August 25, 1991 |
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.
June 28, 1994 |
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.
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.
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.
February 12, 1989 |
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.
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.
January 2, 1991 |
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.
May 25, 1990 |
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.
February 20, 1987 |
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.
March 7, 1998 |
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.