April 3, 2008
AS A 42-YEAR-OLD male whose belly is fattening while his hair is thinning, I wanted to tell you that your article purporting to show a link between middle-age weight gain and dementia is a load of bunk. And if you don't believe me, just ask my cat Abraham Lincoln, who read the article to me while we played No Limit Hold-'em with the Martians from next door. Mike Ginsberg, Philadelphia
July 31, 2011
Wouldn't it be nice if golf clubs knew how to hit the ball just right for a long, powerful drive down the fairway? Dream on, but for now, you might get a hand with a new golf glove with a built-in LED digital monitor that warns you if your grip on the club is too tight for a good shot. The monitor, attached to the adjustable glove closure on the back, works with little sensors imbedded in the glove's fingers, providing continuous audio and visual feedback on grip pressure, even indicating which fingers are gripping too tightly - or if your grip is just right, based on your preset ideal pressure.
September 25, 2011
Such a simple concept, so not-yet-available when I needed it so many times in the past. Hurray for Handle "It. " Two adjustable 8-foot straps and a heavy-duty plastic handle work together so you can carry big boxes or bundles at the airport, to the train or car, or from a gift shop, without juggling the load in your arms. The straps, which can be used either parallel or perpendicular to each other around a bundle, extend to hold packages of varying shapes and sizes. Keep a set in the car or suitcase just to be ready.
April 20, 1993 |
On the title track of Aerosmith's new Get a Grip (Geffen), sage vocalist Steven Tyler offers this deep thought: Same old same old every day, if things don't change you're just gonna rot Cause if you do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got. This is interesting because, on most of Get a Grip, Aerosmith does exactly what it's always done: make rollicking rock and roll with a vicious blues edge. Yet the desire for creative growth the band displayed on Pump's "Janie's Got a Gun" is there.
November 30, 1989 |
Four teen-age arms with spray-paint cans vent their emotions by defacing a neighborhood wall with graffiti. Then the wall comes alive and expresses its emotions - the angry, romantic, frivolous feelings of youth - in an absorbing dialogue with the teens. That's what happens in "Get a Grip," Freedom Theater's youth production. It opens tomorrow and runs for three weekends in the 125-seat North Philadelphia theater. In addition to the four teens appearing as members of the Desperateers spray-paint gang, nine young actors play the different emotions of the wall.
October 31, 2006 |
The defending two-time most valuable player in the NBA shows you his blistered hands. "It tears my fingers apart," Steve Nash said last week. "Like, every day. I just lotioned twice since practice. I just grip it, and the friction that comes from it, it tears my fingers apart. " Nash's fingers are getting cracked by the league's new basketball, rolled out with great fanfare in June during the Finals and set to make its official debut tonight when the NBA regular season begins.
June 13, 1993 |
Once upon a rhyme, 152 years ago to be exact, a rambunctious raven named Grip - beloved pet of Charles Dickens, the bird that inspired Edgar Allan Poe to write The Raven - cried, "Halloa, old girl!" (his favorite expression), keeled over and expired. Yes, this was a terribly sad day in the Dickens household. "You will be greatly shocked and grieved to hear that the Raven is no more," Dickens wrote a friend on March 12, 1841, closing, "In profound sorrow, I am ever your bereaved friend . . . " After that, like a Dickens foundling with a secret benefactor, Grip went on to become perhaps the most famous dead bird in literary history - featured in Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge, star of Poe's The Raven, remembered by generations of schoolchildren who can quote, "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.
April 27, 2012 |
QUOTH THE RAVEN, "Nevermore. " So says Edgar Allan Poe anyway. But what does "Nevermore" sound like with a Philly accent? Because the raven — yes, that raven — that inspired Poe's most famous work and the title of the new John Cusack-starring thriller — resides right here in town. At the Rare Book Department in the Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, to be exact. Despite being an English bird by birth, the raven has resided at the library since 1971, when Col. Richard Gimbel, of the famed department-store dynasty, bequeathed the raven to the library.
February 9, 1986 |
Tugboats ease the 45,000-ton battleship Wisconsin from its berth at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard on its way to be refitted. The mothballed World War II ship, which is being reactivated, was torn from the grip of the Delaware River mud last week after a 28-year rest.
January 12, 1998 |
Safety starts young. That was the idea behind yesterday's self-defense workshop for 40 Camden County Junior Girl Scouts at Agatsu Dojos headquarters in Stratford. The session instructed the fourth to sixth graders in aikido, in which the goal is to redirect the force of the attack to the attacker's disadvantage. In the top photograph, 8-year-old Jessica Ritchie escapes the grip of instructor Gary Smith. In the bottom photo, the girls limber up before hitting the mat.