January 19, 1986
Now see what you have done! You've got me agreeing with an oil man. Theodore A. Burtis, chairman of the board of Sun Co., was right when he said (Letter to the Editor, Jan. 12) that The Inquirer was wrong to suggest a new levy on oil to get the country out of the red. We must cut out luxury items to balance the budget. I can see no greater luxury than spending a trillion dollars on military gadgets when we already have enough to destroy the world too many times. Hezekiah Nickelson Philadelphia.
February 13, 2004
your doctor, dentist, pharmacist, phone company, cable company, you have to push six different numbers. First, you have to choose English, or Espanol. This is nonsensical. Then you have a long staccato burst of Spanish. Why does the second language have to be Spanish? Why not Italian, German, Polish, or Yiddish? You call Social Security, or the Senior Citizens Advocate Center for days on end, nobody answers. If they have so many callers, why don't they hire more reps? They usually tell you to call tomorrow.
October 15, 1999 |
Nikita Mikhalkov's Burnt by the Sun (1994) was made four decades after the death of Joseph Stalin and five years after the end of the Cold War. The first Russian appraisal of the real dimensions of Stalin's tyranny may have been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait. Mikhalkov's profoundly moving work, which won the Oscar for best foreign film, is a piece that shuns both polemic and melodrama. The director took the lead as Sergei Kotov, a hero of the Bolshevik revolution who is to learn the painful lesson that past victories will not prevent him from becoming a victim of the new order.
April 6, 1987 |
"Come and See"(Idi I Smortri), a Russian war drama starring Alexei Kravchenko, Olga Mironova and Lubomiras Lauciavicus. Directed by Elem Klimov from a screenplay by Klimov and Ales Adamovich. Based on "The Story of Khatyn" by Adamovich Photographed by Alexei Rodionov. A Heritage Entertainment Film released through International Film Exchange Ltd. In Russian with English subtitles. Running time: 142 minutes. At the TLA Roxy. Very few war movies from any country - including our own - pummel our insides like "Come and See," the award-winning Soviet World War II epic by Elem Klimov, in which the grand, sprawling style of the classic battle epics is used to take in the full measure of wartime atrocities.
September 19, 2009 |
Feed me! That's what the bloodthirsty, other-worldly plant named Audrey II implores, then demands, in Little Shop of Horrors. Well, she got what she asked for. Two of the region's smaller professional stage companies - Theatre Horizon and 11th Hour Theatre Company - have banded together to produce the musical, and they've not only heartily fed the maniacal plant, they've re-seeded and carefully tended the show itself. Their gleefully sassy production puts a fine point on every caricature it draws and treats each song by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken like a show-stopper.
January 18, 1988 |
For years, everyone in town has recognized the crying need for a middle- size theater suitable for the commercial booking of Off-Broadway hits. We have needed a house with enough seats for an impresario to turn a profit with an attractive show, but not so big as to be a burden. The return of the 400-seat Theater of Living Arts to the legitimate fold was exactly what we needed, especially with the installation of that good-time show, The Little Shop of Horrors. The conversion of TLA from film repertory to live theater by Electric Factory Concerts will go down as one of the major developments of the 1987-88 season - provided, of course, that it lasts out the season.
June 18, 2008
Rosalind Lavin's four-acre Villanova estate was notorious on the Main Line even before Lavin lived there. It was the site of a triple murder. In July 1982, aviation pioneer Courtlandt Gross was shot to death during a robbery at the Arrowmink Road mansion, along with his wife, housekeeper and family dog. The Boston-born and Harvard-educated Gross, 77, was co-founder and chairman of Lockheed Corp. His wife, Alexandra, 68, was a great-granddaughter of banker Anthony J. Drexel, for whom Drexel University is named.
January 29, 1998 |
From the darkness and despair in the Jewish ghetto of Kovno, Lithuania, may have issued sparks of illumination: small but enduring spiritual victories amid defeat. Or perhaps this view, as literary critic Lawrence L. Langer suggests, is a romanticization - reflecting our need to transfigure a reality so ghastly it is unbearable to see. Still, the secret archivists of Kovno, who at great personal risk recorded the Nazi destruction of their community, must have felt some shred of hope.
May 14, 2014 |
THE LATEST legal battle in the Tacony "House of Horrors" case was derailed yesterday, when a U.S. District Court judge threw out a civil suit filed by a victim's mother. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick dismissed a case filed by Victoria Weston against the city's Department of Human Services and other local government offices, on the grounds that she had waited too long to file it, letting the statute of limitations lapse. She should have sued in 2002, when her daughter, Beatrice, entered into the care of her sister Linda Ann Weston, the judge wrote in his opinion.