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.
April 10, 2016
DEAR ABBY: About a year ago, my daughter befriended a schoolmate. After numerous playdates, our families have become close. While my family is atheist, we know this family is devoutly Christian. Recently, after I mentioned in conversation that we weren't religious, they invited us to their church for service. I diplomatically declined but felt awkward having told the mom our non-beliefs. Since then, this family invites us to church constantly, and the mom routinely brings up scripture while we're talking.
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 7, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married to my husband, "Mark," for 20 years. My best friend, "Eric," is a gay man. For some reason, Mark is threatened by my friendship with Eric. Whenever Eric calls or texts, my husband becomes resentful. It has reached the point that I feel like I need to hide phone calls and texts, and sneak around in order to talk to my friend. I have always been faithful, honest and open with Mark about everything, and I am very uncomfortable having to hide my friendship with Eric from him. Mark does not feel this way about any of my female friends.
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.
June 3, 2016 |
For weeks, defense lawyers have portrayed U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah and wealthy political fund-raiser Herbert Vederman as the best of friends - a "political odd couple" who forged a personal bond despite backgrounds that could not be more different. On Wednesday, prosecutors in the two men's federal corruption trial sought to show that the friendship came with privileges. Witnesses ranging from Vederman's girlfriend to the man who ran President Obama's 2012 reelection campaign testified that Fattah had on several occasions extended his influence to benefit Vederman, his loved ones, and his ambitions.