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August 25, 1991 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Through the miracle of vivid imagination, we now transport you three years into the future - to Sept. 30, 1994. The Phillies are in second place in the National League East. But what's this? We see some very weird scenes: Manager Whitey Herzog is setting up his pitching for the playoffs, now that the Phillies have clinched the National League's historic first wild-card berth. People are lining up for tickets to the two home playoff games against the NL Central winners, the Braves.
NEWS
June 28, 1994 | By SUZANNE CLOUD
I recently learned that I am an anachronism, a throwback, an antediluvian fossil pinned under the eyes of curious nightclubbers and befuddled diners. As one of the many jazz singers the Philadelphia public occasionally bumps into, I found myself face-to-face with the virtual reality of live music these days. Earnestly lugging the P.A. system to my Monday night jazz gig at Eli's Pier on the waterfront, I heard music pouring from the outside deck. A group apparently was performing in the band shell for an early evening WJJZ radio album party, and a head-bobbing crowd was thoroughly enjoying the spectacle.
NEWS
April 26, 1990
MILKEN'S MILLIONS For Michael Milken, paying $600 million in fines and penalties for his misdeeds in the world of high finance will apparently require only minor adjustments in his lifestyle. He's got many millions more where that came from. But for the debt-ridden U.S. government, which will be on the receiving of this transaction, $600 million is real money. We understand that two-thirds of that amount will be put aside to settle claims against Milken from cheated investors, but just imagine for a moment if it were all going into the U.S. treasury.
SPORTS
July 20, 2010
DONOVAN McNABB and Terrell Owens. Together again. Tomorrow night at 10, Spike TV's "Pros vs. Joes" will premiere an episode featuring current NFL players (the Joes) against former NBA players (the Pros) competing on the basketball court. McNabb, Owens and Antonio Gates will take on Hakeem Olajuwon, Kenny Smith and Rick Fox. (Future shock: Episode 2 features Michael Vick.) McNabb (now the Redskins' quarterback) and Owens (free-agent receiver) were, of course, former teammates on the Eagles.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 1989 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
When a movie is as successful as 1985's Back to the Future, the biggest problem confronting a studio anxious - make that "desperate" - to bring out its sequel is getting the original cast back together. You might say that Universal is covering its bets by coming up with a new concept - the back-to- back-to-back sequel. It wasn't easy lining up Michael J. Fox - who has just finished Casualties of War, a Vietnam drama directed by Brian De Palma - and the rest of the gang. But Fox, Lea Thompson and Christopher Lloyd were finally ready to go. Then all Universal had to do was persuade Robert Zemeckis to direct not one, but two sequels back to back.
NEWS
May 24, 1992
It is three decades now since Rachel Carson, the wildlife biologist, started tolling the bell. She saw a day, if the earth didn't get more respect, when the bird song would die and spring would fall silent. Alvin Toffler would follow, in 1970, with Future Shock, raging against the "industrial vomit" staining America's skies and seas, filtering into its very food. Then came Earth Day. And, on its heels, the brave, new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, tasked to clean up rivers so filthy they caught fire and air heavy with the lead residue of millions of car exhausts.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 1991 | By Mark de la Vina, Daily News Staff Writer
If you're looking for the future, it's here: across the street from a nail salon, nestled between an auto shop and a used clothes store in a Washington, D.C., suburb. This seven-room, wood-paneled office, more non-profit organization than Jules Verne fantasy world, is home to the World Future Society. If you're conjuring visions of a lab where the nation's top scientists are furiously searching for a cure for cancer, or a covert testing site where military experts are experimenting on engines powered by matter/anti-matter reactions, or perhaps where a bleary-eyed Orville Redenbacher is holed up in an attempt to build an incredible snack-making device that leaves no corn kernel unpopped, think again.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 1990 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
The two sequels to Back to the Future were filmed back-to-back. This made it possible to release the third installment just six months after the second, turning the hero into Marty Frequent McFlyer and threatening future shock for all but the most diehard fan of the series. Back to the Future, Part III takes us farther back into the past with less- dizzying chronological shifts than its immediate predecessor, which went sideways in time as well as backward and forward. In making the second and third parts of the trilogy together, director Robert Zemeckis and writer Bob Gale laid themselves open to accusations of slick Hollywood cynicism.
NEWS
February 20, 1987 | BY LINDA WRIGHT AVERY
During a brief recess in class recently, a few students lingered in the classroom, and burst into song. One young woman wearing portable radio earphones was leading the group in an harmonious chorus of "Lean on Me," a tune made popular by Bill Withers nearly two decades ago. I recognized the song, and spoke up to identify it - or so I thought. "No Linda, you're behind, you're out of date," exclaimed one of the students. They were singing a recently released, hard driving, reggaed-up-and- boogied-down version by a group called Club Nouveau.
SPORTS
March 7, 1998 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Shortly after the 76ers stung the New York Knicks, 80-71, Allen Iverson convened a conversation covering the importance of team unity, NBA economics, loyalty and the necessity of avoiding future shock in either area. We give you Professor Iverson, in a refreshing, straight-forward position statement . . . Saying "I hope" the team's nucleus stays together, Iverson noted, "I like the direction it's heading. I just hope guys don't lose focus in the summer, don't forget about the team aspect because one or two guys have all the money.
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July 20, 2010
DONOVAN McNABB and Terrell Owens. Together again. Tomorrow night at 10, Spike TV's "Pros vs. Joes" will premiere an episode featuring current NFL players (the Joes) against former NBA players (the Pros) competing on the basketball court. McNabb, Owens and Antonio Gates will take on Hakeem Olajuwon, Kenny Smith and Rick Fox. (Future shock: Episode 2 features Michael Vick.) McNabb (now the Redskins' quarterback) and Owens (free-agent receiver) were, of course, former teammates on the Eagles.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2010
Pop Love and Its Opposite (Merge . 1/2) Tracey Thorn has always seemed an old soul. In Everything but the Girl, Thorn and her musical and life partner, Ben Watt, started off dabbling in bossa nova and cool jazz back in the mid-'80s before moving into club territory later in a career that's been on hiatus since 1999. No matter the setting, though, Thorn's restrained, unaffected alto conveyed a somber wisdom and heartfelt experience. That's even more true on Love and Its Opposite . After 2007's percolating Out of the Woods , Thorn tones down the beats (although noted remixer Ewan Person produced the album)
NEWS
January 18, 2010 | By Faye Flam INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The deadly earthquake that felled much of Haiti's capital last week broke 250 years of strain - a tension that had built slowly across the nearby fault as it resisted the inexorable tug of drifting tectonic plates. Geologists who have studied the complicated fault system in the area say more quakes could follow last week's disaster, which killed an estimated 45,000 to 50,000, according to the Red Cross. Often quakes such as this trigger others nearby in a domino effect, the experts say. In coming years, other sections of the same fault are likely to rupture, threatening not only Haiti but the Dominican Republic and Jamaica.
SPORTS
March 7, 1998 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Shortly after the 76ers stung the New York Knicks, 80-71, Allen Iverson convened a conversation covering the importance of team unity, NBA economics, loyalty and the necessity of avoiding future shock in either area. We give you Professor Iverson, in a refreshing, straight-forward position statement . . . Saying "I hope" the team's nucleus stays together, Iverson noted, "I like the direction it's heading. I just hope guys don't lose focus in the summer, don't forget about the team aspect because one or two guys have all the money.
NEWS
October 25, 1996 | By Trudy Rubin
OK, OK, so no one in the San Diego Town Hall audience volunteered a foreign-policy question during the second presidential debate. Don't let that lull you into believing that foreign policy doesn't matter. Yes, in this election, it's a sleeper. But whoever the voters pick will face tougher challenges abroad than first-termer Bill Clinton. Americans may ignore the world, but it won't ignore them. In fact, the world is going to make a stunning comeback on Americans' radar screens.
SPORTS
September 1, 1996 | By Mark Bowden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Lenny Roffman and his buddy Phil were in the liquor trade, so they brought the whiskey miniatures, swaddled under layers of warm clothing. Their pal Mort was in the food business, so he'd bring the sandwiches. Lenny's 10-year-old son Marc would awaken early and excited on those mornings in northwest Baltimore, when the trees along Park Heights Avenue were turning bright orange and yellow, and the chill of winter and the smell of burning leaves were in the air. He'd be dressed and ready hours before it was time to head down to 33d Street.
NEWS
March 16, 1995
Get it together, or the local economy might really start to fall apart. That's one lesson, perhaps, to be taken from a new study of the regional economy commissioned by Greater Philadelphia First, a coalition of the area's largest businesses. After looking Philadelphia over, the research firm of SRI International makes a strong pitch for "concentrated, regional action" to lift an economy that lags behind much of the nation in average wages, and is failing to ready enough workers for tomorrow's high-wage jobs.
SPORTS
September 29, 1994 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
When he first arrived on campus, Ron Dickerson says, people at the school didn't want a football program. "The students and administration were extremely negative," Temple's second-year football coach recalled. But Dickerson wasn't talking about Temple. The school was Colorado. The year was 1982. Bill McCartney had just taken over the program, and Dickerson was one of his top assistants. In 1980, the Buffaloes were 1-10 under Chuck Fairbanks, who won just seven games in three seasons.
NEWS
July 15, 1994 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Instead of showing potential visitors what the rundown, ramshackle parts of this gambling town look like today, a new promotional video bandies a glimpse of what the resort might look like in a few years. The eight-minute Billion Dollar Story was unveiled yesterday to an audience of marketing people, casino industry leaders and the media to tout the virtues of sights that aren't there yet. Featured are a proposed $1 billion convention center and a new "gateway" family entertainment facility at the main entrance to the city from the Atlantic City Expressway that is expected to rival the Inner Harbor in Baltimore or Riverwalk in New Orleans.
NEWS
June 28, 1994 | By SUZANNE CLOUD
I recently learned that I am an anachronism, a throwback, an antediluvian fossil pinned under the eyes of curious nightclubbers and befuddled diners. As one of the many jazz singers the Philadelphia public occasionally bumps into, I found myself face-to-face with the virtual reality of live music these days. Earnestly lugging the P.A. system to my Monday night jazz gig at Eli's Pier on the waterfront, I heard music pouring from the outside deck. A group apparently was performing in the band shell for an early evening WJJZ radio album party, and a head-bobbing crowd was thoroughly enjoying the spectacle.
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