March 24, 1998 |
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, lived a strange people whose leader had a sex life that remained private. The inhabitants of this galaxy had absolutely no knowledge of their leader's sexual behavior. For all that the citizens knew, their leader may not have had genitals, so rarely did the subject come up. Amazingly, that faraway galaxy was our own not long ago - it only seems as distant as a "Star Wars" spaceport. The drama unfolding before us is more bizarre than science fiction, features more landmines than Rambo could negotiate, and outdoes Hitchcock in making audiences dread horrors-to-come.
May 13, 1993 |
The videocassette version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy begins with a computer readout saying: TIME 06:30. A second readout then flicks onto the screen: DESTRUCTION OF EARTH DUE: 11:46:00. Finally: TIME TO ELAPSE BEFORE END OF THE WORLD 05:16:48 - and counting. And you watch the sun rise on planet Earth - for the last time. Meanwhile, earthling Arthur Dent (Simon Jones) arises, puts on the bathrobe he will wear during the Guide's six episodes, and goes outside to warn the man in charge of a bulldozer not to knock Arthur's home down so they can build a bypass.
March 10, 2008 |
"Next best things" come and go. Britain's Test Icicles came. They played an acid-fried Blood Brothers-meets-Bloc Party brand of danz-punk and went, leaving guitarist Devonte Hynes to go and become his own next best thing: Lightspeed Champion. Only Champion doesn't fry with feedback on his softly strung, gorgeously melodic debut, Falling Off the Lavender Bridge. Unless you consider its tortured lyrics - then he's frazzled. But even those saddest and snarkiest of stories seemed chipper in the light of Lightspeed's hauntingly melodious tunes during Friday's free show at World Caf? Live's Upstairs.
May 21, 1998 |
With today's precision guidance technology, pilots can land airliners and corporate jets when they can't see where they're going. But rescue crews on the ground don't have the same equipment, so pilots and their passengers are in real trouble if their plane skids off the runway or catches fire in a dense fog or blinding snowstorm. "Sometimes it's so bad, you can't see your hand in front of your face," said Lt. John Brady, riding across the expanse of the Philadelphia International Airport in a huge, rumbling rescue truck.
January 29, 1991 |
Penn State will begin competition in 18 Big Ten conference sports next season, the university said yesterday. This does not include football or men's or women's basketball. The integration of those programs is still under discussion. The Nittany Lions' wrestling team will remain in the Eastern Wrestling League through next season and will start Big Ten competition in 1992-93. The incorporation of Penn State's fencing and field hockey programs into the Big Ten also is still under discussion.
February 10, 1993 |
Even before space travel was possible, astronomers and science-fiction writers were obsessed with the mysteries it might reveal. What lies beyond our planet and our solar system? they wondered. Could there be other worlds like ours? Other life forms? The National Air and Space Museum's Star Trek show, which closed Jan. 31, presented one version of these imaginings. Its new permanent exhibition, "Where Next, Columbus?" offers a more sobering view. It reminds us that warp speed, which allowed the USS Enterprise to dart from galaxy to galaxy, is just a convenient fiction.
December 29, 1992 |
MOSTLY HARMLESS Fiction. By Douglas Adams. Harmony. $20 Douglas Adams' legions of fans will not be surprised to hear that their favorite guide to hitchhiking around the galaxy deserves a thumbs-up for taking another look at the future and discovering - yet again - that it doesn't work. His findings make up another wonderfully pliant cosmic joke in Mostly Harmless, which is the fifth instalment in - as the publishers sheepishly admit - "the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy.
July 28, 2009 |
In just a few weeks, one of America's great industrial migrations will be under way: The new 2010 car models will begin rolling into the nation's car dealerships. While this is typically accompanied by a figurative flourish of trumpets, this year's fleet arrives to the funereal drumbeat of dealerships slamming shut. The latest estimates predict that a total of 3,800 dealerships will close by next summer, putting up to 150,000 people out of work. Though these closings are but one painful detail of the current economic calamity, they deserve particular attention.
April 28, 1994 |
More than 35 Bucks County artists are participating this weekend in Galaxy '94, an art show and sale to benefit the Network of Victim Assistance (NOVA). Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry and photographs will be among the pieces on display tomorrow and Saturday. The artists include Harriet Ermentrout, Glenda Lange Bye, Katharine Steele Renninger, and Mark and France Osterman. Ellen Brown, NOVA's director of community relations, said that the artists were donating 50 percent of the proceeds from their sales to the nonprofit agency.
March 13, 1998 |
Major League Soccer will begin its third season Sunday, when the expansion Miami Fusion will host defending champion Washington D.C. United in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This is a very different-looking MLS from the one fans saw in its first two seasons, however. The main changes are the addition of two expansion teams, Miami and Chicago, and personnel shifts caused by a series of trades involving some of the league's biggest names. During MLS's first two seasons, teams tiptoed around in the trade market, and no major faces changed teams.