November 7, 2002 |
Five hundred years from now, when Hollywood is covered with six feet of soil, if the archaeologists uncover Jackass: The Movie, they will have little trouble putting together the pieces as to why American civilization ended as we know it. No one in their right mind should see this film: teenage boys (not men) defecating in display toilets in hardware stores; young knuckleheads purposefully attempting stunts that will result in serious injury to themselves and to others. Academic researchers who specialize in anthropology have clearly concluded one point when it comes to young men, a point abundantly displayed in the period we know now as the Wild West, and in our current popular culture: When young men are left to their own devices, social pathologies soon follow.
June 22, 2011 |
OVER THE course of four hours Sunday night into Monday, employees at Barnaby's of America in West Chester served Ryan Dunn six shots and two beers, but the "Jackass" star never appeared visibly intoxicated. Then there were the drinks at the back table. At the end of the night, out of the bartender's sight, friends and fans bought Dunn, 34, three more drinks before he got behind the wheel of his high-powered Porsche 911 GT3, according to Sgt. William La Torre, of the State Police Bureau of Liquor Enforcement.
August 10, 2012
The parents of a man killed while riding in a Porsche driven by Jackass star Ryan Dunn last year are suing Dunn's estate and a local bar that served him alcohol. Dunn, 34, and Zachary Hartwell, 30, of West Chester, died in the crash just before 3 a.m. June 20, 2011, when the Porsche 911 GT3 veered off the westbound lanes of the Route 322 bypass in West Goshen Township, Chester County. The sports car smashed through a guardrail, flipped over into a wooded ravine, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames.
July 11, 2012 |
The recent top seller on Amazon.com's "investing — mutual funds" booklist is by an industry veteran from suburban Philadelphia. Not Vanguard Group founder and best-selling author John C. Bogle; the latest edition of his Common Sense on Mutual Funds ranks just fourth. Number One is "Jackass Investing: Don't do it, profit from it," by Michael Dever, who works from a 250-year-old gristmill in Thornton (his architect brother Tom installed the trading room, offices and creektop glass floor)
September 19, 2009
Amid all the discord of the past few weeks, let's not forget a small but encouraging moment of harmony. For these happy few seconds of the national dialogue, President Obama, who has been at the center of much of the uproar, was the unifier he once promised to be. With a few well-chosen words, he articulated a nearly universal sentiment: Kanye West is "a jackass. " To be fair, West is a talented and successful rapper and producer. But on the night of the recent MTV Video Music Awards, he was, without question, a jackass.
December 25, 2006 |
After you've paraded through your hometown with your famous brother, playing a gig downtown might be a comedown. But not if you're West Chester's CKY - drummer Jess Margera's band with singer Deron Miller and guitarist Chad I. Ginsburg - and your brother/bud is Bam Margera, MTV's resident prankster and Jackass star who spent Friday promenading down Gay Street. CKY brought the party with them while selling out TLA Friday - the first of two weekend shows. That meant: endless audience requests ("We're not playing 'Shippensburg' ")
June 21, 2011 |
LIKE HIS "JACKASS" co-stars, Ryan Dunn seemed unbreakable, a daredevil who routinely risked his life for others' amusement - and lived to tell about it. But yesterday morning, the prankster who wasn't above diving into a vat of sewage or getting punched in the face for a laugh was killed in a fiery one-car crash in West Goshen Township after a night out with friends. Dunn, 34, was driving his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 on Route 322 about 2:30 a.m. when the car barreled over a guardrail and into a wooded area, police said.
December 6, 2008 |
A-Rod Madonna? 'Ridiculous' Following weeks of rumors, both lascivious and vicious (read: tons of free publicity), Alex Rodriguez, 33, has spoken up about his putative love affair with the world's most predictable taboo-bender, Madonna. And the word from A-Rod is Plato - as in platonic. "We're friends - that's it," the Yankee star tells People. A-Rod says he finds reports linking him to the 50-year-old laughable: "I've . . . read that we were buying an apartment together. That is absolutely ridiculous.
November 21, 2011 |
BUCKS COUNTY sex-toys saleswoman Melissa Kraut crashed Regis Philbin 's exclusive retirement party Thursday night at Valbella in Manhattan. Kraut, who hosts independent romance-enhancement parties for women through her company SlumberPartiesByMelissa.com, strolled right into the party and met and took pictures with Regis, South Jersey-native co-host Kelly Ripa , Kathie Lee Gifford , Barbara Walters and Tony Bennett . Kraut was seen several years ago on ABC's "Wife Swap," in which two couples trade partners.
April 24, 2008 |
Bam Margera's fame is that sort of new world, postmodern fame that vexes older generations. They know he's famous, but they're not quite sure what for, and they're pretty positive that his 15 minutes are ticking away. As the scene at Fairman's Skate, Snow & Surf Shop in West Chester on Saturday indicated, Margera and his fame are here to stay. People of all ages, sizes and hair colors waited in a line curving down Gay Street and more than a block down Church Street to meet Margera and pro skateboarders Kerry Getz, Nick Dompierre, and Ricky Oyola, among others.