September 19, 2014 |
Burt Watson speaks in a gravelly voice and says it wasn't always like that. His job changed his voice, he said. Most weekends, somewhere in the world, this West Philadelphia native, an Overbrook High graduate, starts yelling, "Let's roll!" The stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship know Watson's yell means it's fight time. How Watson wound up as UFC's site coordinator - baby-sitter to the stars, he calls it - is a tale that began four decades ago, on a Manhattan street. Walking along, Watson said, he saw two cars collide.
June 14, 1996 |
Interior designer Steven Weixler had long lived in spacious pre-World War II apartments when he decided to buy a small one-bedroom apartment in a newer building in Philadelphia. The two main rooms of the 850-square-foot apartment, the bedroom and living room, were not only tiny, but the biggest window and a balcony were located in the bedroom. The arrangement didn't suit Weixler's furniture, particularly his favorite large oil painting and a valuable English Regency table. "I didn't want to give them up or to cram them into small rooms," Weixler said.
May 31, 1987 |
The Warminster Township Zoning Hearing Board has granted a request by psychologist Robert J. Berchick to build a single-family home and office at Street Road and School House Lane. In approving an exception and a front-yard variance at a meeting Wednesday night, the board stipulated that Berchick must build at least 50 feet from the curb line and 40 feet from the School House Lane right-of-way. Berchick, who plans to move to Warminster from Bensalem, said the entrance to his office would face Street Road and the entrance to his home would face School House Lane.
January 24, 1997 |
Some folks have a short commute - about 10 seconds. That's how long it takes me to carry a mug of coffee from the kitchen to the office, a 13-foot-long slab of desktop that sprawls along my bedroom windows. Thirteen feet: Sounds like a surplus. In truth, I'm getting crowded out by papers, files, slides, stray Lego pieces, three towers of books, one stubborn nest of electrical cords, and a computer, printer, fax and phone. Worse, blinds block my view all day because of the melting southern sun. Not very well planned, was it?
June 7, 2013
DEAR HARRY: I work as a sales rep for a company based in Chicago. We have no local office, so I work from home in a converted storage closet that's about 10 feet by 9 feet. I have my company's laptop and my desk and chair there, period. I have never claimed any of my expenses for this office on my 1040. I just did not want to get involved in a hassle with Uncle Sam, because I understand that a home-office deduction is a flag for them to audit me. The guy who prepared my 2012 return told me that he thinks that the IRS is going to have some alternative to listing those expenses for a home-expenses automobile (something like the per-mile auto allowance)
October 27, 1988 |
The high-tech industry seems to have an unlimited capacity to dream up new products for state-of-the-art consumers to buy, and this month has produced enough gadgets to fill a hard disk. The home office is hot and getting hotter, as these new products show: Canon has added three new low-cost copiers to its line, the PC-3, 5 and 5L; prices range from $745 to $1,095. Ricoh has three new compact fax machines, the FAX10E, 20E and 60E. All include the newly accepted CCITT error-correction mode.
November 5, 2004 |
Laptops now surpass desktops as the number-one personal computer sold to consumers, the Consumer Electronics Association says. The mobility they represent is influencing home-office furnishings, too. "Time was when everything was about computer cabinetry - all kinds of gymnastics to accommodate big monitors," says West Chester architect Richard Buchanan. "Now, we're finding home offices tend to be very lovely sitting-room spaces where people can pull out a laptop and go to work.
September 25, 1988 |
A regiment of designers is at work creating furniture for the newest room in the house - the office. Don't expect to see those designs too soon, however, say trend-watchers in the work-at-home field, because consumers seem reluctant to buy. The reason? Although 6 million people work at home full time, and 13.8 million work at home at least eight hours a week, working at home usually is temporary for most people, according to the experts. And temporary often connotes "make-do" and "makeshift," which does not translate into high sales potential.
June 13, 1991 |
The home-office business got a new competitor yesterday when Sears, one of the nation's largest but more troubled retailers, unveiled a new store department here. Called "The Office Center," the 2,000-square-foot department will carry 85 brand names of office supplies and accessories and will be located within its general retail stores. Sears plans to add the department in 12 Philadelphia-area stores. Eight area stores already have the "Office Center," although they won't officially open until June 22. The company heralded the news as "a pretty significant announcement.
October 12, 2007 |
Even in these slack times for the furniture industry, two specialty categories remain a bright spot for sales: home entertainment and home office. At the High Point Market, the range of styles for stowing behemoth flat-panel TVs was incredible. There were enormous, configurable, wall-spanning units (with built-in mounting panels or doors), as well as sleek consoles in various heights (with plasma-lift options and without). Increasingly common, too, were chests and bureaus with drop-down drawer fronts to hold the DVD player for that TV in the bedroom.