June 26, 2010 |
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]
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 " To be clear, there had been no tackling in the hallways of Philadelphia magazine since 2003, which is when I rescinded my Mandatory Coed Tackling Policy, in large part due to my very responsible concerns for workplace safety.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.
June 26, 2010 |
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.
June 15, 2011 |
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.
March 11, 2015 |
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.
May 21, 2002 |
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?"
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
January 13, 2011 |
Michael Days, since 2005 the editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, was named managing editor of The Inquirer on Thursday. Former Philadelphia Magazine editor Larry Platt will take over Days' post at the Daily News, also effective Jan. 31. The announcements were made by Gregory J. Osberg, chief executive and publisher of Philadelphia Media Network Inc., and Inquirer editor Stan Wischnowski. Philadelphia Media Network publishes the two dailies and runs the website Philly.com. Days, 57, joined the Daily News 25 years ago as a reporter.
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.
December 15, 2005 |
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.