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ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
With legendary film auteur John Cassavetes as their father and Oscar-nominated actor Gena Rowlands as their mom, it must have seemed inevitable that at least one of the Cassavetes children would become a filmmaker. But all three? Alexandra "Xan" Cassavetes laughs when asked if film was a destiny pre-written for the Cassavetes brood: The 47-year-old writer-director's brother Nick, 53, and sister Zoe, 42, are also directors. Cassavetes this week follows up her 2004 documentary, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession with the vampire love story Kiss of the Damned . "I didn't plan to be a director until I was 35. For years I wanted to do anything but!"
BUSINESS
May 7, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
In even the most functional family, there can be a painful something that triggers a strong emotional response, despite the passage of time. For the Benders, it's the digital camera. "Digital killed the family business," Ben Bender says. Yet digital just might be the route to a family-business revival, as well. Bender has become the region's only franchise owner for TapSnap, a social-media-equipped replacement for the party photo booth. To fully appreciate this cycle of commercial irony - a primary motivator of which was his cancer scare three years ago - a little history is required.
NEWS
April 28, 2012 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Max Reisman, 98, the former chairman and chief executive officer of a South Philadelphia-based pretzel company who is credited with creating the peanut-butter-filled pretzel nugget, died Monday, April 23 at his daughter's home in Kingston, Pa. Mr. Reisman, who lived in Highland Beach, Fla., formerly lived in Wynnewood. He was born on Sept. 18, 1913. in South Philadelphia, a son of Jacob and Eva Reisman and the youngest of five brothers and one sister. Mr. Reisman was a graduate of Overbrook High School.
NEWS
March 23, 2012
Murray Lender, 81, who helped turn his father's small Connecticut bakery into a national company credited with introducing bagels to many Americans, died Wednesday at a hospital in Miami from complications from a fall, his wife, Gillie Lender, said. The couple, who were married more than nine years, lived in Aventura, Fla., and also kept a home in Connecticut. Mr. Lender was perhaps best known from promoting Lender's Bagels in TV commercials. "He was courageous, strong and an example to everyone to show how one should go through life with a vision, ambition, a goal and with success," Gillie Lender said.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2012 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
When Brian and Sharon Squires got into the coupon business more than 20 years ago, Internet shopping didn't exist; neither did TLC's Extreme Couponing and its homage to bargain hunting. Actually, coupons were a rather dull affair, mostly black-and-white clippings from the newspaper, or slightly snazzier versions crammed into envelopes that showed up in the mail. The Squireses - sweethearts since their days at Northeast High School and then at Temple University (Class of '79)
BUSINESS
March 4, 2012 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
To know Dale Petrovitch is to know his generosity, his employees say. And that goes beyond competitive wages, health benefits, and 401(k) matches. Their boss has been known to spring for their kids' wedding and prom limousines, provide for special needs of their ailing family members, and fund local school programs. So when Petrovitch decided to essentially hand the family business over to his workforce of 30 at the close of 2011, it didn't necessarily surprise his employees as much as it terrified some of them because of the enhanced responsibility it put on them for the company's survival.
NEWS
February 11, 2012
Nello Ferrara, 93, the candy company executive who brought the world Lemonheads and Atomic Fire Balls, died Feb. 3 at his home in the Chicago suburb of River Forest, Ill., surrounded by his family. Mr. Ferrara took over the family business when he became chairman of Ferrara Pan candy. His father founded the company in 1908. His son Salvatore Ferrara said that Mr. Ferrara created the Lemonhead because he claimed his son's head was shaped like a lemon when he was born. The Atomic Fire Ball came after Mr. Ferrara lived in Japan during World War II. Ferrara Pan candy also makes Red Hots and Boston Baked Beans.
SPORTS
January 31, 2012 | By Pete Schnatz, For The Inquirer
LAKE HARMONY, Pa. - Watching as Dr. Joseph Mattioli's American flag-draped casket was lifted into a waiting hearse, NASCAR president Mike Helton reflected on the legacy of the late Pocono Raceway founder. "He's iconic, and maybe even the last of the pioneers that put NASCAR on the map and kept it there," Helton said. "I think the character and contributions of Doc will last forever. " Those sentiments were shared by the family, friends, fans and racing dignitaries (including NASCAR chairman Brian France)
NEWS
October 26, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack M. Demetris, 91, of St. Davids, owner of Demetris Uptown Market in Bridgeport, died of heart failure Friday, Oct. 21, at Genesis Healthcare's Wayne Center. Mr. Demetris emigrated from Greece with his mother and father as an infant. In 1932, his parents opened a food market in Bridgeport. The store had two aisles and everything - sugar, flour, rice - was in barrels, said his son, Dennis. During World War II, Mr. Demetris served in the Army in the Pacific. Among his duties was accompanying celebrities entertaining the troops, including the Andrews Sisters and comedian Joe E. Brown.
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