April 29, 1989 |
Unilever, the European consumer- products conglomerate, yesterday said it had dropped its plan to purchase the Faberge and Elizabeth Arden lines of toiletries, cosmetics and fragrances for $1.55 billion from Riklis Family Corp. Negotiations on a definitive pact broke down because the Riklis group sought "significant changes in the structure and terms of the transaction which would have involved Unilever in substantial additional costs," according to an announcement from Unilever United States Inc., the U.S. arm of the British-Dutch firm.
May 28, 1999 |
POETIC TWIST Poetry author Nzadi Keita will read from and discuss her work at Robin's Book Store, 108 S. 13th St., at 7 p.m. FRIDAY. The author of the poetry collection "Birthmarks," Keita has written for many journals, including American Poetry Review, River Styk and Long Shot Review. Admission is free. Info: 215-735-9600. LOCAL VOCAL Haverford-based singer Barbara Montgomery will sing her mixture of ballads, blues and up-tempo songs at Rock Lobster, 221 N. Delaware Ave., from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. FRIDAY.
February 3, 2015
MY RELATIVES have always had a slightly dark sense of humor. We tend to treat one another with a sort of "tough-noogies" love, which means that although we get along fairly well, we aren't particularly sensitive to, um, sensitivity. In other words, that pimple on your nose is going to get noticed and it is going to be compared to K2. That slight darkening of the hair above your lip is going to elicit a Zorro-like motion from your brother, the imaginary zigzag of a whip to show you that your mustache is not imaginary.
February 23, 1987 |
"Love Among Thieves" (tonight, 9 p.m., Channel 6) has many problems, not the least of which are Audrey Hepburn and Robert Wagner. While we might be willing to watch the likes of Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas cavort from peril to peril in flims like "Romancing the Stone" and "Jewel of the Nile," it is painfully embarrassing to watch the much older Hepburn and Wagner dash madly about in the kind of "Yikes! Here come the bad guys!" caricature that is "Love Among Thieves. " Hepburn looks as though she may go into cardiac arrest at any moment, and a blimpy Wagner, who may or may not be the bad guy, is certainly the heavy.
June 24, 1990 |
If you'd like a waitressing job but really want to be outdoors this summer - a Bustleton restaurateur has a deal for you. Arnold's Drive-In Restaurant, scheduled to open mid-July at Bustleton Avenue and Bleigh Street, is hiring roller-skating car hops and waitresses for its back-to-the-50s style operation. Owner Dan Vassalotti, a 29-year-old Bustleton resident, said the restaurant, which will feature both drive-in and inside table service, will employ 70 people, including waitresses in poodle skirts inside and out. "We are still looking for some good skaters," Vassalotti said Wednesday with a smile.
September 25, 1994 |
In her hand, Edith Warren holds a rich purple sack with gold trim that looks as if it should contain a diamond necklace or Faberge egg. The sack actually holds riches of another sort. As Warren pulls on the drawstring, out spill the most beautiful, deep-burgundy . . . Scrabble tiles. A layperson might scoff, but nothing is more valuable to Scrabble diehards than a good batch of tiles. Vowels such as E, consonants such as S and, especially, blank tiles that can be used as any letter are much coveted.
April 12, 1990 |
Their Ukrainian-style Easter eggs may not have been as lively or intricate as the real thing, but the women in the egg-decorating class at the Springfield Library gave it their best shot. After all, it's not easy getting the wax to melt, holding the egg still, using the stylus properly and producing artful designs. Then there's that delicate eggshell that breaks without much provocation. Instructor Helena Brasko encouraged the novice egg decorators, who took their dyed eggs to the library Thursday evening for the library's first-ever Ukrainian egg-decorating class.
February 8, 1988 |
Once upon a time (for that's how children's stories are supposed to begin) there was a little boy named Robert, and he had a splendid toy boat. No, make that many splendid toy boats. Robert's boats were made of wood or tin, with make-believe smokestacks and windup engines that spun propellers, and like most little boys, Robert used to play with them in the pond on his family's estate. Oops. Don't most kids' families have estates with ponds? Well, no matter. The important thing is that little Robert Forbes did, and when he played with his boats he could pretend that he was a pirate, or an admiral, or a riverboat pilot, or a gunner on a battleship.
December 12, 1999 |
The exhibition Unseen Treasures: Imperial Russia and the New World, from the State Historical Museum in Moscow, is an eye-opener, as much as because of what we can read through the lines as what we can see on the walls. The traveling show went on display Thursday, making its American debut at the New Jersey State Museum, its only East Coast venue. Topping the list of surprises in store for visitors are many of the history-laden messages conveyed by this selection of fine and folk art, handcrafted objects and documents.
November 29, 1999 |
One need not have been a Bolshevik to have despised the Romanovs. Since their execution 82 years ago, Czar Nicholas II and his wife, German-born princess (and granddaughter of Queen Victoria) and later Czarina Alexandra have been the subject of books, movies and exhibits (last spring's exhibit at Wilmington's First USA Riverfront Arts Center has departed for Mobile, Ala.). Romanticism, jewelry and Faberge eggs! But save for Stalin and Hitler, it would be hard to conceive of a couple who did more to get this violent, war-torn century off on the wrong foot than this couple.