May 5, 2014 |
When it comes to the dangerous intersection of race and sports, T.S. Eliot was right. April really is the cruelest month. It was, after all, in April 1947 when the infamous racist rant Phillies manager Ben Chapman directed at Jackie Robinson took place. And it was in that same month, 67 years later, when we learned about Donald Sterling's bigoted outburst. The world has changed dramatically between those two Aprils. But, unfortunately, some attitudes have not. April also figured prominently in another race-related tale, this one a bittersweet Philadelphia story that underscored America's ongoing difficulties in dealing with its oldest and most perplexing problem.
November 26, 2013
CHRISTINE Flowers may not have been born when John Kennedy was elected, but I was. At 12 years old I was already a veteran of the Catholic school system and years away from understanding or appreciating this unwanted "gift" from my parents. My father was a Naval Academy graduate, die-hard Republican and a Catholic convert who married my one-hundred-percent Italian mother. My younger brother and two younger sisters all flourished in a combined atmosphere of love, discipline and accountability.
October 15, 2013 |
John E. Kennedy Jr., 79, a Chestnut Hill resident for more than three decades, died of multiple myeloma Monday, Sept. 30, at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. Born in State College, Pa., Mr. Kennedy graduated from State College High School and earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1956 from the University of Delaware. He completed a master's degree in business administration in 1962 at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and served as president of the Darden Alumni Board from 1986 to 1990.
January 13, 2013 |
DALLAS - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced a lone gunman wasn't solely responsible for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, his uncle, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship. " Kennedy and his sister Rory spoke about their family Friday night during an interview with Charlie Rose at in Dallas. The event was part of observances marking the 50th anniversary of the president's death. Kennedy was killed Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas.
March 30, 2012 |
I realized that we were in a rough primary-election season when the martyred president of my youth was dragged from his grave and used as a campaign foil by one of the candidates. Rick Santorum has said that reading John Kennedy's speech about the separation of church and state made him feel like throwing up. Tough campaign talk from a tough guy - with a weak stomach. Kennedy was a flawed man, but Catholic schoolboys like me didn't know it when he was alive. Since those innocent days, most of us have figured out that there are more than a few flawed people out there, many of whom can be spotted in the mirror in the morning.
October 30, 2011
Chris Matthews is the author of Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero (Simon & Schuster) and host of MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and NBC's The Chris Matthews Show We once had a hero for a president. As a young Navy lieutenant, John F. Kennedy saved his crew in World War II. He carried one man on his back for four hours as he swam through Japanese-held waters of the South Pacific. As president, he may well have saved far more lives. Faced with evidence that the Soviets had placed nuclear missiles in Cuba, Kennedy faced pressure to attack.
September 7, 2011 |
John H. Kennedy, 81, chairman and chief executive of the former Alco Health Services Corp., a pharmaceutical distributor in Valley Forge from 1984 until his retirement in 1990, died Thursday, Sept. 1, of complications from diabetes at Dunwoody Village, the retirement community in Newtown Square where he had lived since March. He had resided in Haverford since 1964. At the time of his death, his son Paul said, Mr. Kennedy was a director of HTV Industries Inc., a private investment firm in Cleveland.
March 30, 2011 |
Hello there Cathy and John each spent their 20s and 30s focused on their careers - hers in nursing, his in the nuclear energy industry. Any leftover hours were filled with happy times with friends and family. "It was good," Cathy said. "And then I hit 40. " "The time when you're enjoying the single life and your career, it slips by quickly," John said. "And then I was like, wait a minute, I'm kind of missing something. " In August 2001 Cathy was drawn to an ad John placed in Philadelphia magazine.
March 17, 2011 |
The only shooting for St. John's senior D.J. Kennedy at this NCAA tournament involves a video camera. Kennedy suffered a torn ligament in his right knee during the Big East tournament, reducing him to the roles of coach and cheerleader. He's capturing his team's journey with his camera as the sixth-seeded Red Storm (21-11) face 11th-seeded Gonzaga (24-9) Thursday night in the Southeast Regional in Denver. Kennedy, who averaged 10.4 points per game, said with a smile that he was available to shoot late free throws.
July 31, 2010 |
The decision of a Democratic lawmaker representing the West Chester region to reverse course and seek a third term will make a key Chester County race more competitive, analysts said Friday. Barbara McIlvaine Smith, who represents the 156th District in the Pennsylvania House, said Friday that she had decided to try to retain her seat after she learned that Mark Stevens, the Democrat hoping to succeed her, had to withdraw from the race because of a severe back injury. In November, McIlvaine Smith cited frustration with the legislative status quo as her reason for leaving politics, a decision she said she recently began to second-guess.