of the same, were too out-there for most viewers. So it looks like old ideas will be recycled again like so many aluminum cans, which may or may not benefit our viewing environment.
January 12, 1991 |
The cold war between Channel 10 top gun Gene Lothery and anchorstar Larry Kane appears to be thawing. At a station farewell party Thursday night at the Adam's Mark for Channel 3-bound news boss Paul Gluck, Lothery stunned Kane with a major smooch on the cheek during a picture-taking session. Said one party observer: "It was 30 seconds of weirdness. " WCAU-TV insiders say Lothery was posing for a photo with Gluck when he called Kane over to join them. Lothery embraced both men for the camera, then turned to Kane and planted a long kiss on his cheek.
January 12, 1991 |
A Feltonville man and his 31-year-old son were found murdered execution- style yesterday morning in the father's two-story rowhouse, police said. Pablo Padilla, 59, was found dead about 8:50 a.m. by his daughter, Irma Santiago, 30, in the home in the 4700 block of North Third Street. Homicide detectives said Padilla was bound and gagged and had been shot in the head. After being summoned to the house by the daughter, officers searching the blood-splattered residence found Pablo Padilla Jr. dead in the basement.
January 11, 1991 |
Like the vampire Barnabas Collins lurching out of his coffin after a 200- year sleep, "Dark Shadows" has come back to life. The late-1960s soap opera about a weird Maine family of vampires, witches, ghosts and innocent bystanders has been updated and expanded, and now moves to prime time with a two-part movie that begins 9 p.m. Sunday on Channel 3. Part two airs Tuesday night at 9. "Dark Shadows" continues as an hourlong weekly series, beginning...
January 9, 1991 |
NBC, in what one of its top executives calls a "rebuilding stage," will play the winter-spring substitution game conservatively, launching only four entertainment series during the second half of the 1990-91 television season. They include a family sitcom, a jazzed-up remake of the vampire soap opera Dark Shadows, a weekly drama in the mold of thirtysomething and a comedy- variety show about TV. In addition, the network has scheduled a half-hour investigative-news series. "We didn't want to go crazy mid-season . . . with a lot of change," Warren Littlefield, president of NBC Entertainment, told writers assembled here for the semi-annual Television Critics Association press tour.
December 28, 1990 |
KYW-AM (1060) went off the air for more than three hours yesterday because, sources say, an engineering operator in the newsroom had to be restrained by police. KYW general manager Roy Shapiro says "an emergency medical situation" involving engineering operator Margo Barnes, 23, forced the all-news station off the air from 1:50 to 5 a.m. "We were more concerned about the medical situation than whether we were on or off the air, particularly at that hour. " KYW officials won't give any details, but others at the station say Barnes, who was working the midnight-to-8 a.m. shift, suddenly began screaming, tearing at equipment, and frightening anchor Harry Johnson and reporters Susan Heath and Ron Corbin.
August 1, 1990 |
Denise, our second-born, saw her baby's heartbeat yesterday. She saw it as a pulsing light that was no bigger than a pinpoint. She came out of a room at the hospital and showed me pictures from the ultrasound scan. She had seen the heartbeat live, on a monitor, and now she wanted me to see the baby in still photos. All I could make out were dark shadows. She pointed to a tiny spot that wasn't as dark. I said, "Oh. " Even if I couldn't recognize a 6-week-old fetus as a baby, I was still amazed.
October 5, 1989 |
If you've been watching college football on Saturday afternoons, you may have seen RCA's new commercial for its ProEdit camcorder. It's a series of pretty scenes of friends and family enjoying a weekend at the beach, played out to the whimsical music of the 1970 pop hit "In the Summertime. " But if you weren't paying close attention, you may have missed a startling fact: The commercial was made entirely with the camcorder that's being pitched, RCA's Model CC360. In the last shot, the cameraman turns to face a mirror, camcorder on his shoulder.