June 21, 1990 |
Beverly Owens Prather, daughter of Olympic legend Jesse Owens, was fined $5,000 and placed on three years probation Tuesday in Chicago after pleading guilty to taking $550 in bribes in her job as an aide in the city controller's office. Prather, 52, took the money from a city vendor in exchange for speeding up $20,000 worth of city payments to the company. Said federal judge George Marovich: "You have not brought honor to (your name). That is something you will have to live with. " MORE FAMOUS CHILDREN Newlyweds Andrew Cuomo and Kerry Kennedy Cuomo will set up housekeeping in renovated digs in Douglaston, N.Y., a posh section of Queens.
February 18, 2013 |
For many years, artist Lady Bird Strickland painted the people that she met in her life - and it was no ordinary life. Subjects such as Dizzy Gillespie, Josephine Baker, Charlie Parker, Marian Anderson, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington were all part of the jazz bebop scene in Harlem where the young Georgia native danced and romanced in the 1940s, before putting it all down with brushstrokes. But by the 1980s - married, settled down in suburban Willingboro, and still painting - Strickland began to grasp that the New York jazz era that she had witnessed was just one scene in a much larger mural of the African American experience.
June 29, 1989 |
In his first year in track, Christian Schorle, 10, won a gold medal at the East Coast Cross Country Classic in Raleigh, N.C. This year the boy who "eats and sleeps track" did so well that he qualified for the ARCO Jesse Owens Games East Coast Regional Championship on July 8. But because of an error on his entrance form, an error that the Jesse Owens people said should have been picked up by an area coordinator, Christian will not be going to...
July 30, 2012
ACCORDING to couch potatoes, NBC's coverage of the London Olympics is far from medal-worthy. Specifically, viewers are unhappy with the network's airing of marquee events on tape-delay and with the decision to air some events on NBC and others on cable. Not so long ago, viewers would have called or even e-mailed their dissatification. Now? They set up discussions on Twitter. On Sunday, viewers fired off tweets asking why women's cycling was aired on NBC, while the U.S. men's basketball team was televised on a cable network.
May 18, 2012 |
OLYMPIC LEGEND Carl Lewis enjoys serving as an ambassador for the Hershey's Track and Field Games because he remembers when he was an aspiring young runner himself. Youngsters ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in a qualifying meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast High School, with a chance to earn an expenses-paid trip to compete in the 2012 North American Final Meet in Hershey. "Years ago, I ran a track meet where the winners qualified to go to San Francisco," said Lewis, who grew up in Willingboro, N.J. "At that track meet I met this old runner named Jesse Owens.
April 17, 1988 |
With a mix of pride, hope and anxiety, Evelyn Lewis probably will go to the Olympics this year, once more to cheer for her son and daughter. There remains the matter of qualifying competition, of course, but barring the unexpected, the mother of Carl and Carol Lewis firmly expects to relive the emotional ordeal she knew in the Los Angeles Games of 1984. Carl's 1984 victories - in the 100 and 200 meters, the long jump and the 400-meter relay - made him the Summer Olympics' first quadruple gold medalist since Jesse Owens in 1936.
April 26, 2011 |
Just a few blocks from the 13-year-old Franklin Field, where the young black man with the long stride had become one of Philadelphia's best-known athletes, a great crowd gathered outside his parents' house at 3323 Woodland Ave. Later on that chilled December day in 1908, a long procession of horse-drawn carriages and a few motor cars headed west to Collingdale's Eden Cemetery, where John Baxter Taylor was mourned thoroughly, eulogized grandly, and...
February 28, 2005 |
According to the history books, Black History Month began as Negro History Week in 1926. It became a widely recognized and celebrated month in 1976, when I was in first grade. Had it evolved all that much during that time? And what should we expect for the future of Black History Month? My early experiences with Black History Month weren't good. I was the girl who was taught to speak English properly and to get good grades if I wanted to amount to something. For that, I was labeled the girl who "thought she was white.
April 20, 1989 |
Though Jesse Jackson has amazed me many times with his oratorical skills, his speech Monday night in accepting the Robie Humanitarian Award from the Jackie Robinson Foundation at its annual banquet in New York City was special. In it Jackson referred to the late Sugar Ray Robinson as the "last of the four horsemen. " The "four horsemen" of my father's generation, of course, were the members of the 1924 Notre Dame football team's backfield: Jim Crowley, Elmer Layden, Don Miller and Harry Stuhldreher.
May 1, 1988 |
He was at this year's Penn Relays as he had been at so many before, once as a world-class sprinter and jumper. Now he is the chief official of the long- jump and triple-jump competitions, and at age 73, he says he wants to start working out again. Eulace Peacock never quits. For the former Temple runner, who has his portrait hanging in McGonigle Hall as a charter member of the university's Hall of Fame, the Penn Relays are something that cannot be forgotten, not so much for the eight medals he won there but for the greatest disappointment of an otherwise brilliant career.