April 14, 1990
Industry spokesmen lament that it will put many tuna fishermen out of business. A pity, but if the alternative is the possible extinction of a mammal with as much right to be here as we have, maybe some in that endangered human species ought to find another line of work. It's not sappy or bleeding-heart to challenge a technique of fishing for tuna that results in the unnecessary death of thousands of dolphins. It's not starry-eyed or anti-business to oppose this slaughter, especially when the "purse-seine net" method is not the only way to catch tuna.
January 17, 1995 |
A fable for a Newt-onian universe: Once upon a time, a lord lived in a manor surrounded by lush and lovely woods. Through these woods burbled a sparkling brook. The Lord of the Manor loved two things: fishing, and friends who loved fishing. So he stocked his clean, cold stream with as many fat and feisty trout as it could hold. Anglers came from far and wide to sup at his table and fish in his brook. It was a grand place to fish, with trout so plentiful no man could fail to get many a nibble - but so spirited no man could help but believe his skill alone had caught them.
April 26, 1987 |
Take a few thousand fish of striking sizes and colors - from vicious- looking, 10-foot-long, gray sand tiger sharks down to dainty, powder-blue surgeonfish that measure a few inches, nose to tailfin. Put the fish in gargantuan tanks of filtered saltwater, where it's possible for mere humans to meet them practically face to face. Construct an eye-catching building, with color panels on the walls, soaring glass pyramids on top and a long scribble of blue neon on the side that tells the night of the aquarium's flamboyant form and dramatic harborside location.
June 14, 1987 |
Eight-year-old Brian Baur, an energetic youngster with tousled brown hair and an infectious grin, was participating in a childhood rite of passage. With a dozen of his schoolmates, Brian journeyed Saturday to a pond at Green Bank Farm in Marple, where Sue Lucas, a social studies teacher at Penncrest Senior High School, helped Brian cast his first fishing line and then handed the rod over to him. Just a few minutes later, Brian reeled in his first fish. "Let me see!" he demanded as the glistening fish lay wriggling in Lucas' outstretched palm.
May 18, 1988 |
Like many people, I have had a lifelong yearning to give up my humdrum daily existence and go to sea and get one or more of my hands bitten off. This is how I found myself recently in a shark-fishing tournament. It was run by a University of Miami marine biologist, Dr. Samuel H. "Sonny" Gruber, who actually likes sharks. "I've worked with them so long," he says, "they're almost like family. " He's not kidding. In a recent article for Natural History magazine, Gruber described how he and an assistant roped a large pregnant lady lemon shark to the side of their boat, after which Gruber reached inside the shark's birth canal and pulled out nine little baby sharks.
November 20, 1992 |
You've just seen A River Runs Through It and something is stuck in your craw. Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt and Tom Skerritt are pretty good actors, but did they really catch fish? Did they use stuff like antique bamboo fly rods and silk fly lines? And what about waders? Why did these guys stand in the river wearing nothing but boots, pants and a shirt? You need answers. So we put in a call to John Bailey, who runs Dan Bailey's Fly Shop in Livingston, Mont. Bailey was hired to be the movie's fly-fishing adviser by director Robert Redford, who wanted the action sequences to be beyond reproach.
October 4, 1998 |
During the 18th century, local settlers used the Schuylkill, as well as lesser streams, to power mills and as an avenue of travel by boat. But the river also was a source of food. Before the Schuylkill was dammed and polluted by iron forges and sewage, shoals of fish including shad, herring, rockfish and sturgeon swam from Delaware Bay upriver to spawn. For those whose farms ran down to the bank of the river, that represented another crop to harvest. According to reports in the library of the Historical Society of Montgomery County, one local historian, Samuel W. Pennypacker, had a collection of 18th-century spearheads four to six inches long that were used for fishing and that were found in channels of the river near Phoenixville.
July 29, 1994 |
It was 365 million years ago. Pennsylvania was tropical and swampy and below the equator. Now-extinct fish species swam in the water. The only creatures walking on the land were bugs - at least that's what scientists thought until Ted Daeschler found his amazing bone. Yesterday, the phone rang incessantly at the Academy of Natural Science as writers from the London Times, the New York Times, USA Today and elsewhere called with questions about Ted's excellent discovery. The big find is a 3-inch fossilized bone that came from one of the earliest creatures to emerge from the sea. It crawled onto the land 150 million years before the first dinosaurs.
October 27, 1997 |
It had been described as the Fallen Classic, a pale imitation featuring inferior teams, and a largely ignored one at that. Just maybe redemption was available on a single Sunday evening, though, at a worship service attended by more than 67,000 of the faithful. For this night, the disbelievers were silenced and those who spoke the blasphemies left mute. Edgar Renteria's bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Florida Marlins a 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series and touched off a loud and frenzied celebration at Pro Player Stadium.