September 8, 2011 |
COLOGNE, Germany - When the Philadelphia Orchestra tours Europe, certain things inevitably happen. Conductor laureate Wolfgang Sawallisch always receives either a visit at his home in Grassau, Bavaria, or a missive. (This year, due to recent medical issues, it was an 88th-birthday card.) And there's always a war-buddy reunion between the orchestra's oldest performing member, Jerome Wigler, 91, and Jean-Paul Mally, 84. The men met during the liberation of Paris in 1944. Wigler, a medic, was warming himself at a fire on a cold night and whistled the first phrase of a Beethoven string quartet.
March 18, 1996 |
Michael Bamberger calls his first play, Bart & Fay, "a play about a friendship told from the perspective of the surviving friend. " If you follow baseball, you're already familiar with the background against which the friendship will be tested. You know that Bart Giamatti was commissioner of baseball and Fay Vincent assistant commissioner in 1989, when Giamatti had to decide how severely to punish Pete Rose. One of the sport's greatest and most popular players, Rose had committed the sin of wagering on baseball games and the cardinal sin of betting on his own team.
January 12, 1986 |
It began as a quarrel about the two companions' professional roles, and gave way to a profound and unexpected rupture. For a long month, each kept up a brittle silence that mocked their 10 or more years of confidences. Finally, Diane Rehm, a Washington radio talk show host, and her estranged friend, Jane Holmes Dixon, an Episcopal priest, agreed to try the unconventional - to review the blow-up together with a therapist. "We did go," said Rehm, 49. "For the most part, the therapist listened.
June 23, 1988 |
Jeanne Lennon, 58, and Barbara Kitchen, 59, have been friends since they were teenagers, but they met face to face for the first time Sunday . The two women formed a friendship 43 years ago, and it has developed through the written word. Lennon, of Upper Darby, and Kitchen, of Devon, England, never even thought of communicating by phone until October 1986. That telephone conversation led to a visit by Kitchen. "I wrote in early 1986 and suggested we exchange phone numbers, and one day my husband, Dennis, simply said, 'Why don't you give her a call?
June 1, 1989 |
When Conestoga's Dan Lehman practiced early every morning during the PIAA state tennis tournament last week, his practice partner was William Tennent's Jason Katzer. When Katzer beat Notre Dame's Gog Boonswang in a semifinal match early Saturday afternoon, Lehman stood on the adjacent court and cheered the victory. Lehman and Katzer are good friends, but even friendship has its limits. One of those limits is the PIAA boys' state tennis title, which Lehman won by beating Katzer, 6-1, 2-6, 7-5, in the final at the West Branch Tennis Club in Williamsport Saturday afternoon.
August 9, 1991 |
Danny Hagan and Margie Moore were friends from at least the sixth grade. They were confirmed in the same Kensington church, and played together in each other's homes. She helped him get his job, drove him to work, and sometimes ran errands for his neighborhood deli. He often bought her lunch, and fronted money for her lottery tickets. This week, Hagan and Moore found themselves on the opposite sides of a Philadelphia courtroom. He had two lawyers, and so did she. One of his attorneys said the lawsuit was about the death of a friendship.
August 24, 2012
DEAR ABBY: I'm writing for advice on friendship. There is a person who insists we are "best friends. " She calls every day to gossip and get into people's business, including mine. We are grown women, and I find this childish. I am a loner. I don't like too many people in my space, but I don't want to hurt her feelings. I just want her to get a life. I'm married; she's single. We have nothing in common, in my opinion, and she tries to keep up with my every move. If I don't answer the phone at home, she calls me at work.
April 27, 1994
When President Clinton eulogizes Richard M. Nixon today, as the former president is buried in his California birthplace, he will pay tribute to a fascinating political friendship that may say more about the modern presidency than any 21-gun salute. The salute will be part of the ceremonies, of course, and a military honor guard. A national day of mourning has been declared. Mr. Clinton offered that and more to the Nixon family. Mr. Clinton's graciousness may be motivated by shrewd politics.
October 4, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My husband had an affair with the woman next door. We were close friends. I found out three months ago. We spent a lot of time with her. He swears the affair is over and wants us to become a close threesome again. She's divorcing her husband, who knows nothing about the affair. The three of us have hung out again, just like old times. My husband is thrilled; I am miserable. I am not convinced the affair is over. He says I'm being unreasonable and keeping him on a "short leash.
July 5, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: I am 39, married, and a professional woman with a good income. My best friend, "Barbie," and I both went to work after high school without completing our education. However, after several years I decided to go to college and get a degree so I could change careers. It turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. My income has more than doubled. Barbie is obviously jealous of my new life. She and her family barely make ends meet. I now feel as if I must walk on eggshells around her — guarding my conversation lest I mention a new purchase or having time off. If something does slip out, Barbie becomes defensive.