November 28, 2003 |
BROTHER BEAR. OK Disney toon about a brash Indian brave (voice of Joaquin Phoenix) transformed into a bear. Great Disney artwork, wholesome story, very formulaic. (PG) B THE CAT IN THE HAT. Drat. It's flat. Cat (Mike Myers) goads two kids into trashing mom's house. Sub-literate, vulgar, witless, a betrayal of everything Dr. Seuss championed. (PG) D ELEPHANT. Gus Van Sant's attempt at poetic response to Columbine massacre, using amateur teens as high school victims, shooters.
January 16, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Peyton "Pete" Dralle wasted little time after he learned doctors could do no more to treat his throat cancer. He took spur-of-the-moment trips, got his affairs in order and, when he finally agreed to care at San Diego Hospice, he documented his life story. Using a technique called dignity therapy, psychologist Lori Montross interviewed Dralle five months before his death about meaningful life moments, lessons he'd learned and those he wished to pass on to loved ones.
April 1, 2002 |
Wouldn't it be ironic if this was the season Scott Rolen said goodbye to the Phillies and hello to superstardom? It could happen. In his Escape From Philadelphia season, Rolen could finally make the ascension from very good player to all-out superstar. He could finally make an all-star team. He could finally be a candidate for most valuable player, which everyone thought he would be when he was the National League's rookie of the year in 1997. He could do it because he's healthier than ever.
February 20, 1986 |
It was two years ago that Jock Hatfield died at the age of 26, and we still feel his absence acutely. Jock was a talented and caring reporter who followed the basic rule of investigative journalism: Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Jock had arrived in our chaotic offices from California with one rumpled suit, enough money for about three meals - and a burning ambition the size of the Capitol dome. He was as green as new grass, but tempered by obvious physical handicaps that would have caused a lesser person to give up. Roaming Washington's sterile corridors of power, Jock was soon diligently and cheerfully exposing the graft and the gaffes, the mistakes and malfeasance that are red meat to a good reporter.
October 23, 1997 |
At a Tuesday memorial service for James Michener in Austin, Texas, copies of his last piece of writing were passed out to mourners. In a typewritten message dated Oct. 9 - a week before his death - the author wrote: "It is with real sadness that I send you what looks to be a final correspondence between us. . . . I approach this sad news [of terminal illness] with regret, but not with panic. I savor every memory as they parade past. What a full life they made. And what a joy they bring me now; what a joy your recollection of them gives me now. It is in this mood that my final days are passed.
June 7, 1998 |
It wasn't the end of the Long, Gray Line. The U.S. Military Academy, founded in 1802, is approaching its 200th year and is still going strong. But for us, the trip to West Point in August was the end of the road - of the car trips our father-and-son traveling team has taken in the last decade. It was fitting that the finale was at an institution of higher learning, because, just a few weeks after making the three-hour drive to the northern terminus of the New Jersey Turnpike and then going up the Palisades Parkway to West Point, we made a 12-hour drive to Bloomington, Ind., to enroll son Jeff as a freshman at Indiana University.
January 22, 2012 |
Joe Paterno, Pennsylvania's most recognizable citizen and a Hall of Fame football coach whose golden resumé was tarnished by a child sex-abuse scandal that beclouded his final days, has died at 85. His death, 2 1/2 months after he was diagnosed with lung cancer, came as an eerie fulfillment to a prophecy he had made often in the final decades of nearly a half-century as Pennsylvania State University's head coach. When Alabama's Bear Bryant succumbed to a heart attack in 1983, just 28 days after his 1982 retirement, a shaken Mr. Paterno absorbed the lesson.
January 7, 1993 |
Susan Seaforth Hayes, who has been one of the most popular actresses on "Days of Our Lives" ever since she came to the role of Julie Williams in 1968, will leave the soap for a second time. She first left the show in 1984. A "Days of Our Lives" spokesperson said, "It was a story line dictated decision, and we wish her well. " Seaforth Hayes will be seen on air until late January or early February. When "Days of Our Lives" brought Seaforth Hayes back as Julie in 1990, it appeared she would be involved in an interesting story line, but it never materialized, and Julie has been on the back burner for the past year.
July 24, 2000 |
THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA at Mann Center for the Performing Arts, 52nd and Parkside Avenues. Tickets: $22-$57, $8 for lawn tickets. Info: 215-893-1999. For its final week at the Mann, the Orchestra is offering three big-draw programs, plus a free children's concert. We'll hear the annual Tchaikovsky festival, complete with cannons and fireworks, a tribute to the music of Alfred Hitchcock with projected film clips and an evening of American classics with controversial soprano Kathleen Battle as guest.
March 15, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Prison-bound former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that he had faith in his appeal and that his legal saga "is not over. " Blagojevich spoke to crowds of reporters and well-wishers outside his Chicago home less than 24 hours before he was due to report to a Colorado prison to start serving a 14-year sentence for corruption. With his wife by his side, Blagojevich said preparing to leave for prison was "the hardest thing I've ever done" and insisted that he did what he thought was right for Illinois, both as governor and as a congressman.