July 18, 1986
Parents went to court in Tennessee this week, challenging the values of fairy tales and pleading that their children be segregated from the worldly and corrupting teachings of the public schools. Those worldly and corrupting teachings, they say, are found in such stories as The Wizard of Oz (it's pro- witchcraft), Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Goldilocks beats the rap after breaking and entering), etc. They see feminism, pacifism and humanism seeping under the schoolhouse door.
January 23, 2012
KEANSBURG, N.J. - A tired burglary suspect was captured inside a central New Jersey home after authorities say he fell asleep on a couch. Keansburg police tell the Asbury Park Press that Dennis Bannon of Middletown apparently broke into the home sometime Friday and stole a cellphone before taking his nap. He was discovered about 3:30 p.m. by the home's owner, who called police. Officers soon responded, but it took them several minutes to awaken Bannon. He's been charged with burglary, theft, criminal trespass and possession of stolen property, and was being held on $20,000 bail.
October 15, 1997 |
ELLEN. Channel 6, 9:30 tonight. The Theater of the Absurd, also known as Ellen DeGeneres' ABC sitcom, "Ellen," is getting wackier by the day. In a flip-flop of a decision made last week, ABC has decided that this week's show - at 9:30 tonight on Channel 6 - will air without a parental advisory. Last week's episode sparked a well-publicized dustup with the show's star. ABC slapped that episode with a "Due to adult content, parental discretion is advised" warning because it showed a kiss between DeGeneres' out-of-the-closet lesbian character and her heterosexual best friend, Paige (Joely Fisher)
April 7, 2000 |
If you think Goldilocks and the Three Bears is just an innocent children's story, you haven't seen it cast as a fable about furniture. In illustrator Steven Guarnaccia's telling, the young intruder stumbles onto a Frank Lloyd Wright-ish home filled with furnishings that are icons of postwar design. As clocks by George Nelson tick away, Goldilocks tries out chairs by Charles and Ray Eames and Arne Jacobsen, and samples chili from bowls by Eva Zeisel. Clearly, this is a bear family with style, in which Papa Bear reflects 1950s hipster culture with a beret, shades and a jazzy clarinet.
December 28, 1986
This is in response to the Inquirer editorial "Is this that old-time religion?" (Dec. 20). The editorial states that the "Scopes II" trial was an absurd distortion of religious freedom. It further states: "A faith that can't withstand an encounter with Goldilocks is a weak reed indeed to hang one's religious beliefs on. " It seems to me that the same reasoning can be used when Jewish children decry the use of a cartoon mouse on a Christmas stocking. After reading your editorial "Jewish kids and Christmas" (Dec.
December 20, 1986
The latest absurd distortion of religious freedom to emerge from the "Scopes II" trial in Greeneville, Tenn., is U.S. District Judge Thomas G. Hull's decision that the local school board must pay $50,521 to a group of fundamentalist parents for, among other things, the cost of enrolling their children in private schools. In a lawsuit that went to trial last July, the parents asserted that their children were being forced to read books that, in one way or another, offended their fundamentalist religious beliefs.
February 24, 2006 |
After Hurricane Katrina hit, New Orleans-area art teacher Kathy Hughes salvaged art supplies for her students. The students' resulting artworks, on display at Winterthur starting Saturday, capture their unique experiences as children affected by a natural disaster. "Reflections on the Storm" includes 22 works of art created by Hughes' elementary school students from the Jefferson Parish public schools. Hughes recovered what art supplies she could post-Katrina because "I believed that art could serve a therapeutic purpose in helping the students grapple with the many emotions and experiences they had endured.
June 30, 1995 |
"God made the world," Dana said. "And he told Noah to build an ark and take his animals, two by two on it. " She laid down the sticker storybook she had been holding, and pasted a gull near a palm tree. "Then it rained 40 days," she continued, "really hard. "Then the sun came out! And the blue bird came back with a green leaf and God made a promise he'd never ever do that again!" Dana, 7, is bright-eyed and friendly. She listens with attention when someone is speaking and answers questions with a ready smile.
April 26, 2002 |
Sex With Strangers, a documentary about two couples and one trio practicing the "swinger" (i.e., multiple-partner) lifestyle, could turn a libertine into a Puritan. If the film by Joe and Harry Gantz - the reality-TV pioneers of HBO's Taxicab Confessions - has any insight, it's that for some, sex with strangers is easier than emotions with intimates. Because six of the seven characters are so open about living their most private moments in public, the film plays less like an exploration of a sexual subculture than a forum for exhibitionists.
May 27, 1992 |
BEARISH ON RETIREMENT When it comes time to tap your company's 401(k) plan for a happy retirement, you may be in for a rude shock. Because of extremely conservative investments, there may not be enough money in the plan, says a consultant quoted in Investor's Business Daily. Douglas Culver of William M. Mercer Inc. said 401(k) plans lost ground in the 1980s because they are heavily into such things as money-market funds as opposed to stocks and bonds. "What you end up with is a bunch of folks who can't afford to retire," Culver says.