December 18, 2014
AT JUST 14, swimmer Reece Whitley is making a big splash - so big that the Lafayette Hill native seems poised to become one of America's brightest future Olympic stars. Just shy of 6 feet 8 inches tall (hey, most-decorated Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is 6 feet 4), the teen told me he's often assumed to be a basketball player. And older. "Is he really 14?" is a question his parents, doctors Kim and Karl Whitley, hear often about their son, a competitive swimmer at his school, Penn Charter, and in the Suburban Swim League.
November 30, 2014 |
Shoppers across the Philadelphia region packed malls and big-box stores on Black Friday, battling for parking spots and discount goods. But in a second-floor space on the south side of Rittenhouse Square, commerce took on a quieter tone. The Tibetan Bazaar is the un-Black Friday, a place to shop for unique silverwork and textiles, to savor salty butter tea and inhale the steamy scent of traditional dumplings, known as momos, to trade the blare of canned holiday music for the hum of chanting monks.
November 24, 2014 |
Speaking in a small room at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Cherry Hill, Orenthal Hawkins addressed a group of 25 people, but he directed his comments to the world at large, particularly those who may have certain perceptions about the people who go to science-fiction conventions. "Are you passionate about the things you love?" asked Hawkins, an information technology professional. "Then you're a geek. " Hawkins spoke Saturday morning at a panel about what makes a "true" geek and about sexism among creators and fans of science-fiction stories and video games.
November 14, 2014
ISSUE | POLITICS Same old party A prominent U.S. senator was quoted describing the Republican Party as kidnapped by the "radical right" and influenced by "kooks, zanies, nuts, and hecklers, the absolute lunatic fringe. " An apt appraisal of today's regressive, antiscience, antiregulatory GOP? Actually, those were the thoughts of the late Hugh Scott (R., Pa.) in 1964, as reproduced Saturday in another excellent rendition of an Inquirer front page from 50 years ago. Apparently, history does repeat.
September 29, 2014 |
Half-century-old relics from the 1964 Phillies are scattered all over this region like pieces of a shattered heart. The baseballs Jim Bunning autographed, the Dick Allen rookie cards, the team photos, the yellowed newspaper clippings, the Phillies merchandise that sold as briskly here that memorable summer as Beatles records. Strips of unused World Series tickets, as if awaiting some magical reversal of fate, are kept in scrapbooks, displayed in frames, stored in safe-deposit boxes.
August 29, 2014
IF YOU haven't gotten your tix yet for October's Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, too late. The world's largest beer-judging event is sold out. But here's an insider's tip that will give you a taste of some of the champions: The last week of August is when local breweries deliver their bottles to Colorado for the medal competition. That means that specialties brewed especially for the event - the very best of their portfolios - go on tap locally over Labor Day weekend. Which means that, come October, when you hear that a local brewpub like Stewart's, in Bear, Del., or Round Guys, in Lansdale, has won a gold medal, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't get out there and taste 'em this weekend.
August 15, 2014
FOUR YEARS ago, when she launched the first Sour Fest, at South Philly's Devil's Den, owner Erin Wallace was happy to offer a modest list of about a dozen sour ales, including the highly regarded likes of Petrus Aged Pale Ale , Cantillon Kriek and Russian River Consecration . At the time, the existence of these quirky, tart varieties seemed nothing more than a blip in the growth of artisan brews. Most craft brewers were focused elsewhere - on hops or high alcohol. Sour beer, by contrast, didn't seem to have much of a future - not just because of its off-putting name and unconventional flavor, but because of its somewhat complex and time-consuming brewing methods.
July 24, 2014
ISSUE | ROCKY STEPS Gehry museum plan no flight of fancy Philadelphia is a city that abhors change, and yet to grow and become more than it is today, institutions such as the Museum of Art must expand their thinking. One way to do that would be to shift the museum's axis from its rear entrance to a new, more accessible one that welcomes patrons without forcing them to climb the Parthenon steps ("Iconic entrance doesn't need a makeover," July 22). The beloved and iconic Rocky will still be there, hands held high, savoring the change.
July 22, 2014 |
Jeff Osberg of West Chester fired a 2-under-par 68 on his home course to capture medalist honors in qualifying at Huntingdon Valley Country Club for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The nine players who advanced included Matthew Mattare, who shot a 70 and qualified to play in the championship at Bethlehem's Saucon Valley Country Club, his home course. A four-way playoff was held for the final three berths in the Mid-Am, and those were grabbed by Rob Savarese of Lafayette Hill; David Brown of Pittsburgh; and John Sawin, a former Merion member who now lives in San Francisco.