December 8, 1994 |
You'd think Christmas would have been Thomas Edison's favorite holiday. After all, his amazing inventions enable us to flood our neighborhoods with blinking Santas, listen to recorded Christmas music, attend holiday movies, put batteries in our toys. That's right, we can even blame Edison for the Energizer Bunny. But Edison, an agnostic, preferred the Fourth of July. I learned this bit of trivia on a tour of Edison's house in West Orange, N.J., just after my tour of his laboratories there, and just before a visit to the site of his first lab in nearby Menlo Park.
March 16, 1999 |
With more stamina than the Energizer Bunny, Mick Jagger belts out "Jumpin' Jack Flash" at the opening of last night's "No Security" concert at the First Union Center. Jagger, Keith Richards and rest of the lads will repeat the performance tonight. It was the Rolling Stones' first indoor concert here in 23 years.
June 22, 2011 |
The Philadelphia area has long been a hotbed for top-flight basketball talent. Wilt Chamberlain, arguably the greatest to play the game, was a skinny post player at Overbrook High in the 1950s. Kobe Bryant led Lower Merion to a Pennsylvania state title in 1996, just months before the NBA snatched him up in the first round. Camden's Dajuan Wagner scored 100 points in a single game in 2001. Some of the area's current up-and-comers were on display at last week's National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp at the University of the Virginia.
September 21, 2012 |
Henry L. Moore never stopped moving. Born in tiny Ocilla, Ga., in 1921, he was out by 19, after graduating at the top of Ocilla High's Class of 1940. He moved to Newark, N.J., to escape the poverty and racism that had marked his childhood. By 1942, he was on a bus full of draftees en route to Fort Dix, and by 1944, he was in Italy, working on B-25 bombers as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen - the first black aviators to serve in the U.S. military. Then it was off to West Virginia State University, where he earned a physics degree, and a career as a naval researcher.
May 19, 1995 |
If Speed was Die Hard on a bus, Die Hard With a Vengeance is Speed on a bad day. An imitation of an imitation, the second sequel in Bruce Willis' wiseguy- cop-saves-the-world franchise is a work of numbing violence unredeemed by wit or invention. A coldblooded collection of action-movie cliches and extravagant stunts, Die Hard With a Vengeance opens with a bomb blast that levels a Manhattan department store and proceeds apace with a plot involving German terrorists threatening to detonate 2,400-pounds of explosives planted in a New York public school.
April 7, 1993 |
QUOTE "How come when you mix water and flour together, you get glue . . . and then you add eggs and sugar and you get cake? Where does the glue go?" - Rita Rudner HOWARD WRETCH TAUNTS DEBELLA Vicious. The man is vicious. Not content with having bounced WMMR jock John DeBella from the morning, arch-rival Howard Stern is allowing WYSP to now replay "Best of Stern" tapes for free opposite DeBella's new afternoon show. This generosity is "in honor of DeBella still not coming to me and asking my permission to go to the afternoon," explained the self-anointed "King of All Media.
December 13, 1996 |
Most Mummers fans are aware of the tragic losses suffered by the Froggy Carr comic brigade at the past two parades. In 1995, police confiscated the Frogs' beer along the parade route. Last January, their beer wagon caught on fire in a blaze so intense it boiled up their suds. But this isn't a story of crying over spilt beer. It's about the Jolly Rogers (and Paddys and Mikeys) of the Pirates comic brigade who sailed to the Frogs' rescue and provided more beer to cry in. "We shared beer again, second year in a row," said Pirates Captain Joe Kirlin.
December 7, 1998 |
Ida Muni, the family focal point for food, fun and love, died Nov. 24 of an apparent heart attack. She was 76 and lived in the Far Northeast. "She was always busy, taking care of her much-loved grandchildren, cooking one of her famous feasts, or making her house sparkle. She put those of us who were much younger to shame. She was our own dear Energizer Bunny - she kept going and going and going . . . ," said her daughter, Diane Counts. "If you knew Ida, then you know what it is to celebrate," said Counts.
November 7, 1993 |
Like the broadcast he created, Don Hewitt just keeps going and going and going. "I'm like the Energizer bunny," says the legendary executive producer of CBS News' 60 Minutes, who turns 71 next month. "I wonder why the fatigue factor has not set in. After 25 years, you would assume I wouldn't have the energy to carry on like a madman. " Hewitt's madness notwithstanding, there's nothing crazy about 60 Minutes. Just into its 26th season, Hewitt's extraordinary newsbaby holds the mantle as the most popular - and most lucrative - program in TV history, having made more than $1 billion for CBS. As a tribute to its in-house mint, the network is throwing a 25th- anniversary black-tie gala for 600 swells on Wednesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition, a two-hour 60 Minutes retrospective will air next Sunday in the newsmagazine's golden 7 p.m. time slot.