October 23, 2013 |
Composer Ned Rorem has always seemed to exist in his own well-furnished sphere, writing music regardless of current fashion, saying exactly what he thinks (right as he's thinking it), and striking stances that are effortlessly provocative and contrary. He may even give you an argument about his 90th birthday Wednesday. " Other people turn 90," said the Pulitzer Prize-winning Rorem, who will be celebrated at a tribute concert Wednesday at the Curtis Institute, where he was on the faculty until recent years.
July 1, 1997 |
Overseas, it takes more than a jump shot to play basketball. It can take knowledge of Swedish tax laws, or proper locker room etiquette in Saudi Arabia. Playing overseas can mean adulation on the streets of Seoul. And learning which streets to avoid in Belfast. There ought to be a guidebook, a Fodor's, for the dozens of Philadelphia ballplayers making a living abroad - many more than end up in the NBA. Have a whatever happened to question about a onetime local star? The answer is likely to be found in a foreign basketball league.
May 14, 2013 |
Before he walked into an honors communications course at West Chester University, Grant Hubbard's ethnic identity was the stuff of skin color and oral history. He was the white guy with European roots whose family came to the United States shortly after the Mayflower arrived. Then science took over. The swipe of a cotton swab inside his cheek and a DNA test indicated that he had ancestors from Europe, and elsewhere. "My results came back 60 percent Southeast Asian," said Hubbard, 20, of Downingtown.
November 26, 1989 |
On a wall in Norman Constantine's room hangs a poster of Bruce Lee, that powerful character from the old martial arts movies. It seems only fitting. After all, Norm Constantine was always a pretty powerful character himself. For two years a decade ago, the handsome, 6-foot karate black belt reigned as the colorful Nittany Lion mascot at Pennsylvania State University. Off the field, his tireless array of activities instructing, coaching and bringing cheer to disabled people would make the President's schedule look leisurely.
July 28, 1990 |
In this town, where high-rollers are routinely wooed by those who run the casinos, big spenders of a different breed began arriving late Thursday. They came to buy art, and they, too, were being pampered. Specifically, they arrived to check out the art of Donna Summer. Yes, that Donna Summer, who in 1975 became the queen of the discos with a hit titled "Love to Love You Baby. " Covering one entire side of an LP, it amounted to a marathon orgasm. But the number sure did have a beat.
July 24, 1987 |
An early death is almost commonplace among pop stars, but there is surely no more unusual epitaph associated with all of rock's tragedies than the one written on Ritchie Valens' headstone in Los Angeles. His stage name, Ritchie Valens, and his given name, Richard Valenzuela, share equal space on the marker. Beneath them are the title and music to the opening bars of his first hit, "Come On Let's Go. " "That's just the way Connie (Valens' mother) wanted it," said Luis Valdez.
August 1, 1989 |
Long before the closing ceremonies drew a record crowd of 48,571, it had become obvious that the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival rated A-OK with a lot of folks in Oklahoma. The most recent edition of the nation's largest amateur sports event generated $3,028,043.50 - a ticket revenue record - and the 13-day attendance of 423,039 left the state's total second only to North Carolina's 464,423, set in 1987. Like its most recent predecessors, the '89 Olympic Festival succeeded best in preparing athletes for the Olympic experience.
July 7, 2002 |
In June 1917, corn grew on the land that would soon sprout Camp Dix. Three months later, nearly 50,000 young men were there training and living in barracks built so quickly that they had no indoor plumbing. Large stoves were used for heat, and the electricity was carried by two lone wires running down the center of each building. "They were training in the clothes they arrived in," historian Daniel W. Zimmerman, curator of the Fort Dix Museum, told a crowd Tuesday at Barnes & Noble Bookseller at the East Gate Square shopping center.
August 23, 2003 |
Joseph P. Smith has a hoop dream. At age 62, he isn't expecting to play in the NBA. His dream is one part altruism and four parts business scheme. This Clifton Heights entrepreneur is sponsoring half a dozen players from Africa - most of them in their mid-20s and with NBA dreams of their own - whose raw basketball skills he hopes can be polished and purveyed to pro teams. It's a long shot, according to basketball experts, but Smith isn't dismayed to hear that. After two decades in places such as Mali and Burkina Faso looking for diamonds and gold, and still waiting for the big payoff, he is used to long odds.
November 10, 2006 |
George Edward Preston, 92, who survived the Holocaust and afterward came to America, where he thrived, died of multiple organ failure Wednesday at home. He lived in Hyde Park near Wilmington. In 1985, Mr. Preston and his son, David Lee Preston, who was an Inquirer staff writer at the time, took a monthlong trip to France, the Soviet Union, Poland and Germany to revisit his past. The younger Preston wrote an article for Inquirer Magazine that chronicled the trip. The article was a finalist for the 1986 Pulitzer Prize in feature writing.