March 11, 2016
I'm a firm believer that there's no better way to discover a new town than from a bar stool, and that was never better illustrated than my trek last weekend to north-central Pennsylvania. This big-city boy has lived in Philadelphia nearly his entire life, never bothering to venture a mere two hours to the small towns that cling to the Susquehanna River and its western branch. Places like Berwick, Shamokin, and Mifflinburg. But offer me a beer and, well . . . That's the idea behind the River Rat Brew Trail linking nine breweries in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, and Union Counties - the state's midsection, where old coal mines give way to rolling farms and game lands.
March 7, 2016 |
Former Eagles offensive lineman Al Wistert, who played on the 1948 and '49 NFL championship teams, has died at 95, according the University of Michigan, where he played. He played in 95 games, starting 62, between 1943 and 1951, and was voted all-pro eight of his nine seasons. He was named to the NFL's first Pro Bowl team in 1950. His No. 70 was retired in 1952 and he was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 2009.
March 2, 2016 |
Muriel L. Hons, 73, and her husband, John A. Hons, 71, of Wallingford, respected figures in the advertising industry, died Monday, Feb. 22, within seven hours of each other. Mrs. Hons died of complications from leukemia first diagnosed in 2014, Mr. Hons of complications from a cardiac arrest he had sustained on Jan. 14. Each was being treated on a different floor at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hons was on life support and unaware of his wife's condition, but Mrs. Hons knew her husband was critically ill, said the couple's son, Charles M. He was sad to lose both parents at the same time, but Charles Hons said he felt relieved that neither was left to mourn the other.
February 26, 2016
OPEN LETTER to Ryan Howard: Dear Ryan: I love you. Most Philadelphia baseball fans still love you, but some feel you are close to overstaying your welcome. Retire, Ryan. Please. You are one of two remnants of the glorious 2008 championship team that ended Philadelphia's humiliating, 25-year championship drought, bringing us psychological and emotional relief. You gave us j-o-y. Others we loved - Cole Hamels, Brad Lidge, Jamie Moyer, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Pat Burrell, Shane Victorino, Jayson Werth, Matt Stairs - have moved on to one greener pasture or another.
February 21, 2016 |
The great Chicano band from East L.A., unjustly denied entry into the 2016 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is touring behind their 2015 album, Gates of Gold . Saturday at the Sellersville Theatre.
February 16, 2016 |
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame revealed Friday that Allen Iverson is among 14 finalists for induction this year. And if there's a paucity of public debate over who among the finalists will get in and who deserves to, the indisputable credentials of candidates such as Iverson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Sheryl Swoopes are only part of the reason. The other part has to do with the selection process itself. The Hall has two screening committees, North American and women's, that were in charge of choosing those 14 finalists.
February 14, 2016 |
TORONTO - Allen Iverson is one step away from reaching basketball immortality. The former all-star guard and 76ers legend was among 14 finalists selected Friday for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the Final Four in Houston on April 4. The Class of 2016 will be enshrined during Hall of Fame festivities in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 8-10. "I'm just proud of the people that helped me, just for it be a debate if I'm going to be a Hall of Famer or not," Iverson, 40, said after the ceremony at Sheraton Centre Toronto.
February 8, 2016 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The third time was the charm for Marvin Harrison. The Roman Catholic High School product was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday in his third year of eligibility. The former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver had been a finalist in each of his previous two years on the ballot. Harrison was one of eight people voted into Canton Saturday by the Hall's 46 selectors during a nearly nine-hour meeting. The others in the 2016 class are quarterback Brett Favre, linebacker Kevin Greene, offensive tackle Orlando Pace, former Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo, guard Dick Stanfel, and quarterback Ken Stabler.
January 30, 2016 |
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.