February 8, 2005
Think how history might have changed if some heroes of history had reacted to their situations the way the Philadelphia Eagles' offense responded in the waning minutes of the Super Bowl: We'd still be British subjects. Imagine if it had been Paul Revere's 11 a.m. ride, because he'd had a leisurely breakfast of tea and crumpets before setting out on horseback for Lexington. "I say, chaps, I was wondering if you saw any Redcoats march through here looking for Samuel Adams?" Tom Hanks wouldn't have been in any movie called Apollo 13. Imagine if NASA engineers had responded to the "failure is not an option" moment with, "How 'bout we get back to you on Friday with a concept paper on options for dealing with the problem?"
September 5, 2000 |
I am the last person to criticize this nation's young people. I LOVE our young people, and I try to stay "hep" to their culture and their "slang lingo. " This is not easy, because the slang keeps changing. For example, here is a partial list of the phrases that have been slang for "good" in my lifetime: "swell," "neat," "keen," "hot," "cool," "boss," "stud," "bad," "groovy," "far out," "dynamite," "happening," "sweet," "rad," "awesome," "fly," "chillin'," "trippin'," "the bee's knees," "the bomb," "Puff Daddy" and "cutting the mustard.
February 3, 2009 |
Super Bowl XLIII was seen by an estimated audience of 95.4 million people, second only to last year's game as the most-watched Super Bowl ever. Viewership peaked in the fourth quarter, when Arizona took the lead on Larry Fitzgerald's 64-yard touchdown reception, only to have it snatched back when Santonio Holmes' end zone leap gave Pittsburgh a 27-23 win. More than 100 million Americans were watching between 9:30 and 10 p.m., according to...
July 27, 1989 |
When people ask C. Daniel Hayes what he does, his answer usually triggers more questions. "When I say I work at the Newcomen Society, their first question is, 'What exactly do they do up there?' " Hayes, who is vice president of the society, doesn't mind answering - as long as the questioner has a little time. "You can't really describe the society in one word," said Hayes, who works in the organization's cluster of white stucco buildings on a country road in Exton. "It's a little more complicated than that.
December 31, 2001 |
John Quincy Adams, upon retirement from the White House, ran for a seat in the House of Representatives. Ulysses S. Grant traveled extensively, dabbled unsuccessfully in the stock market and then sat down to write his memoirs because he needed the money. Until now, however, only one president has set out on a methodical campaign to redeem his presidency in the eyes of historians. That was Andrew Johnson, who announced on his return home to Tennessee after a calamitous administration that culminated in his impeachment, "I intend to appropriate the remainder of my life, short as it may be, in the vindication of my character.
June 10, 1993 |
The protracted three decade-plus battle over whether the Blue Route should be built produced a stream of documents that probably exceed the road's 21.5 miles through the western suburbs. Now, a key part of that documentation soon will be available to the public at the Radnor Memorial Library. The Committee for the Blue Route, a citizens' group that supported the building of Interstate 476, is donating about three file drawers of impact studies, court cases and material related to the Radnor Citizen's Referendum that helped clear opposition to construction of the highway.
December 5, 1987 |
When the play was over, the actors came front and center to answer questions from the audience. One concerned educational backgrounds, and actor Daniel Doyle was the first to answer. "Columbia University, major in history," he said. "To tell you the truth, though, where I've really learned history is right here in this show. " Daniel Doyle is in U.S. 1787-1987, a play in one fast act and several hundred mini-scenes, produced by the Philadelphia Actors' Theater. Wednesday, in performances before two assembly audiences at Martin Luther King High School, Stenton Avenue and Haines Street, he and his fellow actors - Bonnie Cavanaugh, Joseph Pokorny and Kristin Norton - demonstrated that history can be fun. Working with a minimum of props, they covered 200 years of American history, from the signing of the Constitution to the recent report of the Iran-contra investigating committees.
January 27, 1986 |
Long before Philadelphia had the Eagles, Frankford had the Yellow Jackets, titans of the National Football League back in its busted-nose and leather- helmet days. The old manufacturing neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia fairly swelled with civic pride, too. "People all over the country have come to learn that the Yellow Jackets are from Frankford and not merely from Philadelphia," reporter Milton Jacobs wrote in 1925 for the National News Service. "The Yellow Jackets play right in Frankford, and therefore thousands of visitors enter Frankford weekly by train, foot, auto, bus, trolley and elevated to see that team play," Jacobs wrote.
January 11, 1987 |
Robert Valyo, who retired Jan. 1 as the Willistown police chief, plans to use the skills he learned in 32 years on the force to sniff out the history of the township. For the last three years, Valyo has spent an increasing amount of time digging into the history of the 300-year-old Chester County community that he grew to know while on patrol. "I'm really going to do it now. I really love historical research," said Valyo, 59, who retired after handing over the reins a day earlier to Lt. Charles O. Bennett, 51, who was sworn in as chief Monday night.
September 5, 1991 |
Almost hidden among Mount Holly's montage of municipal parking lots and sidewalks is a tiny bit of its history. The rough-hewn logs and the glistening oyster-shell mortar on the Shinn- Curtis log house built in 1712 help to tell its story in a very quiet way. Without words or sounds, the log cabin - one of Mount Holly's first buildings - tells visitors a tale of a once-tiny town on the banks of the meandering Rancocas Creek. At the same time, it serves the residents as a thift shop whose profits of more than $5,000 a year benefit the Mount Holly Historical Society.