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.
July 15, 2014 |
FRANCOPHILES can't always put their finger on it. Call it a certain je ne sais quoi , an undefinable yet unmistakable quality that makes all things French so enticing. Today's the 225th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, which makes this a good time to get your French fix right here in Philadelphia, where we've loved all things French since 20-year-old Gen. Lafayette volunteered to fight on our side in the American Revolution. Let us count some ways. Forget that bowl of cherries, French painter Paul Cezanne might have said.
July 11, 2014 |
GERALD HOWARD became the first black basketball player at Chestnut Hill Academy to be selected first team All-Inter-Ac in 1992 when he was chosen by league coaches after averaging 11.5 points on a team that shared the title with Germantown Academy. Howard went on to a distinguished track and field career at the University of Virginia where he still holds school records in the 100-meter (10.42) and 200-meter (20.79) dashes. He is currently an IT professional living in Lafayette Hill with his wife and three children.
July 3, 2014 |
AS THOUGHTS turn to the red-white-and-blue and barbecue, what could be more natural than to seek culinary inspiration from our allies in the Revolutionary War and continuing champions on the battlefields of gastronomy: the French. Yes, those guys. Our fledgling country owed a debt of gratitude to the French, acknowledged in Pennsylvania with the naming of Lafayette Hill after the Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat who served as a major general in the Continental Army under George Washington.