August 29, 2014 |
THE NFL wants teachers to use fantasy football to educate young students, according to a recent report. The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to scoff at what is surely a marketing ploy. But upon further review, the idea has merit. Mark Waller, the chief marketing officer of the NFL, told the Wall Street Journal that the league is interested in helping improving students' math skills. "It's a complex game, fantasy," said Waller. "You should be able to learn a lot, particularly around math.
September 2, 1999 |
Alone in his room for days at a time, the scrawny teen retreated into a fantasy world of violent video games and Dungeons and Dragons. Donald Anthony Traub, known to family and friends as Donny, preferred his computer screen to playing sports with neighborhood boys. The only time he ventured out was to shoot fake guns at other kids in the woods. He was a middle-school honor student, one of his former classmates and neighbors recalled yesterday. But his source of pride was in the mall arcade, where he could beat anyone at Street Fighter II, a complex game that involves dueling against an imaginary opponent.
October 22, 2009
This is the true story of 12 tweets picked to appear in a column to find out what happens when 140 characters stop being polite and start getting real. Or something like that. The Reali-ty of Fantasy World. All were sent to twitter.com/aroundthehorn. And they're real, fantasy face. N to the O. That would be like Hugh Hefner asking if he's violated the "too-many-hotties-in-one-mansion" rule. If Donnie Brasco taught us anything, it's that there are friends of mine and friends of ours.
February 19, 1996 |
Charles Croteau, a custodian, sat with his coffee in a doughnut shop yesterday, and explained the facts of life: There's the New Hampshire presidential primary, which is just some kind of "fantasy world," a TV show filled with "a lot of bickering. " Then there's the real world that he sees with his own eyes. And like a lot of people in this town that's down on its luck, he can't connect the two worlds. Which is why he said: "When we get into that booth on Tuesday, and look at those fellas who are running, we'll probably revert back to that game we played when we were kids - Eenie, meenie, minie, moe. " This bellwether Republican bedroom community - the fourth-largest in the state, just 20 minutes down Interstate 93 from Manchester - is still reeling from the aftershocks of the corporate downsizing that struck southern New Hampshire in the early '90s.
September 10, 1996
SADDAM HUSSEIN: A UNIFYING FORCE Ah, Saddam. There is nothing quite like that infamous face, and the evocative accompaniment of Peter Arnett once again sending reports from Baghdad on CNN, to rally Americans and inspire them with a sense of foreign-policy purpose. It is the face of The Enemy. Since the collapse of communism, America has suffered from a shortage of compelling enemies - except in the fantasy world of this summer's blockbuster movie, "Independence Day," which invented a super-enemy from outer space.
January 12, 2007 |
Ask Guillermo del Toro if he was like Ofelia, the Alice in Anything-but-Wonderland heroine more at home in the fantasy world than the grim reality in "Pan's Labyrinth," and del Toro will answer before you finish the question. "I am like that little girl right now," he said, laughing. "I think the 'fantasy world' is actually more tangible than the false world we create out of the mundane things in our own lives. " The Mexican filmmaker has been devouring fairy tales and fables his whole life, and he showcases variations of some of his favorites in "Pan's Labyrinth.
April 9, 2008
TO GAR Joseph at Clout: Could you please knock off the stupid "cult member" cheap shots at Obama's supporters? It's stupid, it's trite, and it's also untrue: Speaking as a 38-year-old parent, homeowner and taxpayer who supports Obama, and who's been voting for 20 years, it's personally offensive and denigrating for you to describe voters like me as mindless cultists. After eight years of a president who has gone out of his way to divide the country on partisan lines, including rallies at which only his most hard-core supporters are permitted to attend after signing loyalty oaths, and at which protesters are harassed by the Secret Service, you have some nerve describing Obama's campaign as "a totalitarian cult.
April 8, 1993 |
Macaulay Culkin, whose base salary for "Home Alone 2" was reportedly $4.5 million, is getting a 75 percent raise for his next starring role. Culkin will be paid $8 million for MGM's "Getting Even with Dad," a studio spokeswoman confirmed earlier this week. He will star as a youngster named Timmy who blackmails his ex-con father into shaping up. The film, being directed by Howard Deutsch, is set to begin production in July with a target release date of spring or summer 1994. Culkin, 12, is said to be making about $5 million for the movie he currently is filming, "The Good Son. " His salary for "Home Alone," which became the third-highest-grossing film of all time, was reportedly $100,000.
May 24, 2001 |
THREE EXHIBITIONS at the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, are fun and funky. "East Meets West: 'Folk' and Fantasy from the Coasts," organized by Alex Baker, now associate curator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, presents colorful paintings and sculpture by six young artists from Philadelphia (Joy Feasley, Jim Houser and Clare Rojas) and San Francisco (Chris Johanson, Scott Hewicker and Margaret Kilgallen). Feasley creates autobiographical mixed-media paintings that concern her relationships and travels.
March 2, 2004 |
After completing high school at age 15, in a remote part of Montana, Christopher Paolini was just another geeky teen with nothing going on - until he decided to write a fantasy book. Now, thanks to Eragon, the story of a farm boy who discovers a dragon's egg, he's a best-selling author with one million books in print, a movie in the works, foreign publication rights in 29 countries, and a contract to write two more books in what he calls the Inheritance trilogy. Not bad for a kid who led a sheltered life growing up in a 1911 farmhouse along the banks of Montana's Yellowstone River.