September 13, 1993 |
Gregory Thompson and his mother Joann (right) enjoy the Philadelphia Highway Patrol Drill Team performing stunts (above) during the Hero Scholarship Thrill Show at the Civic Center yesterday afternoon. The performance concluded two days of shows for the scholarship, which is for children of police officers and firefighters killed or injured in the line of duty.
April 30, 2003 |
WAY WE had it planned, Sgt. James Riley would step from the limo onto a crimson carpet littered with rose petals. A laurel wreath would adorn his head. It was going to be a homecoming befitting the triumphant return of a bona-fide American hero, not to mention the biggest blowout in Pennsauken since they opened that exit ramp off the Betsy Ross Bridge. For this small branch of a grateful nation, Sgt. James Riley was to be our living symbol of the triumph of good over evil, or democracy over autocracy, or - well, something like that.
November 15, 2012
By Joanna Weiss Many seem shocked that someone as broadly respected as David Petraeus would turn out to be like so many other powerful figures - smart and savvy in one realm, flawed and stupid in another. Steamy, traceable e-mails back and forth with a biographer? This is the guy we've trusted as a national security genius? Whether an affair should have felled the CIA director is really beside the point. In America, sex scandals matter, and Petraeus knowingly took a risk when he chose to have an affair.
February 22, 2013 |
IN HONOR OF his 50th birthday, which was Wednesday, we honor Charles Barkley for saying, "I'm not a role model . . . Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids. " Chuck was right. We should not allow our kids to worship athletes and other sports figures, because we are setting them up for disappointment. Teach them right from wrong and hopefully the rest will take care of itself. Sometimes, it's difficult. When it's a high-profile athlete who is consistently on TV commercials, magazine ads, has his own video game and is on "SportsCenter" every night, hero worship could become inevitable.
January 2, 2015
A FEW YEARS ago, NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley got into a lot of trouble for making the audacious observation that sports figures didn't need to be role models. Legions of fans and professional journalists (who are simply glorified fans with a byline) were outraged at this attack on the fundamental principle that the person who jumps highest must aim highest, the person who tackles the running back must also be able to tackle life's problems with grace, the person who hits it out of the park must swing for the cheap seats in real life as well.
October 24, 2001
Ever since the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, I believe that the American people have been giving George W. Bush too much credit. Before the attack, the economy was going downhill and our president hadn't made one right move since he entered office. Now people are treating him like he can do no wrong. He hasn't said anything that any other president wouldn't have said. And he hasn't done anything that any other president wouldn't have done. He is a pretender that was voted in office for his last name.
February 2, 1999 |
He covered all the bases - from the recent Olympics scandal to hero worship; high-flying salaries to falls from grace. Frank Deford - who some call the greatest living sportswriter - was at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church last night for the church's community forum series. Not his usual venue, Deford admitted. "It's intimidating for a sportswriter to be on a pulpit," he said, looking out on the packed, 1,100-seat sanctuary. Deford wrote a column for Sports Illustrated for 27 years and now freelances for the magazine.
May 3, 1991 |
The perennial advice given to writers is: Stick to what you know. That should include the relationships between women and men since the stressed-out days of Adam and Eve. But would it include trying to solve the moral and philosophical crises of the age? It would if you were Tom Robbins, he of the bestsellers. His newest in paperback, Skinny Legs and All (Bantam, $5.95), is the tale of a pretty young artist with marital difficulties, an Arab-Jewish restaurant at the United Nations Plaza, several sentient but inorganic objects (a shell, a can of beans)
July 22, 2008 |
WHO'D ever have thought that a man once hailed as a great civil-rights leader would (yet again) be caught with his pants down? And that clothing reference also makes me think about a related anti-fashion movement making waves (again). David Dicks, the new police chief of Flint, Mich., finds saggy pants so offensive that he's ordered cops to arrest those flaunting the style that reveals underwear and unsightly anatomical details. Efforts to banish the ridiculous fashion statement called "saggin" have failed nationwide because of civil-liberties complaints, but why so many young men insist on wearing their pants hanging off their butts is beyond my comprehension.
March 3, 1995 |
Artists, by and large, aren't very good at making art about art - the real stuff, that is, not the theory or the craft or the business or the gossip. In most plays and novels and movies, artists tend to look a lot like you and me, except they have a lot more problems and tend to quiver in this funny way that means Art is about to be born. But the act of creation, the total immersion when life itself drops away and nothing is left but the art and the artist, remains unexplored. It is the triumph of Terrence McNally's Master Class, which had its world premiere Wednesday night in a production by the Philadelphia Theatre Company, that it captures this transcendent experience.