March 21, 2005 |
SATURDAY, 8 a.m. My head throbbed. "What did you do last night? What did you do last night? What did you do last night?," chanted the hamsters running on the wheel in my brain. You guessed it. A hangover. But this wasn't your average too-many-Chardonnays-at-the-Joneses hangover. This was an ego hangover. Ego hangover? You know, that yucky feeling that comes after you get blind drunk on the sound of your own voice. Well, maybe you don't know. So let me tell you how I came to be in this pickle.
February 24, 1986
In statements following his dismissal from the Statue of Liberty restoration commission, Lee Iacocca showed himself to be possessed of an ego without bounds. He obviously believes that schoolchildren who send their nickels to restore Miss Liberty did so because of his involvement. The love expressed for the statue by millions of Americans who contributed to this grand effort should not be sullied by the involvement of carnival barkers and pitch men. Lee Iacocca is expendable - the love is not. Stanley M. Najdzin Bensalem.
January 9, 1987 |
Mary Tyler Moore and Lynn Redgrave in "Sweet Sue," a new play by A. R. Gurney Jr. Directed by John Tillinger, set by Santo Loquasto, costumes by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Ken Billington. Presented by Arthur Whitelaw, Dick Button and Byron Goldman at the Music Box Theater, 239 W. 45th St., New York. Forty years ago, the subject matter of "Sweet Sue" would have been scandalous. Today, who cares? The shock value of an older woman lusting after a post-pubescent youth - in the case at hand, her son's college roommate - was blunted for all time by "The Graduate" and buried subsequently in the tomb of The Old Morality.
April 14, 1986 |
Greg Norman's ego got the best of him, and it might have cost him the Masters championship. The Australian, known as the "Great White Shark," got hungry at a crucial point yesterday and opened the way for Jack Nicklaus. Norman was the leader when the day began, stumbled midway through, but came on strong in the pressure-packed finish with four straight birdies to grab a share of the lead. All he needed on the final hole was a par to face Nicklaus in a sudden-death playoff.
January 25, 2009 |
Luckily for 76ers power forward Elton Brand, he said he doesn't have an ego. He said he did in his younger playing days - he's 29 now - but no longer. If he did have an ego, it might have been tough watching the team he was supposed to anchor soar through the roof without him. Today, Brand says he is about winning. And, lately, Brand has watched a lot of winning: While he sat for 16 games with a dislocated right shoulder, the Sixers, after a 1-4 West Coast swing, went on a seven-game winning streak and finished 9-7. Brand, who signed in July for $80 million over five years, hasn't played in a game since Dec. 17. Before his injury, the Sixers were 11-14; Brand was averaging 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds a game.
March 24, 2000 |
The constant pats on the back, the endless attention, the pile of awards - Cherrise Graham could live a happy life without them. Really. Which makes Archbishop Carroll's Graham, The Inquirer's Main Line and Delaware County girls' basketball player of the year, somewhat of an athletic rarity. She is the star athlete without the attitude; the athlete with the type of personality that makes friends, coaches and acquaintances gush over her. "That's the last thing [a big ego]
March 1, 1988 |
More years ago than I like to admit, I worked on Capitol Hill, thus gaining the opportunity for a close look at the U.S. House of Representatives. It was a fascinating study in diversity. There were huge people like Tip O'Neill and Rogers Morton and petite people like Carl Albert and Shirley Chisholm. There were theatrical people like Dan Flood and Roger Zion and shy people like Bill Barrett and Bob Nix. There were patricians like Peter Frelinghuysen, blue-collar guys like Earl Landgrebe and country boys like Carl Perkins.
April 6, 2006
THE WORLD is full of people whose egos are bigger than their accomplishments, but we don't know of a city with a higher per capital number of puffed-up chests than Washington, D.C. - especially at 545 Seventh Street SE, otherwise known as the U.S. Capitol. Yet, what inflates must also deflate, and this week we're witnessing the air going out of two of the biggest gas-bags in Washington. First, on the Republican side, is the retreat and surrender of former House Majority Leader Tom "The Hammer" DeLay.
March 23, 1986 |
"What we need now is someone who will really discipline us, someone to show us who's boss. " This remark was made a few days ago by a member of a West Coast orchestra in a conversation about the merits of the group's new music director. It's not the kind of statement that many orchestra players would admit making, nor the sort of thought that many listeners might expect musicians to have. The concert stage isn't generally regarded as an arena for power struggles. Musicians look like a fairly genial lot, after all, especially when they're performing.
June 26, 2007 |
Bruce Willis shoots into the hotel suite like a blue-eyed bullet, head shaved, T white, jeans pale as his orbs. The wiry actor is trim, more like a spokesmodel for the imaginary health supplement Diet Hard than an aging action hero flogging a movie franchise last seen during Clinton's first term. After an absence of 12 years, Willis' alter ego John McClane returns to theaters Wednesday in Live Free or Die Hard - or Die Hard 4.0 , as it's called in Europe. Willis, 52, reprises the role of the battle-scarred NYPD detective who shoots from the hip and the lip, this time taking aim at cyberterrorists.