September 22, 2015 |
YOU RARELY SAW Howard Wells without a camera around his neck. What started as a hobby eventually became a passion and ultimately a source of income. You weren't safe from the prying lens of Howard's camera. Nor would you want to be. His photographs captured the daily doings of his native city and its denizens. He also worked for a time for African-American newspapers the Philadelphia Tribune and the Afro-American, recording the events of the day, especially those of interest to African-Americans.
September 7, 2015
Three thirtysomething guys with mechanical- engineering degrees had well-paying jobs working in nuclear reactors, infant strollers, and the V-22 Osprey. They left them to tinker with bicycles. No small leap of faith, one acknowledged. "There's a saying in the bike business, 'The fastest way to end up with a million dollars is to start with two million,' " said Stephen Ahnert, cofounder of Philadelphia-based Redshift Sports. "It wasn't an easy decision to leave the salaries and stability of our jobs - I vacillated between extreme confidence and wild doubt, literally on an hourly basis.
August 20, 2015 |
BACK WHEN Charles Carter was working as a structural engineer for the Navy, he had to rely on such quaint tools as T-squares and slide rules. Modern-day engineers may have heard of such instruments, but to do the same work today, they rely on computers, punch a few keys to do the work that used to require a little more effort. Of course, Charles Carter would have been the last to criticize the work today's engineers do, and, in fact, would have been the first to hail any new development that increases efficiency.
August 17, 2015 |
Drexel-educated professional engineer Lawrence McKnight was working on Citizens Bank Park in 2003 as a member of the Pennoni Associates staff when he ventured to a home construction site nearby. That was Westrum Development Co.'s Reserve at Packer Park, which was then in the third phase and asking for and getting in the upper $300,000s to low $400,000s. Intrigued, McKnight joined Westrum, and spent the next eight or nine years with the company, "gaining a lot of knowledge about residential building," he said.
August 9, 2015 |
John V. Thompson, 82, formerly of North Wales, who rose from humble beginnings to become an engineer and manufacturer, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, of congestive heart failure at Normandy Farms Estates, where he had lived for three years. In 1972, Mr. Thompson, along with three friends, founded Pennsylvania Research Associates (PRA), a company that made business machinery. The Countess, the firm's signature product, is a currency counter still in use in banks and other outfits that handle a large volume of cash.
August 7, 2015 |
Samuel J. Martorana, 90, of Malvern and later Chesterbrook, a retired electrical engineer, died Monday, July 20, of complications from a heart procedure at Capital Health Medical Center, near Trenton. He had moved to New Jersey to be closer to his family. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Martorana grew up near Ninth and Dickinson Streets and graduated from Pennsylvania Military College, now Widener University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering. That training prepared him for a 35-year career at Radio Corp.
July 31, 2015 |
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.
July 17, 2015 |
MELISSA McCarthy's "Spy" has passed $100 million, while Rebel Wilson and "Pitch Perfect 2" have made nearly twice that. This bodes well for It Girl Amy Schumer and her new comedy "Trainwreck," the red-hot comic's first big Hollywood splash. As these women succeed, meanwhile, we note that "Ted 2" has barely limped past $70 million, double the take of poor, maligned "Entourage. " It seems audiences are starting to wonder: Are men funny? Schumer, for one, seems to think so. One early scene in "Trainwreck" finds her laughing at the anatomy of a man she's about to bed. He's one in a series of one-night amusements that punctuate a steady (if preposterous)
July 13, 2015 |
As befitting a city that established America's first volunteer firefighting company, Philadelphia is full of interesting old firehouses. After the volunteers were converted into a professional department in 1870, the city went on a firehouse-building binge. The stout, H.H. Richardson-inspired firehouse in South Kensington is one of the great survivors from that period. Once home to Engine 29, the firehouse at 1221 N. Fourth St. was constructed in 1893 in the Romanesque Revival style.
July 5, 2015 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - For a place whose operations desk is accessed at the rear of a diner through a door marked "Restrooms," there's a definite air of smugness around the Ocean City Municipal Airport. "Flying in here, looking at all those red brake lights on the Atlantic City Expressway, it's just such a joy," says Jeffrey Carpenter, chief of surgery at Cooper University Hospital, minutes after landing his Beechcraft Bonanza, model G36, at the little airport at 26th and Bay Avenue last Saturday.