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December 13, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Rock established himself as one of our foremost comics with his 1996 HBO special, Bring the Pain . Nearly two decades later, he proves he's also a brilliant filmmaker with Top Five , a stunning, joyous, big-screen comedy written and directed by and starring the 49-year-old Rock. An innovative take on familiar material, Top Five is an exquisitely paced, rich, idiosyncratic, satirical, yet deeply moving free-form comedy about a Hollywood star who is shadowed for one day by a New York Times reporter.
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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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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 ...
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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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February 13, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
ANTHONY RILEY , a Philly street singer who made national news in 2007 after he was arrested for disorderly conduct for singing  Sam Cooke songs in Rittenhouse Square, is going for television glory. Riley auditioned for the eighth season of NBC's "The Voice," which premieres Feb. 23. Riley at least made it to the blind-auditions phase (that's where the judges turn their chairs for the contestants they like). NBC allows contestants who have made it to this televised round to advertise that they auditioned for the show.
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February 4, 2015 | Stan Hochman, Daily News Columnist
JIM BUNNING'S account of the voting on Golden Era candidates for the Hall of Fame raises some serious issues about the process. We've narrowed it down to eight questions and when we get some honest answers we will print them. * Who chooses the candidates? * Who chooses the voters and what criteria is used? * Why include writers on the voting panel when the committee is supposedly designed to judge players the writers rejected for 15 years? * Why tell the voters they can only vote for as many as four candidates, why not six or eight or 10?
SPORTS
February 4, 2015 | By Stan Hochman, Daily News Columnist
JIM BUNNING spent the first weekend in December in San Diego, a member of a 16-man committee voting on Golden Era players to be inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame. Dick Allen needed 12 votes. He got 11. "I felt useless," Bunning seethed the other day, his voice crackling with anger. "It was the most disappointing 3 days I've ever spent in my life!" In his life? What about that weekend in September 1964, when the National League pennant was gurgling down the drain and Gene Mauch was pitching Bunning and Chris Short on 2 days' rest and the Phillies were drowning in a 10-game losing streak?
SPORTS
February 2, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - For the second straight year, and in his second year of eligibility, Philadelphia native Marvin Harrison didn't garner enough support to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night. The former Colts receiver will have to wait his turn, like several from this year's group of inductes, in some cases for more than a decade. Defensive end/outside linebacker Charles Haley finally made it on his 11th try; wide receiver Tim Brown got in on his sixth attempt; running back Jerome Bettis needed five years; and it took four tries for guard Will Shields to be selected.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
January 30, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
BILL "SKIP" Singletary has been named the new head football coach at George Washington High, replacing longtime Eagles coach Ron Cohen. Cohen, the Public League's winningest coach, stepped down earlier this month with 12 league titles to his credit. Last season, Washington won a playoff game before falling to eventual Pub champ Ben Franklin in the AAAA semifinals. Singletary, who starred at Temple as an offensive guard, has been an assistant under Cohen for 20 years. "It's definitely an honor and a privilege to be selected as the head coach at Washington," said Singletary, who was a varsity coordinator at various positions for 12 years and head junior varsity coach for 8. "I was told that I'd have to have broad shoulders because it will be a hell of a task," he continued.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bruce B. Daniels, 83, of South Harrison, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame and owner of the former South Jersey School of Horseshoeing in Mullica Hill, died of an aneurysm at a daughter's home in Fort Myers, Fla. on Dec. 30. In 2008, South Harrison Township, where he had lived since 1952, named him its Person of the Year. "He got a plaque at our Community Day," Municipal Clerk Nancy Kearns said. "He was a wonderful person," she said, "and did a lot of good for the community.
SPORTS
January 19, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
One way to measure Sam Jacobs' basketball career is by his own skilled and savvy work on the court. Another is by his uncanny ability to lead otherwise pedestrian programs to unprecedented heights. But perhaps the best is by the company he kept - especially among opponents. Jacobs, a former Cherry Hill West and Cornell University star, will be inducted into the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame on Feb. 15. It is a well-deserved recognition of a career marked by surprising team success as well as individual prowess.
SPORTS
January 8, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
THE EMAIL buzzed onto the screen of my phone. Subject: Phillies Statement. The first instinct was one that is beaten into any lifelong reporter: What did I miss? Unlocking the phone, my mind burned through the possibilities. A trade? A free-agent outfielder? Relocation to Havana? Exhale. "With regard to Pedro Martinez . . . " Of course. Pedro. Five years ago, he burned through our atmosphere like some oddity from space, crash- landing in Clearwater en route to Citizens Bank Park and 12 starts that feel like they took place forever ago. Yesterday, he was voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the only proper end for one of the most dominant careers the sport has ever seen.
SPORTS
January 7, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
When I look at the baseball Hall of Fame ballot I received about a month ago, I see 19 names that, without any investigation of their careers, I believe have the statistical credentials to be elected. Some of my fellow members of the Baseball Writers Association of America might even see more, but balloting rules allow you to vote for only 10 of the 34 players listed. I voted for none of them. Don't worry; it did not impact the process, because, as I write this, my ballot still sits on my office desk in front of me. It never made it to the mailbox, so it was not counted among the results that will be released Tuesday.
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