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December 20, 1996 | By Frank Burgos
I am one of the lucky ones. I scored a Tickle Me Elmo. The most sought-after toy of the season is in my hot little hands. Soon, it will be in the hot little hands of my 2-year-old daughter, and I will accrue major papa points. I'm happy. Then I hear about the black market on Elmo, the Elmo "sightings," people paying thousands to be with Elmo. And I realize a celebrity is sitting on my dresser. A celebrity of this stature deserves a night on the town. I invite the most sophisticated Philadelphia single woman I know, Laurie Huggins, to be the "Sesame Street" star's date on a night out with the beautiful people.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1999 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Who would've thought that, like the rabbit hole that takes Alice on her trippy sojourn through Wonderland, Oscar the Grouch's trash can was a portal into a swirling vortex leading to the Land of a Thousand Stenches? Well, it is, and in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, young Elmo - Sesame Street's squeaky-voiced, fire engine-red furball - meets up with talking caterpillars, a quirky queen (Vanessa Williams), and a Mad Hatter-ish villain (Mandy Patinkin) with eyebrows that could cover an entire planet.
NEWS
December 18, 1996 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
For a few hours yesterday, I became a crazed holiday shopper. I just had to have a Tickle Me Elmo doll. It's supposed to sell for about $28 retail, if you can find one. Reports say some stores are selling the dolls for as much as $200. Sales among individuals are fetching far more. In a radio auction, a Florida woman bid $3,500 for one. A popular way to sell them is through the classified sections in newspapers. That's how I found out about a $150 deal. Of the 15 ads I spotted in the Daily News, all but six sellers were unavailable yesterday morning and afternoon.
BUSINESS
January 7, 1997 | by Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
The Tickle Me Elmo doll was supposed to be a hot commodity this past Christmas. But "bah, humbug!" sums up the attitude of some of those who attempted to cash in on the fad. For many, their dreams of selling the toy for big bucks - it retails for about $29 - dried up faster than a live Christmas tree. "We gave up on it," said one doll owner who bought a classified ad in the Daily News and Inquirer in hope of selling her doll for $200. "People were very rude, nasty and threatening," she said.
NEWS
December 20, 1996 | By Francesca Chapman Daily News wire services and the New York Post contributed to this report
Tickle Me Elmo started out such a sweet, easygoing kind of Muppet - and now the fame and celebrity have gone right to his little head. The "Sesame Street" star has backed out of an appearance on "Live With Regis & Kathie Lee" after Regis dissed the fuzzy guy on the air earlier this week. Reeg apparently thought that Elmo, who's stealing headlines as the most preposterously sought-after toy of the holiday season, was getting enough attention, already. He ranted for a few minutes on Wednesday's show (as he's wont to do)
NEWS
October 25, 1992 | By Kathleen Martin Beans, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Ever since she put that first ballet slipper on her foot at the age of 3, Patti Coffin, 25, of Holland, was hooked on dancing. Jazz, ballet, tap or modern, Coffin did it all. Today, she's still dancing, but her costume is a bit different than the ones she wore to recitals as a child. Now, she's playing Elmo in the Sesame Street Live musical production, "Sleeping Birdie. " As the little red monster with an orange nose, Coffin is a hit with the preschoolers. When she comes on stage or walks among the audience, the children start screaming "Elmo, Elmo, Elmo," she said.
NEWS
December 8, 2010 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Tianna Gaines-Turner came face to face Tuesday with Elmo, her Sesame Street hero and fellow hunger fighter. She may never be the same. Gaines-Turner, 31, of Frankford, is one of the Witnesses to Hunger, part of an advocacy program of women in poverty started at the Drexel University School of Public Health. On Tuesday, she traveled to the Capital Area Food Bank to be part of the start of a national healthy-foods and antihunger campaign begun by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces Sesame Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2012
KEVIN CLASH , the man behind Elmo , is resigning from "Sesame Street" after a second man alleged that the puppeteer began an inappropriate relationship with him when he was underage. Cecil Singleton , 24, claimed that he was 15 when their relationship started. He says he and Clash did not have sex back then but engaged in some, well, let's call it heavy petting. He said that he and Clash did not engage in the Clintonian definition of sexual intercourse until Singleton reached 18. Singleton is seeking $5 million in damages from Clash.
NEWS
September 21, 2006 | By Adam Fifield, Rita Giordano and Lini S. Kadaba INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
He came, slapped his knee and giggled with glee, fell to the floor, and begged for more. And then he disappeared. Sort of. At stores across the region yesterday, parents were dismayed to find shelves bare of T.M.X. Elmo, the 10th anniversary incarnation of the furry, red doll unveiled by Fisher-Price just 24 hours before. Going online, shoppers soon learned that the shortage was made even worse by a raid on retail outlets by speculators who had listed an army of Elmos on eBay.
NEWS
December 12, 1996 | By Elizabeth Weise, ASSOCIATED PRESS Inquirer staff writer Jane M. Von Bergen and Reuters news service contributed to this report
In another sign of the mania for this Christmas' hottest toy, bidding wars have erupted on the Internet for Tickle Me Elmo dolls. The price for the furry, red creature, which sells for $28 retail, has gone as high as $200. That doesn't come close to the $3,500 that a Florida woman bid in a radio auction for one of the character dolls from the Sesame Street television show. Inside the toy is a computer chip that makes it giggle and shake and say, "Ooh, that tickles," when its stomach is touched.
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April 16, 2016 | By Michael Harrington, Staff Writer
Time to get down! How can you resist, when Elmo asks? Join the little guy and his furry and feathered (and felt) friends Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Ernie, and company for Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! on North Broad Street to "Do the Robot" and "Shake Your Head One Time" in an interactive event. That's right - it's a dance party! 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Liacouras Center, 1776 N Broad St. Tickets: $15 and $32. Information: 1-800-298-4200 or www.liacourascenter.com . Rule the planet A tree grows in the Kimmel Center.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Garth: Man of the people Wealth, beauty, and sexual predilections are all well and good, but there is nothing quite as sublime as the idea of celebs doing Normal. Say, doing laundry or cooking lunch. The world was dazzled in 2000 when megastar Garth Brooks , 53, said he'd take a break from the biz to try his hand at fathering. Garth, whose music is to country as Walmart is to retail, kept it up for 14 years, tending to his three girls, Taylor Mayne Pearl (born 1992), August Anna (1994)
NEWS
August 17, 2014 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
10 a.m. Taney's Erik Lipson Jr., a pitcher and first baseman, and his father arrive in a Hummer limousine at Gate 3 in time for practice. Erik's sister, Victoria, was married the day before in Crystal Lake, Mich. Erik was the ring bearer and had been driven through the night to attend the ceremony. The family had to leave during the reception to drive back to Williamsport. Erik slept the whole way. His parents were not taking any chances. "There was a spare tire strapped to the roof," said his mother, Stephanie.
NEWS
June 22, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tracy Morgan to rehab 30 Rock funnyman Tracy Morgan is recovering nicely from last Saturday's car crash that killed his friend and fellow comic James "Jimmy Mack" McNair . Morgan, who suffered broken legs, nose, and ribs, has been transferred from his hospital to a rehabilitation center to get his mobility back. "While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go," his rep Lewis Kay said on Friday. 'Elmo' suit is out The last of five sex-abuse lawsuits filed against Elmo voice actor Kevin Clash has been dismissed.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
If you want to appreciate a work of art, your attitude matters. Personally, I dislike romantic comedies, unless tempered with a darker subplot or an element of fantasy, or when carried off with panache. So I didn't expect to enjoy Midsummer (a play with songs) , a 2009 Scottish romcom by David Greig and Gordon McIntyre. I didn't know that Inis Nua's sly, fantastical production at the Off-Broad Street Theater would transform the genre. Midsummer opens on romcom staple number one: an unlikely pair of lovers, 35-year old childless divorce lawyer Helena (an utterly delightful Liz Filios)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
AN "AMERICAN IDOL" star is going to try to go from winner to "Loser. " Ruben Studdard , the "AI" contestant who beat Clay Aiken , will try to croon away the calories this fall as a contestant on "The Biggest Loser. " Who's going to kick off the "Velvet Teddy Bear"?   Elmo off the hook Three lawsuits brought by men who said longtime former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash sexually abused them when they were underage were tossed out by a judge who said in a decision published yesterday that the men waited too long to sue. U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl said the claims must be barred because they came more than six years after the men reasonably should have realized that the physical and emotional injuries they're suing over were caused by the alleged encounters.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Cookie Monster stands accused of shoving a 2-year-old. Super Mario was charged with groping a woman. And Elmo was booked for berating tourists with anti-Semitic slurs. Times Square is crawling with entrepreneurs who dress up as pop-culture characters and try to make a few bucks posing for photos with visitors to the big city. But some characters are unlike anything you've seen on Sesame Street or at Disney World. They smoke, they use foul language, and they can be aggressive.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
THE MAN WHO once was Elmo is again seeing red. A fourth man came forward Monday and sued Kevin Clash - the former Elmo puppeteer who resigned from "Sesame Street" last month after 27 years, amid sex-abuse allegations - claiming Clash befriended him in Miami years ago and promised to be a father figure before flying the then-teen to New York to have sex with him. The three legal actions filed so far have been civil cases seeking financial compensation....
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2012
KEVIN CLASH , the man behind Elmo , is resigning from "Sesame Street" after a second man alleged that the puppeteer began an inappropriate relationship with him when he was underage. Cecil Singleton , 24, claimed that he was 15 when their relationship started. He says he and Clash did not have sex back then but engaged in some, well, let's call it heavy petting. He said that he and Clash did not engage in the Clintonian definition of sexual intercourse until Singleton reached 18. Singleton is seeking $5 million in damages from Clash.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kevin Clash , the puppeteer who played beloved Sesame Street character Elmo for nearly three decades, has resigned amid accusations he had sex with a teenage boy. Clash last week denied claims by a 24-year-old man that he had sex with Clash when he was 16. Clash admitted having a relationship with the man but said it was only after the latter had turned 18. The accuser, recanted his story for a $125,000 settlement, TMZ reports, and agreed to...
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