March 8, 1987 |
"What do you think of Ronald Reagan for governor?" Jack Warner was asked by an assistant in 1966. According to Hollywood legend, the aged mogul replied without missing a beat, "No, no: Jimmy Stewart for governor. Ronald Reagan for best friend. " You won't hear that anecdote in James Stewart - A Wonderful Life, an engaging tribute to that most engaging of American actors, which airs at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday on Channel 12. But you will hear Ronald Reagan as best friend, extolling the virtues of that stammering beanpole born in Indiana, Pa., in 1908.
July 3, 1997 |
James Stewart, beloved by generations of moviegoers for his uncommon range and extraordinary gift for bringing ordinary characters to wonderful life, died yesterday in his Beverly Hills home. Mort Viner, Mr. Stewart's agent, said the 89-year-old actor died of cardiac arrest. His health had declined precipitously following the death of his wife, Gloria, in 1994, leaving Mr. Stewart too frail even to attend the 1995 dedication of a museum in his honor in his hometown of Indiana, Pa. At the tribute to Mr. Stewart hosted by the American Film Institute in 1980, Frank Capra, who directed him in the classics Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It's a Wonderful Life, took the podium to address a hushed celebrity audience.
October 11, 1990 |
Three family members were hospitalized early today after escaping a suspected arson fire in their South Philadelphia home, fire officials said. The 2:45 a.m. fire in the three-story rowhouse on Federal Street near 3rd was deliberately set, according to Fire Lt. Jack Christmas. The blaze was under control in 19 minutes. "The fire marshal's office has determined that the fire started in a second-floor middle bedroom and was confined to that room. The exact method used (to start the fire)
March 30, 1995 |
James Stewart, a former star running back for the University of Miami, sued The New York Times for libel yesterday, saying the newspaper falsely reported he failed an NFL marijuana test. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from The New York Times Co., reporter Mike Freeman and sports editor Neil Amdur. A March 14 story written by Freeman quoted unidentified sources as saying Stewart failed a marijuana test at the NFL scouting combine in February. Former Miami defensive tackle Warren Sapp, a possible No. 1 draft pick, failed both cocaine and marijuana tests, the story said.
July 7, 1995 |
There are, in fact, 31 windows in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. It's the ultimate voyeur movie and a picture that found Hitchcock's genius for exploring the philosophical implications of surface tensions in full flower. The master of suspense always cast a jaded eye on the frailty of humanity - often, several biographers have suggested, to avoid peering into his own troubled heart. In one of his finest efforts, Hitchcock made a covenant with the viewer. We share the perspective with the hero, James Stewart, but we do it in a way that makes him an ambivalent figure.
June 26, 1997 |
John Stewart, 75, of Collegeville, a successful lawyer and feisty newspaper editor and publisher, died Sunday at Phoenixville Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Stewart was known for decrying untruths as "donkey dust" in his "Valley Views" column for the Independent and Montgomery Transcript, a weekly Collegeville newspaper he bought over coffee at the Limerick Diner in 1971. Family and friends remembered Mr. Stewart's penchant for sharing his opinions. "He was a hell-raiser," said his son and coworker James Stewart.
March 27, 2015 |
FORMER PHILLIES outfielder Curt Ford was the victim of an unprovoked racist attack in St. Louis in which he was punched and told to "go back to Ferguson. " Yesterday, Ford - who played his first four major league seasons with the Cardinals - said he is considering moving because of the incident. "I'm going to let the authorities handle this situation, but I've had enough of St. Louis," he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You hear about this kind of stuff happening, and I always knew it existed because of my previous experience working here in St. Louis, but you try to keep away from it and there is just no way you can do that unless you stay inside like a hermit.
May 16, 1994 |
Crystal Carroll will have you know that the recent construction of the 10- by-12-foot greenhouse in the Whitman Elementary School courtyard was not all fun and games. "It made us learn stuff," stressed the hammer-carrying 10-year-old. "It's not all play or something. " But it looked as if the 24 fourth graders in James Stewart's class were having a blast. Aided by Stewart and a few other adults, they erected the wooden structure in just over an hour last Tuesday. Younger children, many brothers and sisters of the budding builders, were led to the courtyard by their teachers to watch the event, anticipating its finish so they could plant seeds in the new greenhouse.
June 8, 1988 |
A Camden man, described by authorities as a career criminal with 17 prior convictions, was flushed out of his Kossuth Street home yesterday, where he allegedly kidnapped and assaulted a man 4 1/2 years ago. Jackie Lee Johnson, 48, who had been sought since the 1983 incident, was arrested at 2 p.m. by city police and members of the Camden County Sheriff's Office. After learning that Johnson was back in town, officers surrounded the house in the 2100 block of Kossuth Street at 10 a.m., waiting for him to come out. When Johnson did not appear, officers obtained a search warrant from Camden County Superior Court Judge A. Donald Bigley and, after ruling out a raid because there were children inside, prompted Johnson to flee by smashing open a side window, said George Fallon, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.
April 17, 2015 |
THROUGH the years, people have told James Stewart that someday someone was going to come along and help him. He thought about those words as he learned to ride a bike. He thought about them as he bonded with his father over cooking lessons. He thought about them as he toured pizzerias to learn how to toss pizzas. He thought about them as he lived his life with a malformed hand, a birth defect. The reality is that Stewart, 34, doesn't need help: He's adapted, he's determined and he's doing just fine in his job making pizzas.