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January 31, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
A few minutes after 9 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, in a 2,300-seat symphony hall in Phoenix, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will reveal its 2015 class of inductees. Among the 15 finalists for induction is Marvin Harrison: a Philadelphia native, an alumnus of Roman Catholic High School and Syracuse University, a wide receiver who caught 1,102 passes over his 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, a player who rarely so much as spiked the football after any of his 128 touchdown receptions and who guarded his privacy with such ferocious secrecy that he remained a mystery even to those teammates who knew him longest and best.
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February 18, 1986 | By William Ecenbarger
Let's declare a national moratorium for 100 years or so on the creation of halls of fame. In case you haven't noticed, the flame of fame is burning brightly - indeed, blindingly - across the land, and halls of fame are being opened at the rate of one per month. It's a veritable hailstorm of name- dropping. Just last month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its inaugural ceremony in, of all places, the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. After inducting Elvis and Fats and Chuck, everybody joined in singing "Roll Over, Beethoven," and he probably did. But Ludwig will never be asked to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, nor the Songwriters Hall of Fame (New York)
NEWS
March 26, 1986
I was insulted by Mark Randall's article on the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame ("Is rock-and-roll ready for a hall?" Op-ed Page, March 11). First he calls rock-and-roll trash and bad music, and then he claims that our generation spent the first half of our lives in adolescence. All this from a man who can only think of Fabian? Perhaps Mr. Randall is living the second half of his life under a rock. He was right about the trash situation, and his article helped to make it worse.
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March 10, 1988 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Special to The Inquirer
The Marple Newtown School District is planning a Hall of Fame to honor distinguished graduates of Marple Newtown High School, said Naomi Zaslow, school district director of information. "Lots of different kinds of people will be included. Whatever milieu they find themselves in, if they are contributing, we'd like to recognize them," Zaslow said. The names of those elected to the Hall of Fame will be engraved on a plaque to be displayed in the high school. Honorees will also be recognized at a special assembly next fall.
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June 24, 1993 | by Mary Flannery, Daily News Staff Writer
They've got all their marbles in Wildwood. The national Hall of Fame for marbles will be dedicated tonight in Wildwood, the site of annual marbles tournaments for the past 34 years. "There's a list of the national champions, photographs, trophies and tournament shirts," said Robert Scully of the Wildwood Historical Society. "One thing that surprised me was the handmade clay marbles from the late 1800s. Today, they're made of glass and manufactured by the millions. " The Marbles Hall of Fame will occupy a room in the George F. Boyer Museum at Spencer Avenue and Holly Beach station.
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February 1, 1987 | By David Bianculli, Inquirer TV Critic
Seven years after the premiere of the movie, and four years after NBC's cancellation of the series, Fame continues to make good the promise of its theme song: "I'm gonna live forever. . . . I'm gonna learn how to fly. " Fame (Saturdays at 6 p.m. on Channel 29), now in its sixth season of production for television, is alive and well - very well - and living in syndication. People who haven't seen it since its NBC days have missed a lot. Janet Jackson, for example, was a series regular two years ago, and its latest cast is its strongest yet. Creatively, Fame is now a better program than ever before.
SPORTS
January 8, 2012
Between four and seven enshrinees will be announced Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl. Bill Parcells, coach Tim Brown, wide receiver Cris Carter, wide receiver Andre Reed, wide receiver Jerome Bettis, running back Curtis Martin, running back Will Shields, offensive lineman Aeneas Williams, defensive back ...
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December 30, 1986 | By Alex Rosen, Special to The Inquirer
Joe Ostroski, one of Philadelphia's most famous bowlers, may soon realize a dream of long standing - a berth in the American Bowling Congress National Hall of Fame. "There's a possibility I could be placed in the veterans' category," said Ostroski, a venerable pin toppler who was prominent in the match-game era. "I've been near induction, but as for now, the votes, especially in the East, are hard to come by. It seems the West and Midwest dominate the hall. " But Ostroski's hopes are rising.
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October 21, 1993 | by Ted Taylor, Special to the Daily News
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a hobby-dealer gathering at the new NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. I was impressed with the facility, the scope of the collection and the enthusiasm with which this sports mecca is being greeted by visitors. Housed in a refurbished bank building, the Hockey Hall of Fame is located right off the lake front in the banking district of the city. Hall president David Taylor said the decision to locate the facility in the city has paid big dividends since it opened in early June of this year.
NEWS
December 7, 1986 | By Jerry W. Byrd, Inquirer Staff Writer
It happened this way: Don Lee Van Winkle, Don Ferris and Mickey Brook were rehearsing "under the grate" at J & R Parking on Sansom Street in Center City. This was in the late 1960s, when their band, the Great American Dream, spent eight to 12 hours a day honing its musical talents down there. Guitarist and songwriter Van Winkle was toying with a country melody one day when band members Nick Jameson and Nicky Indelicato came into the underground studio with lyrics they'd worked out as they rode into town.
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January 30, 2016 | By Nick Cristiano, Staff Writer
Like many of George Manney's friends and acquaintances, it seems, Charlie Gracie was shocked when he heard in December that the musician and Philadelphia-music maven had died at 64 of pancreatic cancer. "I didn't even know he was sick. He never told anybody," the still-vibrant rock-and-roll pioneer said from his home in Drexel Hill about the drummer who sometimes accompanied him. "We were friends for quite a few years. Very quiet guy and a hell of a drummer. When I got the news, I couldn't believe it. " Gracie, 79, who made some recordings at Manney's home studio in Northeast Philadelphia, in addition to using him as an accompanist, will be the closing act at a four-hour tribute show Sunday that is a testament to Manney's wide-ranging impact on the Philadelphia music community.
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January 28, 2016 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Columnist
IT'S TIME. Time to do the right thing. For a most deserving guy, for all the obvious reasons. From 1982-2006, John Chaney went 516-253 at Temple. It's the most wins by any coach in Big 5 history. But not for much longer. Soon, the record will belong to Chaney's successor on North Broad. Now in his 10th season, Fran Dunphy is 204-115 with the Owls. After going 310-163 at Penn. Which means that he's three victories away from passing a legend. And even at 67, it's like not he's retiring tomorrow.
NEWS
January 24, 2016
A benefit for the proposed Philadelphia Music Hall of Fame in honor of George Manney, the producer and music historian who died in December. With Bobby Rydell, Charlie Gracie, the Orlons, Danny and the Juniors, Tommy Conwell, and others. Friday at the Philadelphia Clef Club.
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January 7, 2016
By John Rossi There were few Philadelphia worthies on the recently released Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Of course, Dick "Don't Call Me Richie" Allen is on the Old Timers ballot again but has at best a slim chance of election, something that many fans, not just Philadelphians, believe is long overdue. But there is another Philadelphia baseball player who has been overlooked and now is largely forgotten by the city's rabid baseball fans: Robert Lee "Indian Bob" Johnson. Part Cherokee Indian, Johnson was born in 1906 in Oklahoma - then called the Indian Territory- and gloried in his politically incorrect nickname.
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December 23, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Is the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ready for Allen Iverson? Iverson is eligible this year and it's impossible to imagine a Basketball Hall of Fame without such a generational iconic player. The former Sixers great leads the list of eligible first-time nominees along with Shaquille O'Neal. A selection committee will make their choices and announce them the weekend of the Final Four. From the list of nominees, the Hall of Fame could stick to Philly connections alone and put together a pretty impressive class.
NEWS
November 22, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another institution has revoked an honor previously bestowed on Bill Cosby. Central High School's alumni association voted this week to remove the entertainer - who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual assault - from its Hall of Fame. Cosby briefly attended Central in the 1950s, spending only a portion of ninth grade there. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. After months of consideration, the alumni association board voted, 22-6, Thursday night to strip Cosby of the honor, said Jeffrey A. Muldawer, board president.
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November 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Former Phillies closer Billy Wagner was among 15 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for next year that was released Monday. Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman highlight the new additions. Among those remaining on the ballot from previous years are former Phillies starter Curt Schilling, Mike Piazza, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Roger Clemens, Jeff Bagwell, and Tim Raines. Wagner, 44, converted 422 saves over a 16-year major-league career spent predominantly with the Houston Astros, Phillies and New York Mets.
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November 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Towering defenseman Chris Pronger played with the Flyers only for three years, but he made a lasting impression, steering the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in his only full season with the team. "He brought a tremendous presence to the rink - both defensively and offensively. He could defend. He could make plays like nobody," Paul Holmgren, the Flyers' president, said in a phone conversation Saturday. "He was one of the best defensemen who ever played. " That's why Pronger, who turned 41 last month, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in Toronto, along with Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Phil Housley, Angela Ruggiero, Bill Hay, and Peter Karmanos Jr. Hay and Karmanos were selected in the "builder" category.
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October 30, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
DONOVAN McNABB returned to Syracuse this week to speak at an insurance trade show. While there, he took some time to talk with Chris Carlson, of Syracuse.com. McNabb, of course, played quarterback for Syracuse before going on to play 11 seasons with the Eagles. He chatted about a wide range of topics, including his DUI arrests (he said he doesn't have a drinking problem). At one point, he even gave advice to Eagles coach Chip Kelly. "Well, he better win soon," McNabb said.
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