July 8, 1986
I've been following news reports on the tax-code revision passed by the Senate, but no one has listed the groups that are being given tax breaks. Except for a few brought out into the open by Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum (D., Ohio) the public has little knowledge of the rest. The Inquirer should publish a list of the groups so the public can make up its own mind on the tax bill. Sen. Bob Packwood (R., Ore.) continues to defend the bill, including the exceptions, because they are "the grease" to move it. However, the Senate saw fit to remove items beneficial to the middle class such as full deductibility of contributions to IRAs, and double exemptions for the blind and the elderly.
April 18, 1988 |
An employee of a South Philadelphia doughnut shop was critically burned early yesterday when a car crashed into the shop and overturned a vat of boiling grease. The driver of the car also was critically injured and a customer was hurt in the 1 a.m. accident, police said. The employee, Joseph Lewis, 24, of Hazel Avenue near 48th Street, was admitted to St. Agnes Hospital's Burn Center suffering third-degree burns of the chest and face. The driver, Vincent Ventresca, 18, of Churchville, Bucks County, was admitted to Methodist Hospital with head injuries.
February 19, 2007 |
Grease, the musical that spawned Sandy Dumbrowski and Danny Zuko, and taught a generation the hand jive, is less about the birth of the American teenager than the birth of nostalgia for being an American teenager. In Grease, there are no classes to attend or parents to hassle teens. The kids of Rydel High School inhabit the glorious days of rock and roll, an autonomous world of paneled basements, record players, sock hops, sexual tension, and, occasionally, actual sex. You'd think by the popularity among the 'tween set of the movie version and the reality TV show You're the One That I Want, that Grease was wholesome family fare.
June 19, 2003 |
Throughout the first act and into the beginning of the second, the reaction of the audience at Tuesday's opening night of the musical Grease had been restrained. But at the opening of the second scene of Act 2, at the mere appearance of the silhouette of a man holding a microphone, the Academy of Music theatergoers broke into wild applause. They knew that Frankie Avalon was about to sing, and it was obvious from the ardent reception the hometown singer received before and after his single number that he was the reason most in the audience of 2,000 had come to the first musical in the Kimmel Center's Broadway at the Academy series.
August 6, 2011
Annette Charles, 63, perhaps best-known for her role as Cha Cha DiGregorio in Grease , has died. Her agent confirmed she died Wednesday night. A longtime friend, Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, said she died in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. Her death cames a little more than two months after the death of Grease actor Jeff Conaway, whose character was Cha Cha's date at a dance. Ms. Charles appeared on many TV shows during the 1970s and early 1980s, including Barnaby Jones ; The Bionic Woman ; Magnum, P.I. ; Bonanza ; The Mod Squad ; Gunsmoke ; and The Flying Nun . Born Annette Cardona, she became a speech professor under that name at California State University, Northridge.
May 10, 2005 |
An all-woman production of Grease planned by two small Philadelphia theater companies has been threatened with legal action by the licensing agent and may not go on as scheduled. The production of the popular high school musical by Brat Productions and Tapestry Theatre had been scheduled to preview tonight and open tomorrow at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in South Philadelphia. But on Friday, lawyers for Samuel French Inc., which licenses the script, sent a letter threatening legal action if the show went on with an all-female cast.
August 20, 2007 |
The Broadway revival of Grease could stand a lube job. Why does this new version, which seems cramped on its stage, not get us moving in our seats? Or is the musical, which takes us back to Rydell High and the teenage angst of the '50s, wearing out? I sat there, waffling about the revival, which opened last night and works only to a point. Part of the problem is the casting. Sandy and Danny, the two leading characters-in-love, were ultimately chosen by the 7.5-million-strong TV audience of the NBC talent runoff, Grease: You're the One That I Want.
October 9, 2009 |
Question: My brother tracked in, on his work shoes, grease and oil from an auto repair shop. I have old, worn hardwood floors from when I purchased the house and haven't been able to redo them yet. The grease has made dark black patches on the parlor floor, right in the center of the room where you can see the ugly stains as soon as you walk in the front door. I have put throw rugs over the black stains but I really want to get the grease and oil out of the wood. How can I do that? Answer: This is what the National Wood Flooring Association recommends: First rub the area with kitchen soap that has a high lye content, or saturate cotton with hydrogen peroxide and place over the stain.
May 21, 2016 |
About 70 slippery pounds of lard are secured in five-gallon buckets in an undisclosed South Philadelphia location. It's physical proof that, after nearly two decades lost to history, the grease pole - Albero della Cuccagna to Italian speakers - is finally back. The spectacle once was the centerpiece of the South Ninth Street Italian Market Festival: a 30-foot-tall beacon of steel and pig fat at Ninth and Montrose Streets, topped with meats, cheeses, and gift cards, tempting the brave, the drunk, and the temporarily insane to scramble up - and slide haplessly down.
April 27, 1995 |
There once was a little musical called Grease. Debuting in 1972, the show, set among a group of high school students in 1959, had a relatively small cast and modest production numbers. It proved to be very popular, so it was no surprise that in the 1990s, when apparently every musical in sight is being revived, Grease's turn would come. It is also no surprise that in this age of the grandiose musical presentation, Grease is no longer a little musical. Grease! is what the touring show opening at the Merriam Theater tonight is titled, and it earns the exclamation point.