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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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
December 7, 2012
POCONO RACEWAY'S Dr. Joseph Mattioli will be inducted posthumously into the National Motorsports Press Association's Hall of Fame in January. Mattioli, who died last January at age 86, was the guiding force of Pocono Raceway for decades. Other inductees are Jim Hunter and Ken Squier. Hunter, also a posthumous inductee, was a track president, NASCAR vice president and journalist. Squier is a longtime broadcaster and track owner in his native Vermont. The induction will be Jan. 19 in Charlotte, N.C. - Bill Fleischman  
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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.
SPORTS
January 5, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Archbishop Ryan's George Todt has added another honor to his illustrious career. Todt, Ryan's longtime boys' soccer coach, will be inducted into the Pennsylvania State Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 31 and receive the association's Honor Award. The decision was announced Friday. Former Strath Haven coach Mike Barr will also be inducted. For 44 seasons, Todt and Ryan were the epitome of excellence in not just the Philadelphia Catholic League but all of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LEGENDARY basketball stat man Harvey Pollack was in critical but stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital yesterday after a one-car accident on New Year's evening in Center City. Pollack, 92, the 76ers' director of statistical information, was driving his car in a parking garage after being a judge for the Mummers Parade. His car hit a wall, and Pollack suffered a broken hip, ribs, pelvis and jaw along with facial lacerations. He underwent hip surgery yesterday. "I'm surprised he just didn't walk out of the car and brush himself off," 76ers coach Brett Brown said from Phoenix, where his team played the Suns last night.
REAL_ESTATE
December 22, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Certain homes, like certain people, have an instant presence, a distinctiveness that's easier felt than explained. And on a Collingswood street that faces the town's expansive Knight Park, set on a rise, stands such a house. It was built in 1907 by Newton Baker Taylor Roney, who would later establish a legacy as a developer in Miami Beach with his Roney Plaza Hotel on Collins Avenue, a glamour destination early in the 20th century. The home Roney built in Collingswood, originally in the Victorian style, has gone on to become a haven for former Collingswood Mayor Michael Brennan and his wife, Jean, who treasure its legacy of longtime owners.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Mark "Frog" Carfagno flew to San Diego on Friday, and he wore a Phillies jersey with ALLEN 15 on the back to the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel on Monday. There, he would learn if the crusade to which he'd devoted himself over the last two years had succeeded. There, he would find out whether Dick Allen would be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. There, it turned out, Frog had his heart broken. The Hall's Golden Era Committee, charged with considering 10 candidates from 1947 through 1972, announced Monday during Major League Baseball's winter meetings that none of the 10 had earned induction next year.
SPORTS
December 10, 2014 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer rlawrence@phillynews.com
SAN DIEGO - When the news was announced, the only thing missing was a sound Dick Allen was more than familiar with a half-century ago, the verbal calling card of Philadelphia sports fans. Boo! Baseball's winter meetings began yesterday when officials from the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that no one among the 10 candidates had been elected by the Golden Era Committee this year. One supporter hollered out "No!" when the results were read aloud during a late-morning press conference.
SPORTS
December 1, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Baseball was the subject of a graphically rich ESPN SportsCenter segment last week, but it might easily have been physics. In a detailed dissection of Lorenzo Cain's best catches, the network employed such metrics as foot speed, ball acceleration, and the gradated circumferences of the area the Kansas City star and other outfielders could reasonably be expected to cover. Days later, the New York Times sports section included one story reimagining the arcane mathematical formula that gauges quarterback performance, another scrutinizing the economic and educational demographics of the most football-crazed states, and a third examining the statistics-based rationale behind the Patriots' penchant for deferring possession after successful coin tosses.
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