October 26, 1996 |
In the world of music-making guru Sri Chinmoy and his followers, the road to peace is littered with thousands of posters, and, just possibly, thousands of dollars in city fines. Since announcing plans for a one-man, Nov. 1 "peace concert" in Philadelphia, followers of the 65-year-old Bangladesh-born mystic, musician and fitness enthusiast have run afoul of the city's Department of Licenses and Inspections and flooded local neighborhoods with thousands of posters and handbills, raising the ire of some city residents.
August 31, 1992 |
It seemed like the first day of school. A beaming, well-dressed woman stood at the front of the room, taking things out of a bag, arranging her desk. She centered the flower arrangement and plugged in the CD player and speakers, facing them out into the nearly empty classroom. She said her name was Joan, and offered a smile that would remain on her face for most of the one-hour "meditation workshop" at Temple University, Center City. A dozen students began feverishly copying the "truths" written on the board, while Joan talked about having fun and being happy.
October 28, 2015 |
We tend to mock those who are famous for being famous without stopping to wonder how they got that way. As of 2009-10, Amber Rose, South Philly-born and -raised, was a Ford model making red-carpet appearances alongside then-boyfriend Kanye West when people started to approach her on the street, requesting autographs and pictures. Then Rose, a former exotic dancer at Delilah's, started talking. Philly woman that she is (not quiet), people - 3.15 million Twitter followers, 8.2 million Instagram followers - hang on her every word - and selfie, of which there are many.
December 11, 2012 |
NEWARK,N.J. - Mayor Cory Booker of Newark was at it again last week. Eating like a food-stamp recipient to understand poverty, Booker documented his experience on five social media sites. Flirting with running for governor against Republican Gov. Christie, he kept legions of lesser-known Democratic challengers biting their nails. And enhancing his "super mayor" reputation, he pulled over to help someone after a car crash. All of that garnered national attention, further building the profile of the 43-year-old Democrat whose social-media moves and propensity for the extraordinary have made him a political phenom.
January 16, 2007
MARY MASON was a household name within the African-American community - in broadcasting more than 40 years. Like her or not, what the new owners did was a smack in the face of all her listeners (white or black). I never called the woman, but did listen to her. She was rude to a lot of her callers whose ideas were in contrast to hers - she also gave hope to those who desperately needed it. But the new ownership was so arrogant they wouldn't even allow Ms. Mason to wish farewell to all of her followers over decades.
April 3, 1999 |
The Rev. Harry W. McDowell 2d of St. Paul's Lutheran Church listens to a Good Friday prayer at Glenside train station. The Glenside Ministerium led a group of followers from the station through Glenside to sing and pray.
September 4, 2012 |
GAPYEONG, SOUTH KOREA - The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, best known for conducting mass weddings involving thousands of couples, was a self-proclaimed messiah, but he was at least as good at attracting dollars as he was at drawing converts. His Unification Church claims 3 million followers, though ex-members and critics put the number at no more than 100,000. There is no questioning the vastness of the business empire Moon created through his church: ventures in several countries from hospitals and newspapers to cars and sushi, and even professional sports teams and a ballet troupe.
December 2, 2008
RE THE LETTER from Ann Townson: Ronald Reagan was a two-term governor of California. For the rest of the uninformed Barack Obama followers, that is the chief executive officer of one of the largest and most diverse states in the country. Obama has run nothing more than a campaign during his very short career. So I guess you are out of your mind, as you suggested. Steven M. Painter, New Castle, Del.
October 20, 2012
Lane Goodwin, 13, a small-town boy who won a huge Facebook following for his thumbs-up attitude about his cancer, has lost his battle with the disease. He died Wednesday night, eliciting an outpouring from his heartbroken followers. The announcement of Lane's death came on his Facebook page, which had 369,000 followers as of Thursday. The announcement said the boy from Beech Grove, Ky., who loved fishing and soccer had "gained his angel wings. " Lane was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, and some Cardinals fans held up signs in support of Lane during the baseball playoffs.
July 9, 2012 |
Can Twitter matter? The Republican and Democratic Parties think so. In this tight presidential race, a national battle is on. And the ammo includes thousands of tweets, 140-character messages shot off to hundreds of thousands of followers, a blizzard of news, talking points, zingers, datelines, and instructions to the faithful. Nowhere is it fiercer than in Pennsylvania. The commonwealth has lost 45 percent of its electoral clout since 1932, and it hasn't backed a GOP presidential candidate since 1988.