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June 26, 2010 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Platt, the high-profile and irreverent editor of Philadelphia Magazine, stepped down Friday after a "difficult" meeting with the magazine's owners. Both sides declined to specify what led to his ouster. The magazine's president, David H. Lipson Jr., said Platt's departure "happened kind of fast" and said "not one thing" had been at issue. Platt e-mailed his staff to describe a meeting Thursday with Lipson and his father, the magazine's chairman, D. Herbert Lipson. Platt wrote that "it became clear to me that my time here at Philly [Mag]
NEWS
July 1, 2010
IN HIS reporting of my leave-taking as editor of Philadelphia magazine, Dan Gross included in his description of my "un-bosslike" behavior "tackling in the hallways. " To be clear, there had been no tackling in the hallways of Philadelphia magazine since 2003, which is when I rescinded my Mandatory Coed Tackling Policy, in large part due to my very responsible concerns for workplace safety. Interestingly, before rescinding the policy, then-staff writer Sasha Issenberg, though short, was a particularly adept tackler.
NEWS
June 26, 2010 | By Dan Gross
P hiladelphia magazine on Thursday parted ways with editor Larry Platt, who was at its helm for nearly eight years. Platt's contract with the magazine is up in August, but after returning to work Thursday following shoulder surgery, he was informed that he would not stay on, we're told. Sources tell us the decision was largely due to Platt's history of inappropriate and unprofessional remarks and jokes to his employees that closely resembled the behavior of fictional "The Office" boss Michael Scott.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2011 | By Larry Platt, Daily News Editor
SO ONE CLEAR day a little over a year ago, Walter Clay, a Philly firefighter and West Philly homeowner, was washing his car in front of his neatly kept rowhome. A couple tentatively approached. "You want me to help you wash your car?" the man said. It took a few minutes for the shock of recognition to take hold. "Oh, my God!" Clay said. "David Brenner! Man, what are you doing here?" "I used to live here," the 75-year-old comedian said, smiling. "I heard you grew up in this 'hood.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
PHILLY POLICE'S own Lt. Jonathan Josey - yes, that Jonathan Josey - is making headlines again. This time for rubbing elbows with actress Vivica A. Fox , who was in town over the weekend to tout her new line of women's hair products. Josey, a former Daily News Sexy Single, has certainly made a new name for himself, leaving behind the shadow of his acquittal on assault charges from 2012. In July 2014 he was on duty when he saved three people in a house fire in South Philly.
NEWS
May 21, 2002 | By Annette John-Hall INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Athletes, more than anyone, have helped shape Larry Platt's cultural sensibilities. Platt was 6 and watching a young, willful boxer named Muhammad Ali on The Dick Cavett Show with his father, a white, Cold War Democrat. He recalls how his father, having one of those lightbulb-clicking-over-the-head moments, kept muttering, "He's right, he's right," as the defrocked heavyweight champion eloquently defended his antiwar position on Vietnam. Platt also remembers watching creative superstars such as Julius Erving soar through the air on his TV screen, and afterward, feebly attempting to replicate what he'd seen - lofting shot after shot in his Main Line driveway - and thinking, "I wonder what those guys are really like?"
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2011
DANG, Libras are successful. (Not that I'm writing from personal experience.) Happy 37th birthday today to Flyers' captain Chris Pronger (left); his death stare alone can trick a hat. Phils' stellar third baseman Placido Polanco heads to 36. Burrell's Girls celebrate (mourn?) 3-5 for former Phillie Pat "the Bat" Burrell. For all these sports, a wee bit of starry advice: All you need is love. Tomorrow, Temple grad and Oates' taller sidekick Daryl Hall is 65; omnipresent actor and sometime Chestnut Hiller David Morse plays 58. Wednesday, NBC 10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah pronounces 54, while the People's Paper editor Larry Platt turns 48. Friday, local NAACP president Jerry Mondesire stands up for 62. Saturday, former Mayor John Street is looking pretty good at 68. - Lauren McCutcheon
NEWS
April 5, 2011
AAS A supporter of Superintendent Ackerman, I've been following the story of teacher Hope Moffett. I believe that DN editor Larry Platt had a fanciful column on the topic. Facts are missing, intentionally or not, that would show that not only was Hope not in a "teacher jail" or "held hostage" for using free speech, but that Ackerman and the SRC were not punishing her at all. Platt seems to send out a false alarm to students, teachers and readers when he says Hope had to cope with severe punishment because of the power of Ackerman and the SRC. And he dared to drag Kenny Gamble into the mix as if Gamble wasn't concerned about civil-rights education and fair change unless his charter school is set up. The facts are that Ackerman courageously followed the rules governing teacher conduct.
NEWS
December 15, 2005 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Alan Halpern, 79, of Society Hill, editor of Philadelphia Magazine from 1951 to 1980, died of renal failure Tuesday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Described in a 1988 Inquirer story as "shy and soft-spoken, a cigarette addict who seemed to hide in a cloud of smoke," Mr. Halpern suffered from heart disease the last several years. When Mr. Halpern - newly returned from Paris, where he had worked for a picture magazine while attending the Sorbonne - joined the magazine, he was the only one in the office.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
PHILLY'S OWN Kate Flannery has chosen her first post-"The Office" assignment. Flannery will star in "Love, Loss and What I Wore," the off-Broadway smash written by the dearly departed writer/director Nora Ephron and her sister Delia , for the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Although Flannery has played local clubs with her musical comedy group, the Lampshades , this will be her first shot at the legit Philly stage. The show will run from June 25 to July 7 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
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October 24, 2015 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia residents: If you trouble yourselves to vote Nov. 3, you might win $10,000. Seriously. That was the scheme laid out Thursday, showcased in part by two ex-rivals - former Mayor John F. Street and three-time Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz, whom Democrat Street twice defeated. They teamed up to promote voting in a city that has seen abysmal turnouts in recent years. "Desperate times require desperate measures, and this is certainly the case," Katz said at a LOVE Park event announcing what promoters billed as a lottery.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 11, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
PHILLY POLICE'S own Lt. Jonathan Josey - yes, that Jonathan Josey - is making headlines again. This time for rubbing elbows with actress Vivica A. Fox , who was in town over the weekend to tout her new line of women's hair products. Josey, a former Daily News Sexy Single, has certainly made a new name for himself, leaving behind the shadow of his acquittal on assault charges from 2012. In July 2014 he was on duty when he saved three people in a house fire in South Philly.
NEWS
March 21, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
AS FAR AS Bill Platt was concerned, there's a right way of doing things and a wrong way, and anything in between is suspect. And Bill didn't hesitate to call out anyone who violated this principle, be it politicians, government officials, greedy business executives, incompetent doctors or referees and umpires with vision problems. He would fire off an angry letter with the slightest provocation, making it unquestionably clear how he felt about anyone who didn't abide by his code of honor and responsibility.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
LOOK OUT , Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick : There's another Philly-area teacher-turned-author making waves in Hollywood. John Dixon 's novel, Phoenix Island , will be the basis of the upcoming CBS thriller "Intelligence," starrin g Josh Holloway ("Lost") and Marg Helgenberger ("CSI"). The show will premiere in February. What's more is that the catalyst of Phoenix Island , which doesn't hit bookshelves until January, is based on a state current event: the kids-for-cash scandal in which two Luzerne County judges took kickbacks for sending kids to privately run juvenile detention camps.
SPORTS
September 9, 2013
CHECK OUT Jamie Moyer's fingernails when he signs a copy of the new book he co-authored with Larry Platt. If his fingernails are long and pointy, Moyer ain't retiring anytime soon, not until he's tried to come back one more time, this time as a knuckleballer. You can remind him he's 50, you can tell him that even though the pitch flutters, there is still serious strain on the arm to throw it, that most catchers can't catch it, that most managers dread its possible side effects. Tell him, but you'd be wasting your breath.
NEWS
July 20, 2013
Faulty security, rights balance Army Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis offers a clear, compelling, and courageous commentary on the manner in which our government has abdicated its responsibility as a trusted steward of the balance between our national security and our civil liberties ("U.S. could have boosted security while being up front with public," July 7). Two years ago, we at Germantown Academy were fortunate to have Davis visit our school and speak with students and faculty, enlightening them about the realities of war and the personal toll that it has taken on our brave young warriors.
NEWS
June 7, 2013
Many young people today follow a dress code that requires their pants to bare more than their elders can bear. Towns and schools around the country have adopted laws and policies attempting to force young men and women to pull up their sagging pants. A Brooklyn legislator even launched a "Stop the Sag" billboard campaign. Wildwood is the latest municipality to enter the fray in a misguided effort to tone down its image as a boozy party spot. Its proposed trouser threshold would be one of several regulations governing attire on the Shore town's boardwalk.
NEWS
May 24, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
PHILLY'S OWN Kate Flannery has chosen her first post-"The Office" assignment. Flannery will star in "Love, Loss and What I Wore," the off-Broadway smash written by the dearly departed writer/director Nora Ephron and her sister Delia , for the Philadelphia Theatre Company. Although Flannery has played local clubs with her musical comedy group, the Lampshades , this will be her first shot at the legit Philly stage. The show will run from June 25 to July 7 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre.
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | Larry Platt, For the Inquirer
Vernon Hill was calling from London, where his book - Fans! Not Customers: How to Create Growth Companies in a No Growth World - hit shelves a few weeks ago. "Do you know how many times I've been told I'm crazy?" asked the founder of the old Commerce Bank, who is now upending the staid industry across the pond with Metro Bank, Britain's first new bank in more than 100 years. "They say it a lot less after I sold Commerce for $8.5 billion, but they still don't get it. "In 2000, the market capitalization of Apple was $5 billion.
NEWS
November 8, 2012
BOB BRADY, the city's Democratic Party chairman for 26 years and a member of the U.S. House since 1998, is finally ready for his close-up. Brady, who was easily re-elected to another two-year term Tuesday, made the political rounds during the general election with a camera crew following closely. Brady said that Larry Platt , former editor of the Daily News and Philadelphia magazine, pitched a reality show on his life since Brady's not as "stuffy" as most members of Congress.
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