November 15, 1992 |
If one measure of a man is his goals, then consider the ambition of Eagles all-pro defensive end Reggie White. As for football, he wants to win a championship, something he's never done, and he wants to be recognized as the best defensive end to ever play the game after its all over. Some would say he's already done that - "No, no, I've still got years to go," insists the 31-year-old athlete. But, beyond that, what about his goals as a man? "I want to be able to use my finances to build an empire," he says.
January 28, 1992 |
Having said his considerable piece on The Civil War, Ken Burns has turned his attention to the early days of radio. The result, though not as sweeping or as riveting as his earlier documentary, is nonetheless two hours of fascinating television. Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (9 p.m. tomorrow on Channels 12 and 39, 9 p.m. Thursday on Channels 23 and 52) chronicles the life and times of three remarkable Americans, all largely forgotten - the men responsible for the birth of radio.
June 20, 1994 |
First, they scuffled - literally - inside a federal building. Now, the DeMarcos are slugging it out in the courts. Again. This time, the stakes are much higher: the future of their multimillion- dollar cranberry empire in Burlington and Atlantic Counties. And it's a fight that promises to get a lot nastier before it's settled - if it ever is. "This is so disheartening," said Lucy DeMarco, a principal in the long- running family feud that also involves husband Mark and Mark's brother, Garfield.
December 10, 1992 |
At the controls of a miniature rail empire, Lee Kendter looks out over the trackage of the HO scale Penn Falls Railroad at the Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club in Elkins Park, which held an open house Sunday.
September 21, 1989 |
Nestled among heavy woodlands on a hillside overlooking Scranton lies what may be the final resting place for North Penn area trash. The Empire Sanitary Landfill, which sprawls over 600 acres, has been selected by the North Penn Area Regional Waste Management Commission as the site to send the region's non-recyclable residential trash. The commission has recommended a 15-year contract with Empire as part of North Penn's solid waste managment plan. That plan must be submitted to the state Department of Environmental Resources by Tuesday.
January 29, 1986 |
The Empire Kosher Food factory here in the hills of central Pennsylvania was never "just" a chicken processing plant. To Murray Katz, it was the heart of the company his father, an Austrian immigrant, founded 48 years ago and transformed into the world's largest kosher chicken plant. To the 50 orthodox rabbis who stood guard while 60,000 to 70,000 chickens were slaughtered every day, it was a business that allowed their people to follow strict dietary laws laid down in the Torah.
December 6, 2010
The president's biartisan deficit-reduction commission, cochaired by Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, has come in with a preliminary report on ways to reduce costs and increase revenue over the next 10 years. Although I agree with the commission's primary proposals - even doubling the federal tax on a gallon of gasoline (and yes, I do drive) - I am appalled to find no mention of making serious cuts in defense spending. Well, of course not! The first commandment of American politics is that there shall be no mention of reducing our bloated military budget.
September 7, 1991 |
Today, as in 1917, a Russian empire is collapsing and, again as in 1917, a new age of nationalism is springing from the ruins. The immediate result is incipient anarchy. Yet President Bush is being urged, right and left, to push for this disintegration all out, apparently on the theory that communist imperialism was so awful that even anarchy would be an improvement. For hesitating less than a week to bless the most legitimate of the Soviet secessions, that of the three Baltic nations, George Bush has been denounced as if it were he who imprisoned the Baltic nations in the first place.
December 11, 1987 |
And so we have the second big-scale movie of the week that's set in China, that's about a young man coming of age and in which the World War II conflict between China and Japan is of paramount importance. Even the titles are similar: "The Last Emperor" and "Empire of the Sun. " But where Bernardo Bertolucci's "Emperor" was rather inaccessible in a European way, "Empire" is by Steven Spielberg and so, as you might expect, is much easier to get a handle on. The film is about an English boy named Jim (Christian Bale)
December 11, 1987 |
In Hope and Glory, John Boorman returned to his years as a kid during the London blitz and showed that we can see new meaning in the chaos and devastation of war when we look through the eyes of a child. The heralded arrival of Empire of the Sun, Steven Spielberg's first film since The Color Purple, marks the second time this year that a major director has given us war from the vantage of childhood. But in Spielberg's case, it's someone else's childhood, and that might explain why this story of survival occasionally seems overburdened with the search for significance.