November 1, 2013 |
IT SEEMS like only a few years ago when a few local sports fans came up with the concept of a Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and, through their energy and passion, made it happen. Next Thursday at the Sheraton Society Hill, Class X will be inducted. Given the strength of this class, it is becoming more apparent it will take organizers many years to run out of qualified candidates. Basketball is especially well represented with this group, which includes Sixers all-timer Andrew Toney, La Salle legend Michael Brooks, Penn all-time leading scorer Ernie Beck, Dobbins great Linda Page (she once scored 100 points in a game)
October 28, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER Hollywood has glittering granite stars immortalizing those who have graced the big screen. In Philadelphia, embossed treble clefs dot Broad Street to celebrate the city's great musical minds. But what about West Chester? On Sunday, the borough will unveil its own walk of fame of movers and shakers - dead and alive - who have made West Chester what it is today. And these plaques, made of solid bronze and shaped like keystones, will be scattered all over town. "West Chester has been around for a long time, and it didn't get to where it is now overnight," said Jimmer Breen, a local artist who designed the plates.
October 25, 2013 |
TERRELL OWENS said he wants to be a professional bowler. Hey, split happens. Let the jokes begin: * We always knew he'd end up in the gutter. * Who knew he had talent to spare? * Someone asked him he if wanted to be a pro bowler and he thought they meant football. * We could have told you he was a pinhead. OK, enough. The former Eagles wide receiver said professional bowling is right up his alley (sorry, couldn't resist). "You never know where it may go," Owens told the Associated Press from Las Vegas where he will compete this weekend in the PBA World Series of Bowling at the South Point Hotel.
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.