August 19, 2016 |
The new hobby Edgar Stern had been searching for was there all along. "My grandfather made this in the 1930s, in Germany," the 89-year-old Cinnaminson resident says, holding up a hand-carved wooden plaque, known as a mizrach, of the type often found in Jewish homes. "I was looking for something new to do, and it gave me an idea," adds Stern, who was barely 9 when he and his family fled Hitler's Germany. "Why don't I try woodworking?" Since that inspiration about four years ago, the retired therapist has crafted dozens of decorative objects in his meticulously organized workshop and given most away.
August 13, 2016 |
Frank Fox didn't speak a word of English when he immigrated to the United States from his native Poland as a teenager in 1937. But he got into Central High School two years later and spent the rest of his life learning, writing, teaching, and translating. He was fluent in seven languages. Dr. Fox, 92, who lived at the Quadrangle in Haverford, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, of complications of a stroke at Bryn Mawr Hospital. "I could spend hours telling you about him," said his son, Julian.
August 7, 2016
The Silk Roads A New History of the World By Peter Frankopan. Knopf. 672 pp. $30 Reviewed by Paul M. Cobb I n the year 1238, at the abbey of St. Albans, a serene 20 miles or so northwest of London, a medieval scribe named Matthew Paris recorded some tragic news about fish. In that year, the fishermen and merchants from the Baltic who ordinarily crossed the North Sea to take part in the herring fishing off the coast of England did not dare leave their homes.
August 5, 2016 |
Howard H. Lewis, 81, of Devon, a Philadelphia lawyer and philanthropist, died Thursday, July 28, of respiratory failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Lewis was senior counsel at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads L.L.P., with an emphasis on corporate law, trusts and estates, and real estate transactions. Before Montgomery McCracken, Mr. Lewis was chair of the corporate law department at what is now Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel L.L.P. Early in his career, he was lead counsel when the Reading Co. declared bankruptcy in 1976.
July 31, 2016
The Secret War Spies, Ciphers, and Guerrillas By Max Hastings Harper. 640 pp. $35 Reviewed by Paul Jablow At first glance, Joseph Rochefort was about as unlikely as a war hero gets. A mediocre (at best) naval officer, he narrowly escaped court martial when a destroyer on which he was the duty officer dragged its anchor in San Francisco bay amid six destroyers. He was transferred to cryptoanalysis when fellow officers noted his penchant for crossword puzzles and bridge.
July 30, 2016
Hillary Clinton's hard-fought entry into the history books as the first woman a major party has nominated for president is the culmination of generations of struggles and sacrifices. Women have fought for equal footing with men since the nation's earliest days. Just a year after the colonists met in Philadelphia to declare their independence from England, the states enacted laws prohibiting women from participating in the new nation by voting. Those laws were followed by further statutes and court decisions relegating women to second-class status when it came to owning property, working, and controlling their bodies.
July 30, 2016 |
Delegate Janet King is staying at a Marriott in Lansdale, Montgomery County, a good 35 miles from the Democratic National Convention in South Philadelphia. But what's 35 miles when you've traveled more than 8,000 miles through 10 time zones to get here, when you live so far away that at midmorning Thursday here it's already Friday back home? And what is any distance when you are making history, as King is? She is one of 13 delegates from the Northern Mariana Islands, the newest U.S. territory, which is sending representatives to the Democratic convention for the first time.
July 29, 2016
I don't need to tell you what to expect Thursday night when history-making Hillary Clinton accepts her party's nod for president. You know you'll hear the same themes, even phrases, of her long campaign; and likely a little women's history since she's the first major-party female nominee. So maybe a reference to Seneca Falls, N.Y., site in 1848 of the first women's rights convention. Maybe a mention that her mother was born on the same day, June 4, 1919, that, she says, "Congress was passing the 19th Amendment" giving women the right to vote.
July 28, 2016 |
The White House photograph has become an icon: President Obama bending low in front of his desk in the Oval Office so a 5-year-old African American boy could touch his hair. "I want to know if my hair is just like yours," Jacob Philadelphia asked in 2009, as he and his family gathered for a picture with the president. "Why don't you touch it and see for yourself?" Obama said, lowering his head. "Touch it, dude!" As Obama arrives in Philadelphia on Wednesday to speak to the Democratic National Convention, the debate on his legacy is well underway.