April 24, 2015 |
THE OLD GHOUL sat in a wheelchair, an undertaker's long coat a little looser on his bones, and peered into the foggy past of his peculiar life. John Zacherle, 96, made several stops along his life's timeline on a recent weekday afternoon: how it began on Pulaski Avenue in Germantown and wound up in here in Manhattan, in a studio apartment crammed with the sort of stuff you'd see hanging in an amusement park's haunted house. "I never really had what you'd call a regular job, let's put it that way," he said.
May 28, 2014 |
WHAT a difference a year makes. Last Memorial Day weekend, the aftershocks of Superstorm Sandy and less-than-ideal weather conspired to launch the summer of 2013 rather inauspiciously. But visitors and locals alike down the Shore were singing a much happier tune yesterday - and it sounded a lot like "Happy Days Are Here Again. " "It was a good weekend," offered Carol Forrest, owner of three Wildwood, N.J., retail outlets - two Wild Ocean Surf Shops and Pegasus Earth Shop - as she stood behind the counter of her Wild Ocean store in the Boardwalk Mall in Wildwood.
May 9, 2014 |
CBS's "48 Hours" tomorrow night will air parts of a haunting voice mail recorded during the last minutes of a young woman's life as she was murdered, although the victim's mother says she wishes the show wouldn't. Well, Happy Mother's Day to her. The crime series focuses on the 2012 slaying of Weight Watchers executive Danielle Thomas by her live-in boyfriend, lawyer Jason Bohn , in New York. During Bohn's trial, it was revealed that Thomas' phone recorded a four-minute message that includes her screams and pleas for her life.
February 14, 2014 |
DEAR PHILLY, Happy Valentine's, boo. Tomorrow, you're going to get all kinds of love through a #whyilovephilly Twitter campaign. Last year, so many people tweeted their affection for you that the hashtag trended nationally. A lot of the love is for some of your more obvious attributes, your sprawling Reading Terminal, your glowing Rittenhouse Square, your palatial 30th Street Station. But you also get plenty of love for your more subtle traits, cherished discoveries that only people who've spent time with you would even notice.
September 5, 2013 |
Come September, most kids can count on one thing: the start of school. But many families make sure their students-to-be can rely on something else: a personal back-to-school tradition. From baked goods that serve as tokens of parental support to those first-day-of-class photo sessions, moms say it gives them and their kids something to look forward to each year, and helps just a little to ease the first-day jitters. Mimi Larkin has a great deal of experience with the subject: 14 years to be precise.
June 28, 2013
THE PHRASE "jewel box" is overused to the point of cliché, but there is absolutely no other way to describe the 134-seat hidden treasure where the Cape May Stage folks serve up their brand of stagecraft. Located in a 110-year-old building that was a church before being converted into the town's Welcome Center (and then into a theater), Cape May Stage's home may be the biggest surprise the historic burg has to offer. "When people come from Philadelphia, for example . . . they are always amazed at the comfortable seats, the air conditioning, even the [Italian]
May 30, 2013 |
LOOKING TO HAVE a Marvel-ous time this weekend? Or to get "Charmed" while boldly going where no one has gone before? Good news. Wizard World Philly 2013 is here from Thursday through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th and Arch streets). The return of Marvel Comics to Philly after a multi-year absence is perhaps the biggest event at this year's show - though there are many huge headliners at this year's show (which runs an extra day). They would include legendary creator Stan Lee, co-creator of Iron Man as well as other wildly successful characters such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and Thor.
April 7, 2013 |
There wasn't anything that Roger Ebert tried that he wasn't stunningly successful at. After years of valiant resistance, he succumbed to cancer Thursday. He leaves behind a staggering body of multidimensional work. And here is where it all began, when we were young reporters . . . 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.
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.
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?