October 22, 2015 |
On an arctic day in the winter of 1986, a group of local music-scene mahoffs welcomed representatives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Philly with the intention of persuading them to put the hall here. Inexplicably, Cleveland ultimately got the nod (some insiders blamed then-Mayor Wilson Goode's lack of enthusiasm for the project). But there was a positive by-product of that ill-fated, long-ago visit: the Philadelphia Music Alliance. For almost 30 years, the nonprofit PMA has been the guardian and promoter of Philadelphia's illustrious and influential history as a music capital.
October 2, 2015 |
Jacob Soll was walking on the University of Pennsylvania campus on a rainy September day in 2011, thinking his career might as well be over. The Boston-bred son of a single mother, Soll held a doctorate in history from Cambridge University and was a tenured professor at Rutgers-Camden. But he thought that his groundbreaking research on early modern Europe was not having an impact. He earned far less than his peers, and lived with his wife and two young daughters in a West Philadelphia home whose roof was literally caving in. "I felt completely hopeless," he said.
September 18, 2015 |
BILL MURRAY and his five brothers were inducted into the Western Golf Association's Caddie Hall of Fame last night. So they've got that going for them, which is nice. The vehicle for the honor, of course, was the film "Caddyshack," which starred Murray as Carl Spackler, a whacky greenskeeper "licensed to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. " Murray's brother Brian Doyle-Murray, who portrayed caddie master Lou Loomis in the movie, co-wrote the script. The cult classic is based on the zany characters the Murray brothers encountered at the Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Ill., which was less than three miles from Wilmette where they were raised.
September 14, 2015 |
Allen Iverson will be eligible for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016, a year earlier than expected, according to a report. NBA.com reported Saturday that the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame had decided Iverson's 10-game stint with a team in Turkey in 2010-11 was not enough to push back his eligibility. He last played in the NBA with the 76ers, with whom he played from 1996 to 2006. If the Hall had decided to recognize his time with Besiktas in Turkey, he would not have been eligible until 2017.
September 13, 2015 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The red carpet leading up Symphony Hall's steps Friday night was better-suited to celebrity presenters like Charles Barkley, James Worthy, and Julius Erving than to the 11 new inductees in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Several members of the Class of 2015, formally inducted during televised ceremonies at this Springfield landmark, spent most of their careers on the spotlight's edges: Dikembe Mutombo made his name as a shot-blocking dynamo. Talented and versatile, JoJo White was often overlooked in the Celtics team concept.
September 10, 2015 |
Robert S. Kenney Jr., 80, of Riverside, who retired in 1999 after 36 years as a journalist for the Camden Courier-Post, died of heart failure on Sunday, Sept. 6, at his home. From 1971 to 1993, son Edward said, Mr. Kenney was the paper's sports editor. "He was awesome," his son said. "He did so many things that they named a high school field after him - Bob Kenney Field at Riverside High School. " Mr. Kenney's influence extended beyond those who played and reported on sports in South Jersey.
September 9, 2015 |
It sounds like one of those uplifting sports movies Hollywood loves, those whose stirring sound tracks are designed to mask cornball plots and historical inaccuracies: In the early 1960s, when African Americans were rare on Catholic League and Big Five basketball rosters and the Civil Rights Act remained a dream, the players on an all-white, Catholic grade-school team in Delaware County asked a young, black Villanova graduate to be their coach....
September 9, 2015 |
ANY LIST of the best jockeys to ride regularly at Keystone/Philadelphia Park /Parx Racing would include Tony Black, Rick Wilson and Stewart Elliott, who combined to win 15,000 career races. As good as each was, none won the track's riding title four consecutive years. Nobody had ever done it - until Kendrick Carmouche from 2008-11. It almost certainly would have been five had he not chosen to ride the summer of 2012 at Monmouth Park. Carmouche had no more Parx worlds to conquer, so he tried Monmouth, the winter meet at Gulfstream Park, and this year the New York circuit - Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga.
September 2, 2015 |
THIS JUST IN from the "All Trump, All the Time" news desk . . . Donald Trump is one of 12 notables who will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame at its 46th annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies on Nov. 12 in Garfield, N.J. But before you rush out and buy a ticket (they're $85) in the hope of hearing the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination announce a comprehensive plan to deport illegal immigrant boxers or to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to keep any more from slipping into this country, be advised that it is a longshot that he shows up to accept the mini-championship belt on a plaque that goes to honorees.