July 22, 2011
I'M SUPER-elated that QVC dropped "Hanoi Jane" Fonda last weekend. Fonda snuggled up with the VC during the Vietnam War. She was going to be boycotted if she was going to promote her book. I say hoorah! for QVC in kicking her off. George J. Walton, Upper Darby In two weeks, the National Association of Black Journalists will hold its annual convention in the City of Brotherly Love. And, by the grace of St. Katharine Drexel in Camden, N.J., love is in the air. Wayne E. Williams Camden
October 30, 1992 |
"If life and death did not both present themselves to us," Samuel Beckett told an interviewer in 1961, "there would be no inscrutability. . . . It is because there is not only darkness but also light that our situation becomes inexplicable. " Darkness and light battle to a virtual standoff in Happy Days, the spare, existential 1961 tragicomedy that was to become the last full-length play that Beckett would write. Their eternal struggle is brought to rich and satisfying life in the Philadelphia Area Repertory Theatre (PART)
January 5, 1996 |
The big question yesterday was not whether backup quarterback Randall Cunningham would return from Las Vegas in time for today's final practice session for Sunday's playoff game against the Cowboys. It was, "What did they name the baby?" Gizmo? Richie? Buddy? Rodney McMahon Cunningham? Norman? Arsenio? Or Randall, Jr? It's a boy. The waiting and simmering frustration among many in the Eagles' organization is over. Cunningham phoned head coach Ray Rhodes yesterday to announce that his wife, Felicity, gave birth to their first child early in the morning.
October 3, 2009 |
We are up to our necks in it - whatever it is. That's what came to me after seeing the Lantern Theater production of Happy Days, the 1961 play by the absurdist Samuel Beckett. Until then, I'd only read Happy Days - which Beckett wrote with almost as much stage direction as dialogue, the former at times more absorbing. I was curious to see it unfold, if that is the word, on stage. And on balance, Lantern tackles the piece well. Happy Days asks: What does it mean when there's nothing to say, but we say it at length and repetitively?
April 5, 2013
EIGHTY years ago this Sunday, the federal government enacted a law that targets beer drinkers with a mean-spirited tax on every bottle, every glass, every sip they take. In the decades that have followed this ignominious date, the law has taken billions of dollars out of our pockets, killed jobs, thwarted brewery expansion and threatened the middle class. Beer lobbyists today describe the law as "devastating" and "regressive. " They say it jeopardizes the entire industry. Just another example of greedy tax-and-spend politicians, right?
March 26, 2009 |
If you called the phone number listed for the Broadway Series at the Academy of Music on Tuesday night, when it opened the stunningly lame new musical called Happy Days , you got a taped message that the box office would be back in business sometime after New Year's. Is anybody minding the store over there? Apparently not, or someone would have changed the message by now - and also would have nixed the possibility of booking Happy Days , which runs through the weekend and appears to be a stage collaboration by Lackluster and Uninspired.
November 1, 1996 |
Garry Marshall was walking across the Paramount lot and was hailed by a young woman. When Marshall told her he was doing a movie, she said, "Great! Do you have a good part?" Marshall is amused by the story, and why not? The movie is "Dear God," and he's the director. At 62, Marshall is a television legend as the creative force behind such classics as "The Odd Couple," "Happy Days," "Mork and Mindy" and "Laverne and Shirley. " As a film director, he's done "Pretty Woman," "Beaches" and "Frankie and Johnny," among others.
April 6, 2013 |
The editorial department of the News-Gazette, located then at 48 Main St. in Champaign, Ill., was on the second floor, and that floor was scarred and stained by a lifetime of snuffed butts. There was no air conditioning, so in the summer, all the windows would be thrown wide, and as darkness descended, squadrons of flying insects would answer the siren call of the lights, their bodies carpeting the desks. We hammered out our deathless prose on quaint machines called typewriters, and when there was a room full of them firing up, it sounded like machine-gun fire.
October 22, 2012
This year, "Forward" and "Believe in America" are among the competing political campaign slogans. Match up themes or slogans from previous years with the presidential candidate. 1. "A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage. " 2. "54-40 or fight. " 3. "Free soil, free labor, free speech, free men . . . " 4. "Happy days are here again. " 5. "He kept us out of war. " 6. "In your heart, you know he's right. " 7. "It's the economy, stupid.
April 1, 1995 |
With the theme of Magnum, P.I. as its entrance music and an illuminated World Wrestling Federation "W" as part of its goofy stage show, Weezer gave new meaning to the phrase "sitcom rock" Wednesday night at the Tower Theater. Like a TV sitcom, the L.A. quartet packs pop culture references, laughs, and family entertainment into every three-minute song. Mixing Beach Boy harmonies and Cheap Trick hooks with the requisite wall-of-guitars, guitarist- vocalists Brian Bell and Rivers Cuomo, bassist Matt Sharp, and drummer Patrick Wilson pleased the largely junior-high-age crowd that body-surfed, screamed and sang along, as well as their parental chaperones.