December 24, 1989 |
David B. Zoob, 87, a longtime Philadelphia lawyer whose work as a corporate and real estate litigator was accompanied by his early musical accomplishments - notably, authorship of the University of Pennsylvania fight song - died Friday at Lankenau Hospital. A Philadelphia native and resident of Wynnewood, Mr. Zoob could have pursued a career in musical theater but chose the legal profession. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1927. As a Penn freshman, he wrote "Fight On Pennsylvania," which was introduced at a Franklin Field game on Thanksgiving Day 1919.
January 21, 2005 |
This is a fight song? Look, Travis Tritt, you're a country star and all that, but if you have to sing about fans getting up off their seats, you've pretty much already admitted defeat. "Mmmmm, hmmmm . . . " This is how you start your new song, "Falcons Fever" (whose historical roots date to, oh, October) - Mmmmm, hmmmm? Yeah, that'll get everyone all charged up. If the song's so catchy, why did the team have to issue a plea on its Web site asking the "Citizens of the Metro Atlanta Area" to learn it?
January 2, 2003 |
It's something between a jingle and a ditty, a one-verse composition so musically and lyrically undistinguished that even a well-lubricated chorus of 70,000 football fanatics can't do it much harm. But for all its aesthetic shortcomings, "The Philadelphia Eagles Victory Song," punctuated by the recently added postscript of "E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!," has begun to filter into the region's consciousness. "Fly Eagles fly, on the road to victory. "Fight Eagles fight, score a touchdown 1,2,3.
December 9, 2015 |
Sunday's win over the Pats felt more than awesome. But aside from that stray pre-Christmas miracle, you might think the Eagles Pep Band's mission is difficult right about now. You might assume this sad 5-7 football season has zapped the zest from the foursome tasked with leading thousands of tailgaters in rousing pregame renditions of "Fly, Eagles, Fly. " Can't be easy getting a disappointed fanbase to join in a jubilant fight-song sing-along ....
January 9, 2004
THEY say that a picture is worth a thousand words. But since newspapers rarely print letters of such length, I am enclosing a photo of my cell phone banner proclaiming my sentiments. Regretably, Verizon Wireless advises that they cannot program the phone to play our fight song for incoming calls. GO EAGLES! David M. Seltzer Huntingdon Valley
July 15, 1993 |
BENEFITS OF DANCING NEARLY WIPE OUT ALL OTHER BENEFITS It's one thing tripping the light fantastic, but nearly dancing away your welfare benefits? Hey, that's another matter entirely. Word out of Oslo, Norway, is that that's precisely what Nelly Elgaen nearly managed to do. Seems Elgaen, 44, heard that dancing might help her bad back, which has kept her out of work and on sick leave for almost a year. So she went to a village dance in March and took a few turns with her husband.
January 22, 1994 |
Irving R. Leshner, 83, a psychologist and big-band musician who composed the Villanova University fight song more than 50 years ago, died Wednesday at St. Agnes Hospital. Mr. Leshner, who lived in Ardmore, was born in West Philadelphia and graduated from Overbrook High School and Temple University. He received his master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from Temple. He was a psychologist for 30 years at Jewish Employment Vocational Services in Center City, counseling people entering the work force.
March 23, 2002 |
The mourners wore red and white school jackets, and a tape of the fight song echoed through the funeral home in tribute to 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil. The honor student was buried yesterday, six days after she was hit by a puck while attending her first hockey game. Several hundred friends and relatives crowded the stone-and-wooden-frame funeral home outside West Alexandria, Ohio, a town of 1,500 people. Some children arrived wearing the jackets of Twin Valley South middle school, where Brittanie was an eighth-grader, cheerleader, soccer player and student council member.
August 30, 2013 |
Matt Rhule added an interesting twist to Temple's football practice Wednesday. The first-year Owls coach set Notre Dame's fight song on full blast over the sound system, repeating it over and over to give his players a taste of what they will encounter when they open the season Saturday in South Bend, Ind. "When that environment comes, I want them to almost feel like that song is their song," Rhule said. "I want them to be familiar with it and remind them that this moment is here and enjoy it. " Freshman linebacker Jarred Alwan had no trouble recognizing the tune.
April 7, 1988 |
Crunch time drew near. Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis was a few hours away from a nostalgic homecoming to Swarthmore College yesterday, and organizers hadn't decided what song to play when he was introduced. "What's the school fight song? Do you have a school fight song?" asked Pat Fn'Piere, a national advance man for the Dukakis campaign. Smiles all around. Swarthmore is a Quaker school, where the mere existence of a football team had once sparked controversy about violence, and a fight song is unthinkable.