May 7, 2003
I LISTENED to the singing of "O Canada" at the Senators-Flyers hockey game on April 29 - and I just want to say thank you. Lauren Hart's singing of our national anthem was beautiful. I am but one Canadian among many who stands beside the United States and not behind you. Again, thank you. Al Jones, Ottawa Better Phillies posters, please I just want to say that the photos in the ads for your Phillies posters are better than the actual posters themselves. I have always collected these in the past because they were nice, glossy and colorful.
June 2, 2010 |
AT NEARLY every home game for at least a decade, Lauren Hart has given the Flyers and their fans exactly what her father, legendary sportscaster Gene Hart, gave them for nearly 30 years - her voice. But tonight, Hart, who will sing the national anthem for the first time at a Stanley Cup Finals game, is also looking forward to being just one voice in a swelling sea of many. "I can't imagine what it will feel like in that building," she said. "I know our fans and we won't do anything less than blow the roof off that stadium.
February 14, 2000 |
Lauren Hart was only 11 when the first Flyers' Wives Fight for Lives Carnival was held. The way she remembers it, the carnival was everything it was supposed to be for a young girl. "It was toys and clowns and balloons," said Hart, now 34. Yesterday was something much different for Hart, the daughter of late Flyers play-by-play announcer Gene Hart. Since being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma early last month, everything about the fight to find a cure for cancer has become very real for her. "This is something much different for me now," Hart said yesterday as she sat outside the Flyers' dressing room at the First Union Center greeting friends and well-wishers.
January 25, 2004 |
Snowed in during a winter storm, singer Lauren Hart looked out into a quiet, beautiful night in 2000, and started to write a song on guitar. "It's a good time to write," Hart said. "Everything is still. The snow makes everything renewed . . . fresh and new. " On that wintry night, struggling with the loss of her father, Gene - the beloved voice of the Philadelphia Flyers - and a diagnosis of cancer, Hart found inner strength with that song, "Girl Keeps On. " Hart decided, "I'm not giving in to my insecurities.
January 13, 2000 |
In the best show-business tradition, Lauren Hart plans to sing the national anthem Saturday night when the Flyers host the New Jersey Devils at the First Union Center. As she walks down the carpeted runner that takes her onto the ice, Hart said she won't be thinking about the crowd's reaction to her disclosure yesterday that she is suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes. "Mostly, I always just think about my singing," said Hart, 34, daughter of Flyers announcer Gene Hart, who passed away last July 14 at age 68. "Sometimes when I walk off the stage or walk off the ice, I don't even know what I just did. . .I just hope people will be understanding, that they know how much I want to be there and be part of the team, for my dad, for the Flyers, and for my whole family history of being involved with the Flyers.
January 13, 2000 |
Lauren Hart, whose silvery voice fills First Union Center at every Flyers game with the national anthem, has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes. The Flyers and Hart, 34, made the announcement yesterday, one month and two days after head coach Roger Neilson divulged that he has multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. Hart's father, Gene, the longtime voice of the Flyers, died over the summer from liver cancer and kidney failure. Hart's physician, Rosemary Kearney of Pennsylvania Hospital, said there is no familial, genetic link to her father's disease and that non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is curable.
October 6, 2010 |
LAUREN HART, daughter of legendary Flyers announcer Gene Hart, has been singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada" regularly at Flyers games since 1998. She also has been called on during monumental games to perform a duet of "God Bless America" along with a taped version of Kate Smith. Hart won't be on the ice tonight. She will be at soldout Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have invited her to sing "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch of Game 1 of the NLDS against the Reds.
May 13, 2008
I CAME across six of the rudest group of teenage girls while walking on Ridge Avenue near Roxborough High School on a recent evening. They all were students from that school and were loitering around the area shortly after 6 p.m. The group of witches were using vulgar language directed toward me as I passed by. It seems that whenever nice weather arrives, nasty creeps like these girls have nothing better to do than to taunt regular working-class...
May 11, 2012 |
SIGHTS, sounds and observations from the Flyers-Devils series: *It was interesting to watch Danny Briere give out pointers to Zac Rinaldo during the morning practice on Tuesday. It was as if Briere was saying, "when Volchenkov gets along the half boards, you smear him. " *Briere, who is just about always accessible before and after games, was too distraught to speak after Game 5 and asked if he could skip the postgame media availability. *It's time to retire Kate Smith from the pregame National Anthem ceremonies.
May 17, 2010
THE HOCKEY GODS are smiling down on the Flyers. First, the Orange and Black came back from a 3-0 deficit to shock the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Now comes news that the U.S. Postal Service is issuing a Kate Smith postage stamp. Flyers chairman Ed Snider and members of the Flyers' Stanley Cup championship teams will join Philadelphia postmaster Joseph P. Kinney for the ceremony at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Kate Smith statue at the Wachovia Spectrum. Lauren Hart will perform at the free event, which is open to the public.