December 11, 2011
A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History By Robert Hughes Knopf. 512 pp. $35 Reviewed by John Timpane Could you have a better guide to Rome than Robert Hughes? To the idea of Rome, I mean, or, closer yet, to the idea of the history of Rome? This book is a panoramic account of Rome's several ascents: pagan empire of 1,229 years; Christian empire for nearly as long; capital of art for millenniums; one of the homes of modernism; dysfunctional yet somehow influential modern citadel of corruption.
December 7, 2011 |
Jose Garces, who has been parlaying his status as an Iron Chef on the Food Network to build a dining empire, will open three restaurants at Revel Atlantic City, the $2.4 billion megacasino scheduled to open in the spring. The project catapults Garces, already the city's most prominent celebrity chef, to yet another level. Few restaurateurs have grown as quickly as Garces, 39, who opened Amada, on Chestnut Street, in 2005, and won his national television deal nearly two years ago. Garces owns seven restaurants in Philadelphia (with an eighth on the way next year)
May 3, 1986
There will be a demonstration Friday afternoon at Broad Street and Columbia Ave. to prod City Council toward renaming Columbia Avenue in memory of a great Philadelphian named Cecil B. Moore. Of course, demonstrations in Philadelphia haven't been the same since Cecil Moore left us. Nobody knew how to work a crowd the way he did. The flamboyant, charismatic, dynamic, often outrageous Moore - lawyer, civic leader and activist during the tumultuous early years of the civil rights revolution - had an indelible impact on this city.
August 8, 1991 |
He was one of the barnstorming suburban developers, with a big-wheel image, zipping in expensive cars to meetings and auctions, making deals and snatching up bargain properties across the Main Line. Always driven and often abrasive, David J. Ross at the height of his success said he could become a legend in his field and expected to build an empire for his children. But at 12:12 p.m. yesterday, less than two hours before a chunk of his real estate holdings was to go on the auction block to satisfy a $4.9 million debt, the Bryn Mawr builder filed for reorganization under chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code.
March 27, 1992 |
DREXEL OFFICIALS CENSURED The New York Stock Exchange yesterday censured three former senior officials at Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc. for inadequate supervision during a period when crimes were committed at the firm. Former chairman and chief executive Robert E. Linton also was barred from associating with any NYSE-member securities firm for one year. Former senior executive vice president Edwin Kantor was barred from a supervisory job for one year, and Joseph A. Vitanza, a former Drexel president and chief administrative officer, was barred from the industry for 30 days.
January 15, 1994 |
Ralph C. Reedman Jr., whose used-car business in Langhorne mushroomed over five decades into one of the largest and most innovative new automobile dealerships in the country, died Thursday at St. Mary Hospital in Middletown, Bucks County. "He was a legend and innovator in this business," said Bob Ebert, who worked with Mr. Reedman for 39 years and now is the firm's operation manager. Mr. Reedman began operating the mall concept of selling cars - several showrooms in close proximity - decades before it was successfully imitated by others.
April 18, 1995 |
Bob McMurtrie was a smart, lanky kid with eyes for bigger places than Two Street, the hard-bitten pocket of South Philadelphia where he came from. At 22, McMurtrie set out on a journey of unfathomable distance in pursuit of glitter and riches. From Two Street, he traveled to Center City, where he got a job in 1964 as a clerk in a real estate office. He worked hard and kept his eye out for opportunities. By 1990, he'd stitched together a small empire. His assets were $29 million.
September 28, 1987 |
A state grand jury is focusing on possible tax fraud in an investigation of the lavish lifestyles of Jessica Hahn and the Long Island preacher she served as secretary, the New York Post reported today. Two people who identified themselves as Hahn's former lovers say they were called to testify before the grand jury in Albany last week, the Post said. They told the newspaper they testified that Hahn was in love with the preacher, the Rev. Gene Profeta of the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Massapequa, and that her lifestyle seemed far above what she could afford on her $80-a-week salary.
October 11, 1989 |
Three top executives of developer Donald Trump's Atlantic City casino empire were killed yesterday when their helicopter lost its main rotor and crashed on the wooded median strip of the Garden State Parkway about two miles north of the Barnegat toll plaza. The helicopter's pilot and co-pilot also were killed in the crash, which occurred shortly before 2 p.m. about 30 miles north of Atlantic City. Witnesses said they heard a loud bang and saw the sleek, Italian-made helicopter's 36-foot main rotor stop spinning and then "pop" off. The craft, flying at 2,800 feet and probably traveling about 150 m.p.h.
March 20, 2009 |
On the outside, it looks like a standard Cinnaminson Colonial, vintage 1960s. The only indication of anything unusual is a front door painted in purest lavender in a neighborhood of more standard beiges, browns and an occasional red. Step inside that door, however, and nothing is a bit ordinary. Anna and Joseph Tumas have created an enchanted European cottage within these all-American walls, a testament to Anna Tumas' German roots - and to her uncanny knack for filling interior spaces with extraordinary finds from yard sales and flea markets.