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January 6, 1986 | By JIM NICHOLSON, Daily News Staff Writer
James C. Billups, head of the electronics department at Delaware County Community College and a tennis instructor, died Wednesday. He was 55 and a resident of West Philadelphia. Billups had been an electronics teacher at Delaware County Community College since the school opened in 1965 and at the time of his death was head of the department. He taught tennis at the West Park Tennis Club in Fairmount Park, where he was a member. For several years he also taught the game at the community college.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 1993 | By Andy Wickstrom, FOR THE INQUIRER
Only a fool strolls into an electronics store to buy a TV, VCR or other gadget without having done some homework. With so many models, styles and prices to choose from and so many salespeople eager to make a deal, any babe in the woods had better beware. For a quick refresher course in video and audio products, the March issue of Consumer Reports offers a "Guide to the Gear" that can't be beat. Published by the watchdog group Consumers Union, the magazine's product reports and evaluations are a touchstone for the cautious shopper.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 1992 | By Dennis Romero, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is not a concert, but an event: No fists-in-the air or Elvis pelvis here. Members of Orbital are almost hiding behind their computer-driven instruments, which look like something out of WarGames. And the audience, well, the audience doesn't much care about what is going on onstage. People seem more interested in watching others. Using the measure of a traditional concert, Orbital's full-house visit to the Trocadero Wednesday night - as an opener for industrial-dance act Meat Beat Manifesto - gets a thumb-and-a-half down.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marty Levine, 82, a former electronics technician in the computer engineering department of The Inquirer, died of complications from neck surgery on Sunday, May 12, at his home in Mount Laurel. Mr. Levine worked for The Inquirer from April 1978 to December 1995. Born in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Levine graduated from Tilden High School there and earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at Long Island University, his wife, Roberta, said in an interview Monday.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By Joe Trinacria, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stephen Murr, 65, of Valley Forge, a former electronics technician and businessman, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, from complications of acute myeloid leukemia. Mr. Murr a South Philadelphia native, was born to a close-knit Italian American family. He attended St. Paul's School, where he served as an altar boy. He was "a throwback type of gentleman," said his sister, Rose Murr. "Steve was just incredibly generous, dedicated to his work, and honest," she said. "He was very down to earth and took pride in the small things that he loved.
NEWS
January 3, 1988 | By Henry Klein, Special to The Inquirer
I am pursuing a B.S. in electrical engineering technology at Temple University and already possess a bachelor's degree in literature. What is the job outlook for electronic technologists (as opposed to full-fledged engineers)? Also, what's the outlook for technical writers? - S.N., Philadelphia. I think I see what you're trying to do - combine your interest in literature with a skill in electronics. However, you'd better do one thing at a time. You are embarking on a totally new four-year program aimed at positions in electro-mechanical manufacturing and quality control, production, electronic testing, sales and service, power systems, and development and research.
NEWS
January 14, 2012
Russell J. Roth Sr., 83, of Sellersville, who retired as an electronics manager in 1992, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, of pulmonary fibrosis at Grand View Hospital. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Mr. Roth graduated from high school there. He served in the Navy from September 1945 to April 1949 and again from 1950 to 1952. His daughter, Cynthia Mannes, said he served in shipboard fire-control units in the Mediterranean, then was recalled to duty during the Korean War. Mr. Roth earned his bachelor's degree at Rutgers University after night classes in the late 1960s, while he was a quality-control manager for Philco-Ford in Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 10, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Like the John Cage and Morton Feldman festivals in recent years, Network for New Music's Third Space festival of electronic music revealed numerous pieces that shouldn't need a festival in order to be heard, but don't fit (sometimes physically) into typical concert halls. The venues of the Friday-through-Monday concerts told much of the story: Small studios and theaters at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Community College of Philadelphia were chosen for their technological resources.
NEWS
May 1, 2014 | By Bonnie Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
George H. Heilmeier, 77, a Philadelphia native who created the first liquid-crystal displays for calculators, watches, and computers while working for RCA Laboratories, died Monday, April 21, of a stroke at a hospital in Plano, Texas. Mr. Heilmeier graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Pennsylvania, and then earned advanced degrees including a doctorate in solid state materials and electronics from Princeton University. In the 1960s, he joined RCA Laboratories in New Jersey, where he worked with electro-optic effects in liquid crystals to create the liquid-crystal display.
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Zurzola Sr., 86, formerly of Manayunk, a retired electronics specialist and a father and handyman, died Monday, July 13, of Alzheimer's disease at his retirement home in Villas, N.J. Born in 1929, Mr. Zurzola lost his own father, Frank, in 1937. His mother, Jennie, was not in good health. When she saw an opportunity for her son to live and study at Girard College, she enrolled him. He graduated in 1947. "It must have been hard for both of them," said his daughter Amy Z. Quinn.
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TRAVEL
August 21, 2016
We often receive emails from readers with specific travel questions. Here, we'll answer a few: Dear Larissa and Michael: I read your travel tip where you suggest leaving multiple travel adapters at home and only take the adapter needed. I have a question specific to electronics like iPhones, iPads, and the like. With many countries using 240 volts and not 110, what do you pack so you don't ruin your electronics? I currently carry a transformer along with the required adapter, but the transformer is rather heavy.
NEWS
April 13, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, For the Daily News
Gay rights have made some advances in recent years, but coming out still entails struggles, especially if you're an electronic rap artist, several of whom will perform in Philadelphia this month. Cakes da Killa, who has just reissued his 2015 Hunger Pangs with additional material, has his own strong theory about being a gay man in hip-hop, whether it's sensualized or electro-fied. "I just do me and walk in my truth," he says proudly. "How the public digests the content is their decision.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2016 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Staff Writer
Cardone is downsizing again. The auto-parts rebuilder, which calls itself Philadelphia's largest remaining manufacturer, will shift 1,336 jobs from its brake caliper plants at 5501 Whitaker Ave. and 5670 Rising Sun Ave. to Matamoros, Mexico, just south of Cardone's warehouses in Brownsville, Texas, over the next two years. The company, which has been shifting jobs for years from Northeast Philadelphia to the Texas-Mexico border region, told the Pennsylvania Department of Labor last month about the plan for layoffs.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
Philly-based innovators were more numerous than you might expect at the giant Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Sticky business. "There's a great reputation to live up to" as licensee of the Kodak brand name for photo paper and plain-paper products, said Peter Wittman, CEO of West Conshohocken-based Paper Trade Network. "My first tech love as a kid was a Brownie camera. And when developing new products, everything we put out must pass critical testing in Rochester, N.Y. " at Kodak HQ. Today, most pictures are taken and shared digitally.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
If Electronic Ink had done the presentation on "data visualizing" to the board of a fictional law firm on the hit TV show The Good Wife , maybe cranky elder partner Howard Lyman wouldn't have thrown up his arms in dismay, declaring "I don't see the use!" On the Oct. 4 broadcast, the firm's young name partner Cary Agos suggested that the partners "listen to new ideas" like working with visual depictions of their workflow "to communicate complex multivariable data" that anyone can grasp.
REAL_ESTATE
September 14, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
In March, I wrote about Pitman investor Harry Armstrong, who had closed on his latest property purchase by email. It was a first for Armstrong and was considered unusual by a couple of veteran and computer-savvy real estate agents, but it was common for the North Jersey-based title company involved, which works a lot with Freddie Mac selling HUD-foreclosed properties. What I learned later is that the watchdog Consumer Financial Protection Bureau considers these "eClosings" of great benefit to consumers.
NEWS
September 3, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DORIS JEAN ADAMS Scott loved learning. Beyond her high school diploma, she never earned another scholastic degree, but the information she accumulated by taking college courses and doing her own extensive research gave her the learning a doctoral candidate might envy. A slight exaggeration perhaps, but Doris had an insatiable need to learn all she could about a vast variety of subjects. And she was always willing to share her knowledge. If you ever wondered about a piece of local history or genealogy or whatever happened to so-and-so, Doris would be ready.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Renato Thomas Di Stefano Jr., 86, of Berwyn, an electronics engineer, died Tuesday, July 28, at Foulk Manor South, an assisted-living facility in Wilmington. He had battled Alzheimer's disease for several years. The son of an Italian immigrant father and first-generation American mother, Mr. Di Stefano was born in Yonkers, N.Y. He was a graduate of Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx and Columbia University, where he was part of the school's first Naval ROTC class. He later returned to Columbia to complete a master's degree in electronics in 1957.
NEWS
July 18, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
John A. Zurzola Sr., 86, formerly of Manayunk, a retired electronics specialist and a father and handyman, died Monday, July 13, of Alzheimer's disease at his retirement home in Villas, N.J. Born in 1929, Mr. Zurzola lost his own father, Frank, in 1937. His mother, Jennie, was not in good health. When she saw an opportunity for her son to live and study at Girard College, she enrolled him. He graduated in 1947. "It must have been hard for both of them," said his daughter Amy Z. Quinn.
NEWS
July 16, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
IF YOU GAVE John Zurzola a choice between dining at a fancy restaurant or at home over a steaming plate of his wife's spaghetti, there was no choice. Spaghetti won every time. Which might have seemed surprising, because his wife, the former Doris Walsh, was a little Irish lady from West Philly. But she was a quick learner and her husband's family taught her how to cook Italian style. What did she put in that spaghetti gravy that made her husband prefer it to more-sophisticated fare?
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