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.
June 12, 2015 |
THE AMTRAK engineer driving Train 188 when it crashed last month in Frankford, killing eight and injuring more than 200, was not using his cellphone during or before the disastrous derailment, the National Transportation Safety Board announced yesterday. NTSB analysis of engineer Brandon Bostian's phone records shows no call, text or data usage occurred while he was operating the train - nor did Bostian access the train's Wi-Fi system while he was at the controls. Bostian, who was injured in the May 12 nighttime catastrophe, had told investigators he doesn't remember anything in the minutes before or during the crash.
June 4, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Members of Congress pointedly questioned federal rail investigators Tuesday over why they still don't know whether the engineer operating Amtrak Train 188 was using his cellphone when it crashed in Philadelphia on May 12. Three weeks later, "I just don't understand what the holdup is," Rep. Barbara Comstock (R., Va.) said at the first congressional hearing into the derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. Adding to lawmakers' frustration was that the National Transportation Safety Board has access to the engineer's cellphone and password, but has not nailed down an answer.
May 28, 2015 |
AMTRAK PLANS to install internal cameras on its trains in the Northeast Corridor, allowing them to monitor train engineers, the corporation announced yesterday. The new safety measure follows the May 12 derailment of Amtrak Train 188, which left eight passengers dead and about 200 injured. An investigation led by the National Transportation Safety Board concluded that the train sped up from 70 to 102 mph as it approached a curve near Frankford Junction. A wide-angle camera will be added to each locomotive's cab, focusing on the engineer and the control console, Amtrak Spokesman Craig Schulz said.