June 12, 1990 |
Junior welterweight contender Rodney Moore stood in his dimly lit dressing room at the Blue Horizon and announced euphorically: "I want it. I want it all. " What Moore wants, naturally enough, is a title shot. He inched ever so closer to that last night with a stunning, first-round TKO over Mario Fuentes, of Mexico City. Cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd, the North Philadelphia boxer sent Fuentes sprawling to the canvas twice with terrific right hands and ended it at 1:46 of the round; it took longer for his corner men to cut off his gloves.
August 31, 1990 |
When he last appeared in Atlantic City, it wasn't Garry Shandling's show. That was about four years ago, when Shandling was an opening act for Joan Rivers. Now he's back in town, and at last, "it's Garry Shandling's show" - this time, he's the headliner. Since that last appearance at the shore - at a time when he was regarded as a highly promising comedian - Shandling has produced and starred in two specials for Showtime, and landed It's Garry Shandling's Show as a weekly series for several years on the Fox network.
September 7, 1995 |
For one of the few times in this year's U.S. Open, the Stadium Court crowd was on full throttle with New York vigor. And this wasn't even a full house watching Boris Becker and Patrick McEnroe in the quarterfinals. More than half of yesterday's daytime crowd had left for dinner. The crowd was supporting McEnroe, the younger, better-behaved brother of John, a four-time U.S. Open champion. Patrick, at 29 the oldest player remaining in the men's draw, had never advanced this far in the Open.
April 2, 1996 |
The coming of spring and with it, the baseball season, used to be a source of great comfort, like a pair of well-worn house slippers. A true fan would know who the players were, where they played, what new possibilities existed. It was reassuring. No more. It's all a jumble now. Players move from team to team with dizzying frequency; even teams move, or threaten to. I looked at the roster of the Detroit Tigers (a team I follow with some concentration) and there were hardly a dozen names I recognized.
June 1, 2010 |
Looking back, my academic career could kindly be described as turbulent. More accurately, it could be called a calamity, which is more or less how my parents characterized it come report-card time. I attended parochial schools in the '50s and '60s, back when their educational philosophy was simple: our way or the highway. I was always looking for the highway. Today, such a kid might be considered a late bloomer - still finding his way. But the labels applied in my parents' meetings with school authorities back then were far more ominous: I was a problem child, a troublemaker, and - the term that still rings loudest in my ears - a demon . In high school, when it was my turn to discuss college options, the guidance counselor wrote a single word on a piece of paper and slid it across the desk to me: Military . Those who knew me then might find it ironic that I now spend my time urging school-age kids to think about their futures.
October 5, 1987 |
Because Bluma Purmell has been having skin problems, the doctors warned her not to handle paints; it could cause an infection. "So I've started to write a little bit. I started my second book," says Bluma, who is just six months short of her 100th birthday. "This one has a lot of humor in it," she says of the new book. "It's about all my different boyfriends. I think it has merit. Even if I die, someone can pick it up and finish it. " Bluma has been a late bloomer. At 78, she entered a second marriage and with her new spouse became a world traveler for five years.
November 29, 1992 |
Traditionally the Haddonfield Symphony 5K Race gets its official start with a runner leading the way dressed as a conductor in a full tux with tails. This year the runner with the tux was noticeably absent. It seems the symphony's new music director, Alan Gilbert, had refused to don the tails. He was, however, willing to run the race with his father, Michael Gilbert, a four-time participant in the New York City Marathon and a violinist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
December 24, 1993 |
Phyllis Diller has it - the "spirit of 76," she says. Diller was talking about years, 76 of them, which happens to be her age. She is not ready to slow down, though. After all, the zany comedian did get a late start in show business and, as a late bloomer, Diller figures that she has a lot of catching up to do. She's all over, performing her show in this country and abroad, making movies and guesting on television. This rigorous schedule is now bringing Diller to Atlantic City, where she will begin a six-day engagement at Harrah's Casino Hotel on Christmas Day. Diller's next television appearance is scheduled for Jan. 31, when she will appear in an episode of NBC's Blossom.
January 30, 1998 |
With his eye-catching performance for the Bishop McDevitt basketball team this season, Dustin Sutton can best be likened to a dark-horse politician who emerges from nowhere on Election Day and easily wins office. That political scenario, by the way, could very well become a reality when Sutton's basketball career ends and his professional life begins. Last season, while quietly helping the Lancers claim their first Catholic League playoff berth in nine years, Sutton was far from the focal point when opposing coaches sized up McDevitt.
October 26, 2001 |
If Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon is a late bloomer, then Rod Dowhower remembers when the Philadelphian's career seemed to be dead on the vine. It was 1993. Dowhower was offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins under Rich Petitbon. Gannon, signed as a free agent before the season, was a backup quarterback. "It was a terrible year," Gannon, a graduate of St. Joseph's Prep and the University of Delaware, said. "It was not a very good team. " The Skins went 4-12, and the coaching staff was fired.