August 19, 2014
NEVER TRUST a skinny chef. Nor one with a spotless apron. I trust Walter Staib, built like a Black Forest barrel with a winter-frost Vandyke. In a world crawling with skinny chefs, Iron Chefs and nuisance chefs, give me Walter. "I don't have tattoos, I haven't been in jail, I'm an ordinary guy," he says. This ordinary guy has published six cookbooks, his PBS "A Taste of History" series snagged four Emmys in five seasons, he's a mega-consultant who has launched 650 restaurants around the globe.
August 12, 2014 |
They saved Chuck Bednarik's introduction for last. He emerged Sunday onto Franklin Field through a giant, inflatable Eagles helmet. Steadying himself on a walker, the 89-year-old could not reach out to shake hands as he passed the column of current Eagles. So they went to him. Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin leaned in and said a few words. The two stood just a few yards from the spot where Bednarik sat on Green Bay running back Jim Taylor as the clock expired in the 1960 NFL championship game.
August 9, 2014 |
Buried in the soil outside the Indian King Tavern museum in Haddonfield are remains from more than a century ago. Among things retrieved so far: broken pieces of glass goblets and pottery and an old coin drilled through the middle, all discarded there in the underbelly of a long-gone addition to the building. Those shards of history, inside buried brick walls, lay untouched until last month, when an excavation crew of high school students and other local volunteers as well as professional archaeologists began work on the site.
August 9, 2014 |
Standing in a beer garden across from the Liberty Bell, the city's leaders vowed Thursday to lure the Democratic National Convention to Philadelphia and announced their slogan: "Let's make history again. " Ed Rendell, the former mayor and governor, would not say whether that was a sly reference to the candidate he supports - Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, who could be the first woman to win a major party's nomination for president. "You can work on figuring that out," he said with a smile.
August 6, 2014 |
THE FIRST time the PGA was held at Valhalla, what unfolded was hardly memorable. But the next time would turn into something historic. In 1996, when it was only a decade old, Valhalla hosted the season's fourth major. The fact that Jack Nicklaus was the designer of the Louisville, Ky., course might have had something to do with that. Of course, the fact that the PGA of America had a 25 percent interest in the club probably didn't hurt, either. The organization that runs this championship eventually became the sole owner, which also explains why the Ryder Cup went there in 2008.
July 31, 2014 |
THREE WEEKS before taking the helm of North Philadelphia's Zion Baptist Church, the Rev. A. Carl Prince met with leaders of the small Virginia church he was leaving. On Dec. 18, 2011, he and Mount Hope Baptist Church leaders signed an "Announcement of Retirement" that took effect at the end of that year. Prince asked that "in the interest of the Church and Christian civility, that all litigation and investigations both civil and criminal, present and future, be ceased," the statement said.
July 18, 2014
PHILADELPHIA STARS, 1983-84 Here is a look at the 2 years the Stars played in Philadelphia: 1983 About the Stars (15-3): Coached by Jim Mora after George Perles unexpectedly bolted for the Michigan State job just before the season started . . . Running back Kelvin Bryant was the league MVP, but it was coordinator Vince Tobin's "Doghouse Defense" that led the way in the regular season. Philadelphia allowed less than 12 points per game during the regular season (but 62 in their two playoff games . . . Played at Veterans Stadium where they averaged 18,650 in attendance . . . Overcame seven turnovers and a 21-point deficit with 12 minutes left to stun Chicago in overtime of a playoff game at the Vet. The game was terrific.
July 17, 2014 |
Just across from the Liberty Bell, another homage to America's roots opened Tuesday afternoon: a beer garden highlighting the country's own brews. Independence Beer Garden, located on the west side of Independence Mall at the foot of the Dow Chemical building, served its first glass just before 4 p.m. Michael Schulson, a 41-year-old chef who also owns Philadelphia's Sampan restaurant, always wanted to open a beer garden. Now, after a few hiccups that delayed the opening, he finally has. With 20 American beers on tap, the "garden" is big - approximately 22,000 square feet.
July 16, 2014 |
IN ENGLAND, only two courses are older than Royal Liverpool. Or Hoylake, as it's better known for the seaside town that surrounds it. The club as founded in 1869 and 28 years later hosted the first of what this week will be a dozen Open Championships, as they simply call it everywhere outside the United States. In the modern rotation, only St. Andrews (28), Muirfield (16) and Royal Troon (14) have been the venue more often. It was taken out of the rotation after 1967 not because of the course but rather the notion that it could no longer cope with the logistical issues, such as parking and concession space.
July 6, 2014 |
VICE PRESIDENT Joe Biden celebrated America's 238th birthday at Independence Hall, where he considered the history and future of the nation's freedoms. Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd that gathered yesterday despite an overcast sky and drizzling rain, Biden spoke of the work the Founding Fathers did in Philadelphia in 1776. The event, part of the Wawa Welcome America Festival, focused not just on the signing of the Declaration of Independence but also on the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1954 that desegregated schools and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.