February 3, 1993 |
Francis P. "Reds" Rogers, a retired city firefighter, died Sunday. He was 74 and lived in Northeast Philadelphia. Rogers was a popular figure among his fellow members of the Philadelphia Fire Department. His good nature earned him the nickname "Jolly Rog. " He served on the department from 1947 to 1973. "He was happy, always jolly and laughing and telling jokes," said his daughter, Loretta Gerace. "And he loved to sing. " Actually, Rogers was likely to burst into song at any gathering if the mood struck him and there was good feeling in the air. A couple of Easters ago, Rogers and his family were in a restaurant when he got up and sang "In Your Easter Bonnet" to the delight of fellow diners.
July 30, 1986 |
In this third of a five-part series, Doris Day and Rock Hudson become a hit comedy team in "Pillow Talk" and "Lover Come Back. " Doris and I became terrific friends. She's a dynamo - a strong lady. And, boy, what a comedienne she is! The trouble we had was trying not to laugh. Doris and I couldn't look at each other. You know, that sweet agony of laughing when you're not supposed to? That's what we had. The second film we made together, "Lover Come Back," was even worse. I think they added two weeks to the shooting schedule because of our laughter.
January 11, 2011 |
Inquirer television critic Jonathan Storm is reporting this week from the television critics' press tour in Pasadena, Calif. These items are taken from his blog, "Eye of the Storm," at www.philly.com/philly/blogs/storm . The Laugh-In loonies are still laughing. Ruth Buzzi, Jo Anne Worley, Lily Tomlin, announcer Gary Owens, and executive producer George Schlatter - most looking surprisingly youthful though all over 70 - talked down memory lane for ages, like Oprah Winfrey before them, as they met with television critics gathered in California for their annual winter meeting.
August 24, 2012 |
This story has been clarified. NO ONE ever said it was easy cracking a witty, well-timed joke, the kind that can make a roomful of mildly inebriated people laugh, really laugh. Proof of this fact can be found at the annual Stu Bykofsky's Candidates' Comedy Night, where pols take a break from their sometimes unintentionally funny day jobs to try - emphasis here on try - to crack wise for a good cause. The event, now in its 22nd year, has raised about $475,000 for Variety, The Children's Charity, which serves children living with disabilities in the Delaware Valley.
June 10, 2011
WHEN THE NFL lockout is resolved, and Kevin Kolb gets traded, I hope his career takes off. He backed up a head case QB in Donovan McNabb for three years, and, last year, after getting barely a chance to play, he backed up a convicted dog-killer. I hope he sticks it to the Eagles and goes on to win a Super Bowl while we're still listening to Fat Andy's monotone excuses week after week. ("I need to do a better job of putting guys in position to make plays . . . . ") Mike Betz, Philadelphia
November 5, 2012 |
Jabril is an adorable 8-year-old with an endearing personality and a brilliant smile that draw people to him. He has a great sense of humor and delights in making you laugh. Jabril's favorite activities include playing a variety of sports and board games. His teachers say that Jabril does very well in his classes and takes pride in doing his homework. He likes learning new things and especially enjoys arts and crafts and other projects involving art. Jabril gets along well with his teachers and classmates.
September 23, 1987 |
Dan Rowan, 65, half the comedy duo that skyrocketed to fame hosting the groundbreaking 1960s TV comedy revue Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, died yesterday of lymphatic cancer. Mr. Rowan, the mustachioed straightman to Dick Martin, died at his home in the Gulf Coast community of Englewood, Fla., spokeswoman Valerie Douglas said. "Dan was the best straight man - but I don't think he appreciated that until later in our careers," Martin said yesterday. "We stayed close. I talked to him last week, fortunately.
May 1, 1995 |
At the end of a long day, in the midst of a seemingly endless semester, how is a stressed-out teacher to cope? "Open the classroom door, step into the hallway, and yell 'massage train.' It's the signal for all the teachers on your floor to run to your rescue with a good neck message," said Elaine M. Lundberg, a professional humorist. "Schedule about 20 of these a day, and you'll be sure to feel less stress on the job. " For sure, but what about the stress felt by the principal as the unattended students clamor in the classroom?
March 19, 1986 |
"Gung Ho. " A comedy starring Michael Keaton, George Wendt, Mimi Rogers and Gedde Watanabe. Directed by Ron Howard from a screenplayby Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel. Running time: 105 minutes. A Paramount release. In area theaters. Charles Chaplin once said that if he had known what was coming, he would not have made "The Great Dictator. " Hitler made it hard to laugh the morning after. A lot of films are like that, particularly social comedies that poke fun at serious problems.
December 7, 1993 |
The widow of the slain variety store owner had been insulted by her husband's killer after he was convicted of first-degree murder late Friday. But yesterday, Dawn Edwards said she got a little revenge. "I got the last laugh," Edwards said last night after a jury sentenced Johnny Ray Harris, 21, to die for robbing and killing her husband, Owen Edwards, 38, last year in his store on Wister Street near Grange Avenue. During yesterday's sentencing hearing, Edwards told the jury that as Harris was being led from court after last Friday's verdict, he told her, "I'm alive.