February 2, 2014 |
We'd been planning the trip since Lauren was 7, soon after I heard about the Sweet 16 parties South Jersey parents threw for their girls. Elaborate occasions with multi-course meals, tributes, and even a first dance with Dad seemed more fitting for a bride than for an adolescent's coming-of-age. Soon after my own 16th birthday, I'd left home for a summer tour of Europe. I couldn't re-create that life-altering trip for Lauren, but I wanted to at least give her a taste of it. The idea came when I'd married her father 10 months after relocating from the West Coast to join his family.
June 26, 2009 |
It takes a certain kind of friend to reach out a hand when you are in need. It takes a completely different kind of friend to swim the English Channel for you. But for Tori DeLollo, Trista Felty, and Kiersten Rosenberg, tackling such a feat to help Lauren Schulman was natural. "Lauren was everybody's friend," DeLollo said. Next week, the three women plan to swim 21 miles across the English Channel - from Dover, England, to Calais, France - to raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis, the disabling neurological disease that was diagnosed in Schulman in August 2007.
January 4, 2003 |
If salvage workers ever succeed in pulling the hapless Tricolor cargo ship out of the frigid depths of the English Channel, they may want to consider rechristening it the Calamity Jane. Three weeks ago, the Norwegian cargo ship, carrying 2,900 luxury cars to the United States, collided with a Bahamian-registered cargo ship in heavy fog. The Tricolor, on its way from Zeebrugge, Belgium, to Southampton, sank in 90 minutes, taking with it a brand-spanking new array of BMWs, Saabs and Volvos.
December 22, 2012 |
They had no idea what lay in store for them that fateful afternoon. Near the town of Malmedy, in Belgium, Ted Paluch and about 100 other U.S. soldiers had been overwhelmed by German forces during the Battle of the Bulge and compelled to surrender. They dropped their carbines and were herded to a field, where they expected to be taken away in trucks. What happened next turned that day into one of the darkest of World War II. The events are as vivid to Paluch now as when he lived through them nearly seven decades ago. A shot was fired, then chattering machine guns on tanks and half-tracks unleashed a torrent of bullets that tore through stunned GIs, leaving many writhing on the ground.
September 9, 2013 |
Anthony McCarley felt the need to cross the English Channel before he even learned to swim. He doesn't know why or how the dream was born, but suddenly he was 49, living in Berwyn, and decided his chance was slipping away. So in 2009, he began hitting the pool at the Upper Main Line YMCA. He worked himself up to 10,000 meters - six miles, three to four hours per swim. He wouldn't drink or eat because he wanted to prepare himself for the body in revolt. He was somewhat mad, admittedly.
March 13, 2015 |
WHILE MOST mortals think of vacations as a chance to chill out on a beach in the sun, for John Rubbo it was adventure time. John was a scuba diver who liked discovering shipwrecks in the dark corners of the seas where he loved to swim. He panned for gold in Alaska, rappelled down the side of the Municipal Services Building, buzzed around in private planes and visited 20 countries. He once told his family, "There's a big world out there. Go see it. " He died Wednesday at the age of 90. John's adventurous spirit might have been traced back to his service as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain before the United States entered World War II. He was shot down over the English Channel and broke both legs.
February 3, 1987 |
This year's edition of the Variety Club Telethon, which aired from 10 p.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday on Channel 6, was the most successful in its 16-year history, according to Channel 6 spokesperson Ruth Gold. The fundraiser received pledges totaling $1,810,235 - about $8,000 more than last year. Boxer Leon Spinks was among the heavyweights who dropped by unexpectedly with a contribution. The presence of Temple University counselor Jim McGowen, a paraplegic whose 1986 attempt to swim the English Channel drew world attention, boosted contributions at the telethon's Fishbowl site, Gold said.
July 24, 2014 |
Man will never stop testing his limits - nor finding love in unexpected places, like 56-degree water. Two aquatic updates: After swimming the English Channel in August, chronicled in The Inquirer, Anthony McCarley, 54, of Berwyn finished two monster swims this summer to complete the Triple Crown of marathon swimming. On June 28, he circled Manhattan, 28.5 miles in a conservative nine hours and 40 minutes. Three weeks later, on Saturday morning, he stroked 20.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean from Santa Catalina Island to the California mainland.
January 15, 1994 |
HE'S CHARGED WITH TAKING TO THE AIR TO CLEAR THE AIR Word out of France is that an electronics teacher annoyed by noise from a model-airplane club has been charged with using radio waves to crash more than 100 model planes. Rene Le Mancq, 62, has been feuding with the Marseille club over noise from the planes ever since he moved next door in 1977. In 1980, he won a court decree prohibiting the planes from flying over his property and limiting the number that could be flown at the same time.
April 11, 2014 |
After 70 years, a World War II reunion last month brought two men - strangers who live just miles apart these days - together for a monumental occasion. Army veteran Curtis Deardorff, 92, of Lansdale, and Navy vet James McKelvey, 89, of Aston, both traveled to Washington to receive the French Legion of Honor medal on March 26. They were joined at the French embassy by 11 other vets and the family of another who had passed away. The highest honor bestowed by France, the distinction has been given to hundreds of U.S. veterans who fought for the liberation of a country under German occupation in at least one of the four main World War II French campaigns: Normandy, Provence, Ardennes, and Northern France.