January 21, 2002 |
I once met the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was in a sleek hotel lobby in New York, and when I approached him, almost reflexively, just to say how much I admired him, two large men stepped between us. Those bodyguards meant business. There was that pregnant pause. And then I stepped back, withdrew my outstretched hand, and just sent a smile in the direction of someone I so deeply admired. A look of such resignation crossed Dr. King's face that my own heart lurched. That it had come to this, that this great and beloved leader could not simply accept an outstretched hand, seemed to cause him genuine pain.
November 16, 2000 |
Pat Croce, as hyper as he usually is, is willing to wait. To wait for whenever chairman Ed Snider is ready to talk about a new contract for Croce, the 76ers president. "Ed Snider will do what's right, I'm very confident about waiting until he is ready to do it," Croce said before last night's game against Cleveland. "When he's comfortable, I'll be comfortable. " Croce felt compelled to meet with reporters after an Inquirer report indicated there could be a rift somewhere among Croce, Snider and coach Larry Brown.
June 14, 2000 |
Astonishment is running through North and South Korea. It all stems from a simple handshake, a grasp of hands that may hold the promise of turning back a half-century of alienation between the two countries. After 55 years of war, provocations and bellicose rhetoric, North and South Korea appear in one day to have taken a giant step in reducing tensions on the Cold War's last flashpoint. The landmark summit yesterday between the estranged Koreas got off to an auspicious start when the usually reclusive North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, unexpectedly showed up at the airport personally to welcome South Korean President Kim Dae Jung.
February 26, 2000 |
I was at Catholic Mass, and the moment had come: the peace handshake. A clutch of uncertainty seized me. Do I really want to shake hands today? I mean, I'm for peace, but I thought that's exactly what I wouldn't have if I shook hands. It wasn't that I am antisocial or aloof. You see, it was the height of the flu-and-virus season, and all around me people were coughing their heads off, sniffling, blowing their noses, and to shake hands with these folks meant gambling on catching something.
September 10, 1999 |
The Point was followed by The Reaction. After Cedric Pioline hit a running passing shot to take a 10-9 lead in his second-set tiebreaker, the 30-year-old Frenchman fell on his back in relief. When Pioline stood up, Gustavo Kuerten was there to congratulate him. "I was very surprised," Pioline said after winning a compelling 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 7-6 (16-14), 7-6 (10-8) quarterfinal decison over Kuerten yesterday. "It's not usual. When I turned, he was there [saying], 'Shake my hand.
April 29, 1999 |
When the speech was done, Comcast Corp. chairman Ralph J. Roberts calmly approached the speaker and offered his hand. It was, by accounts of those who saw it yesterday, a magnanimous gesture by Roberts, 79, toward the man who wants to snatch away the biggest prize that Philadelphia-based Comcast has ever sought. "I thought it was very gracious of him," James Ginty, president of AT&T in Pennsylvania, said of the brief meeting between Roberts and Ginty's boss, C. Michael Armstrong, the AT&T Corp.
September 10, 1998 |
A "figment" - that's what the NHL called the imaginative one-year oral option the Flyers and Eric Lindros forged Tuesday. "I don't see how a player can play on a handshake, and not having it in writing does not constitute something legally binding," said Frank Brown, the NHL's vice president of media relations, who met with the league's legal counsel yesterday in New York. "We can't react or have a comment to a figment, and that's what this is, a figment," he said. Brown said commissioner Gary Bettman would issue no ruling because nothing had been submitted to the league.
September 9, 1998 |
Eric Lindros and the Flyers added a one-year option to the player's contract yesterday with a handshake that will extend the accord through the 1999-2000 season. The oral agreement does not guarantee that Lindros won't be traded, but diminishes the possibility. Since this agreement is not in writing, if the Flyers trade Lindros this season, his new club would have a guarantee for Lindros' rights only through this season and not beyond. The agreement applies only to the Flyers.
July 23, 1998 |
The gunman didn't give his victim a fair shake. After shaking hands with John James Jr., 19, of Chester, Lamont Overby, 24, of Capitol Street near Wharton, pulled out a gun and shot him five times on Reed Street near 20th on Aug. 27, 1996, said Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron. The prosecutor suggested that the motive for the brutal South Philadelphia murder might have been robbery. But Cameron didn't have to prove the reason behind the killing. He had an eyewitness.
June 18, 1998 |
Saying he intends to stick around for the 76ers' next championship parade, Pat Croce made the most predictable move in recent franchise history: He agreed to remain president of the team. "I'm not going anywhere," Croce said yesterday. ". . . Better times are ahead, and I want to be a part of it. " There is no written agreement - number of years and amount of money are still to be determined - but Croce said he got the word Tuesday. "I shook hands with Ed Snider," Croce said.