February 29, 2008 |
Think of this day as gravy - a freebie, an extra, a kind of do-over day. Thanks to Roman Emperors Julius and later Augustus Caesar, and to Pope Gregory XIII, Feb. 29 - Leap Year Day - is our quadrennial bonus day. Sure, it's not an uppercase holiday with time off and bank closings. But these are 24 hours we didn't have last year and that we won't experience again until 2012. Through the years, people born Feb. 29 were alternately teased as "babies" and celebrated as oddities.
March 2, 1996 |
WHEN WILL THESE TWO ADMIT NEW MEXICO'S IN THE UNION? Ted Turner owns 1,000 square miles of New Mexico. It's where America built the first atomic bomb. Movie stars Gene Hackman and Shirley MacLaine have built homes in the state. Yet, ticket agents for the Olympic Games apparently consider it foreign territory. Wade Miller, a Santa Fe resident and volleyball fan, ran into evidence of the geography goof when he called the Summer Olympics ticket office in Turner's hometown of Atlanta.
February 29, 2000 |
She's just entering her teen years. He's turning 1. Maryann Kramer was born Feb. 29, 1948. Raymond Rocks-Crawley came into this world Feb. 29, 1996. They're leap day babies, who get to celebrate their "real" birthdays only once every four years. Raymond is "just too young" to know that this birthday is "special," said his mother, Christine Rocks, 26, of Northeast Philadelphia. "This year he's having his birthday party at Chuck E Cheese's on the first weekend in March - just because it's a good time to have the party.
February 28, 1992 |
Mardi Gras is one of the best excuses in the world to celebrate, even if you can't make it to New Orleans. Leap Year is probably even better, since it shows up but once every four years. Whatever, both events will be merrily observed locally, starting this weekend. The big event of the weekend - and, take note, the most expensive - is the Sixth Grand Brazilian Carnaval '92 Ball. There's Brazilian music, dancing, food and drinks. And the Brazilian ensemble Minas heads the show with 12 players, bedecked in lots of color, pumping out samba.
February 29, 1992
Whether or not the new aquarium triggers a revitalization of Camden (a consummation devoutly to be wished), it's something the entire region should welcome. Wherever aquariums exist, they're well attended. It should attract people from all over the area - and tourists too. It's easy to get to (especially when the riverbus starts operating), it's not too expensive, it's educational and it should be fun. The fish are jumpin'. FISHY (II) It would be tragically ironic if, while the new aquarium becomes the big hit it's sure to be, one of the area's premier tourist attractions (and an incomparable treasure)
February 27, 2000 |
Bill Smith, out for his birthday dinner last year, ordered a drink when his son piped up: "You can't order a drink for another 44 years. You're not 21 yet. " Such is what happens when your birthday is Feb. 29. On Tuesday, people like Smith will gleefully divide by four when people ask their age. "I'll be 11," said Smith, who lives in Roxborough and is an airport operations officer at Philadelphia International Airport. Smith is one of the untold millions who have come into this world on Feb. 29, the day added every four years to keep the calendar in sync with the sun. Every four years, news accounts tout the births of relatives who share the birthday.
March 4, 1988 |
The weekday ski trip was supposed to be a special treat, an extension of 12-year-old Brett Battuello's leap-year birthday celebration. The Battuello family was no stranger to the slopes - the three children liked skiing so much they received skis for Christmas - so Marilyn Battuello never expected her son's Pocono mountain outing to end in tragedy. Yet sometime near 4 p.m. Wednesday, Brett missed an elbow turn near the bottom of the "Marc Antony" ski trail, a mile-long stretch at the Camelback Ski Area designated for intermediate skiers.
February 29, 1992 |
A DAY TO REMEMBER If you're ever going to do it, today's the day to go bissextile. No, it's nothing kinky - bissextile year is the Latinized term for leap year, according to U.S. News & World Report. As you enjoy your once-every-four-years Feb. 29, consider that the chances of being born on leap day are 1 in 1,461. The number of U.S. babies born four years ago today was 9,792. TO LIFE! Women, moderate drinking may raise estrogen levels after menopause and may explain why moderate drinkers have a reduced risk of heart attack.
February 29, 1988 |
The music of Jimmy Dorsey - a Leap Year baby born Feb. 29, 1904, in Shenandoah, Pa. - is being featured frequently through midnight today on WPEN (AM/950). An alto saxophonist/clarinetist, he was co-leader, with brother Tommy, of the Dorsey Brothers band, founded in 1934. In 1935, they formed their own bands, which were enormously popular during the Swing Era. Jimmy had a big hit, "So Rare," in the early 1950s. Several years before Tommy died in 1956 at 51, the brothers were reunited with a band that had a show on which Elvis Presley was introduced on TV. Jimmy died at 53, six months after Tommy, but his music lives on with a band led by Lee Castle.
August 13, 2004 |
It's possible that brain surgeons explain their work - in progress - with more stultifyingly precise data than the card-throwing combatants of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie explain theirs. Sheesh, with all those vicious-looking monsters at their disposal, can't Yugi and his chief rival Kaiba simply shut up? Can it not be enough, even once, to launch a salvo with the simple words, "Blue-eyed dragon, sic 'em!" Now, I realize that games must have rules and that anyone not familiar with the Japanese cartoon and card game phenomenon of Yu-Gi-Oh!