October 23, 2013
WHEN Jerry Ross is inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame on Thursday, he tells me, his mind will be on the stars. Not the stars whose music he has produced over a long career - Jay & the Techniques, Spanky & Our Gang, Jerry Butler, Dee Dee Warwick, the Duprees, the Dreamlovers, the Sapphires - but an astronaut named Jerry Ross (no relation). But more on that later. The earthbound Jerry was born in Philadelphia, in 1933, in time to be positioned for the musical explosion that would change America and the body of world music.
October 18, 2013 |
The 16 nominees to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year have been announced, and one of them is absolutely, undoubtedly going to make it in the first year of eligibility. The no-brainer is Nirvana, the Kurt Cobain-led grunge trio that released its first single, "Love Buzz," 25 years ago, in 1988. That was three years before it turned the world on its ear with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" from its second album, Nevermind . But who among the other contenders are likely to be among the half-dozen who make the final cut?
October 16, 2013 |
Carl A. Goldenberg, 85, of Center City, who continued his family's legacy of making Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, died Monday, Oct. 14, of prostate cancer at his home. Mr. Goldenberg was the first member of the third generation in his family to operate Goldenberg Candy Co. The business was started in 1890 by his grandfather David, a Romanian immigrant, as a small candy store on Frankford Avenue. "That was Dad's calling - to go into the family business," said his son, David, the last Goldenberg to be president of Goldenberg Candy Co. "It was very important to him because his name was on the package.
October 4, 2013
RYAN HOWARD is headed to the Hall of Fame . . . in Arizona. Howard will be inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Scottsdale Stadium before the Scottsdale Scorpions' home opener in Arizona Fall League play. Howard, who missed the last 3 months of the Phillies season while recovering from knee surgery, played for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in 2004. "Ryan Howard is a record-setting all-star player, a World Series champion, and a great ballplayer, teammate and person," Fall League director Steve Cobb said in a press release.
September 24, 2013 |
ANY ATTEMPT to handicap future Hall of Fame votes is complicated by the need to predict the whims of an electorate whose homogenous composition leaves it susceptible to groupthink, regional bias and moralistic crusading. Exhibit A: The most recent round of voting, in which Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were each named on fewer than 40 percent of ballots despite credentials that would appear to make them surefire Hall of Famers (the threshold for induction is 75 percent)
September 15, 2013 |
Hugh J. McNally, 81, of Chestnut Hill, inventor of the Schmitter steak and salami sandwich, longtime proprietor of a beloved Chestnut Hill tavern, and devoted husband of 57 years, died Wednesday, Sept. 11 at home. The father of five died of heart failure, said his wife, Peggy. His health had been declining in recent months. She described him as an extraordinarily sensitive and generous man. His daughter Anne said he "always made people feel welcome. " Mr. McNally also was an expert sandwich-maker.
September 13, 2013 |
On Oct. 24, Gene Shay , radio guy, folk god, gets his very own plaque on the Philly Music Walk of Fame on South Broad, with six other local music stars. Philly-born Gene, now 78, brought Bob Dylan here for his first Philly concert in 1963. He also made up the name of WXPN's show World Cafe 22 years ago. Host of The Folk Show on XPN, he's been on local radio since 1962. Hard to imagine Philly without him. Educating on education Keepin' it local . . . M. Night Shyamalan is about way more than the supranormal, OK?
September 10, 2013 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Dawn Staley's longtime hoops love affair has taken her from the playground blacktop in North Philadelphia to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. As one of 12 inductees into the Hall, she looked back on that journey Sunday in a remarkable acceptance speech at Symphony Hall. "Every experience in my life has been purposeful," said Staley, 43. "Every person in my life a teacher. "My steps were divinely ordered; I just followed the path. My life and my success are just proof of life's possibilities.
September 9, 2013 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - "The speech is done," longtime Philadelphia sports treasure Dawn Staley said here Saturday afternoon with a slight grin, referring to the remarks she will make when she and 11 other notables are inducted Sunday into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "I'll admit this is the most nervous I've been, but I'm glad I'm going through the emotions I'm going through because this is big," said Staley, who has coached the South Carolina women for the last five seasons.
September 9, 2013
CHECK OUT Jamie Moyer's fingernails when he signs a copy of the new book he co-authored with Larry Platt. If his fingernails are long and pointy, Moyer ain't retiring anytime soon, not until he's tried to come back one more time, this time as a knuckleballer. You can remind him he's 50, you can tell him that even though the pitch flutters, there is still serious strain on the arm to throw it, that most catchers can't catch it, that most managers dread its possible side effects. Tell him, but you'd be wasting your breath.