August 5, 2015 |
Two new half-hour comedies this week follow the adventures of aspiring entertainers - Mr. Robinson on NBC is a warm, traditional sitcom about a funk musician who doubles as a high school teacher, and Hulu's Difficult People , about a pair of would-be comics, offers a sarcastic take on the Seinfeld experience. Funky with teacher Actor, stand-up comic, and singer Craig Robinson, 43, has amassed a nice following with roles in Pineapple Express , Hot Tub Machine , and This Is the End , not to mention his droll turn as warehouse foreman-turned-sports agent Darryl Philbin on The Office . The Chicago native, who has a master's degree in education, digs into his personal history to play a Chicago high school music teacher in the likable, if sometimes flat, Mr. Robinson . It premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday on NBC. Robinson stars as Craig Robinson, a semiprofessional keyboard player and singer who plays in a band he cofounded with his brother Ben (Brandon T. Jackson)
July 2, 2015 |
TWO VICTIMS of an alleged upskirting English teacher in South Jersey have hired attorneys. Adam L. Mayr, an English teacher at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell since 2002, was arrested in March after a female student at the school came forward with the allegations. He was charged with invasion of privacy, endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct. The nine victims, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office, were between the ages of 14 and 15 years old. Authorities allege Mayr took upskirt videos of them using hidden cameras immediately after class or after school over a two-year period.
May 13, 2015 |
The saddest line in this funny play by Steven Karam about misfit teenagers struggling with all the stuff misfit teenagers struggle with is: "I don't want to talk about it. " But they do talk about it - the play's title is Speech & Debate , after all. And Azuka Theatre's nifty production, under Kevin Glaccum's clever direction, manages to be both thoughtful and entertaining. Most important, neither the script nor this excellent cast patronizes these endearing, lonely characters, all hiding behind computer screens.
November 16, 2014 |
Ralph J. Flood, 79, of West Philadelphia, an English teacher for many years, died Saturday, Oct. 25, of cancer at his home. At the end, Mr. Flood refused all drugs except pain medication. "Despite Dylan Thomas," he told his family, "I will go gentle into that good night. " (Thomas' famous poem exhorts the elderly to "not go gentle into that good night" but to "burn and rave" in old age.) Mr. Flood grew up in the Oxford Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia and graduated from North Catholic High School in 1953.
October 8, 2014 |
Instead of focusing on her students Monday morning, Anissa Weinraub, an English teacher at Academy at Palumbo in South Philadelphia, said she was stunned by the School Reform Commission's sudden decision to cancel its teacher contract. "When the SRC unilaterally imposes . . . what else are they going to try to impose on?" Weinraub asked at a rally outside Gov. Corbett's Philadelphia office Monday afternoon. Weinraub said she believed the teachers' union was negotiating in good faith and was shocked by Monday's news.
July 17, 2014 |
IF YOU WERE the parent of a student of Linda Laverne Roberson and your child was having some problems in school, you might expect a knock on your door. Linda was a teacher who cared. She never hesitated to go to the homes of students who might have needed an extra boost academically to chat with their parents. Even after she retired, she wasn't through helping former students via her Facebook page. At least 600 contacted her that way with a blizzard of questions. Some might have been in college and needed academic help, maybe the editing of a school paper.
June 6, 2014 |
MAYBE it's due to our already long summer of diarrhea jokes, but I developed a soft spot for the clunky bookishness of "Words and Pictures. " This is an inspirational teacher movie in the Mr. Chips/Mr. Holland vein, which doubles down on the inspirational teachers - an English teacher (Clive Owen) and an art teacher (Juliette Binoche) lead a student-body debate on the relative merits of writing and painting. It's also a love story - Jack (Owen) is a blocked writer and an alcoholic, Dina (Binoche)
November 18, 2013 |
Nuns wept and dads teared up. In the buttoned-down early 1960s, most children had never witnessed that level of open despair in grown-ups before. But the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago this Friday provoked undisguised grief among Americans who believed the world had just caved in. And their now-grown children have not forgotten. Asked to share their memories of Nov. 22, 1963, nearly 1,000 Inquirer readers - many of them baby boomers - responded with detailed missives: the airless silence in the classroom after the principal's unsteady intercom announcement; the sobbing women on the otherwise quiet 53 trolley in West Mount Airy; the unsettling recognition of Dad's 1957 Plymouth station wagon back in the driveway way too early on that crisp, sunny afternoon.
November 14, 2013 |
Catherine McCollum Mattson, 71, of Glassboro, an English teacher for more than two decades at Overbrook High School in Pine Hill, died of a heart attack on Friday, Nov. 8, at Underwood-Memorial Hospital in Woodbury. Born in Philadelphia, she lived in Camden and Pleasantville and earned a bachelor's in 1964 and later a master's, both in English, at what is now Rowan University. Mrs. Mattson taught at Washington Township High School in Sewell before beginning her Overbrook career in the early 1970s, her husband Charlie said.
April 11, 2013
D EAR ABBY: What is the correct response when asked at a doctor's office or hospital if you drink? I drink socially, maybe once a month. Should I say yes? If I do, I'm afraid it will imply that I drink more often. I always end up feeling awkward and like I need to explain myself. I'm pretty proud telling them I don't smoke or do drugs, but the alcohol question always gets me. What do other people who drink on occasion usually say? - Filling Out the Forms in Ohio DEAR FILLING: In my doctor's office I was asked that question, and my response was, "Yes, occasionally . " At that point, the follow-up question was, "How many drinks do you have a week?"