February 9, 2009 |
Mark Gale was already in love with aviation in 1982 when he trained as a customer service agent for Altair Airlines at Philadelphia International Airport. But a few weeks into the job, Altair went belly-up. Gale knew what he wanted, though, and enrolled at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. In the mid-1980s, Gale was back at the Philadelphia airport working as a college intern. He returned permanently in 1989. He has been a deputy aviation director since 2000, with responsibility for everything from operations, security, safety and maintenance to information technology, engineering design and construction, emergency plans, snow removal and grounds at Philadelphia International and Northeast Philadelphia Airport.
January 4, 2009 |
It sounds like a Disney story: Relying on nothing but talent and spunk, a lovely but obscure young woman gets plucked from the pile and made a princess. For Stephanie Hilton, a May graduate of the University of the Arts, it's real life. Hilton, 22, skates the role of Iridessa, a fairy friend of Tinker Bell's, in Disney on Ice's Worlds of Fantasy, a show ending its run at the Wachovia Center today. Gliding onto the ice in a floating yellow-and-orange dress, Hilton-as-Iridessa drew oohs and aahs from hundreds of starstruck girls at a performance Friday.
September 1, 2008 |
Council Rock North coach Wendell Beres is still beaming over his new job. He replaced James Barry, who moved on to William Tennent. Beres had been an assistant at Central Bucks West and Delaware Valley College. Now he's coaching a state championship contender. The Indians, two seasons removed from winning the PIAA Class AAA state championship, return eight starters from a team that underachieved last season, going 13-7-2. "If this team can stay disciplined, works hard and sticks together, the sky is the limit," said Beres, a North Catholic graduate.
May 29, 2008 |
In her 20s, Nina Asadoorian tried several different outlets for expressing her artistic talents, including dabbling in clothing design. She worked successfully as a makeup artist. And in time turned to making fanciful desserts. That led to cakes: Carrot cake with pineapple compote and cream cheese filling. Butter pound cake with lemon curd and raspberry preserves. Chocolate fudge cake with chocolate ganache, bits of Reese's peanut butter cups, and chocolate-peanut butter buttercream.
December 16, 2007 |
Just about everyone in Atlanta - Falcons executives, players, fans and the local media - continues to savage Bobby Petrino, and rightfully so, for leaving the flailing franchise 13 games into his first season to go yell "wooo-pig-sooie" in Arkansas. Fine. Petrino was gutless in promising to be the Falcons coach one day, then abandoning the franchise the next. But let's not forget about two other men who deserve the blame for the Petrino fiasco - Falcons owner Arthur Blank and team president Rich McKay.
December 5, 2007 |
This is a story, all rolled into one, of local boy makes good, then comes home to his dream job. Ed Stefanski's path to president and general manager of the 76ers could have been taken by trolley, stopping at 69th Street, from St. Bernadette's parish in Drexel Hill to Monsignor Bonner High School to the University of Pennsylvania. The rest is local, too. Stefanski, named yesterday to replace Billy King, married his high school sweetheart, got started in the mortgage business, coached Bonner for a few years, worked as a college basketball television analyst, and kept his home in Wayne even after he sold the business and began working as a basketball scout for the New Jersey Nets.
August 13, 2007
Meet the luckiest man in the world. Ernie Pinckney gets paid by Turkey Hill Dairy of Lancaster to eat ice cream. He also fields questions from the curious and passionate about the frozen treats for the company's blog at http://icecreamjournal . turkeyhill.com . Pinckney, 69, whose official title is special plant project coordinator, makes sure the quality and taste of the company's ice cream are consistent. He makes sure that the chocolates are sufficiently chocolaty and that swirls of flavor are in both the bottom and the top of the container.
September 8, 2006 |
They were mostly neighborhood guys whose basketball universe rarely left the city and its immediate suburbs because they saw no point to it. After all, this was Philly, and if you could succeed on the hardwood here, you could succeed anywhere. So why leave? Geno Auriemma was one of them, which is why his dream job at the time was to be head coach of a boys' team in the Catholic League, and maybe he could become another Speedy Morris or Bud Gardler or Billy Fox. "I thought that maybe down the road I could be like those guys and coach and teach in high school," Auriemma recalled this week in a telephone interview.
April 21, 2006 |
The Eagles extended another contract this week, but it wasn't a move meant to excite the fan base. That's never going to be Joe Banner's role with the Eagles. The team president has the thankless job of managing the daily operation of owner Jeffrey Lurie's football team and also serves as a lightning rod when things don't go as planned. Last season, of course, was a perfect example of that. Despite the long hours and criticism, Banner loves his work and was more than willing to accept a contract extension that will keep him with the Eagles at least through the 2010 season.
April 1, 2006 |
Fred Hill Jr. is at the Final Four again this year, rubbing shoulders with colleagues and counterparts from around the country. The 47-year-old Hill just joined the fraternity on Monday. When the Verona, N.J., native arrived in Indianapolis on Tuesday, he was a first-time head coach whose new job at Rutgers satisfied a career goal. An added bonus is that Hill's father, Fred Hill Sr., is in his 23d season as the Scarlet Knights' baseball coach. "Growing up in New Jersey, Rutgers was the state university, and I always thought it could be a good job," said Hill, who attended Verona High and Montclair State.