September 6, 1990 |
Like Neil Young and too few others in rock and roll, John Doe kicks up a throttling roar that goes beyond pure wattage. Unafraid to sound wounded (or puzzled) when singing songs of open desperation, he puts blood and guts into his performance - and because he's willing to risk such self-revelation, every little phrase acquires an intense luster. In his hands, even a charming pop song such as John Hiatt's "The Real One" is tinged with a trembling woe. Those who followed Doe in X know this; his mere presence on stage was one of the things that made the Los Angeles band a compelling force in the early '80s.
October 10, 2002 |
JAYNA DAVIS - the dogged Oklahoma City investigative reporter who thinks she can link Middle East terrorists and the bombing of the Murrah Building - has been waiting seven years to share her dossier with a senior member of our government. Today, she gets her chance. At 4 p.m., Jayna Davis has an appointment on Capitol Hill with a member of the U.S. Senate. And not just any senator. Davis will meet with none other than Arlen Specter. He's the perfect man for this job. Think about it. He's a brilliant mind; a man whose politics we may question from time to time, but never his ethics; a former prosecutor; author of the single-bullet theory; the controversial but incisive cross-examiner of Anita Hill.
July 29, 1986 |
He might be somebody's grandfather. Maybe he used to sit contentedly on a porch swing, sipping lemonade and watching the children play nearby. He might be somebody's best friend. Maybe he used to spend his evenings in a neighborhood tavern, tipping beers and trading wisecracks with his buddies. But whomever he might once have been, he is now known officially as John Doe. That's the name the state has put on the plastic wristband he wears for identification, in case he wanders off from Building 53 at Norristown State Hospital.
August 1, 1986 |
An elderly man known only as John Doe, who spent the last eight months in Norristown State Hospital because no one could identify him, has been reunited with his family. State police from the Limerick barracks in Montgomery County said yesterday that they had learned the man is William Harris, 72, of the 2200 block of North Colorado Street in Philadelphia. Harris - dubbed John Doe by hospital officials - had been a ward of the state since November, when he was found wandering in Plymouth Township.
June 24, 1992 |
Virtually overnight he becomes a major political force. One day he is unknown to most Americans, then a network appearance brings his simple, no- nonsense views into homes all over the country and he is a national obsession. His picture is on the cover of Time magazine, a massive grass-roots movement forms across the United States, leaders of both the Democratic and Republican parties are scrambling to derail what might become a runaway third- party presidential campaign. No, not him. Him!
January 18, 2000 |
Not having AIDS turned out to be almost as traumatic as actually having it for the man known as John Doe. When Doe found out that he had been misdiagnosed as being HIV positive, he went to pieces, he claims. He said he suffered "night sweats, nausea, loss of sleep, skin lesions, rashes, recurring headaches, hair loss, scalp irritation, recurring crying fits, and loss of concentration. " He also complained of "extreme anxiety, depression, belief that he was going to die of AIDS within a few years, post-traumatic stress disorder, permanent lack of trust in medical providers, despondency, humiliation, and social isolation.
January 27, 2015 |
Philadelphia police said Sunday that the body of a white male was found at 1:18 p.m. Sunday on the bank of the Schuylkill River in the 4400 block of Kelly Drive. The man, identified as "John Doe," was found caught in a tree line on the river bank by Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue. The scene was held, police said. Police said they would not likely release on Sunday the identity of the person found. The discovery has raised questions that it could be that of a missing Bucks County teacher, Christopher Tully, 40. But police emphasize there are others missing in the area besides Tully and that no name will be released until after any family members are notified and an autopsy is conducted.
April 1, 2005 |
During John Doe's blistering set at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas, last month, the punk-rock godfather and part-time actor prefaced "Hwy. 5" by saying: "California is . . . mythic. Say what you want about it. It's mythic. " "I can only hope that my songs and lyrics have one-tenth of the mythic quality that California and Los Angeles have," Doe, a founding member of the seminal Los Angeles punk band X, said over a post-show beer. He plays the World Cafe Live on Tuesday, promoting his stripped-down, bluesy new album, Forever Hasn't Happened Yet. "Certainly we based a lot of X on the decline of Western civilization," he said, referencing the 1981 Penelope Spheeris documentary featuring the band, with Doe's first wife and X singer Exene Cervenka, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer D.J. Bonebrake.
February 18, 2004 |
Been "sharing" Bruce Springsteen, Nelly or Nas on the Web lately? You might be interested in a suit filed yesterday that lists 203 Comcast Internet customers named John Doe. Let the paranoia begin. It's impossible to tell how many of those accused of illegally trading copyrighted material are from the Philadelphia area. In all, 17 record labels sued 531 people across the country yesterday, filing the paperwork in the cities where the Internet service providers are based.
November 29, 1994 |
To the SEPTA manager who calls himself "John Doe," it was an invasion of his constitutional right to privacy. A powerful SEPTA official had made him suspect that behind every unreturned greeting by a co-worker was the secret he had tried so hard to hide: He had the AIDS virus. To SEPTA officials, it is a case of "no harm, no foul. " Officials of the regional transit authority say they accidentally found out Doe was HIV- positive while reviewing an audit of prescription benefits that happened to include the names of SEPTA workers.